Scattered fish and hot weather is the best way to describe the conditions west of Homosassa. When I say scattered it does not mean they're non existent, it just means you have to cover more water and hit more spots to be successful.
For redfish I go to about 12 spots for five fish. High incoming tide is the best time to fish for reds and the outside keys from Mangrove Point all the way south to North West Key I have caught fish. My routine is to ease into a spot very quietly and then give it about 10 minutes of fishing if I see mullet. If I donâ€™t see any mullet then itâ€™s even less time. I will sometimes even pole down the shoreline and look for redfish to sight cast too. Artificial baits are becoming extremely hard to use because of the floating mats of turtle grass. It happens every summer with the floating grass and it will let up near the end of August. Just before the incoming tide starts to push the grass in, there is a window that you can use a Eppinger Rex spoon or MirrOlure Top Dog in clean grass free water. Cut bait or live shrimp fished on the bottom has been the best bait.
Trout fishing first thing in the morning is the best bet to put a few keeperâ€™s in the box or if itâ€™s a windy over cast day help the bite out too. The best rig has been a popping cork like a D.O.A. Deadly combo. The cork helps keep the grass off the jig underneath it. Some of the best areas have been west of Homosassa Point and south of the Chasahowitzka boundary markers.
Scalloping is very good and again I cannot get over how large the meat is this year. The hot spot is just north of the Bird Rack. Just an FYI on weekends there is a mess on the water of water bottles, potatoes chip bags and beach floats. Remember to secure anything that will blow out of your boat because if you donâ€™t it getâ€™s stuck in our mangrove keys and will be there for years to come. High incoming tide will be in the afternoon this weekend.