Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Close Encounters Fishing Charters really has it all: lake, lagoon, river, and nearshore fishing – all with the same boat! Primarily operating out of Port Canaveral, Captain Xavier Groenendyk is in a prime location to offer you the best of all worlds. Having become a professional scuba diver at the age of 14, he’s experienced all aspects of fish lives, habits, and really knows the best way to reel them in.

If you’re in Orlando and want something a bit closer, fear not! Capt. Xavier runs his freshwater trips in the surrounding lakes. Get in touch with him to discuss a convenient spot to meet up and you could try your hand at catching Largemouth Bass, one of the most intelligent fish around – they’ll never be fooled twice by the same bait.

The 24’ Hurricane center console on which you’ll be travelling comes equipped with a fishfinder and is powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine, making sure that you can get to the hottest fishing spots as soon as possible. When fishing in skinny waters, the wireless trolling system will help you drift along quietly, allowing you to spot your prey before they scare.

Rods, reels, and tackle are provided for all types of fishing and Capt. Xavier will teach you all he knows. Spinning, jigging, popping, trolling, even fly fishing and kite fishing. You name it, it’s possible! Depending on the trip, live or artificial bait may be used, with the latter being more effective in the freshwater lakes. On the sea, you’ll get to target a range of species from Redfish or Spotted Seatrout, to the pelagic Tarpon and King Mackerel, and even sharks.

Prepare yourselves for an exciting trip, whether it be inshore, nearshore, or freshwater with Close Encounters Fishing Charters. You get to keep your catch and the captain will clean and fillet it for you so that you just have to go home and cook it. The options are endless here, so make the most of it.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour – Saltwater Canaveral (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $550
    A 3-hour saltwater trip running from 3:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Saltwater Canaveral
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $625
    The trip runs from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Saltwater Trip – (Canaveral)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $650
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Saltwater (Canaveral)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $700
    You will be fishing from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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About the Captain

Xavier Groenendyk
Port Canaveral, Florida, United States
24 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
78 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2015
Captian Xavier was raised in New Smyrna Beach and Orlando, Florida; growing up with the world famous Mosquito Lagoon in his backyard, and world-class Bass fishing in the lakes and rivers. He capitalized on the extremely diverse fishery just minutes from home. The captain spent all his free time learning the local waters, recording everything into fishing logs, studying the tides, temperatures, and the movements of sought-after game fish. He realized that in order to consistently catch big fish, it is important to understand the science of the fish and the waters, as well as being well versed in various fishing techniques. Becoming a certified scuba diver at the age of 14, Xavier has spent many hours observing fish from underwater to gauge their reaction to baits, chum, and artificial lures. He loves to share his experience with his guests!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper

Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Center console) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 19 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
March fishing trip
Flexibility pays off!
Flexibility pays off!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Kendall C.
Casco, ME
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Full day with captain Xavier!

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Saltwater (Canaveral) on March 15, 2022
We had a absolute blast with capt Xavier! He worked endlessly to get us on the fish of a lifetime! He was extremely professional...
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Steve M.
Havre, MT
Excellent
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Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
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5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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We had a 5 hour afternoon trip.

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Saltwater Canaveral on March 18, 2022
Captain Xavier was so amazing.  Constantly working keeping everything fresh and ready to go. There are a lot of guides around...
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Craig H.
Intervale, NH
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Greatest Fishing Day Ever !

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Saltwater Canaveral on December 27, 2021
This trip is the one you always dream about . Capitan Xavier was the best . Committed to catch fish made us feel very comfortable....
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Evgueni T.
St. Louis, MO
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great day fishing for snook

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Saltwater Canaveral on July 23, 2021
My son and I had a great day fishing with Captain Xavier. We started with fishing for bait fish, which was a lot of fun. But...
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Mike C.
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Excellent
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Flexibility pays off!

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Saltwater Canaveral on March 23, 2022
Great day with captain Xavier. We were initially going to go deep sea fishing but wind caused us to change plans. Captain Xavier...
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FAQs about Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 3 Hour – Saltwater Canaveral (PM) (3 hours)
  • $625 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Saltwater Canaveral (5 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Saltwater Trip – (Canaveral) (3 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Saltwater (Canaveral) (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Close Encounters Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Close Encounters Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Upon agreement)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water and ice are provided)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Close Encounters Fishing Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon