Inshore; trout, reds, snapper, mackerel, and even triple tail are all over. The trout are in the kelp patches and yellow bottom. The every trusty popping cork and jig is working well, and so is the 5" jerk bait in the white or glow colors. The bourbon "Little John" under a popping cork has been my go to color, but water melon and red glitter or white have all been producing well this month.
With the water still warm, the red fishing has been hot. Live shrimp has been the bait of choice, but fresh cut bait has also worked when the shrimp have been hard to get. The reds are still hanging out in the rocky points, oyster bars and grassy pockets, but that will change as the water starts to cool off next month.
|Nice Homosassa Red Fish|
Keeper snapper have moved into the rivers and for the young anglers they are hard to beat for dependable fun action. Live or fresh dead shrimp on a light 1/16 oz jig head is all that's needed to keep a kid smiling.
The triple tail have showed up this month in droves. Almost all the crab floats and channel markers held a few fish at any given time. The best bait is a shrimp under a cork. Let the bait drift down to them, and they can't resist a live shrimp.
Offshore; the grouper bite has been off the hook. Casting plugs over the shallow rock piles or trolling over your favorite structure has been producing some monster gags. The two fish per person has been an easy catch. All colors have been working well, but the old standards, green, black or blue-back on the white or silver side are hard to beat.
|Homosassa Gag Grouper|
And as always, I'm grateful to my guests and friends for another great month on the waters of Crystal River and Homosassa. See you in December !