Captain Charlie's Fishing Report

I enjoy meeting new people and I especially enjoy seeing old friends return year after year to renew friendships and enjoy the superb Florida flats fishing we have here in Homosassa and Crystal River.

I try to keep a regular log of what happens over the month while Homosassa Red fishing.  This is to let you know what is going on with the Florida flats fishing in our area.

If you want to go Redfishing, Scalloping, or would like additional information, or If you have any questions about fishing in the Homosassa area, please do not hesitate to either drop me an email at or call me at (352)634-4309.

Stop Wishing, Let's Go Fishing! ~ Capt Charlie

April 2017 Fishing Report

April 2017 Fishing Report Fishing in Homosassa was good during the month of April. We caught some nice sized Trout, Redfish, Cobia and Snook. If you haven’t eaten a Snook, you need to try one if you ever have the opportunity. Snook is a flaky white fish with a unique flavor.

As the weather heated up towards the end of April, the trout moved offshore in 7-10 feet of water. We are catching our trout by working jigs on the bottom. With offshore jigging you never know what you are going to catch. While we are targeting Homosassa sea trout, you’ll have the opportunity to catch sea bass, mackerel, small grouper, and the occasional small shark. It’s like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to catch.

We are still targeting redfish and we’re catching them on cut mullet. Don’t forget, it’s Tarpon Season which is May and June for Homosassa. The Tarpon haven’t arrived yet but could show up anytime.

I want to thank all my clients who fished with me this month. I enjoyed having all of you. A special welcome to the members of the Villages Deep Sea Fishing Club. A special thank you to one of the clubs’ seasoned anglers, Miss Vivian, who introduced me to the club.

Until next month, Tight Lines and God Bless. Capt Charlie.

March 2017 Fishing Report

March 2017 Fishing Report March fishing has been good on our Homosassa flats. We've been catching our limit of Homosassa trout. When the tides are in our favor we've been catching our Homosassa redfish too. We've been seeing a lot of Snook and today we caught a keeper in the slot. Nice big jacks are migrating north through our area. They are a drag screaming, rod bending thrill to catch. These fish give a nice fight.

Last week's cold front made for cold boat rides but as the days warmed up, the fish started to bite. We are catching our Homosassa trout in very shallow water because it warms up quicker. A lot of people want to fish for trout in the holes but the shallow water warms up faster. You can catch them in the holes but not as big or as many as we are catching in the shallow water.

February 2017 Fishing Report

February 2017 Fishing Report February has been a great month for Fishing our Homosassa flats. Fishing has been on fire with a lot of action for my clients. The bite has been frequent and anglers are reeling in enough fish for multiple meals.

The temperatures have been pleasant with cool mornings and bearable afternoons. We have been catching nice Homosassa Trout and Homosassa Redfish and getting our limits of both on most days. We are catching our Homosassa Trout on artificial lures and our Homosassa Redfish on shrimp. I recently hosted a group of Veterinarians who were in Orlando for a worldwide conference.

We had a shore lunch for the group, cooking their fish catches for them to eat before heading back to their Orlando hotels.

Here are some recent client pictures with their catches. A special thank you to my client who created the YouTube Video of this month's fishing trip.

January 2017 Fishing Report

January 2017 Fishing Report Fishing in 2017 started out with a bang before this cold front came through. As the weather warms up between fronts, the trout and redfish bite will be back on. While this cold front is here we are fishing for mangrove snapper at night catching our limits. Catching mangroves is a blast with a lot of action and these are tasty fish. Kids enjoy it because they are catching fish every cast and they stay occupied.

If you are interested in a night trip to target mangrove snapper, give me a call. Here are some pictures from recent catches. Take a look at the BIG Snook my client caught recently. It was 50 inches and a good size for the Homosassa area.