William Toney

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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Captain William Toney, a Homosassa, Florida native, is a revered fourth-generation fishing guide who blends ancestral wisdom with modern techniques to deliver unparalleled fishing experiences. As the owner and operator of Homosassa Inshore Fishing, his expertise spans a wide variety of fish species such as Red Fish, Sea Trout, Mangrove Snapper and Snook, among others. His customized 23' Tremblay Flats Boat, powered by Mercury Outboards, is a testament to his commitment to providing top-notch fishing experiences.

Captain Toney's proficiency extends beyond being a full-time U.S.C.G. licensed and insured guide and a member of the Homosassa Guide's Association. He is also the host and part-owner of 'In The Spread,' an online fishing instruction platform designed to share invaluable fishing knowledge and tips. His insights, born of years navigating Homosassa's waters, find their way to three Florida newspapers, online fishing reports, and Florida Sportsman Magazine, asserting his standing as one of the most respected guides on the Nature Coast.

Captain Toney's mastery of redfish is particularly impressive. His intricate knowledge of how to hook pressured red drum using live bait, understanding of the tides, and practical advice on bait presentation and tackle choice are shared with his audience through 'In The Spread' videos. These informative sessions contain the distilled wisdom of years of inshore fishing, helping others accelerate their learning and reduce frustration. William Toney truly knows how to share the secrets of catching game fish like snook and tarpon, and his approach to adapting his techniques to different structures and waters is commendable.

Toney's fishing strategy emphasizes on-the-spot catching of bait, ensuring maximum freshness and enhancing the overall fishing experience. His ability to teach others how to modify and hook bait for
optimal performance is a skill that sets him apart. Additionally, his prowess extends to understanding the behavioral patterns of redfish, allowing him to present bait without spooking the fish and to
optimally position his vessel to increase the chances of a successful catch. Known as one of the best inshore fishing guides globally, Captain Toney's legacy lies in his unmatched ability to share his wisdom and skill. His keen insights into targeting various fish species, including
speckled trout, redfish, snook, sheepshead, tarpon, and tripletail, make him a true gem in the fishing world.

In his domain, the waters north of Tampa and around the big bend coastal area, William Toney's knowledge of every crack, crevice, key, or rocky structure is awe-inspiring. The insights he shares about seasonal fish migration patterns, tidal flows, and the sun's impact are integral to his fishing philosophy. Moreover, his experience with sea trout fishing, especially during the transition from winter to spring, has made him a veritable sage in predicting the behavior of these elusive creatures.

Captain Toney's contribution to the fishing world is invaluable. With his detailed insights into tidal flow, lure selection, and bait casting, he imparts practical wisdom that turns a novice angler into an experienced fisherman. His dedication to passing on his knowledge to a younger generation epitomizes his commitment to the preservation of this art form. Therefore, Captain William Toney is not just a guide; he's an educator, an ambassador for fishing, and a true custodian of this age-old tradition.

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