A super slam for us today and we were fortunate to land a variety of species. I had the Coleman family on board out of the Plantation on Crystal River and we did well. The inshore bite was good just like yesterday and we caught a variety from red fish, trout, snook and flounder hitting the points with free lined shrimp. The team caught a nice mix of inshore species, but the weather was looking perfect for running offshore; so we headed West. We reached the grouper grounds and the bite was very good. From trolling, to bottom fishing - the bite was great. An excellent day with you both and I thank you for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Sep 28 2015

Saltwater Sportsman...

Today I had the pleasure of working with long time friend Capt. Dave Lear of Saltwater Sportsman and we featured a snook story. Dave was on of the first magazine writers to get me started in guiding and his help/influence has been instrumental for my success. I can't reveal to much, but it will be a great read in the coming months and I know you all will enjoy it. Stay tuned... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Jun 01 2015

Incredible Day...

Everyday is great on the water, but as many of you know; some days are special. Today I had Cheryl on board and what a day we had. We jumped a beautiful tarpon and fought it for several minutes before it spit the hook. We saw a couple others, but left them to pursue some other species. Next on the list, we found a fine triple tail which was another first for Cheryl. After the triple tail, we were near one of my favorite snook locations, so I suggested giving snook a try. Believe it or not; the plan came together and we landed a beauty of a snook. To top off the day and another first, I hit the Ozello back country and she landed six fine red fish to end our day. A wonderful day and I thank you for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Apr 21 2015

Down South Trout...

A great day out of the Homosassa Fishing Club with the Stribling party and my team knocked out the trout. We made the run south of "Chazz" and drifted the shallow hard bottom areas with DOA glow jerk baits. The bite was excellent and we actually sight fished quite a few of them. By noon the guys had their limit and we spoon fed some small reds and a snook to cap off the day. A beautiful spring day and I thank everyone for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Apr 03 2015

Crystal River Mix...

Wow! What a beautiful day to go offshore and that's exactly what we did with Sarah and Randy on board. Once again, I made the run to the sheepshead grounds and the bite was just as good as yesterday's; but the size average was up a bit. The action was good and we even picked up a surprise snook on an offshore wreck in almost 20ft of water. With a fine catch of sheepshead, we anchored up and chummed up a few drag burning macks to wrap up the day. I thank you both for the fun time and congratulations on the outstanding catch... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Mar 28 2015

Homosassa Tough & Windy....

What a difference a day can make. We had a cold front come through yesterday after the rain and it sure locked up the trout. It was day two for us at the Homosassa Fishing Club fishing the Watson party and if you can believe; not one keeper trout was brought to the dock. No water, a 10 degree temperature drop and a 20 mph North wind made it TOUGH. My crew of BJ and Vincent did something different and we put on some gold spoons and did the best we could in a couple creeks we could get in to. Well, the plan worked and we caught a beautiful slot snook and red fish, before our afternoon shore lunch. Definitely a challenging day, but we hung in there and made it happen. Thank you all for the great day and I look forward to seeing you next time... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Mar 07 2015

Trout-Masters Tournament...

Well, it has been since 2010 since I fished the trout masters tournament and today was a fun day. I had the pleasure of fishing with friend Jeremy Cates, who actually won a 1/2 day charter I donated and decided to use it for the tournament. I was in tournament mode and we runned and gunned from spot to spot. As you "ALL" know, I've mainly been sheepshead fishing due to the cold temperatures, but spring is on its way and the trout are due to show up and turn on. We found some nice keeper fish here and there, but I did have to move around quite a bit. The nice surprise of the day was the variety of species we caught as a by-catch which was excellent. We took second place out of 41 boats and had a great time. I thank you for the great day and look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Nov 15 2014

Crystal River Trolling Gags...

It was day two with the West family and Tom and his dad Herbert had a ball. The weather was much more favorable today and we were able to spend more time tackling some grouper. However, I took a minute and a quick stop in the river to catch a couple snook before we headed West. After a couple small fun sized snook, we made our run to 20ft of water and put out the plugs. I stayed off Crystal River today and even though the water is dirty, we trolled up a fine limit of gags. They were wanting natural colors and only one came on a orange Rapala x-rap 20. To end our trip, I anchored up on a small rock and found some early arrival sheepshead and a few grunts to wrap up our day. I thank you both for a fun couple of days and look forward to seeing you soon... Capt. Dan

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I'm not a weather man, but I believe it's going to be a chilly winter. Today was a cold one for sure, but Tom and Herbert bundled up and we went for a ride. I began the day with the father and son team and we caught a couple river snook to get the day going. We had one nice slot fish on, but chewed through the leader and the others were in the 15"-20" range. Next, we hit the gulf and in the choppy conditions; we were able to troll up a pair of gags. A hard effort to catch some, but we made it happen. Thank you both for the great time and look forward to our next trip... Capt. Dan

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Sunday, Nov 02 2014

Chilly Sunday....

I wasn't sure what to expect for today's trip with the drastic weather change. It went from Halloween to Christmas over night and it sure was a chilly one out there today. I had Phil on board and we left the dock a bit later around 10am to allow it to warm up and calm down some. To ensure some action, we fished the river and targeted mangrove snapper, trout and snook. We did quite well on all three species and both of our snook today were over 10lbs. I did try some locations on the flats and salt river area, but didn't even have a strike. The rest of the week will be warming and hopefully the outside bite will turn back on... Capt. Dan

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