• Carolina Skiff and Capt Z

Fishing Charters

I offer light tackle flats, backcountry, inshore, and near-shore guided saltwater fishing charters along Florida's Nature Coast in Crystal River and Homosassa, where you will catch species including redfish, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, cobia, sheepshead, snook, gag grouper, snapper, sea bass and others.

Red Fish Capt Z You will enjoy fishing from my custom rigged 24' Carolina Skiff. It has an open hull design, moveable fishing chairs, and comfortably fishes four anglers. Additional boats guided by professional and experienced captains can also be arranged if needed for larger family outings and corporate groups.

My boat is powered by a 115 HP Yamaha outboard motor that always gets me where I need to go, and is equipped with a bow mounted trolling motor and polling platform for stealth approach.

The flat bottom and shallow draft provide a stable fishing platform from which to fight the bull redfish and gator trout that are often caught in Crystal River and Homosassa.

Another benefit of my boat's design is that I am able to run the skinny water and get into the backcountry where the fish try to hide!

If you're not an avid angler, then you may like to spend part of your day enjoying a nature/eco tour of either Crystal River or Homosassa. Cruising around the rivers and flats taking in the scenery and many species of wildlife that inhabit the surrounding coastal islands and grass marshes. And for the bird-watchers, if you're lucky you may spot one of the American Bald Eagles that nest along the river. Many species of other birds including the Great Blue Heron may also been observed. Dolphins and the endangered West Indian Manatee are also regular inhabitants of these coastal waters in Homosassa and Crystal River.

It's my pleasure to fish with experienced anglers as well as the beginner, and the day is your's to plan as you like. From fishing in Crystal River to scalloping out of Homosassa, or just taking in the beautiful scenery that mother nature has to offer along Florida's Nature Coast, you're sure to enjoy a great day of making memories. I look forward to meeting you and will strive to provide the best day possible. — Capt Mark

What's Included

Fishing charters include all the necessary licenses, tackle, live bait, ice, and your fish are cleaned and bagged at the end of the day. You also have the advantage of the services of a professional guide.    Rates

What to Bring

Be sure to bring any food and beverages you will want for the day. A good pair of polarized sunglasses are also recommended, along with sunscreen, a hat and long sleeved shirt to protect you from the sun.

Family Fishing

Family Trips

Families and children are always welcome. In fact, I encourage parents to get their young ones out on the water and give them the opportunity to develop an appreciation for the sport of fishing.

There's nothing more fun than seeing a youngster reel in their first catch, and fishing out of Homosassa and Crystal River will no doubt provide a great start to making memories one cast at a time !



Group Fishing Trips

Group Trips

Let us arrange your corporate fishing trip or family group outing. We work with Homosassa and Crystal River's best fishing captains and can add boats when needed. The shore lunch option is also available for group trips.





Shore Lunch

Shore Lunch

Fish the first part of the day and then stop on one of the islands along Crystal River or Homosassa, and let your captain prepare your fresh catch of the day. Captain "Z" will serve it to you with his famous hushpuppies along with all the traditional fixings.