To read about our fishing through the eyes of Doug Kelly click below:
Homosassa is located on the West Coast of Florida, about 70 miles
north of Tampa (click
here to see a map). Aptly named "The Nature Coast," this area of Florida is
teeming with wildlife.
Our beloved Citrus County Florida boasts
of seven rivers, some of which are spring-fed. Attracted by these warm waters, West Indian
Manatees make their home here in winter. Likewise, many species of fresh and saltwater
fishes inhabit the warm waters of these rivers during the winter months. There is plenty
of bird life to see, like bald eagles and ospreys. Dolphins are spotted daily, and make
for an entertaining side show. The area is pleasantly landscaped with sable palms and vast
marsh grasses. The Homosassa River is lined with rustic homes and great oaks laden with
Spanish moss. It gives you the feeling of "Old Florida," and I think the natural
scenery here is part of what keeps folks coming back to Homosassa year after year.
As far as the fishing goes, you can catch many types of fish year-round. There
is a healthy fishery of speckled trout and redfish. These two species are what folks fish
for most frequently in Homosassa. Pelagic species such as Spanish mackerel and bluefish
sweeten the pot during the Spring and Fall migrations. Rock piles full of gag grouper,
grunts, and sea bass dot the gulf's bottom, providing fun for all ages. I like to match
the rod to the fish using light spinning tackle or bait-casting gear for the most fun. See
the fish we catch and the
seasons that are best for each species.