Mangrove Snapper - Backcountry Fishing with William Toney

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Instructor: William Toney

In The Spread offers a sport fishing journey through Florida's Nature Coast, featuring dynamic fisheries like mangrove snapper. Capt. William Toney, a fourth-generation guide, shares his techniques for catching mangrove snapper in backcountry creeks and rivers. He demonstrates using live shrimp, artificial lures, soft plastics, and jigs, and teaches expert tactics for targeting fish in coastal rivers. To learn more about mangrove snapper limits in Florida, check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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During the transition from fall to winter, the weather can become unpredictable. On days when venturing offshore isn't appealing, consider inshore fishing. One of the top choices? Mangrove snapper.

Along Florida's Gulf coast, numerous spring-fed creeks and rivers offer warmer waters. These are ideal for snapper fish, which prefer warmer temperatures. These nutrient-rich waters shelter and feed small to medium-sized mangrove snapper. As they grow, they move offshore for winter protection.

    Note: The legal minimum size limit in Florida, as per the FWC, is 10" with a bag limit of 5 per person and an aggregate of 10 total. Many of the fish in the creeks and rivers range from 10"-15". They're delicious!

Mangrove snapper are among the tastiest fish in Florida's coastal waters and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. They're an excellent choice for windy, cold days. Plus, they offer great fishing action for kids. It's a win-win: delicious fish and entertained children!

Capt. William Toney: Florida's Inshore Fishing Expert

Capt. William Toney is a renowned inshore fishing guide in Florida. He excels in teaching his methods. His collection of inshore fishing videos can teach you to catch various saltwater fish species.

In his In The Spread fishing video, William delves into catching mangrove snapper in coastal rivers. Here's a breakdown:

1. Finding Fish

  • Look for pinch points or choke points in rivers or moving water.
  • Search for places where rocky structures extend into the river near channels.
  • Channel edges are prime spots.
  • Current is crucial. The stronger the current, the larger the snapper.
  • Tides influence water movement, even in rivers. Stay informed!

2. Choosing Bait

Mangrove snapper aren't picky eaters. However, live bait, especially shrimp, is highly effective. William demonstrates:

  • How to hook live shrimp through the tail and head.
  • How to avoid killing the shrimp when hooking.
  • The jigs he prefers and their benefits.
  • Using a split shot with a bait hook.
  • Switching to artificial lures once the fish start biting.

3. Tackle Tips

For maximum fun, use a 7' 6" medium-light rod with a 10 lb mainline and 20 lb leaders. William shares insights on tackle, live bait rigs, and bait options.

4. Bait Presentation and Safe Boating

Learn where to cast, how to target bigger snapper, and ensure safe boat positioning. Remember: Safe boating is safe fishing.

In The Spread collaborates with top captains, guides, and anglers to offer the best fishing knowledge. The more you know, the more fish you'll catch. Equip yourself with knowledge and fish smarter!

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Captain William Toney

Captain William Toney, a Florida native, is a fourth-generation fishing guide known for his expertise in Mangrove Snapper 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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