WITHLACOOCHEE/RAINBOW RIVERS/LAKE ROUSSEAU — Captain Bob Jewett out of Angler’s Resort in Dunnellon reports bluegill are on fire on the Rainbow, biting on little jigs and wiggler worms. Where the two rivers come together, there are nice bass being caught using wild and domestic shiners in watermelon red and green pumpkin. Up the Withlacoochee, bluegill and bass are not as good as they’ve been lately. On Lake Rousseau the bass are going for wild shiners.
WITHLACOOCHEE — Captain Zack Lewis of Reputation Charters (352-302-7928), via Hook, Line and Sinker Bait and Tackle, said, “The grouper bite has been great inshore for shallow water grouper, trolling with stretch 15-30s depending on the water depth and Rapalas or MirrOlure of your choice. I personally like black and purple.
“The red snapper bite has been good as well with some nice ones being caught but having to run deeper for them, using live and dead bait. We have been getting some nice mangrove snapper as well. There are still some nice cobia around being caught as well on jigs and live bait. Hope this helps. Get out and go fishing.”
HOMOSASSA RIVER — Bill Korade of Blue Water Bait and Tackle said snook and redfish are around the outer islands, hitting on live shrimp or cut mullet. Trout are deep in
10-12 feet of water, try light-colored plastics or shrimp on a jig head. A few good grouper reports are coming in from
30-35 feet of water, biting on thread-fin herring or Spanish sardines, and red snapper is in 80-85 feet or beyond, hitting on Spanish sardines.
KING’S BAY — Captain Louie Argiro of Florida Fishing Adventures (352-601-1963, www.florida
fishingadventures.com), based out of Pete’s Pier in Crystal River, said, “Grouper fishing has been extremely good as long as you can fish around the yearly algae bloom. We have been finding fish in anywhere from 10-30 feet of water. Using live pinfish on a Carolina rig has shown to give the best results.”
Captain William Toney (352-422-4141) said, “Tides are an important part of fishing and boating on the Nature Coast. As we get closer to the end of the month it will be at the full moon. Full moons and new moons have a big influence on the intensity of how much or how less the Gulf’s waters will move. Wind is another factor that can push or pull water east or west and with the moon it can double down either direction.
“Getting to my point we are going into this scallop season on a full moon, meaning on the low tide it should be extra low making it easier to see and gather them. The word on the street from some local captains who have done some scouting have said it’s better than last year. I myself have not got in the water to check but I sure hope it is.
“Inshore, the best bite is redfish and the key to finding them is mullet. Look for mullet jumping or in long strings around the key. Shrimp or pinfish is the best bait. Offshore, the bite has been good for red snapper and gag grouper at 30-60 feet. High incoming tide this weekend will be around noon on the new moon.”