Reel Time Outfitters

Join a group of experienced anglers who specialize in inshore fishing. Reel Time Outfitters is operated by Captain Leon, who has dedicated his career to exploring shallow waters and the fish that inhabit them.

This charter is family-friendly and encourages everyone to participate in the action. Capt. Leon will do his best to amuse your kids with this sport and help them to potentially discover a new hobby. You’re never too young or too old to start fishing. So start now, with a professional who can show you the best bits.

You’ll fish aboard a 21’ flats boat that’s powered by a 115 HP Mercury engine. There’s enough room for 5 guests to fish in comfort. This center console features various navigational and safety electronics, and a CPR trained crew. The boat also features an anchoring system and a cooler which is ideal for storing fish until the end of the trip.

Set off to local reefs, wrecks, flats, and backcountry. These spots are full of species like Redfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, Tarpon, and Tripletail. In slightly deeper spots, you’ll be able to target Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, Shark, Jack Crevalle, and Spanish Mackerel.

Captain Leon covers your fly fishing equipment, rods, reels, tackle, live and artificial baits, and your fishing license. He’ll gladly clean and fillet your catch, so you can take it home for a great meal. Just bring your food, drinks, and sun protection.

*Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, please bring your own snorkel gear. If you have any questions about which gear to buy or rent, please contact the captain.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Scallop & Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    This trip is split into two parts. You'll spend one half scalloping and the other half catching fish. You'll start by exploring the mangroves for Redfish or moving out to some open waters for Trout. Once the weather gets warmer, you'll head to the scallop grounds to cool off in the water and snorkel for those yummy scallops.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Scallop Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    This 7-hour trip includes your scallop gear, cooler with ice for your drinks and snacks. Once you are done scalloping, the captain will take you and your party back to springs to cool off in the 72-degree water. Please bring your snorkel gear.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    You'll be fishing for Trout, Redfish, Snook, Sharks, and maybe some Groupers. Let the captain know if you're fishing for the first time, so you can start off with something easy and then proceed to more tricky fish. This trip is limited to 4 guests only.
  • 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 of 5 to swim around and pick up scallops in the shallow, crystal clear waters of the bay. Bring a cooler to put the scallops in after you get back to your vehicle. Don't forget some snacks and drinks. If you're planning to go snorkeling, please bring your gear, as a COVID-19 precaution.
  • 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 afternoon trip is great if you're coming with your family and don't want to focus on fishing. The captain will take you to shallow waters of the bay. Since they are only 4' deep, they are great for kids to collect scallops here. Don't forget to bring your cooler, snacks, and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    This short morning trip will take you after Snook, Trout, and Redfish on the flats of Crystal River. Your captain covers all fishing equipment you'll need, so you just need to bring some snacks and drinks for the day. Don't forget sun protection.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    Spend this afternoon fishing for Snook, Trout, and Redfish on the flats of Crystal River. This trip is favorite among families with children. You can keep your catch after the trip, so all you need is to find a great restaurant when you leave the marina.

About the Captain

Leon Hampton
Crystal River, Florida, United States
27 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
67 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)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
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 Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore 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

Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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

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VERIFIED   August 21, 2020
Awesome experience.  We caught fish all day.  It was amazing!  Fishing for shark was incredible, what a fight!
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