Great news for snook anglers coming from Bluewater Bait and Tackle in Homosassa. Owner Bill Korade says that many linesiders are being caught on the Outer Islands, Mason Creek and St. Martin using live shrimp and cut mullet. The big hitting snook also have been loving light-colored plastic baits in white or Glo. Korade also reports that trout are plenty in the 4- to 6-foot water range north of the channel.

Captain’s Cove in Inglis reports that the redfish are being found around the intake and the hot water discharge. Mangrove snapper are still on the rocks.

"The grouper have started moving in to the 15 to 20 feet range of water," said spokesman Andrew Fagan. "There are also plenty of flounder being caught in the same areas as redfish."

On the freshwater side, heavy, record-setting rainfall totals have made bass fishing tough, coupled with the summer heat. Your best bet is to get out early and throw topwater lures. Don’t be afraid to down-size your baits. Schools of smaller bass may often be found schooling. Once the sun has started to beat down on you, go to flipping. Bigger bass will hide in the heavy stuff, so make sure you have enough weight to get through all of the vegetation. As dusk nears, get the topwater baits back out. Once it starts cooling down specks and panfish should be readily available.

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Riverland Bait and Tackle out of Dunnellon reports that shiners are still catching some bass. A guest reportedly caught a 9 1/2-pound hawg on Rousseau using a domestic shiner.

In other outdoors news, there will be a Hunter’s Safety Internet Class on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to completion. The FWC is hosting this class. Go to www.public.myfwc.com to request enrollment.

Bow season for deer is underway and it ends on Oct, 17. Scalloping season ends tomorrow, while fall turkey season opens Nov. 6, the same day the general gun season opens for deer.

Dan Hermes is an outdoors write based out of Inverness. Send story ideas or photos to danoutdoors2001@yahoo.com.

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