Black Diamond Ranch “Where to Live if You Live for Adventures off the Golf Course:” Citrus County on the Water I–Boating and Fishing
Citrus County has 25,000 acres of rivers and lakes and of course, the Gulf of Mexico. Citrus County maintains a number of public boat ramps throughout the area and if you are looking for a more permanent mooring, there are a number of privately owned marinas and boat storage yards. This blog deals with boating and fishing. (Next week will talk about kayaking, canoeing, scalloping, diving, paddling, and swimming with the manatee.)
”If boating is your desire but owning a boat isn’t, there are also a number of local Citrus County businesses that can rent you a vessel for a few hours, a day, a week, or more. Once you are on the water, you still face a multitude of decisions of what you want to do: sightseeing, fishing, water sports, snorkeling, or maybe just relaxing the day away from phones, deadlines, and other signs of civilization that surround us.” In the past, we have rented a pontoon boat through River Haven Marina. (352-628-5545)
If you want the fun of boating without having to drive the boat (the waters here are shalllow!); Citrus County also has a number of airboat tours and boat tour operators to suit your needs. Visit some local links below for a choice of tours and guides around the area.I included companies that people recommended to me. I also have a one-page list (from 2011) of establishments where you can rent a boat, hire a guide or captain, etc. Email me and I will email you a copy or get you a copy of the list.>Mail to:
Wild Bill’s Airboat Rides, Inverness :Noisy and wet experience but fun!
Crystal River Preserve – Boat Tours HERITAGE-ECO BOAT TOURS
“The vessel “Monroe” (24 passengers) is the vehicle for a lower river Heritage-Eco Tour. The program “The Ancient River Dwellers” is provided weekly. The cost is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children under 12 years of age, children 6 years of age and under are free. The 1.5-hour trip allows the participants the opportunity to see the coastal marsh and learn how it and the associated marine estuary provided for the pre-Columbian people that lived here. Boat trips currently run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., but are subject to change due to weather conditions. Tickets are first come first serve beginning one hour prior to boat trips. Passengers may get in line as early as they wish. Boat tours frequently SELL OUT quickly in the spring season. As it is not unusual to sell the entire boat in the first 10 minutes of ticket sales, we encourage travelers to arrive early.” We have taken guests several times, and it is an interesting tour… Bring bug spray for the no-see-ums.
Sunset Cruises depart from the Crystal River Preserve State Park Visitor Center dock for a delightful Sunset Cruise and travel out to the Gulf for a spectacular sunset. These cruises, which are offered twice a month, are a fun and relaxing Friday evening retreat back to nature with refreshments and snacks provided. Advance tickets are available one month in advance at the Preserve Visitor Center. The cost is $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for children 12 and under, age 6 and under are free. Call ahead at (352) 563-0450 for dates and departure times.
–“Citrus County, Florida is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, offering some of the finest sport fishing to be found anywhere. Saltwater fishermen can find grouper and snapper off reefs and coastal rock piles; sea trout and Spanish mackerel frequent grass beds. Cobia and sheepshead can be found around channel markers, redfish and whiting off oyster bars and tarpon on the flats. To the East, freshwater fishing is the best game in town! Freshwater fishermen can find sunshine bass in the Lake Tsala Apopka chain, speckled perch in Lake Rousseau, catfish in the Withlacoochee River and Florida largemouth bass almost everywhere. The “flats” area around Citrus County make for excellent redfish and spotted sea trout fishing. Many other species are also caught on a seasonal basis. The area draws on fishermen worldwide for Tarpon fishing.–”
Recommended guides by our BD membership included:
Mark Zorn, Captain Mark Link 352-489-5168 or 352-400-1952.
William (Bill) Tony 352-422-4141.
Mark usually fishes out of Crystal River and Bill usually fishes out of Homosassa. Both are excellent guides. I have been following Mike Baize on Facebook and he looks like he has a nice operation for sunset cruises, fishing or scalloping.
My husband and friends have hired Captain Rick Baer and were happy for his guidance for fishing. 352-212-8931
Received this recommendation: “Tarpon fishing out of Homosassa with Captain Kyle Messier: My son says he is wonderful and will return to fish with him again!”
I also have a one page list (from 2011) of places where you can fish from land or structure. Email me and I will email you or get you a copy of the list. Email Linda at:
Info on fishing licenses: FL license Link or call 888-347-4356
Crystal River Preserve State Park
“A place of exceptional natural beauty, the undisturbed islands, inlets, backwaters and forests of this Crystal River Preserve are especially cherished by nature lovers and photographers. The park borders 20 miles of the northern Gulf Coast between the two cities of Yankeetown and Homosassa. Anglers can walk down a short path to the Mullet Hole for a relaxing afternoon of fishing.
Black Diamond Ranch “Where to Live if You Live for Adventures off the Golf Course:” Citrus County on the Water I– Boating and Fishing