Thursday, Jan 16 2020

Birthday Snapper...

Being my birthday today, I had my traditional crew of the last four years, Ian, Michelle and Jeff on board. Once again we had calm conditions, so we made the 20 plus mile ride offshore and really did great. The snapper didn't really bite well yesterday, but today was a different story. On just one rock we boated 20 keepers, plus numerous gags and grunts. The only down side was the dense wet sea fog and it made for a very long wet ride home. Still a great day and awesome job as always.... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Jan 15 2020

Crazy Gags and Mix...

Terrific action for us today and Harry and Mike had a busy day. I love my grouper and always glad to pull on a couple, but my goodness we just couldn't get past them to the hogfish and snapper. We must of literally released over 75 grouper today and broke off well over 20 - "lots of retying". A couple nice hog fish mad their way on board, but the bigger mango's were lock-jawed, as we only had shorts for the day. I thank you all a great job on turning those grouper on light tackle... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Jan 14 2020

Back up and Running....

Hello everyone, I know it's been a while but I'm back up and running and it sure was good to be back out today. The Young Boats restoration team did a tremendous job fixing my boat from the accident, and it looks good as new. For today's trip, I had Jason and Frank on board and we did something a little bit different. I took the guys down South in the 30ft range and we targeted mangrove snapper. I have to have the right conditions to do this and today is was perfect. Calm sea's and free lined live shrimp on a 1/8th oz jig head did the trick for us. We boated some beautiful snapper, released numerous gags and so many grunts I lost count. I thank you both and great job.... Capt. Dan

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All good things must come to an end and today was the last day of the 2019 gag grouper season. It has been a tremendous year and I thank you all that have fished with me. As many of you know shallow water grouper fishing is my passion and especially for the months of September - December, this is my main targeted species. Dennis was my guest today to wrap up the season and unfortunately the weather was not very favorable. Dennis is my bass fishing guide I use and he is one of the best in the area; also he was awarded in the top 5 in trophy catches in the state. Back to today, a cold front came through last night and turned the seas up pretty good. However, I still had a little ledge I keep in my hip pocket and we secured his grouper dinners. Rapala F-18's in the fire-tiger color was the deal, trolled behind the boat. Great job Dennis and WHAT A SEASON.!!!... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Dec 30 2019

Casting Gags...

Today I was fortunate to spend the day with "my coach," Matt Fleming. Matt is the original commander of Yankeetown and was on the Marine Patrol in our area for decades. Matt was instrumental to me years ago in showing me the ins and outs of tarpon fishing and other tricks of the trade. Well, today it was my treat for him to be on the bow and we stayed real shallow and hit some of my shallow honey holes I pretty much leave alone most of the year. The grouper didn't disappoint us and in basically five feet of water, we had double digit gags and all casting Rapala plugs. A couple whopper sea bass also hit the plugs and we called it a day. I thank you buddy for everything and great job today... Capt. Dan

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Sunday, Dec 29 2019

Hot Grouper...

Hot December grouper action today for John and Mark and we poked around the 30ft mark. The tide was running pretty good today, so we had to use 4oz leads to keep the baits down. Well that worked beautifully and the grouper bite was as good as you could hope for. Lots of good quality gags filled out our day and we even released several keeper fish in the 10lb range. Great job fellas and look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Dec 28 2019

Homosassa Gags...

It was day two with Mishel and Earl on board and they sure had a good one today. I took the team down South towards Homosassa and the grouper action was really good. I fished the 25ft depth range and on three stops, we caught several keepers and well over 30 shorts. Dropping live pin fish was the deal for us and you both did great. I thank you both for two fun days. Here's Earl with one of our four keepers of the day... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Dec 27 2019

Crystal River Groupers....

Always a fun day with Mishel, Earl and Jason and the team did a terrific job. We bounced around from 8ft of water and finished up in 22ft. The bite was good with lots of under sized gags and some fine keepers mixed in as well. A combination of casting plugs and dropping live baits did the trick and I thank you all for the fun day... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Dec 26 2019

Family Day...

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. We sure did and to top it off; today was our annual grouper day where my wife and I get to go out and grab a couple gags. The day started out pretty bumpy, but around mid morning, calmed right down. Becky and I went plug casting today, something I don't get to do very often on Charters and we had a blast. We stayed in the 7ft range and had some good action. Rapala F18's were the deal and fire-tiger was "THE" color. We teamed up, put four nice ones in the box and wrapped up the day with some grouper goodies for us... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Dec 16 2019

Perfect Weather Grouper....

Picture perfect grouper weather for the boys today and a good chop was on the water to get the fish fired up. Well, that's exactly how it was; the gags were fired up. I stayed close to 30ft of water and every singe bait produced a grouper. We had a real nice limit in no time and a smooth ride in. Tomorrow arrives another pretty good front and I'll be dealing with the insurance company from Fridays adventure. Soon as the weather breaks, I'll try to get in a couple more days to wrap up the grouper season. Awesome day fellas.... Capt. Dan

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