Capt. Duane Tibbetts

Capt. Duane Tibbetts has been running fishing trips for over 30 years. A South Florida native, he’s been based out of Homosassa for most of his adult life. With many rivers and waterways, Homosassa is a great base to fish for some spectacular inshore species, as well as to explore the Gulf of Mexico. Capt. Duane loves to fish and to see his customers reel ‘em in, and can’t wait to get you on the fish right away.

Up to 4 people can fish off this 24’ California skiff, designed with these shallow waters in mind. Powered by a 115 HP Mercury engine and navigated by GPS, fishfinder, and VHF radio, you’ll rapidly drift to the most fruitful spots, and see plenty of this exquisite, unspoiled part of the world.

You’ll be targeting inshore species such as Redfish, Trout, Pompano, Mackerel, Tarpon, and Cobia using light tackle. All fishing gear, bait, and lures are provided, so you can just walk up and hit the waves. If you’d like to get up close and personal to the wonderful nature beneath you, take advantage of the scalloping trip. You’ll get the scuba diving gear and try your hand at grabbing as many of these delicious crustaceans as possible.

Along the way into the Gulf from Homosassa, you’ll get to see some outstanding beauty. There are nature reserves on each side, home to manatees, dolphins, and plenty of other exotic species that are sure to mesmerize you. At the end of a long day, your catch will be cleaned and prepared for you to take home, so you’re in for a treat at home.

So come on, let Capt. Duane Tibbetts show you the beauty of this pristine corner of Florida. Happy fishing!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Fishing (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Jun 30
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Make the most of Florida's unspoiled nature coast, by exploiting the inshore waterways of the Homosassa River and its nearby nature reserves. Over the course of 8 hours, you'll get to fish for species such as Redfish and Speckled Trout, as well as some bigger game fish like Cobia and Tarpon when in season. This is a trip for up to 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fishing (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Jun 30
    $350
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    During this 4-hour trip, you'll be fishing the backwaters and the inshore Gulf of Mexico. There's fun to be had for everyone, with a range of top game fish on offer, and the support of the captain to make you reel in your first. Reels, rods, bait, and lures are provided; just bring your drinks and snacks, and you're ready to go. This is a trip for up to 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $350
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Cool off from the Florida sun by snorkeling in the crystal clear shallow water, looking for scallops. These trips are great for all ages and fun for anyone who can swim. You'll even get to take some delicious treats home with you at the end.
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About the Captain

Duane Tibbetts
Homosassa, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since February 2016
I love the outdoors and have always been a fisherman, growing up in South Florida. I love to fish anywhere, from freshwater to saltwater. When I got married 44 years ago and moved up to the west coast, my wife’s dad was a fishing guide and suggested that I get my Captain's License. I did, and have not regretted it since. I take people around the islands to catch a Redfish, if the tides are right to do so. If you don't know how to fish, I try to teach you through a short lesson. You will cast to catch Trout and other species of fish.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Redfish Redfish
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Carolina Skiff (Flats boat) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 115HP Mercury engine.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Homosassa to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Checks

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Zachary M.
Orlando, Florida
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VERIFIED   April 5, 2017
Had a great day out in the gulf fishing for spotted sea trout with capt. Duane! He’s very knowledgeable and helpful learning...
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VERIFIED   January 14, 2017
Had a great time, we caught our limit on fish for the day, “Capt Duane Tibbetts” very knowledgeable of the area,...
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Orange City, FL
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VERIFIED   March 27, 2018
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VERIFIED   July 11, 2016
Even in the hottest time of the year to fish I put an 18 inch and 25 inch red fish in the boat and had them for supper. ...
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