We just marked the start of Fall, and with that comes the outlook for fishing in Homosassa, Florida during this time of year. Locals actually look forward to this time of year as the temps get more comfortable and the waters get a little less busy. But what does that mean for the fishing?
This season of the year the weather begins to cool down a bit (by Florida standards), and with that so does the water temp. As the temps drop, fishing tactics change up bit, but thankfully our favorite species stick around here all year regardless. So, if you're looking for a great time to visit Florida from up north, and still want to get in on great Florida fishing action - this is the perfect time of year here in Homosassa, Florida.
When fishing for Redfish after the temps drop a bit, the biggest change is changing up your bait or lure selection a bit to match what is going in our estuary. Cooler temps usually mean the end of the massive summer bait fish runs, and when this happens - Redfish turn to other sources of food. This includes mainly shrimp and crabs.
Fishing for Red's with shrimp and crab baits is actually perfect for cooler temps in more ways than one. As the water cools the fish become a little less aggressive. Naturally a correctly worked shrimp or crab lure is moved fairly slowly across the bottom. And of course, live/dead bait can just sit and soak. In either case, this is just the right speed for slower moving winter fish.
Snook will stay in the area but be a little harder to target. You are really waiting for the sun to come up on a nice clear day, and feel the warmth of the day start to penetrate shallow waters of the flats and backcountry. Combine this with a moving tide and a bit of structure, and snook will start to get active and strike a nice presentation.
Seatrout will also remain and other than moving to over the grass flats, the tactics are very similar as what you would use for Redfish (aside from crabs) and Snook. This is what makes getting all three in a single day a fairly doable affair - even in cool fall Homosassa weather.
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