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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Wednesday, Nov 06 2013

Another Crystal River Slam....

Well.... Unfortunately, I had to cancel another grouper trip due to the recent windy conditions, but I was to save the day with my good friend Capt. Randy Hodges. Randy is a life long friend of mine, excellent fisherman and knows some of the deep Ozello back country like no one else. We shared some trade secrets and had a blast. He and I took turns poling the Silver King around and we found some nice trout and red fish. The wind made it a bit tough to sight fish, but one particular red fish was tailing so perfect, I wish we could have got it on video. The day ended with a pair of river snook and I'm hoping tomorrows conditions are favorable for trolling up some gags. Here's Randy with a fine Crystal River snook... Capt. Dan
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I always want every trip to be a perfect day, especially with the weather; but today we definitely had less than "favorable" conditions. I had Bill and Hazel on board from New Mexico and we made the best of a windy situation. We loaded up after 8am and made our way to the flats. The tide was dumping out hard and it kept getting lower. We started picking up quite a few trout, but the wind went in to fourth gear and it was rough. White caps and frothy on top of the swells - it wasn't fun. To save the day, we found a good school of small snook in the river and we landed nine on them to bend the rod. I wish the conditions could have been better, but we hung in there and had a fun time. Here's Hazel with one of today's Crystal River snook....
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Friday, Nov 01 2013

Crystal River Slam....

Tough conditions for us today and what it ever windy. I had Sunny on board for the day and she was ready to catch a few fish. I had grouper in mind, but with the weather; it wasn't going to happen. We stayed inshore and actually caught a Crystal River slam. Snook in river and trout, red fish and a hefty sheepshead on the flats. The SW wind was gusting extremely strong, but we toughed it out and had a fun day. I thank you for the great time and look forward to next time... Capt. Dan
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Wednesday, Oct 23 2013

Cold Front Blues....

A slow one today and we kind of expected it with the big weather change and high winds. Phil was with me for his final day of a couple day fishing trip and I'm glad the conditions were much better on the first two trips. Today, for the most part, we tucked up in the river, caught a few small snook, lady fish, mangrove snapper and jacks. We made a drift out side the river for a couple trout and that was about it for the fishing action. I showed Phil the rest of the river and springs before we called it a day. A fun few days and I thank you for the great time. Enjoy all the fish and we'll see you next time... Capt. Dan
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Tuesday, Sep 10 2013

Busman's Holiday!!!

Just a fun day with my good friend Capt. Clay Shidler and we had our selves a Crystal River slam. My boat is getting detailed for a couple of days and Clay also had the day off; so he called me and said "lets' go fishing". I met him at his house on the river, loaded up his dog Nick and we hit the creeks. We spent the morning way back in Ozello and this young man took me to a couple places I haven't seen in many years. We targeted the various rocky shorelines and points with top water plugs and lucky enough, we caught a couple red fish, a trout and a snook. A fun time exploring, catching a few fish and we ended our day with the best chicken wings in town at Lollygaggers Sports Pub & Grill. Here's a fantastic picture of Clay and Nick with a Ozello red fish... Capt. Dan
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Saturday, Aug 31 2013

Crystal River Running Small....

They can't be big ones everyday and on today's charter, they definitely eluded us. I had Rick, Don and Mario on board and after we dodged the morning storms, it turned out to be a pretty nice day. We covered a bunch of ground from the North Shore off Crystal River to the back country in Dixie bay. The guys had action with red fish, mangrove snapper and a little pup snook, but we just couldn't get on any fish of any size. It was still a fun day and with super high tide from the steady SW wind, I gave the guys a great boat ride though the creeks. Thank you all for your efforts and here's Rick with a future trophy snook... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Aug 09 2013

Bonus Snook, but No Gags...

After today's trip, I think I may have to go to 100lb test.... Tough day for grouper fishing and unfortunately, we weren't able to turn any of those big gags today. Brad, Robert and Bran joined me today out of Crystal River and with beautiful conditions for going offshore, we made it a grouper day. A quick stop on the way out and we filled the livewell with pinfish and ran to some of my favorite ledges. Hook up after hook up, but we just couldn't turn them around today. We did land some sharks, cobia, rays and short grouper, but the big dogs escaped us. A hefty snook took us for a ride some 13 miles offshore and was quite a surprise when he jumped next to the boat. A great time today and we'll get them next time. Here's Robert with today's offshore bonus snook... Capt. Dan
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