Crystal River Guide Service

Explore Florida’s Nature Coast with Crystal River Guide Service and get ready to create lasting memories while catching some delicious fish! Captain Casey Russell provides a wide variety of fishing techniques and caters each trip based on his customer’s preferences. He welcomes you aboard and guarantees an exciting day in one of the most pristine areas of Florida.

Your boat for the day is a 24’ Carolina Skiff – ideal for navigating through the flats and mangroves of Crystal River. The boat’s shallow hull will allow you to maneuver through low waters and target a variety of inshore fish. She comes with the latest Garmin navigational technology, state-of-the-art fishing tackle, and a spacious platform. She accommodates up to 6 guests and children of all ages are welcome aboard.

Most trips are centered around Crystal River’s inshore waters, where you’ll encounter species such as Speckled Trout, Redfish, Snook, and Jack Crevalle. If weather permits, Capt. Casey will take you up to 9 miles from the shore to target a wider variety of fish, including Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Tripletail, and Sheepshead.

Top-quality Penn and Fenwick rods and reels are provided on all trips. Your fishing license is covered as well, and catch cleaning and filleting services are included in the price. All you have to bring is some sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, as well as your own snacks and drinks.

Get ready for an incredible adventure, invite the family, and start planning your next fishing trip today. Join Crystal River Guide Service and get ready to discover Florida’s beautiful Nature Coast like never before!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    A full-day option will allow you to spend more time fishing and catch a wider variety of species than on the shorter trips. Some of your target species will include Black Drum, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, and Cobia. Pack some sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, as well as food and drinks, and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    On this trip, you can expect to catch a variety of fish, including Speckled Trout Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, and Mangrove Snapper. All necessary fishing gear and licenses are included in the price. Just be sure to pack some sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, food, and beverages.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    This trip is catered to those who like to sleep in. This afternoon trip will see you targeting a variety of fish – Redfish, Black Drum, Snook, Speckled Trout, and Jack Crevalle, just to name a few. Your captain will provide the necessary equipment, as well as your fishing license. Just be sure to pack sun protection and feel free to bring snacks and drinks as well.
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About the Captain

Casey Russell
Crystal River, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2019
There isn't anything better than fishing. I’ve been after anything that swims since my mom put a pole in my hands. It’s the challenge that makes it great for myself and the reward when that fish eats your bait – it’s a rush. Fishing has taken me across the globe to Bermuda, South America, and all across the US. I started as a mate on a charter boat out of OBX and I couldn't get enough. My love for fishing has brought me to the wonderful Crystal River, Florida. The fishery that we have here on the Nature Coast is special – it’s filled with life. I got here as fast as I could!

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Redfish Redfish
Scallop Scallop
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Carolina (Skiff) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 38 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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
Disabled Accessible

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:
Visa
Cash
Mastercard
American Express

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (10)
5.00
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Half day with Captain Casey Russel
Clancey age 5 from Wyoming
Nice Grouper a little short
+7
Angler Rating
5
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
83%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  September 5, 2020
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John T.
Wildwood, FL
 5.00
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Half day with Captain Casey Russel

VERIFIED   August 16, 2020
Casey does such a great job with kids
John T. recommends Crystal River Guide Service
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VERIFIED   August 12, 2020
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Joel M.
Dunnellon, Florida
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 1, 2020
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Justin C.
Homosassa, FL
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   June 24, 2020
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