Finders Keepers Charters

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
    Half Day Fishing
    Just booked! Last booked: 11 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $425
    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.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Snook
    Snook
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Tripletail
    Tripletail
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    Half Day Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    US $425
    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.
    Targeted fish
    Scallop
    Scallop
  • Private trip
    Full Day Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $550
    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.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Tripletail
    Tripletail
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    Full Day Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    US $550
    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.
    Targeted fish
    Scallop
    Scallop
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Grouper
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Oct 19
    US $650
    Venture farther into the gulf. You can also catch Mangrove Snapper, Hogfish, Cobia, Mackerel, and Tripletail. Grouper season is now 1 September to 10 November. No
    Targeted fish
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Hogfish
    Hogfish
    Grunt
    Grunt
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FAQs about Finders Keepers Charters

Finders Keepers Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $425 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Fishing (5 hours)
  • US $425 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Scalloping (5 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Fishing (8 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Scalloping (8 hours)
  • US $650 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Grouper (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 (Florida Fishing Products reels and Bulls Bay Rods )
  • 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

Meet the Captain

Kevin Trahan
Crystal River, Florida, United States
10 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
179 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2019
Angler's Choice
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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.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

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
Crystal River, Withalacooche
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Up to 30 miles
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
For inshore species
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Accurate level winding reels
Spinning
Florida Fishing Products reels and Bulls Bay Rods
Jigging
Drift Fishing
For trout and pelagics
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Recommend that client brings a cooler
Drinks
Water included
Fishing License
For up to six

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Crystal River to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Children of all ages are always welcome
You Keep Catch
I will clean and bag your fish
Catch and Release Allowed
Capt. strictly enforces regulations

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

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

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Recent fishing reports

Grouper season is here!!!!!!
Grouper season is here!!!!!!
September 30, 2021
The grouper season here opens on 1 June. Come out with Finders Keepers Charters and try to catch these tasty fish on light to medium tackle either bottom fishing or trolling lipped plugs. The action is a little farther offshore in the summer months and then heats up nearshore as the water cools. I will chum up rocks in 20- 25 feet of water with pin fish and then free line a nice size one and wait for the bite to happen. Then it is a tug o war. Book now as prime days are going fast. Capt Kevin I’m
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Triple play!!!!!!!
Triple play!!!!!!!
March 30, 2021
Opening day of baseball season is today. It is also the time the tripletail show up on the crab pot buoys on the gulf. The Past two trips yielded 2 fish up to 20 inches and have had 3 or 4 fish that were just short of the 18 inch minimum each day. The tower on the Aeon allows me to see the fish and direct the anglers on the pinpoint location and once hooked these guys like to get airborne at times and pull really hard. Plus these taste great and yield quite a bit of white flaky filets. Book now as April is prime time for tripletail and the cobia should be right behind. Captain Kevin Finders Keepers Charters llc
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