Thursday, Feb 16 2012

Crystal River 1/2 day Sheeps...

A fantastic 1/2 day charter out of Crystal River today and Daryl, Steve, Dylan and Ryan experienced a very good sheepshead bite. We left from Pete's Pier Marina just after 7am to get a jump on the incoming tide and find some sheepshead. The sheepshead are still spawning in good numbers, but as this month ends, they will be migrating farther offshore and we'll be seeing them next winter. Back to today's trip; we anchored up on a couple ledges dropping to 25ft and even though the annoying algae bloom is occurring, the sheepies were still on the feed. The guys had some great action and a little variety including grouper, sea bass, sand perch, grunts and porgies. Around noon we called it a day and I can't thank you all enough for such a fun time. Here's the family with their catch, Great job!... Capt. Dan
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Wednesday, Feb 08 2012

Mackerel Invasion!

Outstanding Spanish mackerel action continued for us today out of Crystal River and Bill, Len and Mel had some great drag burning fights. Leaving from Pete's Pier Marina at 8:30am, we made our run offshore to some hard bottom areas and tried our luck for some sheepshead. We caught a couple under slot sheepshead and numerous sea bass while we waited for the tide to turn, so we could anchor up and chum in the macks. Around 11am the tide was running hard, so we put out the chum bag, free lined some live shrimp and it was fish on. The mackerel bite was so fast and furious, we had to catch our breath a couple of times to keep from wearing out. Along with the mackerel, we picked up one beautiful sheepshead, some porgys and grouper to give a little variety to the day. Thank you guys as always for the fun time and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan
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Tuesday, Feb 07 2012

Windy Macks & Sheeps...

It was a windy one today out in the Gulf of Mexico and Jim, Melanie, Ray and Linda put on their sea legs. I met the group at Pete's Pier Marina and by looking at the cooling towers at the power plant, I knew it was going to be bumpy. The crew said lets give it a try and we made it out to the 8ft depth range and did very well. Chumming up some Spanish mackerel was the main attraction for the day, along with a few sheepshead added to the mix. It's actually quite early for the mackerel to be here in such good numbers and it's a much welcomed surprise. Several gag grouper kept the rods bent in between the sheepshead and macks and they are always a fun fight on light tackle. Thank you all for the great time and here is Melanie with a beautiful Crystal River sheepshead... Capt. Dan
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Monday, Feb 06 2012

Crystal River 1/2 Day...

A very good 1/2 day Crystal River charter with Tyler, Tim and Seth and the trout bite was on.  Leaving out of Pete's Pier Marina, we pulled up to the bars again and using MirrOlure Lil' John's, the guys had their 15 fish limit. A few short trout were mixed in, but the majority were beautiful mid slot keepers, with the largest being almost 22". For a change of pace, we tried a couple sheepshead locations and found a few hefty sheepshead. The fish are still on location, but there is currently a heavy algae bloom occurring making bottom fishing very difficult.  We called it a day just afternoon and I thank you all for the fun time. Here's today's crew with their great catch... Capt. Dan
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Saturday, Feb 04 2012

Early Arrival Macks...

It was day two today with the Faulk party and myself and Capt. Rick Spratt had a fun time with this group. I had Mark and Scott on board for the day and we did great jigging some trout in the morning and finishing the afternoon, with a dozen sheepshead. The trout were picky today and had to go to the gulp shrimp to get our bites, while live shrimp on a knocker rig was our tackle of choice for the sheepshead. Capt. Spratt found some early arrival Spanish Mackerel and free lining live shrimp was the ticket for the macks. It was a great couple days with you all and look forward to your future visits... Capt. Dan
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Thursday, Feb 02 2012

Crystal River "Speck"tacular...

Mike from Texas experienced trout fishing at it finest, out of Crystal River today. We left the dock at 8am sharp and ran down the river, while hungry trout were awaiting us. Using MirroLure Lil' Johns in the glow and watermelon colors, we had our limit in short order. We had a couple mixed variety species as well, including pompano, bluefish and spanish mackerel - spring is on it's way. Our next stop was the offshore ledges is 17ft of water and we found some beautiful sheepshead. It took a little while for the sheepshead bite to get going, but when the tide turned, the sheepies turned on. For an extra bonus, a school of bonito cruised by and Mike hooked up and had a great battle with a poor mans tuna. Great weather, fatastic fishing; it coulnd't had been any better. Thank you for the great time and hope to see you soon... Capt. Dan
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Wednesday, Jan 25 2012

A Great Sheepie Day

Another great day on the sheepshead grounds. I know this has been my main target species lately, but the action has been great and starting next month, the other inshore species will be back in the picture. I had Ron, Becky and Malcolm on board out of Pete's Pier Marina and the group was ready for some sheepshead tugging on the line. Running offshore once again to some hard bottom areas, produced a great day of sheepshead fishing. We kept fifteen for the for the day and released a few others and some nice grouper as a mix. Live shrimp from Blue Water Tackle in Homosassa was the bait of choice and another fine day in the books. I thank you all for a wonderful time and enjoy tonight's fresh fish dinner. Here's Ron with the big one of the day... Capt. Dan
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Tuesday, Jan 24 2012

Crystal River Offshore Sheeps

Wow, what a day! Skip, Chuck and John joined me for a full day out of Crystal River and running down some sheepshead. With hardly a ripple on the gulf, we loaded up, ran to some of my favorite grouper ledges and the sheepshead were there. The water is crystal clear right now in the 20ft range and it's quite a sight seeing all the different species of fish swimming around on all the various structures. We stopped on about a dozen locations and caught over 60 sheepshead along with some beautiful gag grouper, sea bass and numerous grunts. This was a big catch today and I only take a couple off each location, but please know, we safely released twice as many as we kept to be caught again. I did make a tackle change from the 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head to a 1/2 oz knocker rig, due to the deeper water and it worked perfect. A great day with some great clients; I thank you all for the outstanding charter. Here's the crew with today's impressive catch... Capt. Dan 
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Sunday, Jan 22 2012

Back to the Rocks

I left the ledges alone for this charter and went back to the rocks to target the sheepies. Fred and Jim were on board for a full day out of Crystal River and with clam seas, crystal clear water and hungry sheepshead; the guys did great. We jumped rock pile to rock pile and caught a little variety on every stop. Sheepshead, grunts, sea bass, grouper and porgys kept the rods bent for a busy fish catching day. Live shrimp on a 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head was our simple tackle rig for the day. After noon, we left the offshore species and ran in the creeks in hopes of a back county red fish, but came up empty handed today. It was about a nice a day as one could hope for and I thank you both for a great time. Here's Jim and Fred with their catch... 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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