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Kennedy Brothers' Reunite with Locklear 23 Years Later.

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

Homosassa Fishing Report December 3, 2010

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I still have a few faithful clients but Denny came out of the woodwork. It was fun fishing and we used one/eight oz. red Cotee jig heads with Gulp 3-inch shrimp tails in camo.

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Someone left the freezer door open for a few days.

I've posted a few more pictures from last month's trips. May your Christmas season be the best. Thanks goes out to everyone in my life who has been out fishing with me or provided the equipment for me to fish with. I can remember back in the mid 60's, Junior Lamon, giving me some bream hooks and bait to fish off the docks near Monkey Island. The gifts have never stopped coming and I am closer to 60 YO than I am 50 YO. Thanks again everyone and have a safe Christmas season.

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And for those people who have passed away in my life including my Dad and Grand Father, I am pretty sure they are in Heaven. Faith is to believe in what you can not see. I believe God is everywhere. You can not say anything about Heaven unless you mention Hell.

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Once, I received a letter and in part read if I go to hell, there are more people I knew to shake hands with. That is sort of funny, seriously Hell is not a funny place to be. A close fishing buddy joked the other day that he would save me a room down there. Well, I ain't going to Hell. It is Heaven where I will be. And hopefully God has elected me to witness to this friend.

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Yesterday one of my heroes in life said that every day should be celebrated as a Holiday. God gives you air to breathe and you are alive. You should give thanks everyday to God not just a few days of the year.

By the way, there is a river in Heaven and I am sure the fishing is spectacular. There ain't no water in Hell, just a lake of fire. Let's try to be good, cheerful and not angry. Have some patience everyone. Now I am calling the kettle black, here.

Now for a little story about my dog.

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Randy went swimming in the Ochlocknee River about Dusk. I sure did not want him in my truck after he wollered in some dead fish that stank really bad. I was peeved. Got my chest waders on and had some flea soap and washed him in the river.

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Barking all the way back to the Panacea home because he was riding second class, I finished his bath with the fresh water hose. Then I would not let him in the house until he was completely dry.

This took a few hours as I built an oak fire and sat around until he would come with me by the fire and dry off. Those embers were glowing and had me mesmerised, so beautiful and peaceful and warm.

My fishing reports might be sparse. It is hunting season. I can take you duck hunting if you want to try and blast a few. Or we can cast and blast one on one.

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You can catch me on Facebook or as "Mike Locklear" where I will post a few mobile photos worthy of sharing.

Homosassa Fishing Report November 30 ,2010

Homosassa and Crystal River Fishing has been red hot. On fire. Redfish, trout, grouper, sea bass, and grunts to name a few. A 22-year client, Dennis Kennedy of Tampa-Homosassa and brother Brad of the Chessehead state enjoyed a beautiful day on the water with me yesterday. Among the many snake fish of numerous sizes, the bag was a two man limit of spotted sea trout, plus one for me. 11 total in keepers between 15.1 to 17-inches. We must have thrown back 25; 14-inch trout in addition. Almost every fish we caught, tried to inhale the Cotee Jig and Gulp Bait. What was really cool, I am allowed to use Scott Orr's new boat and did not leave the dock until 10:30 A.M. and returned by 3:30 P.M. This time of year, we fish pretty close to shore, so it is a short run out of Mason Creek. More below on Scott Orr's God given talent and his Glory to God boat. We really tore them fish up! Thanks to God and Scott!

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17-year client, Ben Bumgardner of Gastonia N.C. along with a friend from Tarpon Springs, FL whom I enjoyed meeting tried our luck at Gag Grouper. Ben has never short for words and he made a comment about his new found friend being a wuss. You see, these rods were a little on the heavy side using 65-pound test Power Pro with a three foot leader. The lure of choice is a 9-inch MirrOlure, Bomber or Rapala. You have to be experienced and disciplined to repeatedly cast over and over again. Ben's friend was wore out and unenthusiastic after about 3-hours of casting and nothing but a few snake fish and one rock bass. After some fruitless trolling and grassed up lures, I finally found a rock that look like it might house a keeper. Mind you we are in only 8-feet of water.

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Ben laid a cast out past the rock 20-foot or so and brought it back along the edge and nothing. But the big Gag was chasing the lure and Ben could see this and got fired up! A few more cast and son he was hooked up. I looked over at Ben and he was all bowed up on the rod and reel bent like a horse shoe. Thank goodness I was trolling away from the rock when he hit the lure giving Ben a better chance of landing it. And that Ben did. He was so happy.

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Later that day we came into some trout in Mason Creek and on Ben's first cast he landed about a 3-pound trout. He quipped, "Grab the net" and I scooped him up. Later he said "now that will have some thick fillets". We got dinner.

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Walter Techjman and I slipped out for some fun fishing this past week and put 8-keeper sea trout in the boat. And we were in Scott Orr's newly fabricated 24-foot "Flatsrunner" powered by a 115 HP Mercury 4-Stroke. Now people, this is absolutely without a doubt the shallowest running skiff I have ever operated. And the roomiest skiff to fish from as well. Totally hand crafted and completely welded with one-quarter inch Aluminum by Scott Orr alone. The boat has two 36-inch wide flat pontoons with a slight rake forward. Centered is a 24-inch tunnel where the motor gets the water to fully utilized the 6-inch Bob's Jack Plate. I would say this boat draws 7-inches underway.

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This is one of a kind boat you must see if you are thinking of fishing shallow. Guide or recreation, the boat will amaze you beyond your wildest dreams. This skiff is the first and will never be sold, however, the second one could be a special order just for you.

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Get out there and go fishing if you can; cause it is "Good Fer Ya!" Ernie Lee

Homosassa Fishing Forecast:

In-between cold fronts or better yet a stalled front turning north into a warm front helps the bite and keeps the water temps around 65-70 for our area around Homosassa, Crystal River and Chassowitzka.

Look for trout, reds, grouper and mackerel to be active until it freezes. Then fish the rivers or Progress Energy.

Target Species:

Trout Reds Macks Grouper

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