Homosassa inshore

Recently moved from Cocoa to Homosassa, been doing a little fishing over here over the last few years. Now full time here and doing a bit of fishing and learning the water.
Fished Saturday afternoon with a couple of friends. Started out with artificial, caught a few small mango snapper, put a couple lady fish in the cooler, then swapped tactics, pitching cut bait to points. Weeded through the usual catfish and ended up with 3 reds and one wee snook(8 inches). A friend caught a prop scarred red fish, that was a first for me.
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Sunday afternoon, my wife and I went out with the same plan in mind. After a few lady fish were on ice, we fished a shoreline with artificials. Wife handed my **** to me. 2 trout and a snook. After the snook we tried to get her a red to round out the inshore slam. She picked up another trout but no reds. I ended up with 2 reds. Not too shabby for a couple hours of fishing each afternoon.
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  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 3,429 Captain
    Nice work WSP. I've seen a bunch of scarred up reds, but never like that. Thanks for the report. Was the water chilly?
    You should have been here yesterday
  • mburke001 aka TripleBmburke001 aka TripleB Posts: 1,335 Officer
    Nice
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 3,429 Captain
    Oops
    You should have been here yesterday
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 9,937 Moderator
    Thanks for the report. Thought a flipper bite at first but too even .
    "You'll get your weather"
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,449 Captain
    That's likely from an eagle strike. They trail their hind claw in the water like a gaff hook. If the fish is too big, it just rolls them over and leaves a mark like that if the claw pulls out. Ospreys leave multiple wounds when they miss a fish because they get right down in the water and try to grab the fish with multiple claws.

    I used to see that kind of mark on trout out west fairly often. Eagles with strike at near anything that isn't moving too fast.
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 3,429 Captain
    That's likely from an eagle strike. They trail their hind claw in the water like a gaff hook. If the fish is too big, it just rolls them over and leaves a mark like that if the claw pulls out. Ospreys leave multiple wounds when they miss a fish because they get right down in the water and try to grab the fish with multiple claws.

    I used to see that kind of mark on trout out west fairly often. Eagles with strike at near anything that isn't moving too fast.

    3 evenly spaced parallel lacerations that far apart?
    You should have been here yesterday
  • Widespread PanicWidespread Panic Posts: 206 Deckhand
    I thought flipper at first but only on one side and 3 evenly spaced, ruled that out. Never thought about a bird strike, that explains some marks I have seen before.
  • Luv2YakLuv2Yak Posts: 944 Officer
    Way too far apart to be from a Bald Eagle's talons.
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,449 Captain
    I only saw the center slice in the picture. Now I'm stumped.
  • xmuskyguidexmuskyguide Beautiful HomosassaPosts: 1,610 Captain
    Welcome to the area. Nice trips. :thumbsup
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • SlackerSlacker Posts: 1,545 Captain
    I think he was right, looks like a prop.
  • RedbonzRedbonz Posts: 4,538 Captain
    Nice....
    If it don't fit force it. If it breaks it needed replace anyways. :banghead
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