Friday, Jun 14 2019

Grouper w/ the Mayor....

Finally the weather has changed and it was good to get back out. On today's trip I had the pleasure of having Crystal River's Mayor, Joe Meek on board and his family. He's been wanting to fish with me for such a long time and I had a opening and they were ready to go. I took the guys shallow water grouper digging and they loved it. We fished some small ledges and sent down the pin fish. The team totaled over 20 gags with a couple real nice keepers for their trip. I thank you all and you did a great job on the fish... Capt. Dan

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Yes lightning does strike twice and that's exactly what we experienced today with Dan and Roy for day two. Today's charter was exactly the same as yesterday's trip and the grouper were in a great mood. The team turned some good ones with a 14lber being the largest. I made a stop on the way home on the permit area and we made it happen as Roy landed a beauty to wrap up the day. A tremendous couple of days despite the June heat and I thank you both... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Jun 03 2019

First Season Gags...

A break from the tarpon grind and Roy and Dan were my first clients to tackle the opening season gags. Well, they sure didn't disappoint and the team did great. We used live pin fish and sent them down on bottom rigs to turn the grouper . The water is exceptionally clear, so I backed off my leader size and it made a difference. On the way home after a fine limit of grouper, I made a stop at an area I've been seeing permit and the guys said go for it captain; and let me catch my first permit. It was a beauty at 12lbs and you can see the pictures on my Crystal River Fishing Facebook page. A great day and I thank you both....Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, May 28 2019

Cobia and Gags...

A good day with Bob from Pennsylvania on board and we always have fun. We covered lots of ground from chasing some tarpon down South, to rock pile fishing offshore. We had some shots at some rolling tarpon this morning, but they were not in a feeding mood for us. So, we made a run offshore to some rock piles and had some good action on grouper and cobia. Also, we had an offshore snook hooked up for a bit as well and it was a hefty one before it cut us off. Grouper season opens Saturday and it looks like it should be pretty good with all the fish around right now. I thank you Bob and I'll see you tomorrow... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, May 25 2019

Wild Day...

A day to remember with my long time client Mishel on board. Her and I had a blast today and we saw some really exciting fishing. We made a couple stops this morning to grab some live baits and we then ran offshore to bend the rod. I set up and we immediately hook up on a cobia who greeted us right under the boat. As we're fighting this cobia, we see a huge offshore snook come below him as I quickly rig up and actually hook that fish. Unfortunately though, my live pinfish double hooked itself and he escaped to be caught next time. We release the cobia, send down the next bait and hook up on a hefty gag grouper in the 14lb range. As the grouper comes up, he gets eaten by a huge jewfish well over 300lbs and the battle is on. We play the tug of war game and he eventually spits out the grouper and we bring him boat side for a picture. The grouper was beaten up pretty bad and we released him on his way. Now, moments later as the grouper is unfortunately drifting belly up down tide from us; a massive bull shark comes and eats the grouper in one bite - it must have been over 8ft long. A wild string of events for us and we sure will remember this day for a long time... Capt. Dan

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Friday, May 10 2019

Crystal River Mix...

A bit of a mix today with Ian and Michelle on board and we had a fun time. We began the day in the back country creeks and caught quite a few snook to start the day. We targeted the shorelines with DOA glow jerk baits and good current flow. We left the snook action around 11am as the tide stopped and ran offshore to see what was happening. The seas were calm and we caught a couple gag grouper and a pair of cobia for the afternoon trip. I thank you both as always and we'll see you next time... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, May 08 2019

Inshore & Offshore...

A fun day with Bart, Danny and Shane and the team had a good catch both offshore and inshore. We started the day drifting some spotty bottom in 8ft of water and put a dozen nice trout on ice using MirrOLure Lil' Johns. It was a little bumpy with the stiff East wind, but around noon it calmed and we ran offshore. The Offshore action was good and we brought 5 cobia to the boat and a couple whopper gags. Bart had big fish honors with one well in the double digit range. The guys had quite the day and we found a new grouper rock that was loaded with some hefty gags for when the season opens... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, May 01 2019

Offshore Cobia...

A good offshore trip with Larry, Jim and Dean as we found our cobia we were looking for. This year the cobia are not here in big numbers yet, but were finding a keeper a trip and a few under sized ones too. The gag grouper action is still steady as well with some beautiful gags being released. Live pin fish has been the go to bait and here's Jim with his first keeper cobia... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Apr 25 2019

Crystal River Cobia...

The second cobia trip for Joe and Joanne and we sealed the deal with another keeper. The action was better this trip, as I pulled up to a hot rock and five cobia came off the bottom to greet us. We caught three of them with one making it over the minimum 33" mark and live pin fish was our bait of choice. Also, several gag grouper kept us busy as well and most were in the keeper size and released to be seen again hopefully soon. A great time and I thank you both... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Apr 11 2019

Cobia on the Board...

Well folks we found the first cobia of the season today and Joe and Joanne were all smiles when we hooked up. I did quite a bit of driving today and hit lots of spots hoping to find them; but it was a 4th quarter kind of day and we found one just in time. The grouper action though was excellent and we released some fine gags up to 15lbs on live pin fish. I did some looking for tripletail also, but they were scarce and only saw one small fish. Great job team and I thank you both as always for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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