Thursday, Sep 25 2014

Covering Ground...

Not a super hot bite today, but today's team did well and we covered some ground. Mike and Bob joined me for the day and they are new to the area and while we did some fishing; I pointed out some locations and techniques to get them catching fish on their own. We fished from the shallow kelp beds off the channel for trout, the rocks for grunts and snapper and topped off the trip trolling up a keeper gag. The wind and weather haven't been the best the last couple of days and I've canceled some trips; but today was a big improvement. Fall was definitely in the air today and it's going to be a great fall season. I thank you both for a fun day and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Sep 15 2014

Seafood Platter....

A fine mixed bag today and a great family to enjoy it. Hunter, Patrick and Phillip joined me today out of the Plantation on Crystal River for a day of bending the rod. I had a nice "much needed" weekend off to rest up for another long stretch and today, I was ready to go get them. Targeting some red fish on the outer keys on the outgoing tide started our day and the young boys each caught a keeper before the water dropped out - and then headed offshore. The shallow rocks were on fire with plenty of snapper, grunts, small gags and four nice keeper flounder kept us busy through out the day. A fun time and I thank you all for the great trip. Here's Hunter with one of our beautiful Crystal River flounder.. Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Sep 11 2014

Crystal River Good Day....

A fine day on the water off Crystal River today with Bill and Kerry. These gentlemen did very well landing some fine shallow water grouper fishing the 10ft range, and there were some really quality sized gags. While in between the grouper bites, the snapper and grunts kept us busy as well with non stop action. Live shrimp on Hank Brown jig heads were the baits of choice. To wrap up the day, the guys had a fine catch of trout drifting the spotty bottom in the 7ft depth range. A great day and I thank you both for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Sep 10 2014

Back on the Trout....

A very fun day with some great friends and clients of mine, Bill and Nell. This was Bill's birthday trip and he did fantastic. Today's Crystal River charter began on the shallow ledges catching mangrove snapper, small gags and grunts. The husband and wife team put a fine eating catch in the cooler and Bill asked about giving trout a try. I said the trout bite hasn't been all that good from what I've heard, but we'll give it a try. Well, as luck would have it, we made a drift in the 7ft range and caught some fine keeper trout. Watermelon/red flake colored Lil' John's were the baits of choice and they were working fantastic. To finish up the day, the tide was just turning afternoon and we had just enough water to squeeze out a keeper red fish to end the charter. A really good day and I thank you both as always for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Sep 03 2014

Crystal River Fun Day...

It's not to often I get a cancellation, but I did for today's charter and I had the chance to fish with some good friends and do some grouper digging. You would think I would have a bunch of fish in the freezer being a full time guide, but believe it or not - I was down to two fillets. So, for a fun day, I was able to do a grocery run with my great long time friends Randy and Gary and catch some goodies. For today's trip, we fished some shallow rocks for mangrove snapper and also ran to the 30ft range for the grouper. Both locations fished very well and we did encounter many more short red grouper today, but still several nice keepers to go along with them. It was a fun day with some good laughs and bent rods - I thank you both again for the great day... Capt. Dan

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Not a ripple on the gulf today and it made for a smooth ride running offshore. Rick, Tim and Mario were with me for another Crystal River charter and we headed to the grouper grounds. A quick stop on the flats to fill the well with pin fish and our next stop was anchoring down on the grouper. The team sent down a combination of pin fish and cut thread fin herring and the bite was on. Doubles and triples, and in just an hour, the guys had their limit. I looked at my watch and it was 10:30am. Wow, what a bite and what a day! Thank you all for a fun couple of days and congratulations on two great days of fishing... Capt. Dan

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Excellent grouper action just a ways offshore and once again, I had the weather to head West. Bob, Nancy, Bill and David joined me for the day and after a quick stop to catch a red fish, we ran offshore. The mangrove snapper and grunts started our day and the bite was quite good with some fine snapper bending the rods. Live shrimp on Hank Brown jig heads were the baits of choice and they always produce well. The seas were calming and we headed to some low profile rocks I haven't been to in a while and did great. The bite started out slow, but as the tide picked up the gags lit up. The team caught a fine catch of grouper and what a great day. I thank you all for the fun time and look forward to seeing you next time... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Aug 29 2014

Gags, Grunts & Mangos....

A little bumpy out there today on the big pond, but we made a good day of it and had a fine catch. William, John and Cooter were on board with me for the day and we were set to tackle some gag grouper. The winds were up for the morning and after a bait stop on the flats, we hit one of my favorite ledges. The gags were on the feed with the out going tide and we turned one real nice keeper - but a handful of break offs got the best of us on that spot. The rest of the shallow water grouper day was a bit slow with short gags coming aboard and the big ones just didn't want play. The team did catch a nice box full of mangrove snapper and grunts to ensure a fine fish fry for the evening. I thank you guys for the fun time as always and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Aug 27 2014

Homosassa Mix...

A big mix today in Homosassa and we had a slam and then some... I had the pleasure of having Tony, Donna, Chris and Beth on board and we caught the whole spectrum. Trout on DOA deadly combos began our trip just off the keys, but I'll tell you the water is extremely dirty from the high winds from the previous days. With a couple trout in the box, we made a run to the rocks and the water clarity was even worse. I had to fish off my numbers, mark the rocks and fish accordingly. The snapper and grunt bite was great though and a couple grouper kept us busy as well. To end the day on the incoming tide, we hit the outer keys and caught some fine red fish to top off the day. A great day and it was good to see some nice weather again. Thank you all for the great time and here's Chris and Beth with a Homosassa snook... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Aug 21 2014

Crystal River Shallow Rocks....

A good day on the shallow rocks, but those big grouper whipped us today. I had Joe and Casey on board for the day and the guys did great. Catching pin fish began our trip and with a live well full of goodies, we headed west. I stopped on a ledge that's been covered over with mangrove snapper and once again they were there. Live shrimp kept the rods bent with snapper, grunts, lady fish, jacks and small gags. The team caught their limit of mango's and we headed to a couple grouper spots. We were able to turn a nice keeper, lots of shorts and numerous big dogs broke us off. That's grouper fihsing in shallow water and hopefully we'll turn them next time. Thank you both for the great day and look forward to seeing you again soon... Capt. Dan

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