winter redfish fishing video captain william toney in the spread homosassa inshore
Jan 7, 2019

Winter Redfish | William Toney | In The Spread

Clear, calm, cold waters that make a vessel feel as though your gliding on air could describe a January day on the west side of Florida. If an angler could pick and choose winter days on the Nature Coast, these are the best to sight cast redfish. The keys that run east and west will provide a barrier from the cold north winds but also will collect the southern suns midday heat on a black mud bottom. Polling the boat is the best way to get within casting range of winter redfish.


Live shrimp is the best bait and almost every time a redfish will turn to suck it in, but to turn it up a notch like with a soft plastic or a fly, placement and presentation is everything. Nose hooked jerk baits in glow or watermelon red flake are choice as with any shrimp or crab pattern with brown and crystal flash. A soft landing near a stationary fish or a 4 to 6 foot lead to a cruising redfish is the ticket to getting a strike or sending a red rocket off to the next zip code. A incoming tide will help concentrate the redfish and other inshore species toward the mangrove keys because that is where the bait and structure are.


The equipment should be easy in the hand. I use a G-Loomis E6X 7' 6" with 10lb braid and 20lb fluorocarbon leader. An eight weight is standard for a fly rod. The fun part of this kind of fishing is watching the fish take the bait, believe me the fight is just as exciting but the vision of that fish falling for a good cast will last a lifetime.


Captain William Toney

Homosassa Inshore Fishing


Watch Redfish Videos: https://inthespread.com/saltwater/redfish

The Latest from the Blog

  • florida bass fishing nick kefalides in the spread video

    Big Florida Bass with Nick Kefalides

    If it is your desire to catch the trophy bass of a lifetime or to develop a better understanding of the Central Florida lake system, Nick Kefalides, of Warrior 2 Bass guide service, is the bass fishing guide you need to fishing with. You will walk away from your time on the water with him a much smarter bass fisherman and with a new friend.
    Read more
  • in the spread fishing videos offshore and inshore

    Fishing Videos Subscription from In The Spread

    Just because someone has been fishing for a long time does not mean they can be considered among the best. It all comes down to fishing intellect. Our focus is on working with people that are experts at targeting given species, not just folks that have been doing it for a long time. Young, old, man or woman, we only work with those that stand out.
    Read more
  • winter bass fishing in the spread video mike gerry lake guntersville

    Use Your Electronics for Winter Bass Fishing

    Scanning the bottom can be the most important aspect of a winter fisherman, you can eliminate time, narrow down depth to within a foot of the strike zone and see where the fishing is holding in respect to the current on your lake.
    Read more
View All