Fishing Report from For Shore Fishing.
Capt. William Toney/Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters
January 11, 2018
“This past week’s weather dropped the water temperatures to a lethal low for most fish. I saw some dead snook, mullet, lady fish, pinfish, and one trout. The water temperature at Hell’s Gate on Sunday was a chilly 48.7 degrees. Although we did take a good hit, I believe the local consensus is it was not as bad as the freeze 10 years ago. On the bright side, I did see small schools of redfish and trout sunning on the shallow banks of the river that appeared healthy. When they saw my vessel, they took off at full speed,” reports Capt. William Toney of Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters (352-621-9284). homosassainshorefishing.com
“The Citrus County coastline rivers with the many springs, became life saving refuges for many fish as well as the manatees. I believe the fish that didn’t go to the springs, are out in deep Gulf waters riding out the cold and should return back to the shallows in time. Those fish that perished were quickly taken advantage of by many different marine birds and mammals. I had a buzzard who flew off with more then he could hold onto and nearly had a direct hit on my boat with a large jack crevalle,” reports Capt. William Toney of Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters (352-621-9284). homosassainshorefishing.com
Sheepshead on the near shore rocks will be your best bet during these chilly water conditions. “It
may be hard to find live shrimp for bait, but fiddler crabs or small rock crabs on a bottom rig will work just as well. Anglers should cast just to the edge of the structure and let the bait settle in the sand.” This weekend’s incoming tide will be mid-morning, Toney reports.
Capt. William Toney is a fourth generation fishing guide and Homosassa native. He specializes in saltwater, light tackle, inshore fishing for redfish, speckled trout, tarpon and other saltwater species. Toney is a full time, United States Coast Guard licensed guide, and a member of the Homosassa Guide’s Association. Toney is also the host of Brighthouse Cable Television’s “Nature Coast Outdoors,” which airs on Brighthouse Channel 16 in Citrus and Levy Counties.