Sunday, Jan 22 2012

Back to the Rocks

I left the ledges alone for this charter and went back to the rocks to target the sheepies. Fred and Jim were on board for a full day out of Crystal River and with clam seas, crystal clear water and hungry sheepshead; the guys did great. We jumped rock pile to rock pile and caught a little variety on every stop. Sheepshead, grunts, sea bass, grouper and porgys kept the rods bent for a busy fish catching day. Live shrimp on a 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head was our simple tackle rig for the day. After noon, we left the offshore species and ran in the creeks in hopes of a back county red fish, but came up empty handed today. It was about a nice a day as one could hope for and I thank you both for a great time. Here's Jim and Fred with their catch... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Jan 06 2012

Crystal River Sampler

What a picture perfect day to be on the Gulf of Mexico! I had my long time Maine guide friend Jim on board, for a full day of some offshore and inshore fishing. We began the morning to foggy conditions and stayed in the river catching trout and lady fish until the fog cleared, to safely make our run offshore. A little after 9am the fog cleared and we were offshore bound. Targeting some rock piles in the 17ft range, we loaded up on a great mixed catch. Large sheepshead, black drum, flounder, grunts, and grouper gave us an awesome show off the different structures we fished, to make for a busy day. Keeping just enough for dinner and releasing close to 20 keeper sheepshead, we ran back inshore and finished the day with four beautiful back country red fish. I was so pleased to be able to put Jim on such a variety of species, after he has done such a great job guiding me on some fantasttic Maine brook trout and salmon over the years. Thank you Jim for the fun time and hope to see you soon... Capt. Dan
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Thursday, Dec 29 2011

Homosassa Sheeps

A tough one yesterday and about as good as it gets today; you just never know. I was at the Homosassa fishing club today with fellow Homosassa Guides Association Captains Mark Zorn and William Toney for a full day of chasing down some sheepshead, I had the Sinkler family on board and we had an absolute perfect day. With calm seas, I ran offshore to the 15ft range and targeted some of my favorite hard bottom structures and the fish were there. Spanish mackerel, grunts, grouper, porgies, black sea bass, and numerous sheepshead, made for some fantastic action. Using live shrimp on the 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head was once again our tackle of choice. We had over 20 keeper sheepshead and a couple were over the five pound mark, with the big one just under 10lbs. Captains Zorn and Toney did great as well with some great mixed bag varieties and it was  just a great day to be on the water. Here's Allison with the big one of the day, a beautiful Homosassa sheepshead... Capt. Dan
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Saturday, Dec 24 2011

Christmas Eve Sheepshead

Dr. Marks from Sanibel Island joined me this Christmas Eve, for a full day out of Crystal River. With the action being so great on the shallow hard bottom areas, that was were we spent our day catching some tasty seafood species. The morning started out with a foggy, light drizzle; but ended with blue skies and sunshine. The sea bass bite was outstanding once again, but I encountered more sheepshead this charter for a welcomed surprise. Grouper, trout, Spanish mackerel, grunts, sea bass, sheepshead and a end of the day red fish, was our total plethora of species for the day. Great action, good laughs, funny stories; it was truly a perfect day on the water. I thank you for the great time and have a Merry Christmas... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Dec 23 2011

Crystal River on the Rocks

I had the Noto family on board from California today and they requested some tasty seafood for their Christmas Eve dinner. I suggested keeping it simple and spending the day jumping rock pile to rock pile making sure Tom's sons caught plenty of fish. I enjoy this style of fishing very much and it ensures the most novice anglers, a great time and plenty of action. We fished about half a dozen different structures today and numerous sea bass, mackerel, grouper, grunts, etc... kept our rods bent. Once again just using a 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head and a live shrimp was our bait choice of the day. The guys had a great time and really enjoyed catching the variety of species. Thank you all for the wonderful day and look forward to your visit next year... Capt. Dan
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I changed the schedule today with Dr. Joe and we made our offshore run first this morning and then finished the day inshore. I wanted to check out some ledges in 15ft of water off Homosassa and see if the sea bass were congregeated there. Leaving from Pete's Pier Marina again, we made our long run south and with calm seas, it was a perfect ride. When we arrived at our location; grunts, sea bass, trigger fish and several grouper were waiting for us and started our day off great. Using live shrimp on a 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head was our bait of choice and on light tackle, all these species fight great. To finish up the afternoon, we made our run back to the North, worked the bars and with a little hunting, we found the trout. The trout were a little finicky this afternoon and I almost gave up on them, but Joe hooked the first one and the rest soon followed. I want to thank you for a great couple of days, it was a joy to fish you and look forward to your future visits... Capt. Dan
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It was a picture perfect day out of Crystal River today and Dr. Joe from South Dakota, had it about as good as it gets. Joe met me at Pete's Pier Marina this morning and he requested targeting some good table fair species. With the tide turning in, we began the day jigging for trout and in just a couple hours, we had our trout limit. The watermelon colored Mirrolure Lil' Johns were the hot ticket for the trout and we also picked up a couple bonus pompano to add to the mix. Leaving the trout, our next stop was some hard live bottom areas and see if we could add some other good eating species to the cooler. Well, the bite was on and numerous sea bass and grunts kept the rods bent and the day was complete with a cooler full of goodies. Thank you Joe for the outstanding day and look forward to seeing you again tomorrow... Capt. Dan
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