Florida is chock-full of prime and pristine fishing locations. You are bound to have a successful trip no matter where you end up, but one location stands out among the rest. Homosassa, Florida is that place. Situated along the Nature Coast on the Gulf of Mexico, Homosassa is in the heart of not only incredible fishing, but excellent wildlife viewing and an ecosystem unlike anywhere else in the world.
Homosassa sits along the banks of the Homosassa River, an eight mile long river that begins as a freshwater spring and ends in the Gulf of Mexico. To the north lies Crystal River, another freshwater, spring fed river and to the south is the Chassahowitzka River. These rivers play an important role to the local fish population by providing them with warmth during the winter months, nourishment and habitat that is special to this area.
Here we target all the most popular gamefish like snook, spotted seatrout and redfish—or better known as a southern slam. The crystal clear waters that ebb and flow through the maze of mangrove islands, oyster bars, grass flats and mud flats provide sight-fishing opportunities unlike anywhere else in the world. Whether throwing topwater alongside an oyster bar or sight-casting a fly to a hungry redfish, the waters surrounding Homosassa is an angler’s playground.
But truth be told, the fishing isn’t the only thing that draws anglers in from all over the world. The wildlife viewing in the area offers up exciting entertainment at every turn and provides relief even when the fishing is slow—which isn’t often. The area surrounding Homosassa is teeming with wildlife—in water, on land and in the air. In the water, it is not uncommon to see dolphins, sharks, different types of rays, sea turtles and even manatees. Manatees use the spring-fed rivers much like the fish do.
When the gulf waters drop, the water that is being pumped from the ground at the head of these rivers keep at a constant 72 degrees, which provides the warmth needed for the gentle sea cows to survive over winter. On dry land, you may spot sunning alligators, otters playing about or even monkeys! That’s right, monkeys! A small island located in the middle of the Homosassa River is home to a handful of monkeys and can be viewed safely from a distance.
Through the sky you may see bald eagles, roseate spoonbills, pelicans, ospreys, kingfishers, and the list goes on. In fact, over 250 species of birds call the area home! Have your camera ready! As you can see, there are many reasons to come fish Homosassa, Florida.
Whether you’re looking for your own southern slam, a lesisurely kayak paddle or even your own private island, Captain Carey Gibson here at Southern Slam Outfitters has just what you need to experience Homosassa in all its glory!