Finders Keepers Charters LLC in Crystal River, Florida

Guided by Kevin Trahan

Flats Inshore Nearshore River

About Your Guide

Certified Damn Good Guide
8 Years of Experience
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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."

Finders Keepers Charters LLC Trips

Damn Good

Head out with Captain Kevin for an awesome inshore fishing experience in the rich waters of Florida's Nature Coast! This area has a huge variety of different fish species, from classics like Redfish, Black Drum, Snook, Flounder and Trout, to gamefish such as Tarpon, Cobia and Sharks. You name it, Captain Kevin will help you hook it! To catch these fish, you will be mostly fishing the inshore bays and flats of Crystal River to Homosassa. These flats are a perfect place to practice sightcasting to tailing Reds, so bring your A-game. There is nothing more rewarding than spotting, stalking, and making a perfect cast to an unsuspecting fish, and the rush of that hook set is an experience you won't soon forget. Captain Kevin is great at teaching new fishermen these techniques, so whether you're a seasoned veteran looking for a personal best or a beginner looking to learn the ropes, Captain Kevin will work his hardest to make sure you have the best possible experience out on the water! You'll fish from the deck of his 24' Aeon bay boat—an ideal vessel for these waters. She's powered by an ultra-reliable 300 HP Mercury Verado 4-stroke outboard, so you'll be on fish in absolutely no time at all. She also features a raised tower that allows Capt. Kevin to spot Tripletail hanging out near the crab buoys, or trophy Snook along mangrove shorelines. You'll be using Florida Fishing Products spinning reels and Bulls Bay rods on your trip, but you're more than welcome to bring any of your own gear, if you like. Otherwise, all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, and Captain Kevin will take care of the rest! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Crystal River

Crystal River Near And Inshore

100% (14)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $83 / person
Damn Good

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. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Crystal River

Grouper Special

100% (9)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $117 / person
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Full or half day scallop trips up to 6 persons. I provide all the snorkel equipment to include the mask, fins and mesh bags. Feel free to bring your own though. Cleaning the scallops is not included on this price, but I I can point you to cleaning stations or I can teach you how to clean them with no charge. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Crystal River

Searching For Scallops

100% (9)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $100 / person

Recent Reviews of Finders Keepers Charters LLC

Todd

Verified Review Fishing

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 him. He knows the fishery and is helps that he’s a really nice guide…

Cassie

Verified Review Fishing

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 Fishing

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 Fishing

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.

Ericka D.

Fishing

Great day on the water captain Kevin took us to all his secret spots and did not disappoint! We saw manatee and fished the mangroves with success. He was able to keep up with our family banter and made it a wonderful day to remember! Thank you!!!

Samantha W.

Fishing

Excellent trip. We stayed on fish all dayand Caught a variety of species. Captn was accomadating and entertained our wide opened and curious 5 yr old. Very knowledgeable of local wildlife, both marine and land. If we get back to this area we will def, charter again.

Cindy O.

Fishing

Thank you captain Kevin. We had a great day. Your knowledge, expertise and love of fishing made today an unforgettable experience for all of us. In 8 short hours you became a role model for our “fish monster.” Can’t wait to see you next year. P.S. the fish tasted great!!!

Stan Q.

Fishing

What a great day. Caption Kevin was great put us on some fish and also was informative of the area. It would be a mistake not to book with this Charter is you are looking to have some fun !!!

Amanda

Verified Review Fishing

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 taught them a lot. We will definitely use Captain Experiences and Captain Kevin again when we return to Crystal River.

Warren C.

Fishing

we hit it off with Capt. Kevin right from the start he is very knowledgeable about the waters around crystal river we caught numerous species of fish from mangrove snapper to trout redfish and even a shark Capt. Kevin is hard working to make the trip enjoyable and productive it was a very enjoyable day on the water I highly recommend Capt. Kevin and will be returning for another great day

Alex C.

Fishing

We drove down all the way from Maine to stay in inverness Florida, it was an awesome experience! Got off to a bit of a slow start due to the the recent changes in temperature but later on in the day we got on some nice fish! Kevin was great and very informational about a lot of things out on the river and surrounding areas! Very professional, always has rods ready to go and bait waiting for when it’s needed! Highly recommend if you’re looking for a good tour guide for a private charter that you give Captain Kevin a call!

Lorraine H.

Fishing

Captain Kevin provided all of us; 4 adults and 2 children (8 & 13 year olds) with an amazing fun filled time!! His knowledge of various fishing spots supplied the opportunity for us to catch different types of delicious fish. Captain Kevin explained everything clearly, provided a safe environment, and allowed the children to participate as little or as much as they could safely. His patience with everyone, humor, and knowledge of fishing were evident. Definitely, a memorable Christmas gift for our grandchildren!!!!!!

Chip M.

Fishing

We had a great experience with Captain Kevin. It was our first time out on the Gulf and we had never saltwater fished before. While my son and I are into fishing my wife and two daughters are not, but they had a great time. Captain Kevin was great at putting us on spots that allowed us to catch a lot of fish. The full day went by very quickly. He was also great with the tackle and keeping us fishing. It was no small task to keep five of us fishing. While we didn’t land a shark we did have one on for a bit which was a blast. He was very patient, had a great sense of humor, and never lost his patience with us even when I did :-). We also got to see a bunch of dolphins. We just ate our fish and it was delicious. I highly recommend Captain Kevin, especially for a family trip since he was so family-friendly. We hope to go fishing with him again.

Christopher J.

Fishing

We took this trip with six people, three generations ranging from 9 to 65 years old. Capt. Kevin kept all of us engaged, managed poles, and kept us on fish for our entire trip! The boat was comfortable for everyone, everything we needed for fishing an entire day was provided. Capt. Kevin did absolutely everything within his power to make sure we all had a great day out on the water. If we decide to go out on a charter in this area again we will go with Capt. Kevin and Finder’s Keepers! Great job and thank you for helping our family enjoy great memories on our vacation!

Species

Black Seabass, Blacktip Shark, Cobia, Florida Pompano, Flounder, Gag Grouper, Hogfish, Kingfish, Mangrove Snapper, Red Grouper, Redfish, Scallop, Sheepshead, Snook, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Tripletail

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Drift Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Scalloping, Sight Casting, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore, River

Start Location

Pete's Pier Marina, Southwest 1st Place, Crystal River, FL, United States | Bodies of water fished: Gulf Of Mexico, Crystal Bay, Crystal River

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