Explore the waters of Crystal River with Southern Fried Charters! This place is blessed with a year-round fishing season, so you can join any time you like. Let Captain Chris Davy take you on a relaxing and fun day of fishing that you’ll never forget. He’s been guiding other people for over 30 years and has lots of stories and knowledge to share. So hop aboard and get ready to learn something new.

The boat you’ll be fishing from is a 20’ Sundance skiff that accommodates up to 5 guests. Kids are welcome to join as well, so bring your whole family. The boat is powered by a 90 HP Honda engine and features GPS and a fishfinder. You’ll also find a live bait tank and a cooler.

Whether you’re fishing in inshore waters, flats, or backcountry, there’s a variety of species to go after. Some of the most popular ones are Snook, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Sheepshead, and Mangrove Snapper. As always, you can be surprised at any time and catch fish you didn’t expect.

While some species, such as Redfish and Snook, are usually being released, you can keep the others. The captain will clean and fillet your catch for you, so you can look forward to a tasty dinner afterward.

All fishing equipment is included in the price, as well as drinking water. Feel free to bring other beverages and snacks. The Captain’s license covers 4 guests, so you’ll need to purchase a fishing license if there’s a 5th adult in your group.

Southern Fried Charters hopes you’ll spend your next fishing adventure with them. Welcome aboard!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Fishing with artificial or live/dead bait. All trips are discussed with groups prior to fishing trip. Departure times can be adjusted based on time of year or you ability to wake up. Target Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead, Trout, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    You can discuss the details of the trip beforehand about the fishing in general, or your preferences. All fishing equipment is included in the price. The licenses are covered for 4 adults, so if there's a fifth person, you'll need to purchase that license.
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About the Captain

Chris Davy
Crystal River, Florida, United States
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Member since September 2017
I grew up in Nashville TN before it was cool. As a kid we fished every pond and creek within 20 miles of my house, often by horseback . Certainly different times but the passion for finding fish never changes. Then it was smallmouth and largemouth bass, rainbow and brown trout along with crappie and catfish. As I got older all of 14-15 I fished on a boat called the Honey Chile in Sarasota /Longboat Key Florida and that was all it took . It was there I learned the pursuit of “big fish”. I knew then when I was old enough I was heading to Florida to live and fish. I always wanted to be a Professional fisherman and in the mid 90’s began tournament fishing for kingfish. The adventure took on a life of its own and by 2012 I started hosting the Southern Sportsman Radio Show in Flagler County and did so for 8 years. As fishing and being a Guide/Captain became my life the real reason I do it, and love it, is to be a special part of other people’s memories with family and friends.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Sundance (Skiff) originally built in 2009. Powered by a 90HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
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 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Bank Transfer

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Recent Fishing Reports

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January 26, 2021
Had the pleasure of taking some folks from Kentucky out. Limited out on snapper in no time and then went to chase reds and trout. The area is producing a steady stream of sheepshead and black drum as well. Be sure to bring bug spray on warm days especially cuz the no see ums are more than willing to make you miserable!

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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on January 26, 2021
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VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on February 4, 2021
Fished hard but at a temp. of 29 degrees to start the day the bite just wasn’t on this day. Still had a good time.
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