Wednesday, Oct 12 2016

Crystal River Slammin'!

Frank and Chuck were my guests today out of Crystal River for this Wednesday and these gentlemen had a fine inshore slam. The trout bite began our day again and in less than an hour, ten fine keeper speckled trout put smiles on the guys faces. As an added bonus, Chuck caught a couple nice snook with one making it into the slot for an extra special dinner treat. The tide was getting right for red fishing just before noon and we boated a handful of slot reds, before we called it a day. A really fun day and I look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog
Wednesday, Sep 21 2016

Crystal River Mixing it Up...

A little mix of inshore & offshore with the Fitzpatrick family and there was no weather to contend with today. A beautiful day and on the morning outgoing tide, we caught a couple red fish and a bonus snook to start it off. The tide dropped out quickly, and we next caught a couple trout on cork rigs before we ran offshore. The sea's were calm and the grouper action was OK. We landed a nice keeper, several shorts and a few big dogs got the best of us before we wrapped up the day. A fun time with you both and I look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog
Monday, Sep 05 2016

Back to Work...

Good to be back at the "office" but still saddened by some of the storms aftermath around the river. Today I had the Novinger family on board and we had a nice inshore slam. The family caught a couple snook, trout, red fish and a black drum. We used a variety of baits from jerk baits, cork rigs and live shrimp. The wind was huffing steady out of the East and the water looks very good considering what we've recently experienced. I always enjoy having you all on board and I look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog
Wednesday, Aug 31 2016

Flats Class TV....

I just finished up shooting a great inshore episode of Flats Class TV with C.a. Richardson. The show will air in a couple weeks on Destination America channel, and it will showcase some of the great back country fishing we have here in Citrus County... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog
Saturday, Aug 20 2016


A deep run today out to close to 40ft with Brian, Brad and Robert and these gentlemen had a killer day. The gulf was absolutely flat calm and we hammered down offshore. Our first drop was very productive. Big mangrove snapper and a couple keeper gags greeted us right away, plus a couple mackerel too. We moved around a couple times, but no more keeper grouper - the big snapper kept us busy though. With a good catch, we ran inshore, stopped on a key and caught a fine red fish and snook to wrap up an outstanding day. Thank you all so much and I really look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog
Wednesday, Aug 17 2016

Day Two Slam...

It was day two with Chris and Scott on board and we just about duplicated yesterday's Crystal River charter. The guys were up for the challenge again, so we targeted all three species throughout the day. Red fish in the morning on the incoming tide, mid day trout on the flats with cork rigs; then plugging the creeks for a back country snook. The plan came together beautifully and here's Chris with a hefty, August full moon red fish... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog
Tuesday, Aug 16 2016

Crystal River Slam...

A wonderful day inshore with Scott and Chris and the guys had a fantastic inshore slam. The team began the day with some real good red fishing and a combination of live shrimp and pin fish, kept the rods bent on the red fish. Next up, we used DOA deadly combos off the keys and had some decent trout action and brought five keepers to the boat; plus releasing several shorts. We had a little time left to try for a snook and we hit one cove in the back country. The guys lucked upon a beautiful upper slot snook, that fell to a DOA glow jerk bait. A really fun day and I thank you both for the fun time... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog

Always a fun day with the Settin the Hook team and we had a ball. Ann, Venny and Ashley were my team and they were ready to get'em. Today was my first day back at the office since my vacation and it was nice to be on the big pond. I was very surprised how dirty Crystal Bay is right now and it's zero visibility. Anyway, we pushed on out and had a fun time. We caught grouper, snapper, cobia, snook and some fine red fish. Live pin fish were the baits of the day and I truly thank you all for the great time. Here's Venny with her first red fish and was it ever a beauty... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog
Monday, Jun 27 2016

Ed Battles Goliath...

What a day with Dr. Ed on board!!! Ed and I have been trying for years to target Goliath grouper, but the weather has always put us down. It was looking that way again this morning, but the storms eventually cleared and it was smooth sailing by mid morning. As we waited on the weather, I was catching live jacks for Goliath bait and Ed hooks into a 38" snook - "nice bonus". We eventually made our way to some nice bottom structures and WHAM, we hooked up. Ed went 2 for 5 on Goliath's, while bringing one boat side well over 300lbs. A very good accomplishment and congratulations on a great tug of war... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog
Sunday, Jun 19 2016

Hot Snook & Red Fish...

Today I finished up a great week long trip with Jim and he had quite the week. From jumping and landing tarpon, casting artificials for red fish and snook, cobia on the fly and bottom bumping for grouper; it was fantastic. The weather hurt us a bit for the tarpon game later in the week, so we hit the back country and really did well. Yesterday and today, we fished the North side of "Chazz" and we boated 18 red fish and 11 snook mainly using DOA glow jerk baits. We kept it simple and I poled the shore lines while he shot gunned cast, the rocky structures. I truly enjoyed the week and I'll see you in Wyoming in a couple weeks... Capt. Dan

Published in Blog


Please call (352) 418-2160 for reservations and directions.  You can also email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured
Federally Permitted by NOAA
Back to Top