Great fishing as always on the Nature Coast, even in the wind. I'm glad it's calmed down a bit and hope it stays that way!
Trout are more scattered in the inshore waters and I've had to move around allot to produce a limit. I believe we will have one more push of big seatrout in our area flats and points on the next full moon. The top inshore spots have been in the Chassahowitzka Refuge and around Mangrove Point.
Redfishing will improve this week with the upcoming new moon tides. I've had my best luck poling my boat along shorelines in the Ozello Keys and south side of Mason creek. Sightcasting from an elevated position of the boat is a fun way to fish. If you do spot some redfish but they spook give the area a 20 to 30 minute break the give them another shot from a safe distance from where they were last spotted. Most every time you'll get a second chance.
The nearshore waters out to 9 miles are where I've experience most of the action. Fishing 1/8 oz. jigs around rockpiles has produce some monster seabass. Multiple hook ups are not uncommon and sometimes just dropping the lure down along side of the boat is all it takes to catch them off of the structure. Trout, spanish mackerel, blue fish, flounder and many other fish are near these same rocks. A summer time method that worked this past week for me was to just drag the jig behind the boat. Let the lure back about 80' then just lift the rod tip every now and then so the drifting boat does all the work. It's easy fishing!
Look for high incoming tide this weekend around lunch time. Capt. William Toney www.homosassainshorefishing.com