Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Always wanted to hook that trophy Largemouth Bass, but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’re completely new to wielding a fishing rod? Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers experienced and novice anglers alike a totally unique opportunity: to explore Orlando’s many Bass-filled lakes and creeks by casting off on a one-to-one personalized angling adventure!

Captain Xavier Groenendyk will be your Bass-fishing teacher. He’s the perfect person to show you around these waters, and will have you fishing them like a pro! He was raised in this area with the famous Mosquito Lagoon and Orlando lakes in his backyard. He spent all his free time finessing his angling skills.

On this special trip, Capt. Xavier will use his years of experience and knowledge to help you learn and hone many different techniques that can be utilized to hook plenty of Bass.

This private trip is the perfect option for new anglers who want to learn the ropes, as well as more experienced fishermen who want to pick up some specialized Bass-fishing skills.

You’ll be casting your line from a 22 ft high-performance (tournament edition) pathfinder bay boat, with plenty of room for you and your captain. This vessel was designed with the ability to cross large lakes in comfort, yet still get into the tightest and shallowest creeks, as well as hard to reach bayous.

Your vessel is decked out with top-quality navigational and safety equipment, as well as a wireless trolling motor, which will come in handy when you’re cruising shallow waters for that trophy Bass! There’s also plenty of room for top-quality fishing equipment, including a variety of lures, which are all included in your trip.

You’ll experience the perfect combination of hands-on action and one-on-one advice on this trip. Treat yourself or your favorite fishing fanatic to a truly one-off angling adventure aboard Close Encounters Fishing Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Bass Fishing w/ Lures
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $375
    Want to get out for a trip on a beautiful local lake in Orlando, but don’t want to be out all day? Enjoy a fun morning trip learning from a pro all while keeping the wife or significant other happy! The Butler Chain of Lakes is home to millions of Largemouth Bass and is a great place to hone your skills fishing with artificial lures!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour – Bass w/ Lures/Live Bait
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $425
    Want to get out for a trip on a beautiful local lake in Orlando, but don’t want to be out all day? Enjoy a fun morning trip learning from a pro all while keeping the wife or significant other happy! The Butler Chain of Lakes is home to millions of largemouth bass and is a great place to hone your skills fishing with artificial lures!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Bass Lures/Live Bait
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $525
    Enjoy a fun morning trip learning from a pro! The Butler Chain of Lakes is home to millions of Largemouth Bass and is a great place to hone your skills fishing with artificial lures and live bait!
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About the Captain

Xavier Groenendyk
Lake Butler, Florida, United States
32 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
85 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2015
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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

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass

Boat specs

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

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Fishing License

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.
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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3 hr afternoon trip with Captain Xavier
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Appropriate for children
83%
Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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JOHN S.
Danville, IN
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3 hr afternoon trip with Captain Xavier

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Bass Fishing w/ Lures on February 1, 2022
Great bass fishing trip on a cool very windy day. Captain Xavier worked the lake and found fish. He was knowledgeable, patient...
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Titusville, Florida
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Bass fishing

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Bass Fishing w/ Lures on January 19, 2022
We had a great time. Capt Xavier knew the lake well and put us on fish all afternoon. Beautiful scenery and excellent fishing....
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Vincent C.
Apopka, Florida
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Morning fishing with Capt. X

VERIFIED   Quick Orlando Bass Fishing (AM) on April 2, 2021
X is a fun guy, a good fisherman and just plain good guide for fishing the lakes. My son and I had a blast caught about 8-10...
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Anthony B.
El Paso, TX
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Fun - quick - professional

VERIFIED   2 Hour Bass Fishing Trip (AM) on July 8, 2020
Great trip, clean - well maintained equipment and experienced captain 👍🏼
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Andrew P.
Bluffton, SC
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VERIFIED   2 Hour Bass Fishing Trip (AM) on December 16, 2019
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FAQs about Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $325 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 3 Hour Trip – Bass Fishing w/ Lures (3 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3 Hour – Bass w/ Lures/Live Bait (3 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Bass Lures/Live Bait (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
  • Lures
  • Fishing License

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following fishing technique:
  • Light Tackle

Top targeted fish species with Close Encounters Fishing Charters include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)