Fishing Report for Homosassa, Florida
Capt. Mike Locklear
February 14, 2000
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fishing the Homosassa flats this past weekend was a success. My guest were David
Robbins and his wife Royal from St. Louis, Missouri. This couple fishes with me several
times a year.
The day started out a little cool and jackets were needed for most of the day. The gulf
water temperature was hovering around a chilly 60 degrees.
The first stop we made was on a channel marker where some sheepshead were hanging
out. David caught the first one, barely a keeper, but the best eating size, around 13
Next Royal caught a much bigger one weighing in at close to 4 pounds. a few minutes
later Royal hooked even a larger one and had quite a battle with the fish. The big sheepie
tried several times to wrap itself around the piling. Finally, she got control of the fish
and had it near the surface and close to the net when the line popped and broke. Darn!
That was the biggest sheepshead I have ever seen!
We decided to put away the lighter tackle and went up one size and began searching for
some rock piles for the gag grouper. David hooked the first keeper and measured at 21
inches. Next Royal caught one that was 18 inches. Then David caught another short one
of 19 inches.
I moved the boat and away we went to a rock pile that I predicted that would have at least
one keeper. True to the word, David reeled in an 8 pound grouper. That was it for the
catching on this fine Florida day. We enjoyed some sandwiches and David rewarded
himself with several Bud Lites.
We were going to try and fish today but the cold front came through and the rain was
pouring down in buckets. The wind was also a problem, so we decided to call it off.
Preparations to have everything ready for the upcoming tarpon season which begins in
May is underway. There are still a few prime days left open in July for the person who
wants to try their skill for the greatest game fish ever caught on fly.
Get out there and go fishing if you can because it is good for ya!
Capt. Mike Locklear
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