Inshore & Flats

This trip consists of fishing the grass flats, oyster bars, and mangrove islands in the Gulf of Mexico.  Targeted species include Speckled trout, Snook, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, and Flounder



Offshore Fishing

This trip we will be fishing the rockpiles and wrecks 5-10 miles offshore.  Targeted species include Cobia, Sheepshead, Gag Grouper, Mango Snapper, Black Seabass, King Mackerel, and Spanish Mackerel.



Shark Fishing

This trip includes big fish and chumming.   Lots of chumming!  We get a wide variety of sharks in our area.  Bulls, Tigers, Hammerheads, and many more. Catch & Release only. Come battle a beast!

Pricing

Meeting Time & Location

Question or special request?

Time

Departure time for AM trips is typically 7am. PM trips begin at 1pm. However if a earlier/later time will increase fishing opportunities the captain will discuss it beforehand.


Please let the Captain know if you have any medical conditions that may affect you on the water. 

Meeting locaton: Crystal River Waterspots

3978 North Tallahassee Road, Crystal River, Florida 34428, United States

(352) 339-1994

Cancellation policy

We do require a deposit when booking. Full refunds will be issued if the charter is canceled within a minimum of 3 days in advance or due to weather. Weather cancellations are made at the captains discretion. (Rare) Remaining balance due after your trip. 

What to bring?

It's recommended for guests to bring drinks, snacks,sunblock, hat, and sunglasses for their trip. Most bring a small cooler which is perfectly fine but we do have a 75qt YETI cooler on the bow for food/drinks. Alcoholic beverages are ok.  Just no glass bottles.

What's provided?

Fishing license, tackle, bait, ice, and all fishing gear needed. If you'd like to bring your own gear/tackle then absolutely feel free to bring it.

What shouldn't I bring?

 Illegal drugs, GPS devices (yes phone is ok), glass bottles, spray sunblock, pets, bananas.

Fishing equipment

Our inshore fishing outfits consist of Quantum rods and reels. Specifically Quantum Smoke spinning reels on 7' 4" Quantum Prism rods spooled with 15# braid.  These are very light which reduces angler fatigue. They also allow easy casting of lightweight live baits or lures very far yet have the backbone to land a trophy fish. When targeting bigger game such as cobia, grouper, sharks, we go with heavier action 7' spinning rods with size 8000 reels spooled with 50# braided line.  With this heavy gear we can land nearly anything that swims in our region. 

Common Species

Speckled Trout

Always fun on light tackle and typically, plentiful year round speckled trout provides anglers with lots of action.  Often fished for on the crystal clear grass flats with artificial lures.  They're great eating as well.

 

Snook

An awesome fighter that loves artificial lures.  Primarily caught on plugs or jigs  worked near heavy current and structure.  Not uncommon for them to jump and throw the hook. Keeping your rod tip low can prevent this.  Excellent eating when in season. 

Cobia

Our cobia bite really fires up in late April when the water temps reach the upper 70's.  Majority of the time these are sight fished with live bait.  Once hooked up anglers are in for a fight!  One of the best eating fish out there. 

Redfish

Prized by anglers throughout the Southeast primarily for their fighting ability, redfish can be caught year round in our region.  Live or dead bait is the most productive, however seeing a redfish slam a topwater plug will get the adrenaline flowing!  Good table fare. 

Shark

Sharks through the region can get rather large. Even with beefy tackle they can put any angler to the test. Spring through Fall it's not uncommon to see a 8-10' Bull, Tiger, or Hammerhead out there. Best way to describe it is they taste like "shark." Catch and release only.

Mango Snapper

Don't let their size fool you these guys can be tricky to catch.  Primarily caught on shrimp.  Found from the river, all the way to our offshore rockpiles.  Excellent eating like all members of the snapper family.

 

Sheepshead

Primarily targeted in Winter and Spring when they school up offshore.  These "convicts" are known for their bait stealing abilities.  Very hard fighters on light tackle.  Also great table fare.

 

Gag Grouper

Found close to rock piles and heavy structure.  Live bait seldom gets passed up by these guys.  But you must get them off the bottom quick!  Trolling large lipped plugs can be productive as well.  Best fishing is in the Fall and Winter.  As with all grouper they are tasty!

 

Black Drum

Not uncommon to find these guys tailing along the bank or oyster bars.  Eager to take live shrimp or chunk of crab, drum put up quite a fight.  Smaller ones are ok to eat but pass on the big guys.

 

Triple Tail

These prehistoric looking fish can be a challenge for anglers.  Normally found near the surface around floating grass or buoys they can be extremely spooky.  Anglers must make the perfect cast to these fish to get them to eat. Always "Let them eat!"  Excellent table fare. 

 

Spanish Mackerel

These toothy, fast moving, voracious feeders are known for their blistering runs.  Wire leader is often needed as they will cut you off quickly.  Often schooled up they are especially fun on light tackle.  Good eating if cooked fresh 

Flounder

Often Caught as bycatch while targeting trout or snook.   Found sitting right on the bottom waiting to ambush bait.  It's not uncommon to see them while scalloping!  Among the best tasting fish out there.

 

King Mackerel

Speed,  King Mackerel or "King Fish" are built for it.  Basically a bigger, meaner, and faster version of a Spanish Mackerel.  Known for their hard fights and blistering runs. Good grilled when fresh or smoked.  Makes great fish dip!

Black Sea Bass

These are not Chilean Sea Bass! However they're probably the best eating fish out there and they can put up quite a fight on light tackle despite their size.  Closely related to grouper these guys have solid white meat fillets.  Once on a school of them you can load up very quick.

Jack Crevalle

Pound for pound probably we consider it the hardest fighting fish around.  Eager to take any fast moving bait and often found schooling up under birds.  Jacks provide an awesome fight for anglers.  Not very good to eat.  Lots of red meat and strong. Have had clients try to smoke smaller ones.  

Bluefish

Currently in need of a better bluefish picture.  Much like Jacks these guys put up a heck of a fight.  Have to be careful when handling them as they have quite the mouth full of teeth.  Often times cutting you off or attacking a trout you are reeling in.  Food value: Mediocre at best

Pompano

Member of the Jack family.  These are occasionally caught while trout fishing with soft plastic lures. They fight very hard. One of the highest prized eating fish in florida.

Pink Mouth Grunt

Also known as Key West Grunts, White Grunts, or as Fire Mouth Snapper in the fish market.  Found around rock plies and eager to take a shrimp.  Actually good eating when large enough to get a decent fillet.