December 2012 Homosassa Inshore/Offshore
If you were able to get out on the water this past few days on the nature coast you know what I am about to say, it has been amazing, great weather and amazing fishing! I fished inshore and offshore non stop the past 4 days and all I can tell you is that if it is at all possible, get out there asap. We got some really nice Grouper and amber Jack on two separate trips in the past few days, the best Red Grouper bight being in 50-60 feet of water, I tried 30-45 and 70-80 feet and they just were not there in numbers, but in that area from 50-60 we found lots of nice fish, big gags, lots of quality grunts, and tons of Red Grouper. The best baits were cut lizard fish and cut grunt for grouper and the Jacks wanted live baits but also hit a few Vertical jigs. I took a friend out from Pensacola and he showed us some innovative techniques for deep dropping that we tried for grouper, pm me if you want to know the secrets, he said not to tell everybody his secrets…. But back to the near shore part of the report, we did some fly fishing for reds and trout on the low tide and got some nice Gator trout and had some nice reds follow but not hit the flies in the creeks around Homosassa in some secret holes and bars. I have heard some good reports from the Mason Creek area and Fish Creek Areas, pretty much everywhere….. the big trout are mixed throughout the outer Islands and pushed way up in the creeks. Look for the low tide and fish deep creeks with holes and you will be surprised at what you find. Alot of people ask me what to do when faced with a really low tide in Homosassa or say they just don’t catch fish on those dirt low tides, I just say those tides are my favorite. It is all about getting out there and finding the creeks with deep holes, finding the big pot holes on the flats and trying not to hit the rocks…. One more thing, if you have any grouper holes or “inshore springs” the gags are all over them right now, today we saw about 15 over 30 inches on one crack in 2 feet of water, put the flies right on their noses but couldn’t buy a bite, need to go back with a chum block here soon in the evening and get them fired up!