Friday, Jan 04 2019

Crystal River Trout...

An approaching front, south wind, incoming tide and DOA jerk baits = a perfect set up for happy trout. The team of Dan, Lauren and Joe were on board and the conditions were so perfect for targeting some trout. The gulf had reached about 70 degrees and the trout were almost in a spring type of mood. We made several drifts over some kelp grass and in just a couple hours, we reached a fine limit of trout. The approaching cold front was to hit our area around 2pm and we finished up the day in plenty of time. I thank you all and great job... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Jan 02 2019

Year Opener...

A great start to the new year with Jim, Larry and Dean and the guys had a good one. The grouper rods are put to bed until the season opens again, so for now it's mostly going to be a trout, sheepshead and a red fish world. I do enjoy this time of year as long as the cold fronts aren't to harsh. The sheepshead bite is still a bit early and usually in to February, it really gets going. The team today did very well jigging up the trout and I thank you all for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Oct 03 2018

Crystal River Snookin"...

A two day report with Dan and Roy and for the last couple days, we gave the grouper a break and targeted the snook and trout population. I took the guys in the back country of Ozello, outer keys and the North Shore area. Using jerk baits, jigs and live mullet; we caught snook and some nice trout drifting the flats. The weather was great and the team really enjoyed our beautiful area. I thank you both and can't wait until next time... Capt. Dan

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The Novinger team was with me today and we had a fun time in the breezy conditions. Ed, Chad and Ted were the team and the guys caught some nice trout and a couple real beauty red fish. Live baits were the ticket, with pin fish being preferred for the red fish. I thank you all and I always look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Apr 25 2018

On the Water...

So good to be back on the water after my ankle surgery. Unfortunately though, I have some bad news which I'll talk about in a couple days which I'll be going through, but we'll talk about that later. Today with Jim, Dean and Larry we hit the flats and had a bit of a slow day, however we caught a couple. The wind was up out of the NW, so it limited me on where I could go. The fellas and I caught a couple trout and red fish, but the bite was off and all of us that were on the water experienced the same. Jim had big fish honors with a beauty over slot Ozello red fish and I thank you guys for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Apr 04 2018

Good Time in Crystal River...

Another nice mix with the Barlow team and Ron, Dean and Ron Jr. did outstanding. We spent the majority of the day drifting some spotty bottom in 8ft of water using MirrOlure Lil Johns jigs. Well, the action was superb and for over three hours we had something pulling on our lines. This included the first cobia of the year, but it was on the small side. We ran back inshore as the tide turned and finished off our trip with a beauty of an upper slot snook and I thank you all for the great time... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Apr 02 2018

Good Haul...

Bill, Phil and Frank sure got it done today and we had a great catch. The day started right off with Frank making a perfect cast to a 12lb triple tail and that warmed us up. The sheepshead bite was next as we did OK; but it's just about over and I believe tomorrow will be the last day I try for them. I jumped around a bunch to get the sheepshead and the team finished off the day with a fine catch of trout to wrap it up. Great job fellas and I thank you... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Mar 31 2018

Team Lady Angler...

It's been a while since I've had the Lady anglers on board and it sure was another fun day with them catching some fish. I was worried with the conditions as it was howling out of the NE and a weak cold front came through Friday evening. I said we'll give it a go and I'm glad we did. I kept it super easy and we just drifted live shrimp under corks around the oyster bars and did outstanding. Between all the white caps and little chill in the air, the trout were very cooperative and the team put nineteen fine trout on ice. We made it happen and great job ladies... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Mar 29 2018

Crystal River Slam...

We stayed inshore today with the stiff South wind and Chris and Frank did very well. The father and son team completed the inshore slam with a fine catch of trout, redfish and the ever elusive slot snook. DOA glow jerk baits were the lone producer and they caught all the fish for us. We released a couple under slot snook as well, and a hefty 33" red fish to top off the day. I thank you both and great job team... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Mar 27 2018

Better Weather...

It was still breezy today, but the conditions were so much better and definitely more fish able today. Dan, Lauren and Big Fish Bob were my guests and the team did very well. The day went so smooth, as the sheepshead and trout cooperated nicely. The sheepshead were in there usual haunts and the trout were in the creeks with DOA glow jerk baits, being the flavor of the day for them. A super fun day and great job fellas... Capt. Dan

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