Live Bait Fishing Charters In Crystal River

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

Crystal River Near And Inshore

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $67 / person
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Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Crystal River

Grouper Special

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $117 / person
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Crushin' It Inshore Special

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $113 / person
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Epic Nature Coast Catch

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22 ft 1 - 4 People From $125 / person

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Crystal River

Palm Beach Exotics And Invasives

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $150 / person
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Coastal Catching Fun-21’ Sportsman

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $125 / person

Top Types of Live Bait Fishing Trips in Crystal River

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Live Bait Fishing Charters Near Crystal River, Fl

Hop on board this inshore trip with Captain Vince and drift down the majestic Crystal River on Florida’s Gulf coast. As the name implies, the Crystal River boasts clear waters and beautiful views, as well as an assortment of fish for every season. In the early winter, Captain Vince searches for the stragglers on Grouper season as well as Redfish, Trout, and many other species looking for an easy meal in the calm waters. As spring begins, you can find Redfish, Trout, and Mangrove Snapper emerging from their winter shelter. Finally during the dog days of summer, Captain Vince targets the Snook and Redfish schooling up on the mangrove banks. Summer is also a very exciting time: the beginning of Grouper season! Captain Vince provides a fishing license, rods, tackle, bait, ice, water, and fish cleaning services, so all you need to bring is sun protection and a positive attitude. The charter runs both a 5 hour and an 8 hour trip, which each take up to four guests. As Captain Vince says “fishing is the best way to build old friends and new friends alike,” so take this chance to get out to the Nature Coast where life slows down. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Crystal River

Inshore/Nearshore Trip

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19 ft 1 - 4 People From $113 / person
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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 Leon is a pro and loves to show clients all that the Crystal River area has to offer, especially it's tastiest eating fish: Groupers. You'll hook these fish using bottom fishing techniques, primarily using heavier tackle. Capt. Leon 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 Leon's 21' Carolina Skiff bay boat—the perfect vessel for fishing the inshore waters here in Crystal beach. She's powered by an ultra-reliable 115 HP Yamaha, so you'll be on the fish in no time, and she has all the additional electronics you could ask for, including GPS, FishFinder, Live Well, and Power Poles for superior boat handling. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Crystal River

Shallow Water Grouper Trip

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $163 / person

Prepare for an unforgettable, action-packed adventure that will keep your heart racing throughout your entire bowfishing journey. Bowfishing has become a nationwide sensation, and now, it's your turn to experience the excitement in the vibrant waters of Florida. No prior experience is necessary – our dedicated professional guides will equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed during your charter. Our bowfishing charters are GENERATOR FREE, which means a QUIET NIGHT and are tailor-made for families, friends, and corporate outings. We don't impose age restrictions, welcoming adventurers as young as 7 years old to join in the fun. Each bowfishing charter can accommodate up to 4 passengers, ensuring a memorable outing for everyone. At Carpe Noctum Outfitters, we offer a variety of bowfishing experiences, Island camping adventures. Take your pick between freshwater and saltwater charters, and decide whether you want to hunt by day or immerse yourself in the thrill of a nighttime adventure. We encourage you to reach out with any questions about these options – our goal is to make your bowfishing charter perfect for you. We believe in responsible fishing. Any fish harvested on our charters are yours to take home, and any unwanted catches are donated. Join us in preserving the environment while enjoying this exhilarating sport. Rest assured that your safety is our top priority. All our guides are USCG licensed Captains, guaranteeing a secure and enjoyable experience. You're booking with a licensed, professional outfit that genuinely cares about your family's well-being. For a comprehensive overview of our bowfishing offerings, including rates and booking information, explore our website. Our rates are clearly outlined on each page, along with additional details about your adventure. Ready to seize the night with Carpe Noctum Outfitters? Contact us today to embark on an unforgettable bowfishing expedition in the heart of Florida. Your next adventure awaits! Bowfishing gigging crab charters lodging available Nature Tours Island Camping Gator Hunts Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Lake, River Fishing Charter in Spring Hill


19 ft 1 - 4 People From $125 / person
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Join Captain Brian on an inshore fishing adventure off Hudson Beach, FL! Whether you're a beginner or an expert angler, Captain Brian is dedicated to exceeding your expectations. On tis trip, you can expect to chase a variety of inshore fish species such as Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, and Sea Trout. If you're looking to venture a little deeper, you can also troll or bottom fish for Mackerel and Grouper. In the summer months, Tarpon also migrate through the waters off Hudson. Just let Captain Brian know which species you'd like to target and he'll make it happen! Captain Brian's 24' Tidewater is equipped with all the gear you'll need for a successful day on the water, including rods, reels, tackle, and bait. All you need to bring is your favorite snacks and drinks, sun protection, and camera to capture your memories! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Hudson

Inshore Fishing Charter

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $125 / person

Get ready to experience the thrill of fishing in one of Florida's most beautiful and bountiful locations, the Nature Coast. There's no better way to explore these pristine waters than with the expert guidance of Captain Mike, a seasoned angler with years of experience fishing for Black Drum, Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout! Climb aboard Captain Mike's 22' Young bay boat and prepare for an unforgettable adventure. The Nature Coast is known for its stunning scenery, with miles of unspoiled coastline, lush marshes, and winding creeks. As you cruise through these waters, you'll be surrounded by an abundance of marine life, including dolphins, manatees, and a variety of fish species. Whether you're an experienced angler or a beginner, Captain Mike will provide all the equipment and expertise you need to make the most of your day on the water. He knows the best spots for catching Black Drum, Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout, and he'll share his knowledge and expertise to help you land the biggest catch of the day. As you wait for that tug on your line, you can sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Nature Coast. With Captain Mike at the helm, you're sure to have an amazing time, catching fish and creating memories that will last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Book your fishing trip with Captain Mike today and experience the thrill of fishing in Florida's Nature Coast like never before. Get ready for an adventure you won't soon forget! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Hudson

Nature Coast Inshore Trip

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22 ft 1 - 4 People From $125 / person

Head out with Captain Travis for a great day of fishing out of Cedar Key, FL! On this inshore adventure, you'll be chasing a wide range of species, including Drum, Redfish, Jacks, Snook, Speckled Trout, and Tripletail. These fish offer a bunch of opportunities for all levels of angler, from experienced saltwater fishermen to folks just looking to enhance their vacations. Captain Travis is a pro when it comes to the Florida inshore, and he'll make sure to put you on a bunch of different species. He runs a 19' Ranger skiff that's ideal for fishing flats and inshore waters where these fish like to hang out. You'll be fishing on both artificial and live bait, depending on your preferences and the conditions. Let Captain Travis know what kind of fishing you're looking to do, and he'll make sure you're hooked up with the gear and tackle you'll need to catch some lunkers! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cedar Key

Cedar Key Inshore And Flats

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19 ft 1 - 4 People From $100 / person
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An inshore fishing charters our of Homosassa, FL is the perfect way to enjoy a day on the water with family and friends! On this adventure, you'll explore the beautiful backcountry water, looking for quintessential Florida sportfish such as Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout. You'll be in good hands with Captain Randall. He's extremely knowledgeable when it comes to fishing this area, and he has years of experience guiding everyone from beginners to lifelong anglers. You'll start your trip aboard his 25' SeaPro center console, which is perfectly suited to this water, with a shallow draft and a powerful 300-HP Mercury outboard. From when you arrive at the dock to when you leave after a successful day, everything is taken care of, including the rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Captain Randall will provide water and ice for your keepers. During your experience, he also offers photography, video, as well as the ability to keep your fish for mounting! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Homosassa

Nature Coast Inshore Fishing Trip

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $125 / person

Whether it's your first trip or your 100th, head out with Captain Jason to catch fish and have fun doing it down on Cedar Key! Captain Jason offers Half Day, Super Half Day, and Full Day trips (4,6,8hrs respectively) down on these beautiful South West Florida waters. Aboard his 24ft Carolina skiff, Captain Jason will take you to the best spots and show you the best techniques to target Redfish, Trout, and others while stalking around the inshore waters. When conditions are right he also likes to hit it a little further away from shore to hit the Nearshore waters for bigger Sharks and Cobia! Captain Jason likes to keep a weathered eye on the forecast to determine what time slots will be best to catch the right tides, but generally, half-day trips start around 8am and 1pm, and Super Half and Full Day trips start around 8 am. No matter what duration you choose for your adventure or what time you start you can rest assured knowing Captain Jason will put all his knowledge, experiences, and expertise to work for you to ensure you have a safe and incredible time out on the water! Feel free to bring your own fly gear if that's your flavor of choice. But Captain Jason will provide all the best light tackle rods, lures, and bait you need for success. He will also supply a cooler with ice and water. Jason recommends you bring any other snacks and drinks you'd like to enjoy while onboard, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain jacket bug repellant, camera, and don't forget: a desire to have fun and catch fish! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Cedar Key

Cedar Key Family Fun - 24’ Carolina

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $88 / person
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If you've been searching for the best way to explore Cedar Key's beautiful inshore water, then this trip is meant for you! With both 4 and 6-hour options, this trip is ideal for small groups looking to enjoy the scenery and catch great fish! On this trip, you'll hone in on mangrove channels and flats, looking for tailing Redfish, cruising Cobia, and light-tackle targets such as Spanish Mackerel and Spotted Trout. These fish are super fun for anglers of all levels, and Cobia in particular are a high-quality eating fish as well! To catch these different species, you'll use several different techniques. Inshore, you'll most use light tackle cast-and-retrieve tactics, as well as drift fishing. If you get a little further off, you can sightcast right to Cobia, as well as troll for the Spanish Mackerel. You'll spend the day aboard Captain Scott's 21' Carolina Skiff, a shallow-draft fishing machine that will let you get into tight inshore water and mangrove channels. She has everything you need, from a 115-HP Yamaha outboard to live wells for bait. Captain Scott will provide else everything you need for an epic trip, including rods, reels, baits, and tackle. We recommend that you bring proper clothing, a hat, sunscreen, and a cooler with some snacks and drinks. Get out there and hook a personal best! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Cedar Key

Cedar Key Inshore

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $88 / person

Hookin It Charters and Tours Offers inshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. All bait, licenses, and gear included. Cooler with ice is provided for you with water in it as well. Our goal is to share our love of the Ocean with you and your family. LET'S MAKE A MEMORY TOGETHER!!!! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Cedar Key

Inshore Fishing Fun

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $67 / person

Climb aboard with Captain Patrick and adventure off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Pat’s 22-foot Ranger Bay, a bay boat that is equipped with a 175 HP engine. She is also outfitted with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Multimedia System, Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box. On this 4, 6, or 8-hour adventure, you’ll be targeting the Flounder, Redfish, Sheepshead, Snook, Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout, and Tarpon that call these waters home. Captain Pat will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, live bait, and licenses. He will also clean and fillet your day’s catch free of charge! You may bring food and beverages of your choice. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. Take this amazing opportunity to hit the water and experience an action-packed day with Captain Pat! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Hudson

Classic Florida Inshore Fishing

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23 ft 1 - 3 People From $83 / person

Create Cherished Memories with Captain Jayson's Family Fishing Trips in Cedar Key! Gather your loved ones and embark on an unforgettable adventure with Captain Jayson's exclusive Family Fishing Cedar Key trips. Set against the stunning backdrop of Cedar Key, Florida, these trips are designed exclusively for families, and Captain Jayson's commitment to sharing his passion for fishing with the next generation is evident in every cast. Captain Jayson understands the value of quality family time, and these trips offer the perfect opportunity to bond, learn, and create lasting memories together. As a firm believer in passing on the joy of fishing, Captain Jayson offers these experiences at a discounted rate, making them accessible for families of all sizes. Imagine the excitement in your children's eyes as they reel in their first catch, surrounded by the beauty of the ocean and the calming waves. With Captain Jayson's expert guidance, you'll not only enjoy a day of fishing but also gain insights into the marine world, local ecosystems, and the importance of conservation – all while having a blast. Family fishing in Cedar Key goes beyond a mere activity; it's a chance to connect with nature, each other, and the timeless tradition of angling. From beginners to experienced anglers, everyone can participate and share in the joy of watching young hearts light up with every tug on the line. Book your Family Fishing Trip now and immerse your youngsters in the magic of Cedar Key's coastline. Captain Jayson's expertise, combined with his genuine passion for family-oriented fishing, promises an outing that will be talked about for years to come. Don't miss this unique opportunity to instill a love for the outdoors and fishing in your children – reserve your spot today and become a part of the legacy of family fishing in Cedar Key Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Cedar Key

Family Fishing Fun

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $79 / person
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Everything to Know About Booking a Crystal River live bait fishing charter

What are the best live bait fishing charters in Crystal River?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 18 live bait fishing trips in Crystal River, and the most popular trips in the area are Crystal River Near and Inshore guided by Kevin, Grouper Special guided by Kevin, and Crushin' It Inshore Special guided by Leon.

Our guides in Crystal River are rated a 4.88 out of 5 based on 9577 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a Live Bait Fishing charter include Homosassa and Spring Hill.

Looking for kid friendly live bait fishing guides in Crystal River? Check out our beginner and family friendly live bait fishing guides in Crystal River.

What types of live bait fishing charters are common in Crystal River?

Inshore fishing is the most popular for live bait fishing in Crystal River as well as nearshore fishing, flats fishing, and river fishing.

The most commonly sought after species for live bait fishing in Crystal River are: 1. redfish, 2. speckled trout, 3. snook, and 4. cobia.

How much do Crystal River live bait fishing charters cost?

for live bait fishing in Crystal River prices can range anywhere from an affordable $250 to $1,500, but the average price for a half day trip for live bait fishing in Crystal River is $552. The average price for a full day trip for live bait fishing in Crystal River is $660.

What month is best for on a live bait fishing charter in Crystal River?

The most popular season to go on a live bait fishing charter in Crystal River is summer, and most anglers book their trips 10 days in advance.

Do I need a Crystal River fishing license and what are the bag limits in Crystal River?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Crystal River don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in Crystal River. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    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…

    Todd P. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent fishing guide knows his water knows his fish the person to go with in this area best all around Guide that I have ever faced with

    Virgil R. with Leon H. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great day scalloping with Captain Robert. Very friendly and personable. Being a local to the area, Robert was very knowledgeable of the waters and even provided recommendations of things to see, eat and drink in the nearby communities. Robert also helped shuck our scallops. I look forward to scalloping and fishing with Robert again!

    TJ F. with Robert M. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Nick was a great captain for us. He's very easy to talk to, knows his way around the coast and knows fish. We scalloped but I imagine he also leads amazing fishing trips. This was my girlfriend's first day snorkelling too, and Nick made sure she was comfortable all throughout. Although we came during the less fruitful part of the scalloping season, Nick still made sure it was a memorable adventure.

    Adam R. with Justin R. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time! Thanks Captain Mike and Boots

    Erin H. with Mike B. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had the BEST time!

    Lauren H. with Justin R. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We really had a great time Captain Mike was a great Captain

    Robert G. with Mike B. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    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.

    Dena C. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    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.

    Tony C. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    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.

    Amanda S. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

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