Homosassa Backcountry Fishing

Homosassa Backcountry Fishing is on a mission of introducing anglers to the most amazing fishing destinations in and around Homosassa, Florida. They are operated by Captain Matt Locklear, a 4th generation fishing guide in this area who has infinite knowledge of the Homosassa waterways and tons of stories to tell about them.

His boat is a 24’ beautiful Carolina Skiff performance fishing boat originally built in 2017 with a capacity for up to 4 guests. Powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots, this skiff will transport you to the best spots very quickly. It has a tower for sighting, a jack plate for better fuel efficiency and moving across shallower waters, a wireless trolling motor for super quiet trolling, and a power pole to keep you in the productive spot.

Capt. Matt offers a variety of trips, and he is certain any trip you book will be so good you will remember it forever. And why is he so sure? Well, he learned all about fishing from his family who are well known in Homosassa, he is patient with first-timers and kids, and his boat was built for these waters.

Now, let’s talk fish. The geographic positioning of Homosassa on the Florida map means it gets plenty of warm currents caressing its shores, grass flats, and mangroves. It also means that a variety of fish species is available year-round. Some of them are Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Grouper, and Cobia. Scalloping season is open from July 1 to late September and is a hugely popular family activity that gets booked up well in advance.

Capt. Matt will provide you will the necessary fishing gear including Redbone rods, Shimano reels, tackle, bait, ice, bottled water, and fishing license. Bring some food for the day, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and a small cooler to take your day’s catch home, fresh, cleaned, and ready to eat.

Join Homosassa Backcountry Fishing and come explore the prolific waters of Florida for a great time!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    We are known for our Tarpon on a fly. Come and spend the whole day fishing these productive waters of Florida.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Fishing in Homosassa and the surrounding areas will allow you and your party to target some of the best shallow-water game fish. You will fish for Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Gag Grouper, Cobia, and other species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $350
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This is a 4-hour fishing trip in Homosassa and the surrounding areas. It will allow you and your party to target some of the best shallow-water game fish. You will fish for Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Gag Grouper, Cobia, and other species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $350
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This is a 4-hour fishing trip in Homosassa and the surrounding areas. It will allow you and your party to target some of the best shallow-water game fish. You will fish for Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Gag Grouper, Cobia, and other species.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 20
    $300
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Scalloping is a lot of fun and a very rewarding sport. You will scallop and get to take your Scallops home to eat which is a treat like no other. This trip is seasonal from July 1 to approximately mid to late September. Bring your fins, mask, snorkel, and catch bag. *Fins, mask, and snorkel can be rented for a nominal fee.
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About the Captain

Matt Locklear
Homosassa, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
20 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since June 2017
Captain Matt is a 4th generation fishing guide and a 5th generation native to Homosassa and Crystal River Florida area. He learned the sport and the business from his family and now specializes in fishing for Trout, Redfish, Grouper, Snook, Tarpon, and more. Seeing as Captain Matt grew up on the Nature Coast, and had worked as a commercial fisherman, he is equipped with immense knowledge of the local waters. He shares his knowledge with his guests and uses it put you on the fish you are chasing at the right time, tide and place.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Redfish Redfish
Scallop Scallop

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Carolina Skiff (Performance fishing) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha Four Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Bowfishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

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 7 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.65
out of 5 stars from 20 reviews
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Half day trip with Captain Matt
Full Day Fishing with Captain Matt Locklear!
Full Day Fishing with Captain Matt Locklear!
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
85%
Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  May 24, 2020
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William J.
Inverness, FL
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   June 22, 2019
Great Captain, very patient and put us on the fish immediately. Recommend highly, you will not be disappointed! He grew up...
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Charles H.
Homosassa Springs, FL
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Great Day with Captain Matt!

VERIFIED   June 8, 2019
My friend Jason and I spent the day with Captain Matt today. We caught a bunch of fish, had fun, and highly recommend Captain...
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Rick H.
Spring Hill, FL
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VERIFIED   June 27, 2019
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John W.
The Villages, FL
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October fishing trip

VERIFIED   October 23, 2019
Captain went for trout and redfish.  Caught a couple of trout.  Redfish not there.
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