Thursday, Jan 05 2012

Crystal River "COLD" Sheepshead

You wouldn't know we lived in Florinda by the recent 20 degrees temperatures the new year had brought in, but today; we were back on track. I had to cancel or reschedule the first couple charters of the year due to the recent cold front; However, today was a "chilly," but normal winter day. Steve and Kyle joined me for a 1/2 day charter out of Crystal River for chasing down some sheepshead. We bundled up, ran down the river to a cold 52 degree gulf water temperature and in short order, we were on the fish. We targeted three different locations which produced several keeper sized sheepshead and released several others as well. Just a simple live shrimp on a 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head was our bait of choice. The guys did great and it sure felt good to be back on the water. Thank you both for the fun day and look forward to seeing you soon... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Dec 30 2011

Homosassa Trout & Sheepshead

Another fun day at the Homosassa Fishing Club. Today we mixed up the groups and I had the younger generation on board. We left from the dock just after 9am, ran out the Salt River, towards St. Martins River and tried our luck at some trout. The morning trout bite was slow, so plan B was to target the shallow hard bottom areas and find some sheepshead. The sheepies were there and in no time, my crew had several beautiful Homosassa sheepshead in the cooler. Our afternoon shore lunch was on order and for the middle part of the day, myself and Captains Mark Zorn and William Toney did a great spread of fresh fish, hush puppies, beans, etc.... To top off the afternoon, we fished for another hour or so and finally found a couple keeper trout to end the day. Here's Maggie, Robert, Emma and Leila with their great catch and I thank you all for the fun couple of days... Capt. Dan
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Thursday, Dec 29 2011

Homosassa Sheeps

A tough one yesterday and about as good as it gets today; you just never know. I was at the Homosassa fishing club today with fellow Homosassa Guides Association Captains Mark Zorn and William Toney for a full day of chasing down some sheepshead, I had the Sinkler family on board and we had an absolute perfect day. With calm seas, I ran offshore to the 15ft range and targeted some of my favorite hard bottom structures and the fish were there. Spanish mackerel, grunts, grouper, porgies, black sea bass, and numerous sheepshead, made for some fantastic action. Using live shrimp on the 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head was once again our tackle of choice. We had over 20 keeper sheepshead and a couple were over the five pound mark, with the big one just under 10lbs. Captains Zorn and Toney did great as well with some great mixed bag varieties and it was  just a great day to be on the water. Here's Allison with the big one of the day, a beautiful Homosassa sheepshead... Capt. Dan
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Saturday, Dec 24 2011

Christmas Eve Sheepshead

Dr. Marks from Sanibel Island joined me this Christmas Eve, for a full day out of Crystal River. With the action being so great on the shallow hard bottom areas, that was were we spent our day catching some tasty seafood species. The morning started out with a foggy, light drizzle; but ended with blue skies and sunshine. The sea bass bite was outstanding once again, but I encountered more sheepshead this charter for a welcomed surprise. Grouper, trout, Spanish mackerel, grunts, sea bass, sheepshead and a end of the day red fish, was our total plethora of species for the day. Great action, good laughs, funny stories; it was truly a perfect day on the water. I thank you for the great time and have a Merry Christmas... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Dec 23 2011

Crystal River on the Rocks

I had the Noto family on board from California today and they requested some tasty seafood for their Christmas Eve dinner. I suggested keeping it simple and spending the day jumping rock pile to rock pile making sure Tom's sons caught plenty of fish. I enjoy this style of fishing very much and it ensures the most novice anglers, a great time and plenty of action. We fished about half a dozen different structures today and numerous sea bass, mackerel, grouper, grunts, etc... kept our rods bent. Once again just using a 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head and a live shrimp was our bait choice of the day. The guys had a great time and really enjoyed catching the variety of species. Thank you all for the wonderful day and look forward to your visit next year... Capt. Dan
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Sunday, Dec 04 2011

Crystal River Variety

Another fine mixed bag today out of Crystal River and Steve, Bob and Tommy were very pleased with their success. We began the day fishing the first couple hours of the outgoing tide and targeting trout. Using a mixture of DOA cals, Mirrolure Lil' Johns and Gulp shrimp,we jigged our way along the bars and had a nice catch of 11 keeper trout before we ran offshore. Our next stop were the scattered rock piles in 8ft to10ft of water and once again, the mixed bag of species kept us busy. Numerous grunts, sea bass, sheepshead, grouper and a mackerel filled out our afternoon before we called it a day. Thank you gentlemen for the great time and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan
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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and if you were feeling like me, it was a little tough to get going this morning from eating such a great meal. However, a couple cups of coffee and rigging up the rods; I was ready for a great day with Matt, Mike and Tom out of Crystal River. Leaving from Pete's Pier Marina, we ran out the river and we were welcomed to an "extremely low tide". I had to get creative on my fishing locations, but deciding on working the cuts between the oyster bars, we began catching several trout to start the day. The trout bite was pretty steady, but I wanted to gives the guys a little variety, so we ran offshore to the rock piles and found a mixed bag. Numerous grouper, sea bass, grunts, porgys, mackerel and sheepshead filled out our afternoon catch, before we ran back inshore to find a last minute red fish. Back in the creeks, with a minimal high tide, we caught a couple under slot red fish; while Matt had the hot rod and picked up a beautiful 24" keeper to end the day. Thanks guys for the great time and enjoy all the variety of species for your fish fry... Capt. Dan
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We're getting close to sheepshead season and we picked up a beautiful one today while we were catching some trout and red fish. I was at the Homosassa Fishing Club with fellow Homosassa Guides Association Captains Mark Zorn and William Toney for a full day out of Homosassa. We did a combination of morning fishing, shore lunch and finished out the afternoon with a quick drift for a couple more trout. The trout bite was quite good and Frank and Tim had 11 keepers throughout the day on the DOA holographic root beer shrimp deadly combos. Along with the trout, we also had a mixed catch of red fish, black drum, sea bass and the big sheepshead. I thank you guys for the fun time and always look forward to seeing you again. Here's Tim with his prize sheepshead... Capt. Dan
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