Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Birr Court
Orlando FL, United States

In Central Florida, there’s a magnificently diverse ecosystem a stone’s throw away from Orlando. Close Encounters Fishing Charters will take you from the inlets and the beaches to the creeks and bays of Mosquito Lagoon, to the beautiful lakes and rivers centralized around Orlando. The rivers and estuaries are known worldwide for some of the best fishing anywhere in the world.

The beautiful estuary hosts magnificent wildlife and offers a glorious experience just cruising upon its waters. Daily encounters of Dolphins, Manatees, Sharks, birds, wild boars, and alligators make it fun for anyone. The fantastic fishing is just a bonus.

Fishing aboard a 17’ Ranger Phantom skiff with a 70 HP Yamaha 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 three anglers plus the captain.

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, Captain Xavier is the guide for you!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Saltwater
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    Spend the entire day hitting the salty waters near Orlando – it's tough to beat this for your day off! You can target a wide range of gorgeous fish like Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Spotted Seatrout, and whatever else you run into.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Nearshore/Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    6-hour trip Nearshore and Offshore out of New Smyrna Beach and Cocoa Beach. Common fish caught include King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Tripletail, Sharks, Snapper, Flounder, Tarpon. 1-4 People
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Saltwater
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 425
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    This trip will take you fishing in the bountiful salt waters around Orlando. You can target a wide range of species such as Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, and whatever else takes the bait!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Bass
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 375
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    Spend 6 hours fishing in the bountiful lakes and rivers of Central Florida for Largemouth Bass. You'll be minutes away from Orlando, so getting there is a breeze. All equipment required is provided by the captain, with live bait available for $25 a dozen.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Saltwater (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 375
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    Head out in the morning into the bountiful waters near Orlando. You'll go after Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Red Drum, Snook, Tarpon, and many other exciting species! You'll be provided with all the necessary equipment for this trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Saltwater (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 375
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    Starting times can change and vary, contact the captain to figure out what works best for you in advance. A shorter trip where you can fish for a variety of species such as Redfish, Seatrout, Snook, Tarpon, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, and Largemouth Bass. Captain Xavier will always do his best to put you on your target species but will always have a plan B just in case!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Bass (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 325
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    Fish the beautiful lakes and rivers of Central Florida for Largemouth Bass just minutes from Orlando's main attractions! Live Shiners are $25 a dozen extra if you wish to fish with live bait.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Bass (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 325
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    Departure times are flexible for this trip. This trip will take you into the gorgeous rivers and lakes of Florida. You'll target the famed Largemouth Bass. All required equipment is provided, while Shiners are available for $25 a dozen for live bait fishing.

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
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 30 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
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
21
6
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 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: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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4.90
out of 5 stars from 20 reviews
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Half day salt water fishing with Xavier
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Faye Stewart
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 5.00
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Half day salt water fishing with Xavier

VERIFIED   NEW  October 22, 2018
I booked afternoon salt water fishing trip for my husband & son , captain Xavier was texting me the day before asking if...
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Great Day with Captain Xavier

May 18, 2018
The weather had been iffy all week but it cleared just long enough for a great day with Captain Xavier.  We had a wonderful...
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Mark Soussou
Indian Trail, North Carolina
 5.00
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Full Day Trip with Captain Xavier

February 2, 2018
We got out around 6am hoping to sight cast some big bull reds. My wife and I have experience catching reds before,  but...
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Malcolm Robins
Hull, England
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Half Day Guided Trip with Xavier

February 16, 2018
I had limited time available while in the area on business and my mobile had given up. Via email to Xavier he organised and...
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Idalia Barreiro
New York, New York
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3/4 Trip with Captain Xavier

VERIFIED   February 17, 2018
Xavier is a very talented and skilled fisherman and captain.  He’s very passionate about his craft and will ensure that...
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