ABOUT US - Ocklawaha Outback


Inspired by Dr. Thomas H. Wallis

Established in 1884 and nestled along the north shore of Lake Weir, Ocklawaha, Florida, was named after the indigenous Seminole Indian tribe's interpretation of "Dark Water." This central location is perfectly situated between the shoals of the Gulf of Mexico and the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Growing up on a cattle farm in Ocklawaha, I spent two decades on Wall Street, where I discovered a universal sense of adventure that lives within everyone.

One of my fondest memories is my grandfather’s passion for fishing. He was always prepared, with the trunk of his Fleetwood Cadillac doubling as a fully equipped bait and tackle shop. Anyone familiar with that particular automobile knew the boot was as big as a house!

From bait casting to saltwater and freshwater fishing, surf casting, trolling, and fly fishing, he was always ready with a fully fueled 5 HP outboard "kicker" waiting for a seaworthy "float." One of his favorites was searching for the spot-tailed redfish, commonly found along the shores and marshes of the Gulf of Mexico. His personal secret was to fish on the high tide, always keeping a current Farmers Almanac within reach. I can still hear him say, "Fish'n on the Full Tide" when asked how his day was going. It was his meaning-of-life statement.

No matter the body of water, he was always equipped to put a line in, always "Fish Ready." Fishing is therapeutic, offering a chance to escape from life’s pressures and imagine new possibilities.

From oceans, rivers, bayous, ponds, lakes, and streams, we have curated a collection of styles and gear to equip you for any fishing adventure. Whether you are in the mood for bait casting for bass, tying your own flies for rainbows, or trolling the mangroves for that elusive snook, we provide the means for your adventure. We even have the "kicker" and seaworthy "floats."

Our mantra is "Full Tides and Tight Lines" forever.

Full Tides & Tight Lines,

Thomas Anderson

Thomas Anderson