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Tarpon On The Fly -- You B King of Gamefishing

Capt. Mike Locklear
February 21, 2008
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report

Homosassa is a tarpon fly angler's paradise Many different types of saltwater fish can be found year-round. There is a healthy fishery of both spotted sea trout and redfish. These two species are what most folks fish frequently for in Homosassa beginning in March.

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In Homosassa tarpon is king during the months of May and June. Fly fishing for these big boys is the ultimate challenge for endurance and casting accuracy. I have a few slots in prime time both in May or June and invite you to come and fish with me if you are up to the challenge.

Beginning in mid-June through July, Big Bend and Panhandle tarpon are coming in well enough to be a dependable source. These fish are swimming pairs and are traveling along the coast, so they are hungry when they see a properly presented fly. There is very little fishing pressure and most days the waters here are gin clear.

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Areas fished include proven spots in gin clear water with aggressive fish. You just need to be able to deliver the fly in front of the fish quickly as the fish are traveling 3-4 mph. Most fish run 60-80 pounds with an occasional one over 100 pounds.

A guide here is an absolute must. Bringing your own boat is a waste of your time. Again I have a few open slots in prime time.

Until May rolls around we will have to settle for the smaller fishes. On any given day in the mix could be Bluefish, Pompano and Spanish mackerel should the wind lay down enough to travel offshore to 10 feet of water, about 10 miles out. For the most part our shallow clear waters are made up of flat bottom and one can see redfish from a distance and sight fish those.

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Rock piles full of gag grouper, grunts, and sea bass dot the gulf's bottom, providing fun for all levels of skill.

Why not give me a holler and let's set up the challenges a silver king tarpon will deliver.

Homosassa Fishing Forecast:

Our Blues, Pomps, and Macks will come in closer as the gulf water warms up to the mid 70's for easy pickin's.

Target Species:

bluefish, pompano and mackerel

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