Have a day to remember by taking a trip with Fishbonz Charters! Captain Michael Haynes is a native with over 40 years of fishing experience. He fished all around Florida and decided to settle in Crystal River because of its unique fishery. He can take you fishing at any time of the year and teach you something new.

You’ll be fishing on a boat that accommodates 3 guests. This 19’ Hewes is a flats boat, powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine. The boat features navigational electronics to help you find fish more easily and an ice box to keep the catch fresh.

Your catch depends on the fishing grounds you visit. River trip will probably get you Sunfish and Largemouth Bass, while the saltwater trip will take you after Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Flounder, Trout, and more. You’ll mostly use light tackle and spinning gear but you can also bring your fly fishing equipment.

Capt. Michael will cover your fishing equipment, bait, fresh water, and even clean your catch free of charge. Note that your fishing license is covered for saltwater fishing but you need to purchase it if you want to go fishing in freshwater (usually costs $17 for locals). Bring your snacks and you’re ready to go!

Anglers of all skill levels are welcome to join Fishbonz Charters! Capt. Michael will make sure to make your day a memorable one. You just need to decide when you want to come.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    Inshore targeting Redfish, Snook, Trout, and a variety of fish. Fishing back-country mangroves around the Crystal River/Homosassa area. The captain can also organize a freshwater trip, Crystal River has numerous lakes and rivers to choose from.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    Just giving you more time to fish the back-country and mangrove areas to target Redfish, Snook, Trout and other species. The captain covers your fishing license, equipment, bait, and fresh water. You just need to bring food, good sunglasses, and a positive attitude.
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About the Captain

Mike Haynes
Crystal River, Florida, United States
9 Fishing Reports
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6 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since January 2020
Captain Mike Haynes is a native Floridian. He has fished everywhere in his state: from the Keys to the panhandle. Crystal River and Homosassa have an amazing fishing scene where he can stay active year round. He enjoys sharing his 40 plus years of knowledge. This job gives him the opportunity to teach people how to catch different species of fish and being on the water.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Sunfish Sunfish
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Hewes (Flats boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 1.5% charge will apply.

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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 18, 2021
Me my son and nephew went out with captain mike and we caught so much fish it was the best trip for us ever so to the people...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on November 8, 2021
Awesome skinny water adventure!
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 21, 2021
Excellent person and captain. Knows his stuff. Got us on fish.  I would recommend Captain Mike to anyone looking to fish Crystal...
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FAQs about Fishbonz Charters

Fishbonz Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $550 per group - Full Day Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Fishbonz Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fishbonz Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Tsunami, Daiwa, Hot Shots and TTF rods)
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License (Cover saltwater fishing)

Fishbonz Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Fishbonz Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fishbonz Charters include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Sunfish
  • Tarpon