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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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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Friday, Jun 28 2019

Crystal River Mix...

A great day to wrap up my month of June with Joe on board for an awesome mixed bag. Joe and I covered some ground today as we began tackling a fine limit of gags and a whopper cobia. Dropping down live pin fish got it done for us and really caught a lot of gags in the 23" range. We added a couple trout and to top off the day, we were blessed and boated a beautiful tarpon just under the hundred pound mark. What a day and great job Joe. As I write this I'm backing my bags and headed to Wyoming Monday morning. I'll be there the entire month of July and I'll do my best to post some updates and fishing reports. All the best and see you all soon.... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Jun 20 2019

Fun size Tarpon...

Well Jim and I decided to give the little tarpon a try again today and we did well, plus some real nice snook in Crystal River. We were able to get out of the continuing West wind were having and make a day out of it. The tarpon took a clouser minnow and the snook, on the ever reliable DOA glow jerk bait. A fun time and here's my first little tarpon on the fly... Capt. Dan
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Thursday, Jun 20 2019

Small Tarpon...

A little something different today and something I've been wanting to do for a while. Jim and I went exploring back in the canals and creeks in our area and found some little tarpon I've known about for a while. We scaled back the fly rods to an 8wt and little clouser minnow flies for these guys. We had a really fun time as we jumped a couple and brought one on board for a quick photo opportunity. Mission accomplished and thank you buddy for the fun day.... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, May 29 2019

Bob's Big Tarpon...

The gulf was pretty bumpy today with a very stiff wind out of the SW and I was worried if anything was going to happen. Bob was with me once again and we began the day on the inside looking for tarpon. We saw a couple fish here and there, but nothing to really target. I made a run to a shallow ledge a couple miles offshore to get some action and we caught another nice cobia and some gags to bend the rod for us. The seas were SLOWLY improving and I made another stop for a tarpon. Well, I shut down and three fish rolled immediately and in no time Bob was hooked up. He did a tremendous job fighting the fish and congratulations on such a large one as well... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, May 22 2019

Tarpon on Fly...

Hello everyone, well the tarpon season so far has been the typical tarpon fishing scenario. Some days we jump or land a fish and others all we get to do is look at them. Tim had a great day with me this week as he presented the fly beautifully to a string of fish and hooked up to a beauty of a Nature Coast tarpon. He fought the fish for over an hour on his 11wt fly rod and we brought her boat side for pictures and a healthy release. The old reliable cockroach fly pattern did the job and great job Tim... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, May 16 2019

Crystal River Tarpon...

A good start to my tarpon season as I had Dave on board and he boated the first fish. He and I had a really fun day covering quite a bit of ground. The wind was up for the morning hours and we had to wait a couple hours for it to lay down to see some fish. Finally around noonish, the conditions got right and he hooked up. He did a terrific job and congratulations on your first tarpon... Capt. Dan

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Monday, May 13 2019

Tarpon Ready...

Hello everyone, well this is the time of year when I switch gears to mainly tarpon fishing. I'll be targeting them for the most part all the way until the end of June, with just a couple other charters mixed in. I added a new bow mount trolling motor to the Silver King this year and after missing last year due to my medical issues, I'm really looking forward to this season. The flies are tied and fly rods ready - I'll see you all soon... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Jan 05 2018

Icy Snook....

A quick update before today's report.. Well folks, it looks like a major snook kill for our area from the Withlacoochee area to Chassahowitzka. I've seen lots of pictures of dead snook of all sizes and even though we still have several thousand that are safe in the rivers, the "outside" population took the hit. We'll still have fish to catch, but like the 2010 freeze; it will take some time to recuperate... However though, I did have a great first charter to start 2018 with the Beeson party in Homosassa. Myself and Capt's. Mark Zorn, William Toney, Rick Spratt and John Hamilton all had ice on board our boats and we made something happen in the cold conditions. The gang and I stayed in the river and had some luck with a mixed bag around the springs. Snook, red fish, jacks, large mouth bass, trout and we even jumped a tarpon, filled out our day. It's a small area, but we did OK, as the gulf will be slow for quite a few days. Here's Phil with one of the larger snook of the day... Capt. Dan

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