Captain Charlie Harris, is a 3rd generation native of the Homosassa and Crystal River area, and a full time guide. He specialize in fishing for inshore species such as Redfish, Tarpon, Trout and Cobia. If you are interested in fishing the flats in the Homosassa Springs or the Crystal River area, you have come to the right place. Red fishing is his specialty and he caters to both the light spinning tackle and fly fishermen.
He has been fishing the waters around Citrus County for 30 years, as both a commercial fisherman and a charter captain. The many years that he has spent commercial fishing these waters have made him quite knowledgeable about the Nature Coast and the Big Bend area. This knowledge lets him place his clients on to fish at the right time, tide, and place.
His boats is a 21 foot Carolina Skiff, that he has set up to fish the Florida flats and backwaters of the area. It has a poling platform, and a bow mounted, silent, electric motor to insure that he can quietly get into those hard to find shallow areas, which hold the big redfish. The sight of redfish tailing or a Tarpon swirling the flats of Homosassa, is one, that both his clients and he, has find to be the ultimate thrill in Florida flats fishing. The boat has a 115hp Yamaha engine that is extremely reliable and that gets him to the flats just plain fast. This boat fishes up to 4 anglers in comfort.
His boat is equipped with all the Coast Guard required safety equipment. All bait, tackle and licenses are provided for your fishing charter. Fishing stories, local wisdom, memories and angling adventures are also provided as part of the package. He can also provide a nice shore lunch of the day's catch, which is cooked and enjoyed right on the banks of the beautiful Homosassa waters.
He also enjoy taking people on nature cruises of our area to see the manatees, wildlife and great natural beauty that surrounds Homosassa and Crystal River. With miles of backcountry, crystal clear fish-filled waters, there is an abundance of large redfish, trout, cobia and tarpon waiting to challenge the best of light tackle anglers. The redfish are powerful and are famous for their never tiring fighting ability. The Nature Coast area has an abundance of inshore species to challenge the seasoned angler and to permit the less experienced family/party members to participate in the enjoyment of fishing our inshore waters.
Tarpon fishing for the area is in May, June and July. The area provides the world's best Tarpon sport, with several fly rod records on the books. Speckled trout remain one of the most sought after fish and they are available year round. Come join us, and enjoy some of the best fishing this part of the country has to offer. There is something for everyone on the family vacation to our West Central Florida area.
He is a member in good standing of the Homosassa Guide Association. He can provide boats and qualified, experienced charter captains for your corporate and family outings. The area abounds in natural beauty and is an abundant year round fishing resource.
Driving instructions to Captain Harris:
On S.R. 44 travel west through Inverness (going toward Crystal River) until you reach S.R. 490 (Homosassa Trail). Turn left and continue on S.R. 490 until you reach US 19 (Sun coast Blvd.). There is a traffic signal at this intersection in Homosassa Springs. Turn left at the signal (heading south) and go one short block to Halls River Road. There is a Hardee's Restaurant at this intersection. Turn right (west) and travel on Halls River Road to the first road on the left, which is Fishbowl Drive. Turn left on Fishbowl Drive.
Continue past the entrance of the Wildlife Park, crossing over a small bridge. Continue on this road, the name will change to Yulee Drive. Follow Yulee Drive past the Elementary School. The road will curve to the right as it passes the school. At the 4-way stop, turn right into the resort. We are approximately 3 miles from US 19.
Bob Schuett, Lauren Van Scoit, and Gary Roberts with their February 16 catch fishing with Captain Charlie Harris.
Available Trips Dates
July (There will be no club trips this month)
August 6,7,8,20, 22, 23, 24 (1/2 days only)
Trip coordinator Dean Hooker
Phone # 352-445-6611
Location of Captain Harris Charter
GPS Address 5297 S Cherokee Way
Homosassa, FL 34448
Captain Harris Rates;
Fishing Charters for the Inshore and near shore waters of Homosassa & Crystal River are available all year round. Scalloping in the Homosassa & Crystal River area are during the regulated scallop season.
Tarpon fishing rates are $500 for a Full Day and $400 for a Half Day -----Maximum of Two People
All Rods, Tackle, Bait, Licenses and Instruction are included.
Wisdom and colorful fishing stories are provided free of charge.
Dock departure times vary by time of year and tide conditions.
Captain Harris with our catch of May 9, 2018. Great day.
Members Photos of Fishing with Captain Harris