Friday, Sep 13 2019

NE Wind Gags...

I would have normally cancelled a day like today for the forecast, but with just having two people on board - Mishel and Earl were really game to give it a try. We headed out the river and were greeted to a very stiff NE wind, and just making it to my bait traps was bumpy. I dug in my little black book and we fished a couple little ledges I have and we did well. It was an all day event as the bite was slow and sitting on each spot for a long while paid off. We also landed another beautiful snook on a grouper spot and it's so great to see them spawning. You both were troopers and I thank you as always... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Sep 12 2019

Crystal River Delivers....

You just had to be there today! What an experience with Bob and Nancy for their second trip this week and it was a day to remember. The day consisted of grouper, cobia, giant offshore spawning snook and another surprise tarpon. All these species were on a ledge and caught basically bottom fishing for grouper. The tarpon was so awesome and this one put on quite a show " almost landed in the boat on a series of jumps". We got it boat side for a quick picture and she swam away beautifully. A tremendous day and I thank you both.... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Sep 10 2019

Team Pennsylvania....

Always a great time with Bob and Nancy from Pennsylvania and they had a good one today. Grouper was our plan again and we headed West. The seas were bumpy for the majority of the day, so I had to stay shallow. I moved around quite a bit catching shorts on each stop and finally the seas calmed enough to push out to 17ft of water. I set up on one of my honey holes and we had a limit in less than five minutes. It was awesome action and actually had numerous grouper following our hooked fish back to the boat. I thank you both and I look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Sep 09 2019

Flat Calm Gags...

Flat calm conditions for us today and we had a smooth ride to grouperville. Karl, Scott and Steve were my guests and they did very well for their first time grouper digging. I ran offshore to the 30ft range and had steady action all day. The guys turned some nice keepers, lost a couple and released numerous shorts all through out the trip. We live baited today, but trolling season is just around the corner and I'm looking forward to that... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Aug 30 2019

Crystal River ROUGH....

We put our seat belts on today and "oh my" was it ever rough out there. Val and John were game to give it a try and to be honest, I was just about to say lets give it a try some other time. I had my bait and with it being gusty out of the NE, we ran with it south. I bounced around on lots of different structures in the 10ft range and had some luck with small gags, but no keepers. I kept going and going and eased out to 16ft of water where we picked up a pair of keepers, but it was also almost a 4ft ground swell. "The ride back was not fun". We made it back inshore and made one stop on a little crack in the bottom in 5ft of water and we caught a real nice gag to end the day. These grouper in the super shallow fight harder than any where else, and it's a true tug-o-war. Great job to you both and enjoy the grouper dinners... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Aug 29 2019

Crystal River Surprise's....

A mix of surprises on the trip today! Pat and Laura Lou were on board with me today and we did some bottom dropping on some ledges. One thing I love about my job is everyday is different - and today was no exception. I pulled my pin fish traps and we ran offshore a ways. I set up in about 18ft of water and here came the variety. Snook, cobia, grouper, jacks and even a tarpon bent the rods for us. It was a sight to see all the different species and on the same location. Always a fun day with you both and we'll remember this one for a long time... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Aug 28 2019

Morning Reds & Afternoon Gags...

Not a super hot bite today and the big change in wind direction is to blame. The steady SW to W wind we've had lately change to the N to NW today and it changed the tide and fish activity. It was blowing pretty good, so first stop grouper was not an option, so we hit the outer points and caught a couple red fish. Shane, Danny and Nathan were my team and they caught a couple slot reds and numerous little guys for the first part of the trip. There was little to no mullet activity and this was a huge indication the day was going to be a bit tough. Around 11ish, the winds backed off enough to make a grouper run, but I stayed shallow and fished the 8ft depth of water range. We turned a couple keepers and some shorts for the afternoon. A good time with you all and here's Danny with his big gag of the day... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Aug 27 2019

Fun Time....

Always a super fun time with Alyse, Amanda and Tom. The father and daughter team did a terrific job catching some nice reds on the outer keys and knocking down some grouper before the rain storms. The reds were in a small school and actually myself and Capt, Mario Costello worked as a team, bouncing the red fish in between us. We made a couple quick stops on a couple ledges and turned three really nice grouper to wrap up our day. I thank you all and always look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

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What a morning with Travis and Tabitha. I made a two stop shopping trip on a couple ledges and we did terrific. The tide was just turning out, we sent down the pinfish and wham. In short order the couple turned a couple really nice gags and Travis got a surprise bite by a real nice cobia. We beat the heat and called it a day by noon. I thank you both and a terrific job... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Aug 22 2019

Good Gags & Reds...

Some more fun on the red fish and grouper and Shane was my solo guest today out of Crystal River. Not to much to report in change from the last three days. We experienced some great red fishing on the falling tide and hot grouper action on some ledges. I will say for today, the gags were wound up and they were hitting as hard as I've seen them. It was like it was November with them being so aggressive. Shane did great turning them and I always enjoy the day with you.... Capt. Dan

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