I had Bill and Ryan on board for this Crystal River fishing charter and Ryan requested fishing on his spring break vacation. We left from Pete's Pier Marina at 8am and spent the day offshore jumping rock pile to rock pile, catching an assortment of species. Using primarily MirrOlure Lil' John jigs  for the first part of the day, we caught numerous trout, lady fish, blue fish, sea bass, etc.... for some great action. A steady 10mph South wind made drifting just right and once the guys said they had plenty of trout, we anchored up and chummed in some macks. The mackerel bite was pretty good and Ryan definitely had the hot rod catching several mackerel. The bite was fast and furious between the lady fish and macks and it was a fun time to finish up our afternoon trip. Thank you both for the great time and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan
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Wednesday, Mar 21 2012

Crystal River Windy 1/2 Day...

Not the best of conditions for this 1/2 day charter out of Crystal River, but John and Phil caught enough for dinner. I met these gentlemen out of Pete's Pete's Marina just after 8am and with a stiff SE wind, we stated in close and caught quite a few trout. Only a couple keepers made their way in to the cooler with all the numerous under slot fish we released and the DOA deadly combos did the job on finding a couple trout. The trout were holding tight on one particular piece of structure and we basically repeated the drift several times to keep the rods bent. It was a pleasure having you both on board and look forward to seeing you again in the future... Capt. Dan
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Tuesday, Mar 20 2012

Crystal River Assortment...

Two fun days with the Walker family out of Crystal River and this father and son team caught some great fish. Yesterday's full day charter brought a good catch of trout and Spanish mackerel down south on the rock piles. We used an assortment of jigs, but the holographic root beer DOA shrimp and watermelon colored MirrOlure Lil' Johns, were out fishing the glow and whites. On today's 1/2 day trip, we stayed North due to the breezy conditions, worked the outer bars and caught a nice assortment of species. It was choppy, but the guys had their sea legs and did very good with the conditions. I thank you both for a fun couple of days and hope you enjoy the rest of your spring break. We'll see you next time... Capt. Dan
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Today is the kind of day, why I'm blessed to be a fishing guide. I had a solo charter out of Macrae's and Larry was on board to experience some of Homosassa's finest inshore fishing. We began the day running out to about 5ft of water and jiging the shallow scattered rock piles and catching an assortment of species. Numerous trout, mackerel, spinner sharks, blue fish, lady fish, grouper, and the list goes on... made for an exceptional day. The trout bite was so good for the last two hours of the incoming tide, it was fish on just about every cast. Larry was having a blast, but the tide was actually coming in very well , so we hit the creeks and spoon fed some red fish. Using Johnson's gold spoons and fishing point to point, we boated 9 beautiful red fish, kept two and released the others. I can't thank you enough for the fun time and look forward to seeing you again in the future... Capt. Dan
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A fun father and son full day charter out of Crystal River today and Rick and Everett had a ball. Leaving from Pete's Pier Marina just after 8am, we made our run offshore to some scattered rock piles and see what we could find. Casting jigs, free lining live shrimp and bottom fishing with Hank Brown jigs produced a mixed bag of treats including; trout, grouper, lady fish, sea bass, mackerel, grunts and even a early arrival cobia. My young angler Everett did great and nothing brings more joy to this Captains than seeing a young fisherman catch a bunch of fish. I thank you all for the fun time and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan
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A unbelievable gorgeous day out in the gulf and I had my good friend and client Ted on board to enjoy it. We began the day targeting trout on the last of the incoming tide using DOA jerk baits around the shallow hard bottom areas and finishing our limit, a little bit deeper with MirrOlure Lil' John jigs. The trout bite was very good and crystal clear water conditions made for some exciting strikes. For a change in the action today, and even though grouper season is closed, we decided to cast some plugs, made a run south off Homosassa and do my speciality: Shallow Water Grouper. The grouper action was absolutely outstanding and between fishing three different structures, we landed over twenty gag grouper in no deeper than 8ft of water. Using Yo-zuri crystal minnows and rapala F-14's, it felt great to wrestle with some grouper. All the gags were released unharmed and they'll be waiting for us, come season opener July 1st. Thank you Ted for the great day and look forward to doing it again soon... Capt. Dan
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Monday, Mar 12 2012

Spring Break Trout..

With the Mrs.'s off for spring break, we took out the skiff, put some time on the new engine and caught some trout. The new Mercury engines have a very simple break in time and basically just a couple hours of running at mid range RPM's and varying the throttle every couple of minutes; it's good to go. After an hour or so of running the river, we ran south in the skinny water and caught some real healthy shallow water trout. Using DOA glow 5.5" jerk baits, the wife and I caught and released well over our limit of slot and over slot trout and watched them all swim away to be caught another day. The new skiff runs fantastic and I couldn't be more happier. Here's Becky with one of the larger trout of the day... Capt. Dan
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A beautiful day out of Crystal River with Wes and Kay on board and these gentlemen had a great catch. Leaving from Pete's Pier Marina this morning at 9am, we made our run offshore to the ever reliable bombing range and our mixed bag of species were waiting. It was very calm in the gulf for the first couple of hours of the day and you could see several schools of ballyhoo being harassed mackerel and blue fish throughout the area. To get the bite going with the calm conditions, we used the D.O.A. deadly combos rigged with the holographic root beer shrimp to call up some trout. The trout were very cooperative and the guys put 11 healthy slot trout in the cooler along with a couple pompano, mackerel and blue fish. We didn't have a chance to red fish due to the later tide, but the guys had a fun time and I thank you. Here's Kay and Wes with their Crystal River variety... Capt. Dan
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Thursday, Mar 08 2012

80 Degree Trout...

A warm sunny spring day today out of Crystal River and with temperatures in the 80's, it felt great. I had the pleasure of having one of our finest local deputies on board for this charter and John caught some great fish. Light winds today and plenty of incoming water, we had a great morning targeting trout and a couple mackerel and blue fish joined us as well. We used a combination of MirrOlure Lil' Johns and D.O.A. deadly combos for the trout, but the larger fish came off the bottom jigs today. A perfect high tide to red fish, we hit the creeks and boated six beautiful back country red fish to end our afternoon. I thank you John for the great time and it was a pleasure having you on board today... Capt. Dan
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Wednesday, Mar 07 2012

More Wind and Hungry trout...

The east wind continued for us today, but with the full moon tides on schedule, the tide rushed in despite the conditions. Bill and Jeff were on board for this windy day out of Pete's Pier Marina and the guys put up with the elements and D.O.A. deadly comboed some trout. Not being able to run offshore, we stayed close inshore, worked the oyster bars in Crystal bay and had a great catch of trout. The root beer holographic shrimp was the top color today and it was great to see good schools of trout in their spring locations. After several hours of rocking and rolling in the gulf, we ran to the creeks and found a red fish. I thank you both for a fun time and hope you enjoy all the fish at the fish fry... Capt. Dan
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