Nature Coast, William Toney

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With the wet weather the last week and a half, all I can say is that fishing has been challenging. O.K. not that great. My clients and I have had some decent catches but we worked for each and every fish. If the forecast is the same for this weekend then this is what I suggest to catch a few and stay dry. I believe the barometer fluctuation between the storms has allot to do with the bite.

 For trout I’ve had good luck in 3 to 5 feet of water. The flats out near the Bird Rack and north of the Chassahowitzka channel are the best ares. Have each angler use a different color soft plastic like glow or dark ( root beer, bourbon ) and some as a single jig, some with a cork popping rig. This week each bait worked better then the other all throughout the day at different stages of the tides.
 For red fish don’t spend allot of time in one spot, give it about 10 or 15 minutes then move on to the next point or key.  I’ve had good luck catching them on jigs, gold spoons, shrimp and live pinfish. Jumping mullet during the last hour of incoming high tide indicates a good spot.
 Near shore if the storms will allow has some good fishing on the rocks for trout, flounder, spanish mackerel, grunts and mangrove snapper. Offshore there has been some big amber jack coming back to the the dock from about 60 feet. Incoming high tide will be in the morning this Memorial Day weekend.

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