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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Fishing
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Multispecies full day trip that targets 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
    Full Day Scalloping
    Just booked! Last booked: 6 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $500
    8 hours of scalloping aboard the Aeon 24. All gear included. Same as half day, just more time to enjoy the water and get your limits.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Fishing
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    Half day trips for fishing 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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $400
    Scallop trips include mask/snorkel and fins. Depart from your dock or at a local marina. Snorkel in the crystal clear water for these tasty bivalves. I provide everything you would need for an exciting trip to catch dinner. Don’t be surprised to see blowfish, rays, starfish, and more while searching for scallops. Once anchored with power pole, I can put up the sunshade and dive flag and give divers a quick safety brief, it is divers down with hopes for full bags. So, book today for fun and excitement.
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About the Captain

Kevin Trahan
Crystal River, Florida, United States
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
53 Customer Reviews
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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 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 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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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Gary J.
Inverness, FL
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Full Day With Captain Kevin 8/29/21

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Fishing on August 29, 2021
Met Captain Kevin early at Pete’s Pier and headed out without a hitch. Started as a half day but the weather and fishing...
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Davenport, FL
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Captain Kevin Makes It Happen!

VERIFIED   Full Day Fishing on June 13, 2021
From the beginning dealing with Captain Kevin was a pleasure! Super responsive to my questions and concerns prior to our trip....
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Great captain with 3 kids

VERIFIED   Half Day Fishing on July 3, 2021
Well the weather was the worst but captain Kevin still made our trip happen even for just a little while ( heavy rain storm...
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Half day of fishing with Capt. Kevin.

VERIFIED   Half Day Fishing on July 9, 2021
Capt. Kevin is a fantastic fishing captain. He is very friendly and has a wonderful sense of humor, a real peopleperson. Even...
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FAQs about Finders Keepers Charters

Finders Keepers Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Fishing (5 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Scalloping (5 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Fishing (8 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Scalloping (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Finders Keepers Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well (40 and 25 gallon tanks )
  • Multimedia System (Bluetooth capable stereo with JL power/speakers)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (Rhodan GPS enabled spot lock)

Trips booked with Finders Keepers Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Recommend that client brings a cooler )
  • Drinks (Water included)
  • Fishing License (For up to six )

Finders Keepers Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Crystal River, Withalacooche)
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 30 miles )
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Finders Keepers Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (For inshore species)
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling (Accurate level winding reels)
  • Spinning (Shimano and Penn )
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing (For trout and pelagics)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Finders Keepers Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Redfish
  • Scallop
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail