Winter Fishing in Homosassa

Winter Fishing in Homosassa

First, we’d like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday season, FELIZ NAVIDAD! Remember those hard to buy for anglers on your shopping list with a Gift Certificate, available on our Home Page at, for a memory and adventure that will never be forgotten! Our first time, “Introductory Offer”, of $199.00, for an all inclusive full day charter for one to four anglers would even make Santa a very happy fisherman!

Despite the unpredictable weather, fronts, fog, winds and cooler temperatures we continue to catch a variety of species including Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Bluefish, and Sheepshead. The crystal clear inshore waters that arrive with the change of season are ideal for hunting Redfish and Trout that have settled into potholes and the deeper parts of the numerous creeks that will serve as their winter feeding stations. The best method of fishing these deeper areas are with a slower retrieve as the fish tend to be a little more lethargic with the cooler water temperatures. December is also when the Sheepshead start to school up for their winter spawning. Sheepshead will be located in the inner holes will lots of structure and rocks. Live shrimp is the best bait for these great fighting and excellent table fare fish.

I continue to be a true believer of the BANANA superstition and prefer not to have anything to do with bananas on my boat at anytime! Please, don’t even wear any “Fruit of the Loom” undergarments!! On a recent charter with Tony Nowicki from New Port Richey, Ross Porter, John and Doug Jackson from Lakeland the banana CURSE struck again. The day started real good as John caught a 19 inch Trout in a backwater creek where I normally only catch Redfish. As the tide was going out we moved to an outside edge of a mangrove island and Ross managed to put a keeper Redfish in the cooler. We were running out of water fast so we decided to drift the lush grass flats south of Chassahowitzka Point. This is when Tony decided to eat his banana which I had no idea was on the boat. Well we didn’t catch another fish for a couple of hours and that’s when I noticed Doug in the back of the boat throwing the other three bananas from their cooler overboard! It didn’t take long for the bite to turn on again and we did add three nice Trout and a Spanish Mackerel to the cooler. Notice in the picture Tony is the only one not holding a fish and the only one that ate a BANANA!!!

For all of our friends in the Suffern, New York area, please visit with us at The 33rd Annual World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition Show,, to be held at the Field House, Rockland Community College, March 4-7, 2010, Booth # 406. Stop by and say hello, (the “REDETTES” will be in attendance), and register for your chance to win a FREE charter. As we hadn’t finished adding all the e-mail addresses before our last fishing report, we’d again like to announce that Emily McKinney was the winner of the drawing at the Orlando Florida Sportsman Fishing & Boat Show for the FREE full day charter.

Special thanks to all of our armed forces that keep us safe and free and MERRY CHRISTMAS to all, Cynthia & Captain Red ED