If you and your group want a real down-home charter, book a trip with Finders Keepers Charters and spend the day with Captain Kevin Trahan. Capt. Kevin grew up in Citrus County and has fished these waters since 1982. He’s fully licensed and insured. His local knowledge and outgoing nature will ensure that you not only catch fish but truly enjoy the diverse ecosystems that the Nature Coast offers.

Capt. Kevin will pick you up at your hotel or at a local marina and get you safely to the fishing and scallop grounds aboard a custom 24’ bay boat. Amenities include high-end tackle, Simrad electronics, PowerPole, Rhodan GPS trolling motor, and a custom raised tower to help spot fish from up high.

Expect to target Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Snook in the mangroves, or cruise the flats for Cobia, Tripletail, or Pompano. If you like trolling, come for Grouper and Mackerel in the fall and winter. Summertime brings the annual scallop harvest. Snorkel the gin-clear waters around Crystal River and harvest these tasty bivalves. Custom full and half day charters can be tailored to your needs.

Custom packages are available as well to include shore lunch, sightseeing, and sunset cruises. Capt. Kevin is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Chief and offers a 10% discount to military, police, fire, and rescue personnel.

All fishing equipment, licenses, and bottled water are included in the price.

Finders Keepers Charters hopes to see you on the water soon!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
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    $450
    Multispecies full day trip that target Grouper, Cobia, Tripletail, Reds, Trout, Snook, and more. Combine fishing and scalloping or all day for either. All tackle and cleaning included. The captain uses high end electronics to navigate and locate the target species on a custom Aeon bay boat that seats 6 comfortably. Shimano and St Croix rods will be used for inshore and Penn and Accurate reels for Offshore. All snorkel gear provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    Half day trips for fishing or scalloping aboard a custom 24' Aeon bay boat with comfortable seating and upper station to spot fish. This trip targets inshore species such as Trout, Redfish, Snook, Snapper, and Sheepshead. High-end tackle will be used for casting artificial or live bait near mangrove shorelines or shallow water structures. Cleaning and packaging included. Scallop the crystal clear water of the Gulf of Mexico. All snorkel gear included.
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About the Captain

Kevin Trahan
Crystal River, Florida, United States
7 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
9 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2019
I retired from 24 years active duty service in the Coast Guard in 2015. I returned to my roots, Citrus County Florida. I have been fishing the local waters since 1982. I am environmentally conscious and strive to protect our resources, yet let my clients take what nature has provided us. I was a paramedic in the Coast Guard and also have my degree in Safety and Occupational Health. I take pride in my work and use my military experience to provide a safe and memorable trip to clients. I use the latest technology to stay abreast of the weather and tides to keep the clients and myself out of unfavorable conditions. Complete customer satisfaction is my goal and I will strive to accomplish that on each and every trip.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Redfish Redfish

Scallop Scallop
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Aeon (Bay boat) originally built in 2013, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Mercury Verado engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Crystal River to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
PayPal
Checks

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Recent Fishing Reports

Winter time mixed bag
Winter time mixed bag
February 20, 2021
The sheephead bite is still strong. We are getting some mangrove snapper and grouper while sitting on near shore rocks as well. Spanish mackeral and sea trout are also stound. Once the tide comes up we are seeing schools of redfish on mangrove shorelines and on colder days sunning on the mud flats. Afternoon bites are the norm until the water warms up. Book now and don’t forget about the military discount. I look forward to having you and your crew out for a great day on the water. Capt Kevin

Customer Reviews

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Had a great time fishing with Captain Kevin, he put us on some rock piles and we caught some smaller fish including some groupers....
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Captain Kevin was great. We referred to him as “THE GUY”. The rain just kept coming down but it didn’t stop the many...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 30, 2021
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on December 30, 2020
Took my nephew and his buddy Nick on a half day trip with Capt. Kevin today.  The conditions weren’t perfect but Capt. Kevin...
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Started the morning off by spotting a pair of bald eagles. Spent the rest of the day reeling in Redfish, black drum, snapper,...
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