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chassahowiztka wildlife refuge

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you fishing from a boat or yak ? the river is very shallow you will need a boat with a shallow draft..I grew up fishing the chaz. we use to have a house on a island there.no name storm in march of 1993 blew it away the water was 12ft above normal.

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Chaz is very shallow and VERY rock, fish flats off of Chaz light there is a line of white PVC markers that will run you all the way out to marker #10 Homosassa channel, fish along the stakes ,drift ,or toss out anchor and sit for while if no luck move on , watch Weather,still early for Thunder bumpers ,it is possible, but no place to hide ,this area known for lightning (tampa)

It should go with out saying Do NOT use deep draft boat ,a skiff is required in most area around chaz and then move slowly or carry spare prop

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the person ill be staying with have a 20ft boat im not sure what kind or if it will be good for there..ill mostly be fishing from land, are there any spots you can fish from land that are good fishing?

 

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The whole "big bend region" from Hernando beach north to Bald Point state park is not the white sandy beaches tourist think about when somebody mentions Florida..Its marsh land (hundreds of miles of it) with freshwater rivers and streams that run out to the gulf..Lots of them are spring fed..there is nowhere to saltwater fish from land on the Chassahowitzka unless you take the boat out and find somewhere to wade fish ,and that will be hard to do, if you step off the boat in that area 90% of time you'll sink in over your head in muck..Unless you are familiar, or your friend is familiar with that river system, I strongly suggest leaving it alone ,the fishing is pretty good but the terrain is not user friendly unless you know what you're doing ..The Homosassa River is quite a bit deeper than the Chaz., and easier to navigate..

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Zak, I fish the homosassa River, if you stay in channel you will be ok, watch hell gate at marker 58/58a ,at marker 49, slow and just go 50 ft past marker pulll back into cove there is an Oyster bar around marker may hold a sheepie or two cast to bank near dock and might hook red, Directly across river from 49 is another small cove with rocky point for red, boat traffic should be light so anchor should hold, if nothing at spots go on out river, to gulf around marker 26 stop at Big Shrimp Bonnie Ponton bait barge and ask Bonnie where action is , if going on out channel, be ALERT at marker 22 ,you must make a left and look ahead you will see two small temp bouys 19 & 20 head over to them if you go straight ahead at marker 22 be up and running and Hope it is high tide ,look around and see where other boats are at , are they drifting ,anchor . I would go out to marker 10 at least

 

If using carolina rig probably do not need much more than 3 ft of 20lb leader to 8-10 lb mono,use rig under popping cork (cajun Thunder) Gulp works good on flats, mirrodine, watch bottom for Grass trout are predators and love to lay in ambush in these grass beds.

 

You can launch at place called Mac Rae's free launch and parking as it is a county ramp after 1 april or around that time frame they lift manatee idle zone and now can run any speed up to 25 down to main river ,then it is what ever you feel you can handle as newbie i would say 20 as the Homosassa can jump out and bite you so observe the markers and it is well marked.

 

Homosassa river is nice scenic river, very few houses approx 7 mile down river to gulf . take time go slow and you will be ok

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