Fishing on the Big Bend is productive for trout, redfish, and snook. Close in flats with rock grass are the most productive, while live shrimp, pinfish, and cut mullet are effective. White bait is also used, and offshore gag grouper and mangrove snapper bites are available.
Early Fall Florida Fishing the Big Bend
This time of year its hard to go wrong when your fishing on the Big Bend. For trout, either tide incoming or outgoing is good. Close in flats with rock grass in 3 to 5 foot of water is the most productive water. Popping corks with a glow colored soft plastic will get the bite. For redfish, work the incoming tide around the outside keys. I've been using live shrimp under a cork south of the Homosassa River or a gold spoon. North of the river, live shrimp has been productive as well live pinfish or cut mullet. Snook fishing has also been good near the outside points and adjacent deep holes near the key. A few anglers have been cast netting white bait ( thread fin herring or scaled sardine ). Running out to deeper water you can find them dimpling the surface on a calm day or around structure like channel markers. As soon as the water cools they will be south of us. Some of the anglers will chum with the white bait and its a common practice south of us. In my opinion, I believe it conditions the snook to only respond to live bait.
Offshore the gag grouper bite is game on. Live pinfish is the best bait. The best depth start at 14 feet. There is also a good mangrove snapper bite on live shrimp on the same rocks. High incoming tide will be in the afternoon this weekend.
Captain William Toney
Homosassa Inshore Fishing
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