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 Trip – Freshwater
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $474
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Saltwater
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $474
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About the Captain

Xavier Groenendyk
Port Canaveral, Florida, United States
19 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
57 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 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) Grouper (Goliath)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

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

Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Hurricane (Center console) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Catch intended fish
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Jason R.
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Amazing!!!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM) on August 16, 2020
was an awesome trip.  Xavier took amazing care of us and really wanted to make sure we got onto some fish.  He is fun and...
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Davenport, FL
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip - Nearshore (PM) on July 18, 2020
Excellent trip.  Captain Xavier has excellent knowledge of the area and works very hard.  Helped us land this 46 inch red...
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Stacy D.
Orlando, FL
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip - Nearshore (PM) on August 18, 2020
Trip was amazing! definitely one to check off the bucket list, we were also able to watch the rocket launch out of Cape Canaveral!
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Michelle R.
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM) on May 22, 2020
My sister-in-law and I had a wonderful day!
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Spring Lake, NJ
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Such a blast!!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM) on March 14, 2020
Captain Xavier took us on a phenomenal trip. He’s very knowledgeable and a great instructor. He put us on the fish as best...
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FAQs about Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group, additional $99 per person after 1 guest - 3 Hour Trip – Freshwater (3 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $99 per person after 1 guest - 3 Hour Trip – Saltwater (3 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