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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Boat Specs

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

17 ft
3 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
St Johns
Lake Fishing
Orlando Lakes
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
5 miles
Flats Fishing
Mosquito Lagoon
Backcountry Fishing
Space Coast
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Targeted Species
Bass (Largemouth)
Black Drum

Grouper (Goliath)

Jack Crevalle

Spotted Seatrout

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Live Bait Well
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

Xavier Groenendyk
Orlando, Florida, United States
Member since June 2015
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: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.93 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Very helpful fun trip.  Dont let the little looking boat fool you.  Plenty of room for the 4 of us.  We had a great time fishing for 4 hours.  Caught betweem thw 4 of us is say close to 20 fish.

Fished April 1, 2017
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Very knowledgeable friendly and helpful. Dropped us on the fish multiple times.

Fished March 11, 2017
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Awesome experience. Captain was there well ahead of time and prepared with the boat in the water as to get the experience on its way quickly. Besides taking me to multiple locations on the lake, he explained what drew him to those spots. I caught multiple largemouth bass on the trip and the excitement started with a catch on the FIRST cast!!!. Great weather, great catches, and a great experience all provided by the captain. Will definitely do this again next time I’m in Orlando

Fished March 4, 2017
Xavier Groenendyk (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 5, 2017

It was a pleasure having you on the boat, looking forward to our next trip!

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