I've been waiting for the trout to turn on, and on today's Crystal River Charter, they finally did. I had the pleasure of having the Spann family on board for the day and with hopes of grouper fishing; today's conditions weren't going to allow us to do so. For a plan B, we drifted off the keys and the trout were on fire. The choppy condition's turned the trout on or they came inshore (which ever, I was glad to see it). For a couple hours, someone had a trout on their line and the action was fantastic. Watermelon red flake MIrrOlure Lil' Jon's under DOA deadly combo corks were the baits of the day and it was fantastic. John broke the ice with a fine river snook to get the day going and it sure was great to see the trout cooperating. Thank you all for the great day and look forward to seeing you next time... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Aug 28 2014

Crystal River Sight Fishing....

I fired up the silver king skiff today and Ray and I did some sight fishing. Today's conditions were perfect for looking for tailing red fish and with a 11am low tide, we poled the flats. We hit the mouth of the river just before 9am, made our run and I hoped on the poling platform. The tide was way low and the red fish had dropped off the shorelines and on the shallow flats. Ray did a fine job catching a couple lower slot red fish on spoons and we had the hook pull on a bruiser that was tailing on the back of a sting ray. A surprise snook again grabbed the spoon off the point of an exposed oyster bar and they are always a welcomed catch. A fun day and I always enjoy poling around and trying to sight fish a few fish... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Aug 27 2014

Homosassa Mix...

A big mix today in Homosassa and we had a slam and then some... I had the pleasure of having Tony, Donna, Chris and Beth on board and we caught the whole spectrum. Trout on DOA deadly combos began our trip just off the keys, but I'll tell you the water is extremely dirty from the high winds from the previous days. With a couple trout in the box, we made a run to the rocks and the water clarity was even worse. I had to fish off my numbers, mark the rocks and fish accordingly. The snapper and grunt bite was great though and a couple grouper kept us busy as well. To end the day on the incoming tide, we hit the outer keys and caught some fine red fish to top off the day. A great day and it was good to see some nice weather again. Thank you all for the great time and here's Chris and Beth with a Homosassa snook... Capt. Dan

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Sunday, Aug 17 2014

Offshore Surprises....

A big group today out of the Plantation on Crystal River with fellow Captains Mark Zorn, Rick Spratt, Clay Shidler, Zach Hoffman and Kelly Kofmehel. We had the pleasure of fishing the ATS company and they did awesome. Great catches of red fish, snook, grouper, Spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder and grunts were brought back to the dock. My team did great with some red fish, a limit of mangrove snapper and a couple offshore surprise snook to fill out the day. A great day for the entire group and I thank you all for the fantastic day.... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Jul 24 2014

Back on the River...

As you all probably know, this past Wyoming trip was the best yet and it was sure sad to say good bye. However, today I was back on the big pond and Drew and Carey had a great day. We ran offshore and did some grouper digging for today's Crystal River charter and the guys did well. The team loaded up the live well full of pin fish and we ran West. We fished the 18ft to 20ft range and found the gags. We were able to turn a couple, but the usual break offs got the best of us for the majority of the fish. Another surprise was landing a hefty snook in 20ft of water that hit a pin fish on a bottom rig. A fun day, but a hot one for sure and I thank you both for the great day. Here's Drew with a fine gag from today's trip... Capt. Dan

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A fun time with some good friends visiting from Maine. Rich and Mandy were on board with me and we had a great catch and release trip. I get the pleasure to fish with Rich in Maine on his home brook trout and salmon waters and every once in a while, I get to return the favor down here. I was able to do a couple different techniques today, since there wasn't a request for a cooler full of groceries and we did some plugging for snook. I put the trolling motor down and covered some ground. The team caught a couple nice mid sized snook and numerous jacks to start the day. The jacks always are a favorite to bend the rod and a couple snook in one day is definitely a bonus. To end our trip, we fished way in the back country on the flood tide and added a dozen red fish to our total. A really enjoyable day and I thank you both for the great time. I'll see you tomorrow... Capt. Dan
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Thursday, Mar 27 2014

Crystal River Snook....

A tough one today for big numbers of fish, but my ladies team caught a nice Crystal River slam. Ellie and Ellen were my guests for the day and this was their annual Black Diamond fishing tournament trip. The residents of Black Diamond golf community have a yearly tournament and the members hire guides to fish the tournament. I was lucky to have this ladies team and they did fine. The day was quite breezy and cold which made conditions tough, but I believe they secured the big fish prize with Ellen's monster snook. This one is going to be a tough fish to beat in the big fish category and I hope she wins the prize. A couple trout and small red fish also filled out the day and I can't thank you both enough for the fun time... Capt. Dan
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Today was it..... Probably the biggest catch I've had on board and such a variety of species. Judge O'Kelly and Bill were my guest and we brought the Homosassa Fishing Club up to crystal River. The action in Homosassa has been a bit off, so we changed it up and brought the gang North. Myself and Captains Mark Zorn and Jonathan Hamilton were also on the trip and it was truly a banner day. Trout limits across the board and my team did exceptionally well. We had fantastic trout action with a few snook mixed in. A couple Spanish mackerel and a bonus pompano were also added while targeting our trout. My crew reached their limit and we trolled and cast a quick limit of beautiful gag grouper. To ensure an inshore slam, I made a stop in the Salt River and a 1/2 dozen small red fish ended our day. What a day to remember and I can't thank you all enough for such a great day... Capt. Dan
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Saturday, Nov 09 2013

Birthday Grouper....

It was grouper weather today folks and we caught some trolling and casting plugs. I had Mishel and Earl on board for day two of their two day trip and it was a good one. Today was Earls birthday and the grouper cooperated nicely. We began the day in the river catching a nice snook to get the day going, before we ran West. The winds were much better today and we trolled the 15ft range and put a nice pair of keeper gags on ice. The action was slow after that, so we ran to the shallow stuff and cast up a limit of really nice gags. The 7ft range was on fire and we actually had two of them get the best of us. Rapala F18 plugs in the mullet color was the bait of the day. I thank you both for a fun two days of fishing and here's the birthday boy with a beautiful Crystal River gag... Capt. Dan
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The one and "only" good thing about a NE cold front, is that you can usually make it out a couple miles before it gets to rough. I had my dear great clients Mishel, Earl and Jason on board today and we made the best of it with the gusting winds. I started the day tracking down some snook in the river and we immediately hooked up. We had them on and some real good ones; but they either straightened the hooks or the hooks pulled out. Mid morning, we made our way to the gulf and began trolling some inside ledges. The first rod went off and Mishel caught one heck of a surprise snook on a Rapala x-rap 20. We picked up a keeper grouper and then made our way south to cast a couple plugs for some more gags. I put the boat in position and the team put some beautiful gags in teens to top off the day. It was a bit bumpy, but thank you all for working hard and congratulations on a great day. Here's Mishel with her big Crystal River snook... Capt. Dan
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