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Grouper Special

NEW 1 - 6 People 8 Hours From $625

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8 Hours
6 People
$700.00
5 People
$650.00
4 People
$625.00
3 People
$625.00
2 People
$625.00
1 Person
$625.00
Pay 15% of the price as a deposit today, with the balance due on the day of the trip.
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About Your Trip

Water Type

Inshore, Nearshore

Skill Levels

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

Please note: Grouper season starts 1 September. Please do not book a grouper trip prior to that date. If you've ever wanted to enjoy amazing fish-fighting action while catching some delicious table fish off of one of America's premier waterfronts, this might be the trip for you. Captain Kevin is a pro and loves to show clients all that the Crystal River area has to offer, especially its tastiest eating fish: Groupers. You'll hook these...

About Your Trip

Please note: Grouper season starts 1 September. Please do not book a grouper trip prior to that date.
If you've ever wanted to enjoy amazing fish-fighting action while catching some delicious table fish off of one of America's premier waterfronts, this might be the trip for you. Captain Kevin is a pro and loves to show clients all that the Crystal River area has to offer, especially its tastiest eating fish: Groupers.

You'll hook these
fish using bottom fishing techniques, and trolling lipped plugs. Capt. Kevin will get you to where the fish are, then help you place the perfect bait or lure to attract a big bite. Even though you're in shallower water, there are heavyweights down below! These fish are not happy to be caught, and you'll have to bring your skill, strength, and stamina once they're hooked.

You'll chase the fish from the deck of Captain Kevin's 24' Aeon bay boat—the perfect vessel for fishing the inshore waters here in Crystal beach. She's powered by an ultra-reliable 300 HP Mercury Verado so you'll be on the fish in no time, and she has all the additional electronics you could ask for, including GPS and FishFinder, plus a Live Well. You will be utilizing high end tackle like Accurate and Florida Fishing Products reels to reel in Grouper, Snapper, and Hogfish . There is always a chance for Cobia, Sharks, and Mackerel to make an appearance as well.

All you need to bring along is proper clothing, sunscreen, and a pair of polarized sunglasses! Capt. Kevin will bring the rest, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle.
Amenities

Water Type

Inshore, Nearshore

Skill Levels

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Music

You can play your own bluetooth music.

Live Bait

Live bait is included for this trip.

Location

This guide can be flexible with the departure location.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

Kid Friendly

This trip can cater to kids.

Flexible Cancelation

This trip can be canceled for a refund up to 14 days before the trip.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

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About Your Guide

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A Certified Damn Good Guide is someone who goes above and beyond to show you an incredible experience on your trip. Guides earn this badge through quality reviews, quick and responsive communication, and low cancellation rates.

Captain Kevin

Certified Damn Good Guide
A Certified Damn Good Guide is someone who goes above and beyond to show you an incredible experience on your trip. Guides earn this badge through quality reviews, quick and responsive communication, and low cancellation rates.
Independent Guide 8 yrs of exp.
US Veteran Veteran
Talkative
Laid-back
Instructional
Quality
Comfortable
Beginner Oriented
Captain Kevin is an extremely experienced angler and a top guide on Florida's Nature Coast. In 2015, he retired after 24 years of active duty in the Coast Guard and returned to his roots in Citrus County, FL, where he's been fishing since 1982. He's an environmentally conscious guide who strives to respect the resource while taking his clients fishing. He's also very safe, with decades of experience as a Coast Guard paramedic in addition...

About Your Guide

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Captain Kevin

Certified Damn Good Guide
Independent Guide 8 yrs of exp.
Captain Kevin is an extremely experienced angler and a top guide on Florida's Nature Coast. In 2015, he retired after 24 years of active duty in the Coast Guard and returned to his roots in Citrus County, FL, where he's been fishing since 1982.
He's an environmentally conscious guide who strives to respect the resource while taking his clients fishing. He's also very safe, with decades of experience as a Coast Guard paramedic in addition to a degree in Safety
and Occupational health.
Finally, in his words: "I use the latest technology to stay abreast of the weather and tides to keep the clients and myself out of unfavorable conditions. Complete customer satisfaction is my goal and I will strive to accomplish that on each and every trip."
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Rapid Fire Guide Q & A

What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?
Tiger Shark. 10 feet long
If you were cooking for all your friends what would you cook?
Grouper Nuggets and hush puppies

Rapid Fire Guide Q & A

What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?
Tiger Shark. 10 feet long
If you were cooking for all your friends what would you cook?
Grouper Nuggets and hush puppies
Whats your favorite band?
Beastie Boys
Whats your favorite sports team?
Florida Gators
Whats your drink of choice?
Captain and ginger ale
How did you get started guiding?
I fished a lot at various parts of the world and all the people I was with said that you could do this as a profession. So I did.
What makes you different from other guides?
I grew up here and and care about this ecosystem. Thus, I am very invested in it.
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Start Location

Your guide can be flexible with your start location.
You can work with your guide after booking to set a more specific start location in the area.
Any Dock or Marina, Crystal River FL, United States, Florida
Areas Fished
  • Crystal River

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Bay Boat
Boat Manufacturer
Aeon
Year Built
2013
Boat Length
24'

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Bay Boat
Boat Manufacturer
Aeon
Year Built
2013
Boat Length
24'
Engine Manufacturer
Mercury Verado
Total Horsepower
300
Number of Engines
1
Additional Amenities
Simrad GPS/Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Powerpole, Rhodan GPS enabled spot lock, raised tower, SeaDeck, JL audio Bluetooth stereo, dry storage, cooler(s)
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Trip Details & Amenities

Water Type

Inshore, Nearshore

Skill Levels

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Music

You can play your own bluetooth music.

Live Bait

Live bait is included for this trip.

Location

This guide can be flexible with the departure location.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Kid Friendly

This trip can cater to kids.

Flexible Cancelation

This trip can be canceled for a refund up to 14 days before the trip.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

Potential Target Species

  • Black Seabass
  • Blacktip Shark
  • Cobia
  • Florida Pompano
  • Gag Grouper
  • Hogfish
  • Kingfish
  • Mangrove Snapper
  • Red Grouper
  • Sheepshead

Techniques

  • Artificial Lure Fishing
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Cut Bait Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Light Tackle Fishing
  • Live Bait Fishing
  • Trolling

Packing / Extras

Hats, non-spray sunscreen, food and drinks, cooler to transport fish,. Fishing License, Snorkeling Equipment, Rods, reels & tackle, cooler and ice, complimentary fish cleaning included.
You're all set! You don't need to buy a license for this trip.
We use a cashless autopay system. We'll send you a boarding pass, and on the day of the trip, your guide will scan your boarding pass to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is to tip your guide (we recommend 20%).
Cancel for free up to 14 days before the trip and receive credit back to your account.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate you’ll be covered by our 100% weather guarantee and you won’t lose your deposit.

Reviews

4.9
based on 7 reviews

Kurt

Verified Review

March 19

Captain Kevin did an awesome job. Although the conditions were difficult we still caught a meal to take home with us. He was very patient with the kids and kept things entertaining and informative. Had a great time!

Kenneth

Verified Review

March 24

Great time , enough action . Bad weather, Kevin did a great job

Todd

Verified Review

November 21

My two sons and I fished with Capt. Kevin today and had a blast. Kevin worked hard to put us in fish. The day was a complete success. Caught everything from redfish to an 80lb shark with a few gag groupers a grunts in between. Don’t hesitate to fish with ...Read More

Cassie

Verified Review

July 26

We did catch fish. Kevin had to try several different spots. He was knowledgeable and helpful but seemed to have a quick temper with beginner fishermen

Dena

Verified Review

July 4

Thanks so much Kevin! He worked overtime to make sure we had an epic day! Crystal River is a beautiful, amazing place and Kevin is a wonderful guide.

Tony

Verified Review

June 25

5 star captain. Worked hard to get us on the bite. Super knowledgeable about the area and all of the wildlife. Great personality. Will book again in future. Family had a blast.

Amanda

Verified Review

December 19

The trip was perfect. Despite cold weather, Captain Kevin did everything to make sure the boys were catching fish, and they all did. He shared his knowledge about the local waterways and animals/fish, and the kids learned a lot. He was great with the kids! He was very patient and ...Read More

First Time Booking with Us?

Captain Experiences is the home of over 1500 Damn Good fishing and hunting guides. Our mission is to unlock the outdoors for everyone, and we want to help you get out there through our no-hassle online booking experience and our team of outdoors experts.
We vet our guides to make sure they are the best of the best. We want guides who not only put you on 'em, but show you a great time, keep you safe, and give you a memorable experience with your group.
Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a boarding pass. Just show your guide your boarding pass on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to get out there. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a credit for the full deposit of the trip to be used on any of our trips across the country. Your safety is our top concern.
Each trip’s price is set by the guide and factors in all of their costs. A big determinant of cost is often the type of boat and associated fuel costs, but other guide costs include leases, marina / slip fees, bait costs, and the cost to provide and maintain all of the gear you’ll need on your trip.
Once you book the trip, we will connect you directly with the guide to go over any additional details. In the meantime, our team is always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!