In The Spread Summer Sea Trout Fishing, Florida Capt. William Toney shares tactics and techniques for catching sea trout, the king of inshore waters. He covers when to target trout, optimal conditions, slow drifting, and using a popping cork rig with various jigs.
Seatrout- Summer Techniques with William Toney(00:37:12)
There are a few inshore fishing guides in Florida that stand out from the rest. These fishermen have earned their reputation through consistent success on the water. One such guide is Captain William Toney.
Captain William Toney has dedicated his life to guiding individuals on the upper west coast of Florida. His deep connection to the waters of Homosassa, Florida is rooted in his family's history. Both his grandfather and father were renowned hunting and fishing guides. It's safe to say that there might be no other fisherman in this region who knows the back country, keys, and waterways as intimately as William. For those keen on learning inshore fishing techniques for species like sea trout, redfish, snook, and more, Captain Toney is an exceptional mentor.
"William Toney's easy-going demeanor combined with his vast experience and profound knowledge of the waters make him an invaluable resource for sea trout fishing."
In The Spread: Seatrout Fishing Video
In his video on seatrout fishing, William delves into the nuances of targeting fish during the summer using a popping cork rig.
Seatrout Fishing Videos
Popping Cork: A Go-To Technique
There are myriad ways to catch speckled trout, but using a popping cork stands out as one of the most effective. Seatrout, a favorite among many anglers, not only offer an exciting catch but also serve as a delightful dish. Their natural curiosity makes them susceptible to the noise and commotion a popping cork creates on the water surface.
Fishing Tip: Speckled seatrout are low light feeders. Your best chances of catching them are during early mornings, late afternoons, or on overcast days. If you're fishing during mid-day or on sunny days, consider fishing channel edges or deeper waters.
Mastering the Popping Cork Rig
For those unfamiliar with the popping cork rig or those looking to refine their technique, William offers a comprehensive guide:
- Rigging and Using the Popping Cork: William discusses the variety of colors he prefers and the type of soft plastic baits and jig heads he uses beneath the cork.
- Mechanics of the Popping Cork: Learn how popping corks animate the bait, the ideal leader material, and the best ways to fish using a popping cork.
- Choosing the Right Fishing Spot: Lush grassy flats are prime locations. William elaborates on specific spots within these areas where larger fish tend to congregate.
- Drifting the Flat: When fishing a flat for sea trout, anchoring isn't the strategy. It's about drifting the flat and ensuring your boat is oriented correctly, especially with multiple anglers onboard
To truly master a skill, it's essential to learn from the best. Captain William Toney's insights are invaluable for any angler looking to enhance their fishing techniques. Absorb his wisdom and add it to your repository of fishing knowledge.
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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.Read more