A picture perfect day out of Crystal River and Dan, Erin and Mark had an outstanding charter. We left from Pete's Pier Marina just after 8am and began the day jigging trout right were I left them yesterday. It was a little breezy for the first couple hours of the morning which made the boat positioning a challenge, but the crew had their sea legs and did great. Using MirroLure Lil Johns, DOA cal shad tails and gulp shrimp was what the trout were in the mood for. The winds slacked off around noon and we made our run offshore. I targeted some under cut ledges today and the sheepshead bite was excellent. We totaled close to thirty sheepshead for the afternoon and kept a bakers dozen, while releasing the others. Live shrimp once again was the bait of choice for the sheepshead and I thank you all for the fantastic day. Here's our mixed bag catch of trout, sheepshead, grunts and sea bass... Capt. Dan
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Thursday, Jan 19 2012

Flying Solo

After a week off the water, today was my homework day and l was ready to find some fish. Having several charters lined up, I always like to do the best I can for my clients and have a pattern established. Leaving just after 9am, I spent the morning jigging for trout with MirrOlure Lil Johns and totaled nine keeper trout which all were safely released. The trout were holding tight around the structures and the gulf water temperature was 57 degrees. I didn't check on the winter sheepshead, but they are pretty predictable and let's see what tomorrow brings. For those of you that don't know, I'm obsessed with fly fishing and today I brought one of my 8wt fly rods along. I normally don't fly fish on my group charters do to casting restrictions, but for one on one trips, we can make it happen. (In the near future I'm going to expand more on the fly fishing side). That said, I pulled up to a shallow shell bar and sight fished a couple trout; with one just over 20" and a under slot red fish on one of my home made Homosassa special flies. It's always enjoyable catching fish, but when it's on the fly, it's that much more rewarding. Well, that's today's recap and we'll see you soon... Capt. Dan
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Today was our 4th annual kids fishing trip with the 5th graders from Homosassa Elementary School. Myself and the rest of the 16 members of the Homosassa Guides Association donated our time, to give these youngsters a great fishing trip to remember. It's fun fishing, but a little science and math is involved as well. Recording the air and water temperatures, measuring and weighing the fish and enjoying the different types of wildlife; the day is a great exerpience. I had Mrs. B's group on board the these young lady anglers had a ball. Were anchored up, found a school of trout of all sizes and it was fish after fish. We recorded over 40 trout and everyone caught plenty. I thank everyone for making the event a great success and nothing is better than seeing these young anglers catch their first fish. Here's my crew with one of our Little Homosassa trout... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Jan 06 2012

Crystal River Sampler

What a picture perfect day to be on the Gulf of Mexico! I had my long time Maine guide friend Jim on board, for a full day of some offshore and inshore fishing. We began the morning to foggy conditions and stayed in the river catching trout and lady fish until the fog cleared, to safely make our run offshore. A little after 9am the fog cleared and we were offshore bound. Targeting some rock piles in the 17ft range, we loaded up on a great mixed catch. Large sheepshead, black drum, flounder, grunts, and grouper gave us an awesome show off the different structures we fished, to make for a busy day. Keeping just enough for dinner and releasing close to 20 keeper sheepshead, we ran back inshore and finished the day with four beautiful back country red fish. I was so pleased to be able to put Jim on such a variety of species, after he has done such a great job guiding me on some fantasttic Maine brook trout and salmon over the years. Thank you Jim for the fun time and hope to see you soon... Capt. Dan
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Saturday, Dec 31 2011

Year End Fun

What a great way to end the year by taking some fantastic young anglers fishing. I had Robert, Mack and Will on board from California today out of Crystal River, for a half day charter and just some fishing fun. It was a catch and release day and we caught an awesome variety of species. While fishing the river, the guys caught mangrove snapper, trout, red fish and lady fish. It was an extremely foggy morning and it took most of the morning for the fog to burn off, but when it cleared, we made a quick run to a couple rock piles for some steady action. The sea bass and grouper gave a good pull on the lines for several stops, but the highlight of the day was seeing a 200lb Goliath grouper swim under the boat in 6ft of water for an unbelievable surprise. The boys counted over 30 fish and it was the best fishing day they have experienced. I thank you all for a great time and ending the year on a perfect day. Here's Mack and Will with a double header sea bass catch... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Dec 30 2011

Homosassa Trout & Sheepshead

Another fun day at the Homosassa Fishing Club. Today we mixed up the groups and I had the younger generation on board. We left from the dock just after 9am, ran out the Salt River, towards St. Martins River and tried our luck at some trout. The morning trout bite was slow, so plan B was to target the shallow hard bottom areas and find some sheepshead. The sheepies were there and in no time, my crew had several beautiful Homosassa sheepshead in the cooler. Our afternoon shore lunch was on order and for the middle part of the day, myself and Captains Mark Zorn and William Toney did a great spread of fresh fish, hush puppies, beans, etc.... To top off the afternoon, we fished for another hour or so and finally found a couple keeper trout to end the day. Here's Maggie, Robert, Emma and Leila with their great catch and I thank you all for the fun couple of days... Capt. Dan
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Saturday, Dec 24 2011

Christmas Eve Sheepshead

Dr. Marks from Sanibel Island joined me this Christmas Eve, for a full day out of Crystal River. With the action being so great on the shallow hard bottom areas, that was were we spent our day catching some tasty seafood species. The morning started out with a foggy, light drizzle; but ended with blue skies and sunshine. The sea bass bite was outstanding once again, but I encountered more sheepshead this charter for a welcomed surprise. Grouper, trout, Spanish mackerel, grunts, sea bass, sheepshead and a end of the day red fish, was our total plethora of species for the day. Great action, good laughs, funny stories; it was truly a perfect day on the water. I thank you for the great time and have a Merry Christmas... Capt. Dan
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Monday, Dec 19 2011

Oyster Bar Trout

We pulled up to the bars today, the oyster bars that is; just outside the mouth of the Crystal River to find some trout. I had the Mandigo family on board and these guys did beautifully. Using MirrOlure Lil' Johns on a 1/8th oz DOA cal jig head, it was steady trout action throughout the morning, until the tide starting ripping out and the trout bite was over. We totaled 18  keeper trout, changed gears and made a couple stops on the shallow rock piles. The sea bass bite was good, but short lived and quickly added a couple to the mix to finish out the day. I thank you guys for the fun time and I hope you enjoy all the fish... Capt. Dan
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Wednesday, Dec 14 2011

Good Weather-Great Fishing

Finally a break in the weather and we actually had sunshine today. The east winds were still quite gusty, but it was a beautiful day and the fish were in a very cooperative feeding mood. I did have a charter yesterday, but it was a tough one and all we could do is catch short trout, red fish and seabass. It was a fun day, but nothing to bring home for dinner. However, today's trout bite out of Crystal River was outstanding. I had Bobby and Ed on board and these gentlemen did great working jigs along the oyster bars and quickly caught their limit of trout, plus released several others. Using Mirrolure Lil' John's in the root beer color was today's top bait. Leaving the trout, we made our way to the rock piles and found the usual mixed bag of species for a fun fish catching afternoon. I thank you guys for the memorable day and enjoy the fresh fish... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Dec 09 2011

Overcast Trout

This week began with a mild, sunny sky, then a mid-week cold front, and finished to windy, cloudy conditions. Bill and Len were on board today out of Crystal River, for a day of chasing down some trout. Running North, we jigged our way down the outer spoil islands and began catching some beautiful trout. The wind gradually picked up out of the NW, so we had to anchor on some locations and use a slow presentation. The gulf water temperature has dropped to 60 degrees and the trout wanted our jigs almost crawling on the bottom. The day started off pretty good, but when the bite quit; it quit. The afternoon was slow, but we always catch a few for dinner and I always enjoy fishing with you guys, Thanks as always for the fun time and I'll see you soon... Capt. Dan
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