Homosassa Backcountry Fishing

19 reviews
In demand!

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.

Captain Matt Locklear offers half or full day fishing adventures, as well as half day Manatee tours and Scalloping trips. 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.

The boat is a 24’ beautiful Carolina Skiff performance fishing originally built in 2017 with a capacity for up to four guests. Powered by a 115 HP Yamaha Four Stroke 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 that engine specs, a wireless trolling motor for super quiet trolling, and a power pole to keep you in the productive spot.

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 1st to late September and is a hugely popular family activity that gets booked up well in advance.

Homosassa Backcountry Fishing 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.



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  • Private trip
    Fly fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
     price breakdown
    We are known for our tarpon on a fly.
  • Private trip
    Full Day fishing Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $450
     price breakdown
    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 fishing AM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $350
     price breakdown
    This is a four-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 fishing pm
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $350
     price breakdown
    This is a four-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
    Scalloping trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 20
    $300
     price breakdown
    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 1st 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
19 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.

About this listing

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 19 reviews
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Half day trip with Captain Matt
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Sheila D.
Homosassa Springs, FL
 5.00
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8hour fishing trip with Captain Matt Locklear.

VERIFIED   March 30, 2019
We had a great time. He taught us how to fish. And what fish we were fishing for. We caught an abundance of fish (8 pounds...
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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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Jeff T.
Eustis, FL
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Half day trip with Captain Matt

VERIFIED   May 21, 2019
Matt did a great job putting us on some fish, he really does know the area.  I would recommend him 100%!
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Rick H.
Spring Hill, FL
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VERIFIED   June 27, 2019
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