I used to live in hernando county. Mostly fished at jenkins creek. I never had a kayak back then but I do remember in the winter months you can look down in the creek and see a bunch of snook just sitting there. I almost had my first snook on a top water popper. It was a moment I can't forget. I was sitting there testing my new lure and watching the little bubbles as i pulled it in and then a big snook's mouth popped out and grabbed it. My mistake was I didn't have a leader on my line.
Also be careful, I was in the water about knee deep throwing a cast net and turned around and seen 2 alagator eyes looking at me from about 20 feet away. I think he had lunch on his mind. I haven't been in the water since.
If you are looking for another place to go kayaking. I was try Honeymoon island, it is a little more south but seemed like a great place for kayaking.