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Shallow Water Reef Fishing
In The Spread brings you Capt. William Toney sharing his knowledge on fishing rock piles, natural reefs, wrecks, ledges and spring holes for whatever fish are on them. At different times of the year, Gag grouper, mangrove snapper, grunts, Sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, snapper, seabass, flounder, trout and more get on these reefs.
The Florida Nature Coast is one of the most productive areas for shallow water fishing. Captain William Toney explains how to find fishing spots and how to anchor a boat so you can be ready to target all the species that live in these shallow water structures. If your boat is positioned correctly, your boat will have more room for anglers to target different species at the same time. Anchoring will vary depending on the tide and current so be sure to position your boat correctly to make the most our of your fishing outing.
Fishing spots could be found on charts that have reefs. Some of these charts are online and some services provide fishing spots. If you don't have access to these, you can always find your own spots by going out on a very calm day and finding yellow patches in the water. Once you find these, you need to investigate to make sure it is a structure. Sometimes small rocks work better than a wreck depending on the location, and how many people know about this spot. Another good sign of an underwater structure is spotting a turtle. Find out why and find fishing spots in your area to make your own chart with locations you can hit year round.
Florida reef fish migrate year round and depending on the season, you will find different species living in these spots. Captain William Toney also explains in detail how to target the water column for Mangrove Snapper fishing or Spanish Mackerel fishing or Gag Grouper and more! The Homosassa area in the Florida Nature Coast is a very special place full of these spring holes, wrecks, ledges and reefs. In fact, as Captain Toney explains, the average water depth increases by only 1 foot per mile which makes the Florida Big Bend area the perfect place if you are targeting a depth of 8 to 12 feet of water.
Learn the difference between Light Wire vs Fluorocarbon when targeting Spanish Mackerel. Spanish Mackerel have very good eyes so they will see a thicker line and will not bite as often. Gear, tackle and bait are a must as in every other style of fishing. Live bait is a great option here with live shrimp being the best this time of year. As in all of our fishing videos, we don't only cover bait options but also how to hook a live shrimp to get the best results. Bait is a great option but learn why a chum bag is also helpful in conjunction with the bait and learn why not pulling a fish out of the water as soon as you catch it is sometimes a good option.
Reef fishing is a great way to bend the pole, teach a young person how to fish or just put fish in the box. Capt. Toney will talk about tackle, techniques, how to catch these fish, where to find them and what to look for when you are out there in your boat. Learn from one of the best and check out our other fishing videos.
Total time: 37:44