Saturday, May 16 2015

On the Rocks...

A great family on board for today's Saturday charter and Mitchell, Dave and Eric had a blast. We left from Pete's Pier Marina just after 8am and made our run to the trout grounds to start the day. The wind wind up a bit out of the East which made for some fast drifting; but we did land quite a few under sized trout and some keepers while giving it a try. With the choppy conditions though, I knew a best bet was anchoring up on the shallow rocks and having some fun bending the rod. The team stayed busy with the usual mix of species and once again just a live shrimp on a knocker rig was the bait of choice. I thank you all for the fun time and I look forward to seeing you all again soon... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, May 07 2015

Jigging Trout...

Always a great time with the Coleman family and they brought a good friend Esther on board for the day. We spent the majority of the day offshore jigging the various grass patches and finding some good trout. Root beer holographic DOA shrimp and bourbon colored Lil' Johns were the baits of the day. The team caught a nice assortment of species and several of the trout were quality fish. To end the day on the incoming tide, we tried to find some slot sized red fish; but all were on the short side. I always enjoy the day on the water with you all and I look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Apr 24 2015

Homosassa Mix...

A great day at the Homosassa Fishing Club with the Scott party and myself and fellow Homosassa Guides Association Captains Mark Zorn, Clay Shidler, Rick Spratt and John Hamilton did outstanding. Awesome trout catches across the board, and good mixes of sea bass, grunts, mackerel, grouper and sheepshead filled out the teams day. My group did very well and had a great variety. I thank you all for the fun day and I look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Apr 08 2015

Offshore Crystal River...

One of the best and most memorable days offshore I may have ever had. I had Kristen and Nick on board for the day and we made the trek out to 35ft of water. We did a mix of bottom fishing, trolling and free lining to fill out the day. The bottom fishing for grouper was excellent and we released well over a dozen keeper sized gags, but also caught some red grouper too. The highlight of the day for us though, were the big king mackerel. We free lined sardines while on anchor and caught some beautiful hefty king fish close to 20lbs. These fish were drag burning monsters and it was truly great. I had a first for me today and landed a couple scamp grouper. Scamp grouper are usually found real deep and though these weren't keeper sized; it was still cool to see them. Non stop action and what a beautiful day - I thank you both for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Apr 07 2015

Ladies of the Gulf Variety...

An awesome day and an even better crew on board today. I had the pleasure of having the "Ladies of the Gulf" on board and we had a great mixed bag. Today's trip began drifting offshore a bit in about 6ft of water and jigging up some trout. In a couple of drifts, the team brought about a dozen beautiful trout to the boat, plus lots of lady fish keeping us busy as well. With a fine catch of Crystal River trout, our next stop was to anchor up and do some chumming. I picked one of my favorite rocks and we had plenty of variety. Free lined live shrimp in the chum slick kept us busy and I can't thank you all enough for the great day... Capt. Dan

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An awesome day with my brother and friends and its been close to five years since we fished together. So for today, we made the run offshore and had a great mixed bag. From trout, grouper, hog fish, Spanish mackerel, etc... we had over 10 different species. The best part of the day was the catch and release gag grouper action and we caught some fine sized gags we took pictures of; before we sent them home. A truly picture perfect day offshore and I thank all you guys for the great day... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Mar 11 2015

Crystal River Mix...

A great day and a nice mixed bag with Bill, Stu and Jim out of Crystal River. The team and I left the dock from Pete's Pier Marina just after 8am and we headed to the sheepshead grounds. As you all know, I really enjoy taking my clients sheespehad fishing and it's definitely something special you can't do all year. However, with the water warming, the season is almost over and we're finishing it off with a couple more fine catches. Today was fantastic with good action of sheepshead, sea bass and a few bonus gag grouper. To end with the day, we jigged a couple rock bars and added a couple trout to the mix. I thank you all for the great day and enjoy all the fillets... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Mar 09 2015

Group Trip...

A fun day with my great friend Capt. Clay Shidler and we fished a nice group of gentlemen out of the Plantation on Crystal River today. We fished inshore today for trout and we all caught fish. We covered ground from the Salt river area, oyster bars and the near shore rock piles and found trout. Clay had the hot bite though, in the Salt River area free lining shrimp under corks and that was the hot technique on the day. My team caught quite a few on glow DOA jerk baits and MirrOlure Lil' Johns, but mostly shorts for us today. A nice surprise pompano was added to the mix again and I thank you all for the great day... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Feb 11 2015

South Sheep's...

Today my great client's Bill, Jerry and Mel were on board with me for this chilly February day. We left Pete's Pier at 9am and stopped in the bay to catch a couple mangrove snapper until the breezy NE wind calmed some. The snapper were biting right away, but mostly little ones with a couple keepers to get the day going. I could see the wind was laying down, so we made our run offshore. Heading to the south was the plan today and we caught fish, but "my goodness" the porgies were eating us alive on a couple stops. On the last stop of the day, the sheepshead cooperated and put some keepers on ice to go with the mix we picked up along the way. I always enjoy having you guys on board and thank you all for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Dec 23 2014

River Reds...

A very good 1/2 day charter this morning with Eric and Josie on board and this father and daughter team did great. I picked up the family at the Plantation on Crystal River just after 8am, and we had fish on; right out of the gate. The jacks and lady fish were harassing the bait fish in the bay and we immediately had hooks ups. Always fun to pull on both species, but we left them and headed on down the river. I anchored on one of my favorite river rock piles in the river and the red fish were on fire. We caught numerous red fish with just a shrimp on a jig head. While most were shorts; we had some keeper sized too. To end the day, we topped off the trip with some fine sized sea bass on a shallow rock and then headed back to the dock. I thank you both for the great day and enjoy the rest of your vacation... Capt. Dan

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