Always wanted to chase florida crappie? Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers experienced and novice anglers alike a totally unique opportunity: to explore Orlando’s many Spec/Crappie-filled lakes and creeks by casting off on a one-to-one personalized angling adventure!

Captain Xavier Groenendyk will be your fishing teacher. He’s the perfect person to show you around these waters, and will have you fishing them like a pro!

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 catch fish.

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 Spec-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 fish! 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
    2 Hour PM – Crappie/Speck Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Nov 10 - Mar 10
    US $275
    Enjoy a fun afternoon trip learning from a pro, and catching fish! On this trip we target “crappie” or “spec” a sought after freshwater gamefish in florida. Not only are they fun to catch but they are the most delicious fish you can catch in the central florida lakes! These fish can be caught in many different ways including casting or trolling lures and fishing with live bait. On the 4 hour trip you will be targeting crappie but also common to catch largemouth bass as well!
    Targeted fish
    Crappie
    Crappie
  • Private trip
    3 Hour PM – Crappie/Speck Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Nov 15 - Mar 1
    US $375
    Enjoy a fun morning trip learning from a pro, and catching fish! On this trip we target “crappie” or “spec” a sought after freshwater gamefish in florida. Not only are they fun to catch but they are the most delicious fish you can catch in the central florida lakes! These fish can be caught in many different ways including casting or trolling lures and fishing with live bait. On the 4 hour trip you will be targeting crappie but also common to catch largemouth bass as well!
    Targeted fish
    Crappie
    Crappie
  • Private trip
    3 Hour AM – Crappie/Speck Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 15 - Mar 1
    US $424
    Enjoy a fun morning trip learning from a pro, and catching fish! On this trip we target “crappie” or “spec” a sought after freshwater gamefish in florida. Not only are they fun to catch but they are the most delicious fish you can catch in the central florida lakes! These fish can be caught in many different ways including casting or trolling lures and fishing with live bait. On the 4 hour trip you will be targeting crappie but also common to catch largemouth bass as well!
    Targeted fish
    Crappie
    Crappie
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FAQs about Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $225 per group, additional US $50 per person after 1 guest - 2 Hour PM – Crappie/Speck Fishing (2 hours)
  • US $325 per group, additional US $50 per person after 1 guest - 3 Hour PM – Crappie/Speck Fishing (3 hours)
  • US $349 per group, additional US $75 per person after 1 guest - 3 Hour AM – Crappie/Speck Fishing (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
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

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

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Close Encounters Fishing Charters include:
  • Crappie

Meet the Captain

Xavier Groenendyk
Casselberry, Florida, United States
49 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
106 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

Crappie Crappie

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
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 30 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

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

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.

Recent fishing reports

Specks Still Snappin!
Specks Still Snappin!
February 4, 2024
Morning and afternoon speck fishing remains strong! Lots of fish being caught on jigs and live bait!
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