Salt River Outfitters

out of 5 stars from 1 review See review
9301 West Fort Island Trail
Crystal River FL, United States

Join Capt. Shawn Walker aboard his 22ft Ranger Bay Boat to experience the full range of outdoor options that Crystal River has to offer. The large number of springs in the area, its network of bays and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico creates a fishing honeypot that is easily accessed by this diverse little boat. Capt. Shawn is happy to travel to different areas, allowing you to fish Tarpon Springs, Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Sarasota, or Boca Grande if you like. A fuel surcharge may apply for more remote locations.

Capt. Shawn offers both inshore and offshore fishing charters. Inshore charters can involve sight fishing for Trout or Redfish, which inhabit the waters most months of the year. If you come in Spring and Summer you might target Cobia or Tarpon. Other species you might find in the flats include the Mangrove Snapper, Rock Bass, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Permit, Sharks and more. Offshore fishing is available on full day trips and target Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Snapper, King Mackerel and Cobia, although you might also be in with a chance of catching the funny looking but fantastic eating Hog Snapper on the offshore rock piles. Fly fishing enthusiasts might be interested in catching the line pulling Bonito, a really fun fish to catch.

Capt. Shawn uses a variety of techniques depending on the fish he is targeting. He tends to target Redfish with artificial lures, while using live, cut and artificial bait for Speckled Trout. If you’re a keen fly fisherman or are interested in picking up a fly rod for the first time, Shawn will help you get to grips with the art of flyfishing, but will also supply light tackle equipment if you prefer.

Scalloping season usually opens at the beginning of July: during this time you can make the most of the warm waters of Crystal River and Homosassa while snorkeling for delicious scallops. You might see Manatees, Dolphins, Bald Eagles and more as you travel towards the scalloping grounds. All equipment is included.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Spring Gobbler Hunts
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 days trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    Seasonal trip available 15 Mar - 1 Jul
    US$ 1200
    per person / day
    2 persons minimum
    This allows one person two full days to kill their Osceola Gobbler. You are required to have a valid Florida Hunting License and Florida Turkey Stamp. Most bring their own guns but one can be provided if needed.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    This trip allows up to 3 persons. We travel offshore 15-30 miles to catch Groupers, Snappers, Mackerel, and Cobia.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Inshore Grouper Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 31 Dec
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This trip allows up to two persons, additional fees for extra persons. This is a different way to catch Gag Grouper. We catch up to 20lb Grouper, in 3'-12' of water, using casting plugs, and bait. If you thought these guys were hard to get off the bottom in deep water, they fight even harder in shallow water.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Tarpon Fishing Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 May - 1 Jul
    US$ 500
    up to 4 persons
    Allows up to two persons on the boat; fly or bait fishing. Tarpon is seasonal in our area. Our best months are May - July. Trips can start at morning or night.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Inshore Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Allows up to 4 anglers on the boat. We will be fishing for Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Sheepshead, and Spanish Mackerel.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Inshore Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 350
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Allows up to 4 anglers on the boat. We will be fishing for Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Snook, Sheepshead, and Spanish Mackerel.
  • Private trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 25 Sep
    US$ 300
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Half day Trip (Max 6 Persons on boat), Snorkeling for Scallops is a great way to spend the day with the family. It's great fun and can best be described as an underwater Easter Egg Hunt. They are great table fare.
  • Shared trip
    Duck Hunting
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 20 Nov - 31 Jan
    US$ 130
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    Morning or Afternoon trips; Minimum of two persons. We hunt the salt water marshes for Redheads, Buffleheads, Hooded and Common Mergansers, Blue Bills, Widgeons, and Canvas Backs. Most clients Bring their own guns; but I have rentals if needed ($25.00 per hunt). Waders are a must, we usually are Not hunting from the boat, although it can be done (it seems to be less affective). You mush have a Valid Florida Hunting License, Florida and Federal Duck Stamp, and Migratory Bird Permit.
  • Shared trip
    Dove Hunt
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 25 Sep - 15 Jan
    US$ 100
    per person
    One afternoon Dove hunt. Location to be determined
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout
Grouper (Goliath)

Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Ranger Bay Boat 2200 () originally built in 2006. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine.

22 ft
4 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
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Flounder Gigging


Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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


Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

About the Captain

Shawn Walker
Crystal River, Florida, United States
Member since October 2015
My passion for fishing was passed onto me by my Dad. We have fished together, in fresh and saltwater, since I was 3 years old. He and I have fished many Bass and Redfish tournament trails over years. It was reiterated to me, while fishing Redfish tournaments throughout Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana; that my passion for the outdoors was far stronger than anything else I have ever done. That's when I decided to get my captains license and start guiding inshore fishing charters. Since then I have branched out, also offering Offshore fishing, Duck Hunting, Dove Hunting, Turkey Hunting, and Wild Hog Hunts. My favorite thing is seeing someone catch their first fish or their trophy of a lifetime.
Response time: 8 hours
Response rate: 85%

Crystal River Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

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Thank you for amazing trip. Morning was little slow while fishing for redfish, the afternoon was blast. The captain kept us busy with plenty of fish… Trout, Spanish mackerel and firsts cobia of the season. This trip is on top of my guided fishing experiences. Recommend this charter and captain.

Fished March 31, 2016
Shawn Walker (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 7, 2016

Thanks Rick, you guys were an awesome crew.

Capt. Shawn Walker

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