I changed the schedule today with Dr. Joe and we made our offshore run first this morning and then finished the day inshore. I wanted to check out some ledges in 15ft of water off Homosassa and see if the sea bass were congregeated there. Leaving from Pete's Pier Marina again, we made our long run south and with calm seas, it was a perfect ride. When we arrived at our location; grunts, sea bass, trigger fish and several grouper were waiting for us and started our day off great. Using live shrimp on a 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head was our bait of choice and on light tackle, all these species fight great. To finish up the afternoon, we made our run back to the North, worked the bars and with a little hunting, we found the trout. The trout were a little finicky this afternoon and I almost gave up on them, but Joe hooked the first one and the rest soon followed. I want to thank you for a great couple of days, it was a joy to fish you and look forward to your future visits... Capt. Dan
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It was a picture perfect day out of Crystal River today and Dr. Joe from South Dakota, had it about as good as it gets. Joe met me at Pete's Pier Marina this morning and he requested targeting some good table fair species. With the tide turning in, we began the day jigging for trout and in just a couple hours, we had our trout limit. The watermelon colored Mirrolure Lil' Johns were the hot ticket for the trout and we also picked up a couple bonus pompano to add to the mix. Leaving the trout, our next stop was some hard live bottom areas and see if we could add some other good eating species to the cooler. Well, the bite was on and numerous sea bass and grunts kept the rods bent and the day was complete with a cooler full of goodies. Thank you Joe for the outstanding day and look forward to seeing you again tomorrow... Capt. Dan
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Sunday, Dec 04 2011

Crystal River Variety

Another fine mixed bag today out of Crystal River and Steve, Bob and Tommy were very pleased with their success. We began the day fishing the first couple hours of the outgoing tide and targeting trout. Using a mixture of DOA cals, Mirrolure Lil' Johns and Gulp shrimp,we jigged our way along the bars and had a nice catch of 11 keeper trout before we ran offshore. Our next stop were the scattered rock piles in 8ft to10ft of water and once again, the mixed bag of species kept us busy. Numerous grunts, sea bass, sheepshead, grouper and a mackerel filled out our afternoon before we called it a day. Thank you gentlemen for the great time and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan
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It has been almost a week since I've been on the water and it was great to be back out there today. I had to reschedule a couple of the charters in the beginning of the week, due to the weather conditions and with the few days off; I'm ahead of the game with the Holiday shopping.... Now back to the fishing report. I had Rob on board today out of Crystal River and he requested anything that bites and tastes good. I suggested starting the day targeting trout and he was all game for doing so. We ran down the river, headed North and worked the outer spoil islands with Mirrolure Lil' Johns and new penny gulp shrimp to catch our trout limit. The fish were really concentrated and actually caught all of them anchored, before we ran south to the rock piles. Down south on the rocks, it was sea bass heaven. It was absolutely a feeding frenzy and each fish we hooked and reeled in, there were several others following, which made it exciting for multiple hook ups. We also had a variety of grouper, sheepshead, grunts etc... as a mixed variety, but the black sea bass stole the show. Using a simple live shrimp on a 1/8th oz Hank Brown jig head was the bait of choice and I thank you Rob for the outstanding day. Enjoy all the fine eating fish... Capt. Dan
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Wednesday, Nov 23 2011

Double Digit Reds

Wow, what a red fish day! I had Ross and Mindy on board again for their second day Crystal River Charter and the bite was on. We left from Pete's Pier Marina, began the day catching several trout on the DOA deadly combos and waited for the tide to get right for red fishing. After a great trout day on Monday, I wanted to target red fish for the afternoon tide and the conditions were shaping up perfect. We hit the creeks just after noon and the red fish were on the feed. We boated 27 red fish and it was fish on for almost an hour. Using free lined live shrimp was the bait of choice and presenting the shrimp in with the mullet schools, was our technique. We picked up a couple more trout for the afternoon and called it a day. I thank you both for a great couple days and really enjoyed the exceptional day today. Have a safe trip back to Minnesota and look forward to your next visit... Capt. Dan
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Tuesday, Nov 22 2011

Rocky Mountain Trout

Today was a charter I had arranged with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and James and Carol were my lucky anglers to win the trip. The game plan was to target trout for our 1/2 day Crystal River charter and we found some beautiful shallow water trout. Working the kelp grass beds to the North, we had steady trout action all morning and put several nice keepers in the cooler. The ever productive DOA deadly combos in the glow shrimp color was our top producing bait today. A quick little tip; when the water is a little off color like it has been especially to the North, the glow color really produces well. It was a great morning and I thank you both for the wonderful time. Good luck in your hunting adventures and enjoy the fresh trout... Capt. Dan
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Monday, Nov 21 2011

Thanksgiving week Trout

Ross, Mindy and Ed were on board for their annual visit to Florida and the gang was ready to catch some trout. We left from Pete's Pier Marina this morning and we covered all the bases from the shallow flats, to the outer spoil islands. We caught plenty of fish at all the locations, but the majority of the keepers came from the spoil islands. We used Mirrolure Lil' Johns on a DOA 1/8th oz jig heads and these baits are truly amazing. There scented, durable and they have not let me down yet (the trout like them too). We just targeted trout for the day, so there would be plenty of fish to take back home to Minnesota for several fish frys. I thank you all for the great time and I'll see you again on Wednesday... Capt. Dan
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I had a father and son team on board today out of Crystal River, and Bill Jr. and Sr. had a great day. With a perfect morning incoming tide, we began the day catching several back country red fish on Pete's Piers finest live shrimp. We boated nine reds, made a quick run south and started picking up some very nice trout. Using a combination of Mirrolure Lil' Johns and DOA shrimp, the guys had some great trout action in the shallow water. For the last stop of the day, we targeted the rock piles and found a few Spanish mackerel and sea bass willing to bend our rods before we called it a day. Perfect weather, good friends and a nice catch; I thank you both for the wonderful time... Capt. Dan
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Friday, Nov 18 2011

Trout's Open All Year!!!!

This news is just in! Starting February 1st 2012, trout season will remain open all year. In years past, the month of February was our closed month for speckled trout. It appears trout stocks are doing great and the closed month is not necessary any longer. I look forward to having some great winter trout charters will all my clients and hope to see you all soon... Capt. Dan
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I had a last minute call from one of my regular clients; Dan from New York was in town and wanted to squeeze in a 1/2 day charter. I had the morning open and Dan along with his friend Bell, spent the morning with me doing some river red fishing. It was blowing pretty hard out of the NE, so we just targeted the rock piles in the river and had a great morning. We boated 13 red fish, along with our limit of three keepers around the 23" mark and released all the others unharmed. We tried our luck at finding some trout and we caught quite a few, but mostly all shorts before the wind chased us in. It was a perfect morning just to be on the water and I thank you both for the fun time. Here's Dan with the first red fish of the morning... Capt. Dan
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