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"Homosassa Fishing Report" Nearshore 9/28/2021

We just arrived back in town, so we were ready to do a little fishing. Crew was just Gary, Gail bailed. Plan was to try some rock piles for cobia, with grouper as the back up. Hit Bonnie up for some pinfish and we were off.              Headed out and came upon this " someone had a bad day kinda moment".  No one around. Circled but no people. Check and boat was anchor, but full of water. From a distance you can hardly see much , be careful it's sitting about 50 to 100 yards due north of marker 4.                                                        Found a nice spot in about 16ft, started the chum and we had a pack of 2ft cobia attack the boat. Gary played with them with a plastic eel. They moved on, but no bigger ones showed. Thought about trolling but it's like  a hay field. No trolling going to happen in those shallow areas. Water is at 82 degrees and murky. No sign of red tide. Lots of bottom dwellers .                            Decided to head out and look for some cleaner water and maybe pull a plug. Stop at 20 ft on some nice live bottom. Still looking for that elusive cobia. Set up a chum slick, lose a few pins but no hookup. Mango snappers showed up, so caught 3 around 16in. Perfect size for my fryer. Happy!                 Weeds are sort of disappearing, so I look at Gary and say" get the trolling rods out"! You could troll, but you would grab a weed here and there. We decided to give the troll about and hour. So I pick the best spot I have in the area and hit it hard. I could see the grouper stacked but no hits on the smaller rapalas(20 ft). Change out to the Nomad diver. It will bounce bottom here. I hit em right in the head. Grouper on. Nice 29 iner.                                 Gary gets another one and our hour is over. So we head on back to port. Again no sign of the "Tide". Hoping it doesn't make its way north. Enjoy.



  • DeboDebo Posts: 76 Deckhand
    Great report. You must have woke them up by hitting them in the head with the nomad. Little bit of an eerie feeling coming up on a boat looking like that?
  • Salty Dawg44Salty Dawg44 Posts: 1,399 Officer
    Nice Going! Those Mangroves are good eating.

    I was out there on Monday and found that bass boat and called in a report to USCG St Pete as a "hazard to navigation". From a distance all you could see was that old 85 horse Johnson. Nothing left inside, even the depthfinder was gone. As I circled talking with the CG I noticed a hole about 30' away that was 10' deeper than the regular 6' bottom.

    I'm going out again Friday from the Barge Canal.... no weeds there!


    I may not always agree with what you say,
    but I will always respect your right to be wrong!
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,901 Moderator
    Crazy deal on that boat ?  That grouper you are holding looks funny. All head it looks like.
    I'll be back Sunday. Got bass to deal with down South. Fry up them snapper !

    "You'll get your weather"
  • JonsredfishinJonsredfishin Posts: 3,045 Captain
    Nice feesh, Ruff. I would of put a few holes in that boat and mark me a new number. 😆 
    One president put a man on the moon.
    Another president put a man in the Lady's bathroom.
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Posts: 2,784 Captain
    I saw that boat on Sunday when it was anchored up well south of #4.  Since I didn't see anyone in it, so I ran up next to it to look if there was a person passed out on the deck.  But it was empty and completely dry at the time.  I'm pretty sure that there was a fishfinder on the console and there was a freshwater style trolling motor on the bow.

    Somebody may have stripped the boat after that and moved it north of the channel. And maybe put a hole in it.

    I should have called the Coast Guard or the Sherrif but I thought of how Mark (Sevenweight) left his boat anchored and rode in on another boat during a storm.  So I figured it best to leave the situation be.  That was probably not the best decision. 
  • xmuskyguidexmuskyguide Posts: 1,981 Captain
    Nice trip even without any cobia. 👍
  • JtsJts Posts: 121 Deckhand
    I always wondered about those plugs when you pull one in and it’s caught on the side of his head.  Figured maybe the grouper were just sitting in a circle playing cards and wam where did Bob go, he was here just a second ago!
  • Ruff OneRuff One Posts: 2,292 Captain
    Yes, Louie that grouper was long and skinny. Therefore big mouth. It seems the ones we have caught are on the slim side.                                                         JTS. That is going to be my new grouper hashtag " Where did Bob go".Lol. 
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