Thursday, Aug 21 2014

Crystal River Shallow Rocks....

A good day on the shallow rocks, but those big grouper whipped us today. I had Joe and Casey on board for the day and the guys did great. Catching pin fish began our trip and with a live well full of goodies, we headed west. I stopped on a ledge that's been covered over with mangrove snapper and once again they were there. Live shrimp kept the rods bent with snapper, grunts, lady fish, jacks and small gags. The team caught their limit of mango's and we headed to a couple grouper spots. We were able to turn a nice keeper, lots of shorts and numerous big dogs broke us off. That's grouper fihsing in shallow water and hopefully we'll turn them next time. Thank you both for the great day and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan

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Sunday, Aug 17 2014

Offshore Surprises....

A big group today out of the Plantation on Crystal River with fellow Captains Mark Zorn, Rick Spratt, Clay Shidler, Zach Hoffman and Kelly Kofmehel. We had the pleasure of fishing the ATS company and they did awesome. Great catches of red fish, snook, grouper, Spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder and grunts were brought back to the dock. My team did great with some red fish, a limit of mangrove snapper and a couple offshore surprise snook to fill out the day. A great day for the entire group and I thank you all for the fantastic day.... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Aug 16 2014

Hello Sunshine....

An awesome mixed bag today out of Crystal River with Jason and Deanna on board and it sure was good to be in the sunshine. I picked up the couple at the Plantation on Crystal River and we began the day targeting red fish. Our first stop produced four nice keepers and then the dolphins showed up and shut us down. With a fine of red fish on live shrimp, we made our way west and anchored down on some ledges. Grunts, mangrove snapper, lady fish and mackerel kept us busy while we sent down live shrimp on knocker rigs. The action was great, but I wanted to try a favorite spot to add a grouper to the mix. So, we made a couple mile run and found the gags. The grouper bite was excellent and we were able to turn three fine keepers,  plus a couple got the best of us as well. A fantastic day with finally some great weather - I thank you both for the great time... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Aug 06 2014

Crystal River Rocks....

What a fun day with a great father and son team today out of Crystal River. Steve and Stevie joined me for some rod bending fun. We fished a couple different rock piles and ledges and found a nice assortment. Grouper, mangrove snapper and grunts kept us busy and Stevie at just seven years old did awesome. The guys did great and brought home a fine catch for a good upcoming dinner. Thank you both for a fun time and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Jul 31 2014

Homosassa Rocks...

We made the 20 mile run offshore today and was it ever on! I had the pleasure of having the Bosworth family on board out of Macrae's and these guys hit it out of the park. Awesome action of grunts and mangroves on the shallow rocks to start the day. Excellent grouper action in 28ft of water with some hefty gags. And the team finished off the trip with seven fine trout drifting the grass patches in 10ft of water. What a day and I thank you all for the outstanding trip... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Jul 03 2014

Homosassa Rocks...

An offshore trip out of Homosassa today with the Athens family for their second charter and they did fantastic. I picked up the crew at their river house and we headed West. It was a smooth ride to the grouper grounds for a while, but by mid morning it got white capping and bumpy. The action was great for grunts and snapper on live shrimp, while the gags came aboard using thread fin herring. We hung in their as long as we could, but the conditions finally chased us in. A great couple days with you all and I look forward to seeing you every year... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Jul 02 2014

Shallow Rocks.....

A really good day on the shallow rock piles with Bill, Gary and Jerry and the guys loaded up. The gulf is quite warm with water temperatures in the mid 80's and for sure fire action, we hit the rocks to catch some groceries. I anchored up tide of the rocks, sent down some live shrimp on Hank Brown jig heads and the bite was on. Great action of snapper, grunts, grouper and a Spanish mackerel filled out our morning before it got to hot. A box full of fine eating fish and we called it a day. I thank you all as always for the fun time and I look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Mar 20 2014

Crystal River Steady Action...

A pretty incredible day offshore Crystal River and Sharon, Bill and Pam got to experience it. I picked up the gang at Pete's Pier Marina a little after 8am and headed West. The forecast was calling for very favorable conditions, but the winds picked up a bit and it was choppy with a good swell mixed in. We toughed out the ride, anchored on one break and it was ON! Evey drop produced a sheepshead, grunt or grouper and I was a busy boy. The team had to bring a bunch of fish in to feed the big family in town and I think they did just that. With a box full, we called it a day and even picked up a bonus triple tail on a buoy to top off the trip. I thank you all for the excellent day and congratulations on an outstanding catch... Capt. Dan
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Tuesday, Mar 11 2014

Crystal River at its Best....

What a day!!! An excellent group trip today with some of my best friends Capt's. Mark Zorn and Rick Spratt and we fished the Killebrew party. My team was Brad, Bob and Tim and we ran offshore for the day. Excellent sheepshead action, with the big fish of the year being caught weighing over 10lbs. The grouper were active as we landed several for catch and release photos and some bonus species. Brad caught a huge black drum and Bob landed a very cool trigger fish. The other boats did fantastic on trout, macks and a pompano. A really fun day and I thank you all for the great time. Here's the end of the day total, and the group is going to have one heck of a fish fry... Capt. Dan
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Sunday, Mar 09 2014

You Have to Love March....

March is the turn around month for us here on the Nature Coast and as winter rolls behind us, a whole new bunch of species come in to play. Pat and Michael were my guests today and with weak mid day tides, offshore was the plan again. Sheepshead, grunts, grouper and a couple bonus triple tail were the species for us. The sheepshead bite was excellent once again and we encountered some real large fish in excess of 5lbs while releasing over a dozen of that size. A couple drops on various rocks filled out our day; until we ran the crab trap buoys and encountered a few triple tail. It's that time of year again and they are always a welcomed bonus catch for the day. I thank you both for an excellent trip and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan
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