Close Encounters Fishing Charters

800 South Orlando Avenue
Orlando FL, United States

Here in Central Florida we have a magnificently diverse ecosystem right at our back door. From the inlets and the beaches to the creeks and bays of Lagoon, to the beautiful lakes and rivers centralized around Orlando, our rivers and estuaries are known worldwide for some of the best fishing anywhere in the world.

Our beautiful estuary hosts magnificent wildlife and offers a glorious experience just cruising upon its waters.  Daily encounters of Dolphins, Manatees, Sharks, Birds, Wild Boar and Alligators make it fun for anyone. The fantastic fishing is just a bonus.

Fishing aboard a 17ft Ranger Phantom skiff with a 70 HP Yamah engine, live bait tank and navigational electronics, Capt. Xavier will guide you through the bays and flats around Orlando. The boat’s exceptionally shallow draft, total lack of hull slap at any wind angle and solid beam-to-beam stability ensures an incredibly smooth ride around the shallow waters of the Space Coast. On top of that, it has an incredibly spacious deck and cockpit for a boat of its size, with plenty of room for two anglers plus the captain, although it is possible to have up to four people total on board when necessary.

Close Encounters Fishing Charters will be able to lead you to a variety of species all year round. Largemouth Bass, Redfish and Trout don’t have an off season in the area, while Tarpon, Snook, Flounder, Snapper, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Sharks and other species can also be targeted. Whether you are a light tackle angler who wants to battle trophy fish on the flats, a tackle tester who wants to push fishing rods to the limit at the inlet on bruiser fish, or someone who wants to catch a trophy Bass on a topwater plug, we are your guide service.

Here in Central Florida we have a magnificently diverse ecosystem right at our back door. From the inlets and the beaches to the creeks and bays of Lagoon, to the beautiful lakes and rivers centralized around Orlando, our rivers and estuaries are kno


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  • Full Day Trip (Saltwater)
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 500 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100 each additional person
  • 3/4 Day Trip (Saltwater)
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 425 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100 each additional person
  • Bass fishing trip 3/4
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 375 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100 each additional person
  • Half Day Trip (Saltwater)
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 375 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100 each additional person
  • Bass fishing trip 1/2 day
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 325 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100 each additional person

About this listing

Targeted Species

  Bass (Largemouth)
  Black Drum
  Flounder
  Grouper (Goliath)

  Jack Crevalle
  Redfish
  Snook
  Spotted Seatrout

  Tarpon

Boat Specs

Ranger (Flats boat) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 70HP yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

About the Captain

Xavier Groenendyk
Orlando, Florida, United States
Member since June 2015
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Captian Xavier was raised in New Smyrna Beach and Orlando, Florida. Growing up with the world famous Mosquito Lagoon in his backyard, and world class bass fishing in the the lakes and rivers. He capitalized on the extremely diverse fishery just minutes from home. The captain spent all his free time learning the local waters, recording everything into fishing logs, studying the tides, temperatures and the movements of sought after game fish. He realized that in order to consistently catch big fish, it is important to understand the science of the fish and the waters, as well as being well versed in various fishing techniques. Becoming a certified scuba diver at the age of 14, Xavier has spent many hours observing fish from underwater to gauge their reaction to baits, chum and artificial lures. He loves to share his experience with his guests!
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Orlando Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.88 out of 5 stars from 16 reviews

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Captain Zavier gave us a great experience. We did catch fish, mostly Large mouth Bass that gave us a fight to haul in which was definitely surprising to me! Now I want to catch even bigger and larger fish!! I will be sure to look up Xavier for that adventure!

Fished March 29, 2018
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Great Experience! Beautiful fish, birds, manatees and other widldlife! Captain was very friendly and helped me catch my first redfish! Can’t wait to go again!

Fished February 23, 2018
Xavier Groenendyk (The Captain)
Replied to this review on February 24, 2018

Thanks for the review it was a pleasure fishing with you and george!

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We booked a day flats fishing for redfish. The weather forecast forced a sensible rethink to bass fishing in a lake. Wonderfuĺ experience. First cast first ever largemouth. I can’t recommend this guy enough.

Fished February 23, 2018
Xavier Groenendyk (The Captain)
Replied to this review on February 24, 2018

Thanks for the review! It was a pleasure fishing with you and Pam! Hopefully next time we will have some better weather for salt fishing! Nice job on the bass!!

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