It has been almost a week since I've been on the water and it was great to be back out there today. I had to reschedule a couple of the charters in the beginning of the week, due to the weather conditions and with the few days off; I'm ahead of the game with the Holiday shopping.... Now back to the fishing report. I had Rob on board today out of Crystal River and he requested anything that bites and tastes good. I suggested starting the day targeting trout and he was all game for doing so. We ran down the river, headed North and worked the outer spoil islands with Mirrolure Lil' Johns and new penny gulp shrimp to catch our trout limit. The fish were really concentrated and actually caught all of them anchored, before we ran south to the rock piles. Down south on the rocks, it was sea bass heaven. It was absolutely a feeding frenzy and each fish we hooked and reeled in, there were several others following, which made it exciting for multiple hook ups. We also had a variety of grouper, sheepshead, grunts etc... as a mixed variety, but the black sea bass stole the show. Using a simple live shrimp on a 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head was the bait of choice and I thank you Rob for the outstanding day. Enjoy all the fine eating fish... Capt. Dan
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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and if you were feeling like me, it was a little tough to get going this morning from eating such a great meal. However, a couple cups of coffee and rigging up the rods; I was ready for a great day with Matt, Mike and Tom out of Crystal River. Leaving from Pete's Pier Marina, we ran out the river and we were welcomed to an "extremely low tide". I had to get creative on my fishing locations, but deciding on working the cuts between the oyster bars, we began catching several trout to start the day. The trout bite was pretty steady, but I wanted to gives the guys a little variety, so we ran offshore to the rock piles and found a mixed bag. Numerous grouper, sea bass, grunts, porgys, mackerel and sheepshead filled out our afternoon catch, before we ran back inshore to find a last minute red fish. Back in the creeks, with a minimal high tide, we caught a couple under slot red fish; while Matt had the hot rod and picked up a beautiful 24" keeper to end the day. Thanks guys for the great time and enjoy all the variety of species for your fish fry... Capt. Dan
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I had a father and son team on board today out of Crystal River, and Bill Jr. and Sr. had a great day. With a perfect morning incoming tide, we began the day catching several back country red fish on Pete's Piers finest live shrimp. We boated nine reds, made a quick run south and started picking up some very nice trout. Using a combination of Mirrolure Lil' Johns and DOA shrimp, the guys had some great trout action in the shallow water. For the last stop of the day, we targeted the rock piles and found a few Spanish mackerel and sea bass willing to bend our rods before we called it a day. Perfect weather, good friends and a nice catch; I thank you both for the wonderful time... Capt. Dan
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