Flats Chance Fishing Charters – Homosassa & Crystal River Florida
Welcome to the official site for Flats Chance Fishing Charters of Homosassa Florida. As a fourth-generation Floridian with a passion for our unique natural resources, fishing and being on the water has always been a way of life for me. With a lifetime of experience navigating the rivers and marine coastline of Citrus County, I can guarantee you a fun, safe and action-packed day of fishing Florida’s fabled fishing grounds in Homosassa, Chassahowitska or Crystal River near the small islands and inlets outside of the Chassahowitska National Wildlife Refuge on the beautiful Crystal River and the St. Martin’s Marsh Aquatic Preserve are as natural to me as your backyard is to you.
My boat is conveniently located only a short drive (1-1.5 hours) from Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, and Gainesville at Homosassa Riverside Resort where you can rent rooms if you want to fish for several days and every day is a great day on the water!
Below is a little background to help you plan a successful charter fishing excursion with an experienced guide who knows the waters, the regulations, uses only top-notch fishing equipment and can take you and your group to the fishing “hot spots” along Citrus County’s coastline.
What is “Flats Fishing”?
When most people think of chartering a fishing trip and saltwater fishing, they think of “deep sea” or “offshore” fishing. Big boats fishing in deep water far from shore. Flats fishing in Florida is a better choice for many anglers as it allows fishermen to catch larger fish than you can in freshwater while still being able to use a smaller boat often in ten feet of water or less. Having the shoreline in sight and being approximately 45 minutes from the dock keeps sea sickness from being an issue. Our beautiful water and large fish combination make it a great day on the water with fish in the boat for a half-day or full-day charter fishing trip on the water here in southern Florida.
Where does the boat leave from and where will we fish from?
For your convenience, I lease a designated boat slip at Homosassa Riverside Resort in Homosassa Florida. There is ample parking, restrooms, and a full-service hotel that can accommodate your party if you require overnight accommodations. For day-trippers, Homosassa is only a short drive (1-1.5 hours) from Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, and Gainesville Florida should you will to keep it easy and bring your catch home for dinner. Charter fishing trips here on along Citrus County’s coastline on the Chassahowitska or Crystal River is a perfect choice for most of our anglers.
Our fishing excursion will take us seven miles downriver to the Gulf of Mexico and depending on the time of year, we’ll fish along the protected small islands and inlets outside of the Chassahowitska National Wildlife Refuge and/or the St. Martin’s Marsh Aquatic Preserve.
WHAT TYPE OF FISH WILL WE CATCH?
There is an abundance of saltwater species caught in our area. The gin-clear waters combined with state and federally protected estuaries and seagrass beds provide a safe haven nursery for a diversity of fish. Our targeted species are Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Snook, mackerel, sheep head (winter only), Flounder, mangrove snapper, and shallow water grouper. We also take charter trips for Scallops when they are in season.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO FISHING?
The best time to go fishing is during active feeding times, which has a few determining factors; Time of day, tidal patterns, moon phase and locating shade and structure for prime fish feeding habitat. Half-Day Fishing charters can fluctuate in departure time, depending on the tide. Typically, full-day and half-day charters depart at 8 am. We will schedule your charter fishing trip around your specific needs and the type of fish you are wanting to catch.
Why choose Captain Don of Flats Chance Charters?
When you spend a day with someone on a boat during a charter fishing trip, it’s best to spend a day with someone you can trust, who is experienced, well connected in the industry and believes in customer service. My priority is making your day, the best day it can be, as often the value of a day of fishing is the escape from your normal routine and spending quality time outdoors on the water with friends and family. If you choose to catch and keep instead of catch and release, at the end of each fishing trip, I’ll clean your catch for you to take home or for your convenience Homosassa Riverside resorts waterfront restaurant can “cook your catch” when we return. We will catch fish, have some great time and then relax on the way home with great memories of a day on the water!