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Tell Me About Navigating Homosassa

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Was talking to a guy recently about fishing locally (St.Pete) and he told me he had started going to Homosassa instead because the fishing (especially fly fishing) was much better, and that he hadn't fished here for awhile since he started going. But then came the topic of navigating the area which is much more difficult, he ended up spending over $3k on a Simrad and FMT and said it was a huge help trying to navigate around there. He didn't get into specific spots but mentioned Oyster Creek and Porpoise Bay as good starting points for exploring around and finding fish.

I was wondering if I'd be able to navigate the area without spending a ton of money on a chart plotter and FMT. Like are there any good phone apps I could use and just take things really slow? Or maybe get an older chart plotter used for cheap? If so which ones are dependable? My skiff is a cheap Rabco so i'm not worried about hitting rocks or oyster beds or anything and messing up the hull it's already beat up. I figured if we take our time we should be ok for the most part, but I could be horribly wrong lol. Would appreciate any input on this, part of us wanting to go is the adventure of a new place to explore but I want to be as prepared as possible so i know what to expect.
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I grew up fishing Homosassa and still return several times per year both DIY for trout and reds and guided trips for tarpon. Even with all the runs I learned as a kid and FMT I still managed to get some nice oyster rash on my new Vantage this summer. Fishing can be very challenging especially when the water is clear. When the water is murky the fish may bite better but it’s much more difficult to navigate so a little bit of a catch 22. Like everything else these days it’s getting over crowded but still a beautiful place. Like everyone else said just go slow once outside the channels.
 
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