Cooking RedFish and Snapper - William Toney

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Instructor: William Toney

Captain William Toney shares cooking secrets

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Video Summary:
  • Host: Captain William Toney, Homosassa Inshore Fishing
  • Setting: Fish camp, outdoor cooking environment
  • Catch of the Day: Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Seatrout
  • Cooking Techniques: Grilling larger fillets of Redfish and Mangrove Snapper and frying smaller pieces of Seatrout and Snapper
  • Special Preparation: Grilled Fillets are Blackened Redfish and Mangrove Snapper and Fried Pieces are Seasoned and coated with fish fry mix
  • Unique Step: Frying bacon in cast iron skillet for flavored grease
  • Side Dish: Homemade Hushpuppies
  • Seasonings and Mixes: Shared by William Toney
  • Cooking Coordination: Simultaneous grilling and frying for timely serving

William Toney

In this captivating cooking video, Captain William Toney, a seasoned angler from Homosassa Inshore Fishing, invites viewers to his scenic fish camp for a gastronomic adventure. The video chronicles a thrilling morning of fishing, where William and his team successfully reel in an impressive catch comprising redfish, mangrove snapper, and seatrout—some of the most sought-after inshore species.

Grilling Redfish and Mangrove Snapper

The focus then shifts to a rustic, outdoor cooking setup, perfectly blending with the tranquil surroundings. William, with his expert touch, is set to demonstrate his unique grilling and frying techniques. He begins by skillfully grilling the larger fillets of redfish and mangrove snapper. Viewers can practically smell the aroma as he blackens the fish to perfection, sharing insightful tips on preparation and seasoning.

Frying Seatrout and Snapper

Simultaneously, the smaller pieces of seatrout and snapper are prepared for frying. William starts this process with an intriguing step—frying bacon in a cast iron skillet, infusing the grease with a rich, smoky flavor. This serves as the base for frying the fish, which are seasoned and coated in a special fish fry mix. William generously shares his preferred seasonings and fry mix, giving viewers a chance to replicate his mouth-watering recipes.


To complement the fish, William also whips up a batch of golden, crispy hushpuppies, an ideal accompaniment to both grilled and fried fish. He meticulously coordinates the grilling and frying processes, ensuring that every piece of fish is cooked to perfection and ready to be served simultaneously.

Simple Cooking

The video promises to be a treat for fishing and cooking enthusiasts alike. It's not just about the techniques, but also about the experience of enjoying a simple yet delicious meal of freshly caught fish, set against the backdrop of nature's serene beauty. This video is a testament to the joy of outdoor cooking and the pleasures of a fresh catch, offering viewers a chance to learn from a master and, perhaps, inspire their own fishing and cooking adventures.

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Captain William Toney

Captain William Toney, a Florida native, is a fourth-generation fishing guide known for his expertise in Redfish, Sea Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Snook and other fish species. He is a licensed and insured guide, a Homosassa Guide's Association member, and hosts 'In The Spread', an online fishing instruction platform. Toney's expertise in redfish, tides, and bait presentation is unparalleled, and he shares his knowledge on seasonal fish migration patterns and tidal flows. His dedication to passing on his knowledge to younger generations is invaluable.

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