Using popping corks with your favorite color jig, in 2-6 feet of water, the trout bite has been non stop. The outgoing tide has been the best, but the first part of the incoming has also been productive. Be sure to target the kelp beds for the big trout, and I mean we have been catching some nice fish ! The 20" plus fish are being boated on a regular basis on just about every trip. Remember, when you've caught your limit of trout, move on to another species because trout are not a good catch and release species due to handling.
The red fish bite has been unbeatable ! The reds have been feeding from the spoil banks to Homosassa. Fish the rising tide with live shrimp or fresh cut bait, and be prepared to set the hook and hear the scream of your drag.
This year has been a great year for red fish, with most of the schools made up of slot size fish mixed with many in the over 27" range. As the water cools more next month, the fish will move further into the creeks and bays that cover our nature coast.
Offshore, the grouper are hitting plugs, live bait and dead bait all in 10 - 20 feet of water. Along with the grouper; grunts, flounder, Spanish mackerel, and snapper, which are all staying around the scattered rock piles and cracks just offshore.
Another couple of great months of fishing have come and gone, and as always I extend my "Thanks" to my guests and friends who fished with me. I look forward to fishing with you again ! Capt Mark