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 23’ Hurricane boat with a 250 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 4 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
    3 Hour Trip – Freshwater Artificial
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $424
    Enjoy the beauty of fishing Orlando's freshwater lakes and rivers while targeting Largemouth Bass on artificial lures. Focusing soley on fishing lures can at times be a challenge. That said, when passengers commit to fishing lures only, they usually find they will learn a ton, and be fishing alot better by the end of the trip.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Freshwater Live Bait
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $549
    Enjoy the beauty of fishing Orlando's freshwater lakes and rivers while targeting Largemouth Bass on artificial lures and premium live bait.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Freshwater (LiveBait)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $624
    Enjoy the beauty of fishing Orlando's freshwater lakes and rivers while targeting Largemouth Bass on artificial lures and premium live bait.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Saltwater
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $625
    Chase fish like black drum, seatrout, redfish, sheepshead, flounder, snapper and shark in our inshore waters surrounding the space coast from New Smyrna beach to Cocoa Beach.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Saltwater
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $700
    Chase trophy saltwater fish such as Snook, Black Drum, Seatrout, Redfish, Sheepshead, Flounder, Snapper, and Shark in the inshore waters surrounding the Space Coast from New Smyrna Beach to Cocoa Beach.
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About the Captain

Xavier Groenendyk
Windermere, Florida, United States
26 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
80 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
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 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!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Shark (Hammerhead) Hammerhead Shark

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Center console) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 days 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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 54 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
98%
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Tina S.
Winter Park, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Ladies THIS is what your husband wants!

7 Hour Trip – Saltwater on May 6, 2022
I booked a charter with Captain X to surprise my husband for his birthday. It’s been a rough couple of years so I really...
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Ross M.
Orlando, Florida
Excellent
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Wonderful fishing experience with Capt X!

7 Hour Trip – Saltwater on April 21, 2022
I have been on multiple charters with multiple outfitters. Some good some not so good. Captain X’s abilities, gear, and knowledge...
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Pamela H.
Saco, ME
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Had a 5 hour fishing trip.

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Saltwater on April 28, 2022
It was an amazing fishing trip, he knows and has the years experience. The trip was incredible, I had a great day fishing...
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Kevin R.
Harbor Beach, MI
Excellent
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Saltwater on April 12, 2022
Capt. Xavier was so patient and such a good teacher for my son when hooking up and helping to land MONSTER Redfish!!! We were...
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Sarah B.
Battle Creek, MI
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5 hr salt water

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Saltwater on March 25, 2022
It was a great day , captain Xavier was awesome , my boys had an amazing time , we caught a Huge red drum fish,  a few catfish...
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FAQs about Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $325 per group, additional $99 per person after 1 guest - 3 Hour Trip – Freshwater Artificial (3 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $99 per person after 1 guest - 3 Hour Trip – Freshwater Live Bait (3 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $99 per person after 1 guest - 5 Hour Trip – Freshwater (LiveBait) (5 hours)
  • $625 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Saltwater (5 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - 7 Hour Trip – Saltwater (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Close Encounters Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Close Encounters Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (St. Johns)
  • Lake Fishing (Orlando Lakes)
  • Inshore Fishing (Titusville)
  • Nearshore Fishing (5 miles)
  • Flats Fishing (Mosquito Lagoon)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Space Coast)

Close Encounters Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Close Encounters Fishing Charters include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon