Reel Time Outfitters

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Reel Time Outfitters is a charter with a soul and passion for inshore fishing. It is operated by Captain Leon who has been fishing his whole life and loves all species swimming in the shallow waters. He loves catching Redfish and is always happy to show his guests the techniques needed to land a great catch. This is a child-friendly charter, so bring your kids along for some family fun.

You will fish aboard his 21’ flats boat, which can accommodate up to five guests. It is powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots. The boat is made to suit the shallow water, and the wireless trolling motor it has makes it super quiet in order not to spook the fish. It is equipped with a GPS and a fishfinder, as well as safety equipment with fire extinguishers, life jackets, first -aid equipment and a CPR-trained crew. You will also find an anchoring system and an icebox which is ideal for storing fish until you return to the shore.

Reel Time Outfitters will take you inshore, reef, wreck, flats, and backcountry fishing. They specialize in fishing for Redfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, Cobia, Mangrove Snappers and Sharks, and you will also be targeting Black Drum, Black Seabass, Spanish Mackerel, Tarpon, Tripletail, Gag and Red Grouper, and Jack Crevalle. Captain Leon will provide you with fly fishing equipment, rods, reels, tackle, live and artificial baits, a fishing license, and will gladly clean and fillet your catch so you can take it home for a great meal. All that you will need to bring is your food and drinks for the trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day of Scalloping & Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    1/2 day fishing & 1/2 day of scalloping (8 hour trip) - included in the option is a morning filled with fishing in the mangroves for Redfish or moving out to some open waters for some Trout. Then once it's hot out we will head to the scallop grounds to cool off in the water and snorkel for those yummy scallops.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - MAX 4 People
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    On the full day trip, you will have more time to fish for a variety of inshore species such as Redfish, Trout, Snook, Sharks, Cobia, Mangrove Snappers, Black Drum, Black Seabass and Groupers.
  • Private trip
    VIP Scalloping Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    VIP Scallop Trip (7 hour trip) - included in this option is your scallop gear, cooler with ice for your drinks & snacks, and once you are done scalloping I'll take you and your party back to one of our springs to cool off in the 72 degree water.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Scalloping (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    This trip will be fun for kids over the age 5 to swim around and pick up scallops in the crystal clear waters of the bay that are up to 4' deep. You will need a cooler to put the Scallops in after we get back to your vehicle. Bring your own food and drinks, and the Captain will have a cooler and ice on the boat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Scalloping (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    This trip will be fun for kids over the age 5 to swim around and pick up scallops in the crystal clear waters of the bay that are up to 4' deep. You will need a cooler to put the Scallops in after we get back to your vehicle. Bring your own food and drinks, and the Captain will have a cooler and ice on the boat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) - MAX 4 People
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    This is a half day trip. You can expect to fish for a variety of inshore species such as Redfish, Trout, Snook, Sharks, Cobia, Mangrove Snappers, Black Drum, Black Seabass and Groupers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) - MAX 4 People
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    This is a half day trip. You can expect to fish for a variety of inshore species such as Redfish, Trout, Snook, Sharks, Cobia, Mangrove Snappers, Black Drum, Black Seabass and Groupers.
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About the Captain

Leon Hampton
Crystal River, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
27 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
68 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since September 2015
Captain Leon has fished his entire life and dreamed about the waters being his desk some day. In 2014, in order to pursue his lifelong dream, Captain Leon became a licensed charter captain. He loves showing guests his world of fishing and teaching them new things. Captain Leon is also a passionate hunter.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Redfish Redfish

Scallop Scallop
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Carolina Skiff (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Flounder Gigging

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Crystal River to departure site is available and 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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.85
out of 5 stars from 67 reviews
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Full day trip with Captain Leon Hamption
Full day trip with Captain Leon Hamption
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Mike R.
Vero Beach, FL
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Full day trip with Captain Leon Hamption

VERIFIED   NEW  September 25, 2020
A great day for fishing, weather was perfect, water was calm. Started by getting bait from Capt Leon’s traps. Then fished...
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Half Day Trip with Captain Mitch

VERIFIED   August 22, 2020
We booked a trip with Reel Time Outfitters during a recent staycation in Crystal River.  We were assigned Capt Mitch for...
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Brett A.
Perry, GA
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Half day trip with Captain Leon

VERIFIED   August 30, 2020
The weather report called for thunderstorms building in the afternoon but Captain Leon thought we can get out ahead of it and...
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Lisa S.
Apopka, FL
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Full day trip with Capitan Leo!

VERIFIED   June 29, 2020
We made an impromptu decision to take a day and charter a fishing trip.  We had a fantastic time with Capitan Leo! ...
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Kindel S.
Ocala, FL
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Half day last minute trip- beyond expectations

VERIFIED   June 28, 2020
We had never fished Crystal River so we last minute randomly one evening found captain Leon’s charter and booked it for the...
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