A great day with an old friend. Bo joined me for the day and I haven't fished with him for close to 15yrs. I went to school with Bo throughout the years, played all the sports together and it sure was a fun to be on the boat together again. Today we ran way south to put some time on the new engine and break her in right. We trolled up a limit of gags up to 17lbs and only took one fish on each rock we trolled over. I've been dying to catch a hog fish on hook and line and I've spear fished several, but never on rod and reel. Well, I stopped on a high profile rock in 23ft of water and finally did it. We had to cull through lots of grunts, but mission accomplished "and we actually caught two". I thank you Bo for the fun day and please check out my Crystal River Fishing Facebook page for additional pictures as always.
You couldn't have ordered up a more beautiful day. Skip, Chuck and Dave were with me for their annual offshore grouper trip and they hit it out of the park once again. We left the marina and were welcomed to calm seas and hungry grouper. We trolled our Rapala x-raps over a couple different structures and reached our six fish limit by 11:30am. The guys did great and they have their annual church fish fry coming up; so we anchored down and filled the cooler with tasty grunts. A perfect day and I thank you all again for the great time... Capt. Dan
A nice mix on today's Crystal River charter with Sam and Frank and the seas have calmed to make it back on the water. I took the team offshore for the day and we had some very good action. From 15ft of water to 25ft, we caught plenty of fine eating grunts, gag grouper and released several keeper sized red grouper. Sam had big fish honors with a large 7ft shark that gave him a great fight to remember. We actually got it boat side for some cool pictures and sent it on its way. A fun day and I thank you both for the great time... Capt. Dan
We have a stiff NE breeze coming tomorrow according to the NOAA weather forecast and I was glad to troll up some gags today. I had Gilbert, Sherri and Paul on board for the day and grouper was on their menu. The seas' were rocking and rolling for the morning hours and we stayed close to shore and fished some shallow ledges in hopes of scrapping out some grouper. We caught some on bait, but they were all on the short side along with several sharks and the bite was quite slow from spot to spot. Finally, around 1pm I was able to a make a couple mile run to some good hard bottom and troll up some fine gag grouper. Rapala x-rap 20's in the blue mackerel color were the baits of the day and the grouper hit them hard. I had to cancel tomorrows charter with the weather being unfavorable, but I'll be back on the water soon.... Capt. Dan
Not the hot gag grouper bite like yesterday, but we caught a few. I had Casey on board for the day and we made our run to the rocks. The sea's were up some, so we stayed in the 10ft range like yesterday; but the bite wasn't nearly as hot. I put out a spread of baits and we landed one nice fish around 15lbs, plus several shorts. The sea's calmed around noon and made a jump to the 25ft range. The red grouper action was excellent with lot's of keepers, but unfortunately the season is closed. We didn't have any more gag bites and burned through our baits releasing red grouper. Always a fun time with you bud and look forward to seeing you next time... Capt. Dan
A week ago today the trout fishing was fantastic, but today it just wasn't happening. I was out of Macrae's on the Homosassa River fishing Tom and his family Karl and Stephen. The wind was up a bit for the morning hours and we gave it our best trout fishing, as I drove all over the "entire" gulf of Mexico it seemed like. One trout and that was it for a couple hours of fishing. The good news was, the winds layed down around 10:30 and we ran West. I stopped on a shallow rock in 10ft of water and in 20 minutes the guys had six beautiful grouper on ice - some really large ones too. We wrapped up the day and added one red fish to the catch and we headed to the dock. An awesome day grouper fishing and I thank you all for the fun time... Capt. Dan
Just about a mirror image to yesterday's charter, but we stayed in a bit shallower to find the gags. Scott, David and Jordan were with me for the day and we made the run offshore. I had plenty of thread fin herring on board, but I always like to catch them on plugs if I can. We sent down the rapala x-raps and the rest is history. The team had an awesome day of catching their limit of grouper, plus some grunts and mackerel on the rocks. I can't thank you all enough for the fun time and here's the team with a fine catch of Crystal River grouper... Capt. Dan
The weather turn around day for sure, and was it ever pretty. Terry, Jack and David joined me for the day and with calm seas, we made the run offshore Crystal River. I began working some of my shallow locations and it just wasn't happening. The dirty water from yesterdays winds didn't give me any confidence, so we hammered down and made the run to 30ft of water. We sent down the plugs and in less than an hour, the team had their limit. All real nice sized gags and only two shorts. A picture perfect day and I thank you all for the great time...
Well, the seas have calmed some since the front came through the last two days, but the water sure is dirty. I had Jim, Lenny and Bill on board for the day and we had a grouper charter scheduled, so we gave it a try. The floating grass situation was much better since last week and we were able to make plenty of clean drags. We hit one ledge and the guys had a pair of really big fish over 15lbs. That was it though for the day for grouper and the seas got rough just after noon. We did add a couple trout and mackerel to the mix to end the day and I thank you all for the fun time. Here's Jim with a Crystal River hefty gag grouper... Capt. Dan
When the bites hot its hot, but when it's not- it makes for some slow fishing. That was the case across the board for us today at the Homosassa Fishing Club, fishing the Turman party. I had Stewart, Charlie and Lyle on board and we stayed inshore and worked for some trout; before our 12:30 shore lunch. From the shallow flats to the 8ft depth range I covered it all. The guys caught two keeper trout and a bonus keeper gag grouper while jigging for trout. That was it though for keepers, while the by-catch of blue fish, lady fish, sea bass and lizard fish kept it interesting. The afternoon lunch was great and a fun couple days was had by the entire fourteen man group. Here's Charlie with a keeper gag grouper that was a pleasant surprise while on the flats... Capt. Dan