Fishing report for lakes and rivers in and around Marion County

Crystal River/Homosassa

Capt. William Toney writes that there are many live baits on Big Bend that he enjoys using. Shrimp is the most common live bait, and it’s bought at most tackle shops. Pinfish would be the next in line for inshore and offshore fishing. The pinfish Toney uses he catches at the spot he is fishing. He uses a small hook that he keeps on a spare rod just for this purpose. A small piece of shrimp is all it takes to get them. Most areas have some sort of grass that pinfish will be darting around, sometimes they’re so thick it looks like stars twinkling over the flats as the tide turns in. Mud minnows are another great inshore bait, and Toney catches them just the same as pinfish but the location is different. Needle grass shorelines inside creeks and little coves are where you can find them. Some areas are accessible by cars like Ozello Trail or Ft. Island Trail.

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