Thursday, Feb 08 2018

Crystal River Little Mix...

A mix of trout and Sheepshead today with the Sumner team and we did OK; for the choppy and extremely foggy conditions. I met the gang at the Plantation on Crystal River and we were greeted to dense fog conditions. It might as well been raining for how wet we were, but we pushed through it. The guys jigged up a couple nice trout before we ran to sheepshead land on MirrOlure Lil Johns. The sheepshead were biting pretty good right away, but soon enough the winds picked up and the sea's got quite rough. We ran inshore some, picked up a couple more nice sheepshead and another great day on the big pond is in the books... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Feb 03 2018

Getting Better...

Little by little, each day is getting better and better form the harsh winter we've had. Today's trip with Shane and Ryan on board did very well on some shallow structures on sheepshead. Lots of grouper action again as well and it's always so good to see the juvenile fish in such great numbers. The tide was later and we fished a bit extra overtime, to see if the trout would turn on. Well, they did and we found some nice ones on DOA jerk baits to wrap up the day. A fun time and I thank you both... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Jan 29 2018

Pre-Front Sheep's & Trout...

We got today in and just in the nick of time, as a windy cold front is pushing through tonight. Bill, Roland and Mel were the team today and we spent the majority of the day sending down shrimp and catching a few sheepshead and small grouper. The bite was pretty good right away as Mel had the hot rod; but as the sea's built up and temperature dropped, so did the action. We left the sheepshead grounds on the bumpy sea's and added a couple trout on DOA jerk baits to wrap up the day. Always a fun time with you guys and I thank you... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Jan 06 2018

Homosassa Springs...

Day two with the Beeson party and we had the same game plan. The bite was quite a bit slower then yesterday, as there was much more boat traffic on the river and makes it a bit congested. The team and I still caught a few small snook and a fine trout using jigs along the shorelines. The darker colors seem to work a little better for the snook as using anything "flashy", will guarantee a lady fish on the end of your line. A fun, but very cold couple days and I thank you all... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Jan 05 2018

Icy Snook....

A quick update before today's report.. Well folks, it looks like a major snook kill for our area from the Withlacoochee area to Chassahowitzka. I've seen lots of pictures of dead snook of all sizes and even though we still have several thousand that are safe in the rivers, the "outside" population took the hit. We'll still have fish to catch, but like the 2010 freeze; it will take some time to recuperate... However though, I did have a great first charter to start 2018 with the Beeson party in Homosassa. Myself and Capt's. Mark Zorn, William Toney, Rick Spratt and John Hamilton all had ice on board our boats and we made something happen in the cold conditions. The gang and I stayed in the river and had some luck with a mixed bag around the springs. Snook, red fish, jacks, large mouth bass, trout and we even jumped a tarpon, filled out our day. It's a small area, but we did OK, as the gulf will be slow for quite a few days. Here's Phil with one of the larger snook of the day... Capt. Dan

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The Barlow team was with me today and Tim and Ron were the guys to get it going on. I met the father and son team at the Plantation on Crystal River and we headed to the ledges to troll up some gags. Well, the grouper bite was exceptionally good; as we trolled our way to a limit of grouper and Rapala plugs were the flavor of the day. After our grouper and the outgoing tide, we jigged up ten fine trout to top off the day. Congratulations fellas on a great day and enjoy all the fresh fish... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Nov 25 2017

Homosassa Gags and Trout....

Barbara and David were the team today from the Smith party and once again, we ran to grouper land. I took the husband & wife team plug casting and they did great. Some nice grouper came on board in just two stops and we then jigged up some trout in 7ft of water. I tied on some root-beer MirrO'lure Lil' Johns and the trout were concentrated on some rock piles. We trout fished for and hour and made it back inshore, for our afternoon shore lunch. Two great days and I thank you all... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Nov 24 2017

Rain Delay...

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving as we did, but we had late take off today due to the rain - it was much needed. I was at the Homosassa Fishing Club with fellow Homosassa Guides Association Captains, Mark Zorn, Jim Long, William Toney and Johnathan Hamilton. The guys and I had the pleasure of having the Smith party on board and Cr. Coco and his wife Nancy were with me for the afternoon. As we took off and reached the mouth of the Homosassa, I took the couple South and plug cast a really nice limit of gags. The grouper were biting well and a couple trout found their way on board too. A fun time and I'll see you all tomorrow... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Nov 13 2017

Gags and Bonus Red...

The seas calmed down for us today to make it happen and with Bob and Nancy in town from Pennsylvania; the team caught some nice gags and an offshore surprise. We actually started the day inshore jerk baiting some trout and picked up a couple, as we waited for the wind to calm down a bit. Around 11am, I made the run offshore and we were able to catch some nice gags; but it was still a bit on the rough side. Four nice fish came on board, plus a huge offshore red fish which was a welcomed surprise. The team had a great day and I thank you both for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Nov 07 2017

One Stop Gags..

One stop today and we got them. Tony and Steve were my guests today and grouper once again was on the menu. We dropped down on some scattered low profile rocks with live pin fish and did very well. We caught close to 20 grouper on one spot, while also filling out our limit. The team did really good turning the fish and we also added a couple trout before he headed home. A fun day guys and I look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan

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