Wednesday, Aug 30 2017

Crystal River Offshore...

A little choppy today, but a great day offshore with Tony, Todd and Tom. The guys were ready to play and they turned some fine gags. We fished the 20ft range and with only a couple break offs, the gags came on board. Turning these shallow water grouper makes the day and if you have the endurance to get them away from their structure, it can be very rewarding. The mangrove snapper, hog fish and macks kept us busy, while free lining live shrimp in between grouper bites. I thank you all and great job today team... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Aug 28 2017

Big Surprises...

What an awesome trip today... Danny and Christine were my guests and it was fabulous mixed bag day. The red fishing started our day and the team caught a fine limit of red fish, on the points with free lined live shrimp.  The seas were glass calm, so we headed West to the 28ft range. Well, while anchored up; we had some surprises and permit, grouper, snapper, grunts and mackerel filled out our day. The Permit were the big bonus as I've lived my entire life here on the water and have seen them from time to time, but today was my day to catch them - as we brought three to the boat. A day to remember and I can't thank you both enough for the great day... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Aug 26 2017

Tough Gags...

A very tough bite for us today with Marilyn and David on board, but we gave it our all. Grouper was the requested species of the day and we jumped around trying to find some keepers. Our rods were bent most of the day with short gags and we actually caught over twenty or so, but nothing in the 24" range our larger. The gulf water temperature is in the upper 80's and can make it hit and miss and today; the big ones got the best of us. Still some nice snapper and flounder secured a diner or two and I thank you both as always for the great time... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Aug 25 2017

Crystal River Slam & Some...

A good time with the Villages team of Lauren, Dan and Big Fish Bob. Our day began on the outgoing tide and securing a fine catch of red fish, plus a snook on the first cast. We left this inshore scene and made our way out to 12ft of water. We set up shop on some hard bottom and had some fantastic mangrove snapper and grouper action. The action was fast and furious for over and hour, and Lauren actually turned a keeper gag on light 10lb test tackle. We finished the day with a trout to complete the slam and I thank you all... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Aug 24 2017

Going Deep...

It's not to often I have the weather to go deep, but today was the day. The guys were back on board from yesterday and with calm seas, we went West. I fished some of my deeper grouper structures and caught a couple, but it was quite slow and actually disappointing in the bites. The grouper bite in general this year is quite tough from all the reports in the area and hopefully with the upcoming fall season, it gets better. The team however, had some great action on snapper and a couple bonus hog fish; which are always a welcomed surprise. The sea's were calm and though the grouper bite was slow, we had a great day.... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Aug 23 2017

Good Mix...

A great time today with Mike, Chris and Steve and we had a nice mixed bag. We made the run offshore to about 18ft of water and on one spot, we did extremely well. Red fish, trout, snapper, cobia and grunts sure kept us busy using live pin fish and shrimp. We did catch a couple small gags on the first stop, but I moved around a bit after that and Mike turned a hefty gag plus releasing several just under the 24" mark. A great morning and I'll see you all tomorrow. Here's Mike with his big gag grouper of the day... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Aug 22 2017

MWI Group...

A terrific group trip today with the MWI team out of the Plantation on Crystal River and we had a fun time. Myself and Capt's. Rick Spratt, William Toney and Randy Hodges all had some fine catches of red fish, grunts, snapper, mackerel, sea bass and pompano for the day. My team of Courtney, Jill and Brendon did awesome wilth a beautiful catch, while Jill caught her first red fish at 31" to top off the day. I thank you all and I look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Aug 17 2017

Reds, Gags, Mango's & Macks..

We had another nice variety catch on today's trip with Tony, Ray and Rusty. Our day began on the incoming tide and the team picked up a couple fine red fish. We left the inside as it was smoldering hot, and ran offshore a bit. We had some terrific grouper action on live pin fish and turned a couple nice keepers as well. The guys released numerous fish in the 22" - 23 3/4" range, which is a good sight to see. A mix of grunts, mango's and mackerel filled out the day and I thank you all... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Aug 16 2017

Sugarmill Gang...

Always a blast with Bill, Jerry and Roland. These guys love to fish and it sure shows. We had a terrific day on red fish with live shrimp on the points and fun on the rock piles. The rocks produced lots of fine mangrove snapper, grunts, grouper and Spanish mackerel. Live shrimp on a Hank Brown, did the trick. I thank you all and I always look forward to next time... Capt. Dan

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Saturday, Aug 12 2017

Crystal River Mix...

A fun day with Jim on board and he came solo, for a great first time experience. Jim and I began our day on the outgoing tide, catching a couple snook and a fine slot red fish to bend the rod. I didn't have a bunch of tide to work with, but we made it happen. For the rest of our day we did the rock pile game and did well on mangrove snapper and a keeper gag. A nice variety and I thank you Jim... Capt. Dan

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