Wednesday, Dec 27 2017

Choppy Grouper...

I hope everyone's Christmas was great as mine was and today, I was back on the big pond.... A bit choppy out there for us today when the wind swapped out of the NE, but the bite was on. On today's trip Larry, Dean and Jim joined me for their last trip of the 2017 grouper season and we did well. I ran offshore a bit to just under 30ft and sent down the baits. The team was ready and in a matter of minutes, we had 6 beautiful grouper on ice. I was actually shocked on how awesome the bite was and we also added a couple bonus hog fish to the mix as well. A really fun day and I'll see you guys after the first of the year... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Dec 20 2017

Round Two....

Round two with Dan, Lauren and Gary and the guys had quite the day for their last rip of the 2017 grouper season with me. We pushed through the fog again and headed offshore. The first drops were very good and had some fine keepers right away. I had to moved around a bit for the last two, but soon enough we found them. After a gags limit, we spent the afternoon catching a couple hog fish and releasing a few more grouper to wrap up the day. I thank you all for the fun trips we've had and I look forward to our upcoming 2018 year... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Dec 19 2017


All I can say is "WOW"... What a day offshore with Jay, Harley and Gerald. The guys met me at the Plantation on Crystal River and we headed West. I stayed just inside the 30ft range, after riding through the foggy conditions; dropping down on some real nice bottom. We had some fine grouper action and on 3 stops, 6 gags made their way on ice. Now though, for the big surprise.... I set up on another little patch of live bottom and the hog fish bite was unreal. The team had 14 keeper hog fish on hook and line, with little grunt activity and I was truly in awe on the action. A day to remember and congratulations guys on the fantastic catch... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Dec 06 2017

Offshore Gags & Hogfish...

The last of the long stretch of great weather we've had and Shane and Doug were on board to experience it. A major cold front will be coming in a couple day and things are about to change. For today though, we went offshore a bit to 28ft of water and had a really good trip. The gags were feeding on the tide change and the hog fish too. The hog fish bite was exceptional on live shrimp, with 16 being caught on hook and line. It was also Shane's birth day and he had a great one. Thank you guys and we'll do it again next year... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Nov 09 2017

Flat Calm Offshore...

Not a ripple on the big pond today and it was like a sheet of glass offshore. Joe and Joanne were with me for the day and this was the calm before the front. We have another cool front coming through tomorrow and the winds are going to pick up a bit. I took the team to the 30ft range and we had an awesome Crystal River charter. They each turned a fine pair of gags; then we sent down some shrimp and caught 7 hog fish for the day. The day to be offshore and great catch to the both of you... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Nov 02 2017

Crystal River Offshore...

Calm seas and happy grouper! A great day offshore with the Villages team of Chris, Jim and Al. The fellas joined up and we headed offshore. I fished just inside the 30ft range and we bottom fished a fine catch of gags; plus some bonus hog fish. Live pin fish were the ticket for the grouper and live shrimp on knocker rigs caught us the hogs. A really nice day to be offshore and great job team... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Aug 30 2017

Crystal River Offshore...

A little choppy today, but a great day offshore with Tony, Todd and Tom. The guys were ready to play and they turned some fine gags. We fished the 20ft range and with only a couple break offs, the gags came on board. Turning these shallow water grouper makes the day and if you have the endurance to get them away from their structure, it can be very rewarding. The mangrove snapper, hog fish and macks kept us busy, while free lining live shrimp in between grouper bites. I thank you all and great job today team... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Aug 24 2017

Going Deep...

It's not to often I have the weather to go deep, but today was the day. The guys were back on board from yesterday and with calm seas, we went West. I fished some of my deeper grouper structures and caught a couple, but it was quite slow and actually disappointing in the bites. The grouper bite in general this year is quite tough from all the reports in the area and hopefully with the upcoming fall season, it gets better. The team however, had some great action on snapper and a couple bonus hog fish; which are always a welcomed surprise. The sea's were calm and though the grouper bite was slow, we had a great day.... Capt. Dan

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Sunday, Jun 04 2017

Crystal River Offshore...

I took a break from the tarpon skiff today and I had the pleasure of having Tim on board and we made our way offshore. Tim's tried several times to go out with me and the weather has always been not in our favor. Today though was fair and we made it happen. I fished the 28ft of water range and we caught a limit of gags, some mangrove snapper and a fine bonus hog fish. Everything was caught bottom fishing and we beat the offshore storm in, just in time. A fine day and I thank you... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Sep 24 2016

Crystal River, Getting Good...

One of those special days out of Crystal River for the Nash family and these guys had a good one. The bite was really on for us and a quick stop inshore on the red fish, got our day going. In five cast, the team brought four nice slot red fish to the boat. Next up, we headed West to 30ft and had a fantastic offshore afternoon. The gags cooperated nicely; as well as the grunts, snapper, mackerel and a bonus hog fish. Quite the day guys and congratulations on the stellar trip... Capt. Dan

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