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Homosassa Guide Association Changes Guard

Capt. Mike Locklear
November 3, 2010
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report

Guiding Homosassa clients to spotted seatrout and redfish is the staple gig for Association guides. The limits of trout have been easy to attain for some guides and their clients fishing over rock grass in the 3-4 foot depths near the Birdrack off St. Martin's Keys.

The Homosassa Guides Association(HGA) has been in operation since the days when guiding was only a dollar a day. Imagine that! It is very interesting to know who were the best back in the days of old. Maybe some of you could write a line or two on my facebook page about who your favorite guide was back in the old days.

We just broke out of a meeting last night with outgoing HGA President Capt. Jim Long passing the torch to Capt. William Toney. Past-President Capt. Long was a little down in the dumps with the economy being tough as it is, but you would never know it if you did not know him. He was one guy who did things for the best of all and was a fair man in his position of power. He has been and always will be a good friend to depend on when the going gets tough.

For a dozen years, Capt. Gary Cox, kept the check book and wrote the minutes, posing as Secretary and Treasurer. A good ole Tennessee boy and former Chevy Dealer, Cox has been slapping his stick for the same amount of years. Capt. Dan Clymer has been given the helm that Cox drove as fine as the Chverolets' ran in days of old.

Clymer is better known for his handsome face on the covers of Florida Sportsman and numerous magazines. But he can catch fish even when the tough gets going. Enjoy his friendly personality and awesome Pro-Line boat he designed especially for gag grouper, snook, redfish and spotted seatrout.

The last but not least is the "cool hand luke" of our group. Capt. Don Chancey, he is the newly inducted Vice-President for 2011 and beyond. I have known Don for 10 years, sponsored him, he has the best wife beside mine in the world. Don is good at all he offers. A Gentleman, great guide and fisherman and he has two boats to better serve you. One to take you offshore for grouper and cobia. And another to fish the flats for trout, reds, blues, ladyfish or whatever is chewing.

The image of the Homosassa Guides Association has been clannish since inception. But that does not say that we do not accept outsiders. Quite the contrary. We have Crystal River guides that have joined us and contributed their experiences to bring the level up a bar in extending scope of range the guides knowledge of new areas outside of Homosassa. We even voted in a car dealer from Ocala, the late Pat Patterson who was one helluva grouper guide.

I say all of this to say this, less the bull butter. If you need a guide, Google Homosassa Guides Association and then go through the member list one-by-one. Call them and chat with them. Tell them you found them because you read my crappy document. And if you have a great time, I would like to see so I can post some on the web site.

Some of these guides who are as good as they can be; include Capt. Kyle Messer, Capt. Mark Zorn, Capt. Charlie Harris. Capt. Rick Spratt and Capt. Tod Corneille.

About the crappy report, today I learned the word "Crappie" from sidekick, Walter Techjman who has a ball cap that reads "Mr. Crappie". It stuck. Walter landed a baker's dozen redfish and keeper spotted seatrout to 20-inches using cut lady fish today

Get on that phone and call one of us. The fish are biting for the next couple of months. We will have a great time.

Tight Lines,

A Capt. Mike Locklear, Fishing Guide
5011 S. Craig Pt.
Homosassa, FL 34446-2117
Web Site: www.homosassafishing.com/
E-mail: captmikelocklear@gmail.com

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