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Cold Water Strategies

Capt. Zachary Hoffman
March 28, 2013
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report

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When the water takes a plunge in temp, such as this past week, from low 70s to upper 50s the fish normally turn off and become very lethargic. But there are a few things you can do to still catch a few nice trout, Red Fish, or a pile of sheepshead. When the water gets bellow 60 it becomes very important to look for natural warm spots, such as shallow hard bottom areas that the sun can warm up, or fresh water springs on the flats, or even deep holes in the rivers. These spots will get loaded with big trout and Red Fish, but it is tricky to get them to eat. My best advice to you guys is to work your baits very very slowly... and to use either very natural looking baits, or very stinky baits. Such as DOA shrimp or Gulp jerk baits. And when I say work it slow, I mean slow... you want to use weed less hooks, so that you can just bounce your baits along the bottom and pause it every so often for up to 10 seconds. Alot of the time, that pause is when the big trout will decide it is worth the effort to get that little shrimp or bait fish. The sheepshead are affected by the cold water, but if you know you local knowledge, (the best way to learn is to go with a guide) you will know that this is when they stack up in fresh water springs that can be found all along the nature coast on the shallow water flats. It just takes time to locate these little honey wholes, but when you do, it is fish on in this kind of weather.

Homosassa Fishing Forecast:

The fishing will be alot better this weekend as the air and water temp rises. when the water temp gets back around 62-64 the bite will really turn on. Good Luck!!

Target Species:

trout redfish grouper

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We offer a variety of trips, from back country fishing and exploring to 100+ mile offshore trips to the Florida Middle Grounds. I am Capt. Zach Hoffman and I love putting people on fish, showing them the beauty of the nature coast, and educating them on the vast variety of fish and wild life native to my area. We offer Scalloping trips, Spear Fishing, Fly Fishing, Grouper Fishing, Shore Lunches, and Nature Adventures. We can cater to both small and large groups.

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Homosassa Offshore Charters
5260 S Mystic Pt.
Homosassa, FL 34448
Phone: 352-220-1184
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