Thursday, Mar 08 2012

80 Degree Trout...

A warm sunny spring day today out of Crystal River and with temperatures in the 80's, it felt great. I had the pleasure of having one of our finest local deputies on board for this charter and John caught some great fish. Light winds today and plenty of incoming water, we had a great morning targeting trout and a couple mackerel and blue fish joined us as well. We used a combination of MirrOlure Lil' Johns and D.O.A. deadly combos for the trout, but the larger fish came off the bottom jigs today. A perfect high tide to red fish, we hit the creeks and boated six beautiful back country red fish to end our afternoon. I thank you John for the great time and it was a pleasure having you on board today... Capt. Dan
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Wednesday, Mar 07 2012

More Wind and Hungry trout...

The east wind continued for us today, but with the full moon tides on schedule, the tide rushed in despite the conditions. Bill and Jeff were on board for this windy day out of Pete's Pier Marina and the guys put up with the elements and D.O.A. deadly comboed some trout. Not being able to run offshore, we stayed close inshore, worked the oyster bars in Crystal bay and had a great catch of trout. The root beer holographic shrimp was the top color today and it was great to see good schools of trout in their spring locations. After several hours of rocking and rolling in the gulf, we ran to the creeks and found a red fish. I thank you both for a fun time and hope you enjoy all the fish at the fish fry... Capt. Dan
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Tony and Dean were on board today for a full day out of Crystal River and these anglers caught some beautiful gator trout. Leaving from Pete's Pier Marina at 8am to rain showers, we put on the rain gear and started the day jigging trout. Using MirrOlure Lil' Johns, the guys caught some hefty trout, with the largest touching 25". The trout bite was really on for the last of the outgoing tide and then we switched gears, anchored up on some ledges and found a couple late season sheepshead. Live shrimp on a knocker rig produced for the sheepshead and a mixed catch of grouper, porgys, grunts and sheepshead filled out the mid afternoon. We made a quick stop in the creeks on the way in for a red fish and Tony caught a nice keeper to end the day. Thanks guys for the outstanding trip and look forward to seeing you next time your in town... Capt. Dan
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Thursday, Feb 23 2012

Windy, Windy Reds...

Yesterday was about as picture perfect of a day as one could hope for and today, gusty SW winds to 20 mph. Malcom and Brian were on board and we braved the elements and found some red fish deep in the back country of Ozello. With the tide rushing in and the added wind giving it some momentum, we had plenty of high water and the red fish bit very well. Keeping it simple and just free lining live shrimp around the rocky points, the guys did great and they had their dinner covered. It was definitely a challenging day with the conditions and I thank you all for toughing it out... Capt. Dan
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Wednesday, Feb 22 2012

Crystal River Double Limit...

Bill and Karen experienced fishing about as good as it gets inshore Crystal River today and the conditions couldn't have been any better. Leaving from Pete's Pier Marina at 9am to catch the mid morning tide, we began using MirrOlure Lil' Johns and gulp shrimp on the outer bars. The trout were schooled up tight and it was two and three on at a time, on several occasions and my crew had their limit quickly. We caught and released several other trout while we waited for the tide to get right for red fishing. Just after noon, we hit the creeks, staked out in a rocky cove and boated 9 beautiful back country red fish. Free lined live shrimp was what the red fish ordered and Karen caught and released the big one measuring almost 28". A very memorable day on the water and I thank you both very much for the great time. Here's Bill and Karren with their fantastic catch... Capt. Dan
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Tuesday, Feb 21 2012

Drums, Sheeps and Macks...

An interesting variety today out of Crystal River and even though the gulf water clarity is quite dirty, the fish cooperated nicely. Robert and Peggy were on board from Texas and they caught some beautiful Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, grunts, red fish and a hefty black drum. The Spanish mackerel and sheepshead bite was fair due to the water conditions, but we had steady action and live shrimp was the bait of choice. We picked up the big black drum while targeting the macks and it was a bonus, plus, a welcomed surprise. Just afternoon with the tide running in hard, we hit the creeks and landed a couple back country red fish. Robert had the big one reaching the 26" mark. I thank you all for the great time and look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Florida... Capt. Dan
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Monday, Jan 30 2012

Fresh Water Cat Surprise

A fun 1/2 day charter with my good friend and client Bill, out of Crystal River today. We had gusty NW winds, so we stayed in the safety of the river and caught a little variety. Free lining live shrimp in the spring holes produced mangrove snapper, red fish, and trout. We kept eight mangrove snapper and unfortunately the red fish and trout were a little short on one end. A pleasant surprise was when Bill caught a chunky fresh water catfish that put up a great fight. I haven't seen one of these in a while, so we took a quick picture and released it to fight another day - you never know what the next cast can bring. Thanks as always for the fun time and enjoy the fresh fish... Capt. Dan
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Saturday, Jan 21 2012

Crystal River Sampler

A little bit of everything from today's trip, from the inshore species to the offshore. I had Clell and Lee on board for a full day out of Crystal River and the day for the most part, was identical to yesterdays charter. We started the day targeting trout and it was a little slower than I had hoped, but we caught a few keepers and some red fish mixed in while we fished inshore. The winds finally calmed just around noon, and we headed off to the sheepshead grounds. We anchored up and in short order, the sheepies were coming in one after the other. For a bonus, Lee caught a beautiful shallow water gag grouper that was 8lbs and put up a great fight on our light 10lb tackle. I thank you both for the fun time and great catch today. Look forward to seeing you soon... Capt. Dan
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Thursday, Jan 19 2012

Flying Solo

After a week off the water, today was my homework day and l was ready to find some fish. Having several charters lined up, I always like to do the best I can for my clients and have a pattern established. Leaving just after 9am, I spent the morning jigging for trout with MirrOlure Lil Johns and totaled nine keeper trout which all were safely released. The trout were holding tight around the structures and the gulf water temperature was 57 degrees. I didn't check on the winter sheepshead, but they are pretty predictable and let's see what tomorrow brings. For those of you that don't know, I'm obsessed with fly fishing and today I brought one of my 8wt fly rods along. I normally don't fly fish on my group charters do to casting restrictions, but for one on one trips, we can make it happen. (In the near future I'm going to expand more on the fly fishing side). That said, I pulled up to a shallow shell bar and sight fished a couple trout; with one just over 20" and a under slot red fish on one of my home made Homosassa special flies. It's always enjoyable catching fish, but when it's on the fly, it's that much more rewarding. Well, that's today's recap and we'll see you soon... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Jan 06 2012

Crystal River Sampler

What a picture perfect day to be on the Gulf of Mexico! I had my long time Maine guide friend Jim on board, for a full day of some offshore and inshore fishing. We began the morning to foggy conditions and stayed in the river catching trout and lady fish until the fog cleared, to safely make our run offshore. A little after 9am the fog cleared and we were offshore bound. Targeting some rock piles in the 17ft range, we loaded up on a great mixed catch. Large sheepshead, black drum, flounder, grunts, and grouper gave us an awesome show off the different structures we fished, to make for a busy day. Keeping just enough for dinner and releasing close to 20 keeper sheepshead, we ran back inshore and finished the day with four beautiful back country red fish. I was so pleased to be able to put Jim on such a variety of species, after he has done such a great job guiding me on some fantasttic Maine brook trout and salmon over the years. Thank you Jim for the fun time and hope to see you soon... Capt. Dan
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