Two great Red Fish caught by Jim & Ervan here during a fishing charter with Capt. Don of Flats Chance Fishing. Beautiful fish and a great day to be on the Crystal River. Did you know that Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World”? Most people think of Florida and offshore fishing, but it takes longer to get into the deep water here and the Homosassa – Crystal River area is home to one of the largest shallow-water seagrass meadows in the world. Where there are seagrass and clear clean water there is always an abundance of marine life. Here are some tips on catching beautiful Redfish like Jim & Ervan is sporting in these photos!
BAIT. Redfish are ravenous feeders that will take live baitfish, crabs and shrimp, and also dead or cut baits from the same sources. Live shrimp and minnows make the very best baits for shallow coastal fishing; live Pinfish, small Mullet or similar baitfish for angling in deeper water is what we choose on our charter trips here at Flats Chance!
WHEN TO FISH. Summer flats fishing is best done at sunrise. The water temperatures in the shallows are just right in the early morning, and the fish will travel into these areas seeking small crabs and shrimp until the water warms by midday.
No matter your experience level, or familiarity with the fishing, chartering a fishing trip with Captain Don can teach you to improve your cast to land the best results. Come charter a fishing trip with us and experience Homosassa Flats Fishing for yourself. A day on the water is the best way to spend ANY Day! We look forward to fishing with you here in the Homosassa – Crystal River area for not only Red Fish but just about anything.