Mermaidtales Charter Fishing

Mermaidtales Charter Fishing invites anglers of all ages and levels of experience to join them in exploring the nearshore and backcountry waters of Crystal River. Captain Robert Mcclinnis grew up in the area and is committed to catering to all your needs. Bring the whole family along and spend a fun day in nature, chasing the most prized fish species in the region.

The boat you’ll be fishing from is a 21’ Carolina skiff, powered by a 115 HP Yamaha outboard. This boat’s versatile design makes it a great choice for both inshore, nearshore, and backcountry fishing. It can accommodate 4 anglers fishing at the same using a number of fishing techniques. If you’re trolling, the number of anglers fishing at the same time comes down to 2. The also boat has all the safety equipment and electronics you could need to have a safe, action-packed trip!

Mermaidtales Charter Fishing trips will take you around the best fishing and scalloping grounds around. Depending on the trip you’ll be able to target a wide variety of species, including Redfish, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Gag Grouper, Cobia and more. If you’d like to have access to snorkeling equipment, to escape the heat during the hot summer days, let your captain know ahead of time and he will bring it along for the trip. 

As far as fishing gear is concerned, that’s all taken care of. The captain will provide you with top of the line St. Croix rods and Shimano reels as well as tackle, lures and live bait. Live bait is included in each trip and depending on availability the captain will either have live shrimp or he’ll stop by one of his traps and have fresh bait ready within seconds.

All you need to bring is your choice of drinks and snacks (water and ice will be provided), non-spray sunscreen, sunglasses, and you’re ready to meet Captain Robert on the water!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day - Fishing and Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    price breakdown
    Fish during the cool morning and go scalloping in the heat of the day! This is a seasonal trip that splits your time between fishing and scalloping. The targeted fish species are Redfish, Trout, and Snook.
  • Private trip
    Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    price breakdown
    Full day fishing of fishing, across multiple tides, and targeting multiple species. Depending on the time of the year and your wishes you will be bottom fishing for Snapper and Groupers or stay at the island fishing or Redfish and Snook.
  • Private trip
    Half Day (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    price breakdown
    If the tide is high the morning trips will mainly be focused on backcountry fishing, targeting Snook, Trout, and Redfish. If however, the high tide is at noon, this trip will center around nearshore fishing where you can target Grouper and Snapper.
  • Private trip
    Half Day (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    price breakdown
    Depending on the tide there are two different options for half-day trips. This trip can take you exploring the backcountry for Snook, Redfish, and Trout if the tide is high or you could be bottom fishing for Groupers and Snappers, among other things, if it's a low tide.
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About the Captain

Robert Mcclinnis
Crystal River, Florida, United States
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Member since June 2019
Born and raised in Crystal River, Captain Robert knows every nook and cranny around these waters he's been fishing since he was a child. He's been professionally fishing for over ten years now and is the last captain of "Apollo", a well known deep-sea party boat in Crystal River. What drives him is getting people hooked on fishing. He wants all of his clients to be left with a memory of how great of a trip they had so that they will come and fish with him again.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish

Scallop Scallop
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Carolina (Skiff) originally built in 1997, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

21 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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VERIFIED   June 27, 2020
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