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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 born and raised in this area, with the famous Mosquito Lagoon as his backyard, and 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 – while having plenty of fun and filling your cooler at the same time.

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 17’ high-performance flats fishing 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
    Quick Orlando Bass Fishing (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $398
    price breakdown
    $398
    Want to get out for a trip on the lake, but don’t have much time? If you’d like to get out on the lake for a quick afternoon trip but be back before dinner then this is the trip for you. Enjoy a quick afternoon trip learning from and fishing with a pro all while keeping the wife or significant other happy!
  • Private trip
    Quick Orlando Bass Fishing (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $398
    price breakdown
    $398
    Want to get out for a trip on the lake, but don’t have much time? If you’d like to get out on the lake for a quick afternoon trip but be back before dinner then this is the trip for you. Enjoy a quick afternoon trip learning from and fishing with a pro all while keeping the wife or significant other happy!

About the Captain

Xavier Groenendyk
Orlando, Florida, United States
16 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
51 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

Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)

Boat Specs

Ranger (Flats boat) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 70HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 36 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

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

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.56
out of 5 stars from 3 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Fun - quick - professional
Angler Rating
2
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
67%
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Anthony B.
El Paso, TX
 5.00
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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
 5.00
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VERIFIED   2 Hour Bass Fishing Trip (AM) on December 16, 2019
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Joanne G.
Orlando, FL
 3.67
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2 hr

VERIFIED   2 Hour Bass Fishing Trip (AM) on July 7, 2020
Nice trip, nice captain. Caught a few smaller fish.
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