Stars & Stripes Charters LLC

Stars and Stripes Charters takes you fishing around the Crystal River fisheries. If you’re looking for a supreme inshore fishing action, these grassy flats and inshore waters will be a real treat. Whether you’re a family with kids, a group of novice anglers, or a seasoned fisherman looking to land a Bull Red, Capt. Matt will make sure you have a productive day on the water.

Capt. Matt has been fishing his entire life. He has over 20 years of Bass fishing and has taken part in tournaments, with success. Two decades ago he was introduced to the charms of saltwater fishing and has been hooked on it ever since. He now runs fishing charters, sightseeing, and snorkeling tours and is knowledgeable and well equipped to put you on fish.

You will be fishing from a 22’ Micro Draft Boats center console that is powered by a 115 HP Mercury engine. The vessel can take up to six people. She is equipped with GPS, a fishfinder, has a live bait well, an ice box, and more.

The captain will supply all the fishing gear you need, as well as lures and bait. There will be bottled water onboard, but you should bring food. It would be good to bring a cooler and leave in the car so that you can take your catch back home. There will be plenty of ice onboard to keep your food and fish fresh and cold. Kids are welcome to join the chase and the captain will supply the jackets. Please note that no bananas are allowed onboard. And, if you’d like to go snorkeling, the equipment is waiting for you onboard.

You should pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. Get your friends, grab your bag, and hop onboard for some fine inshore fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Night Snook Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 9:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 1 Oct
    $450
    up to 6 persons
    Fish for snook when they feed best, in the dark! Trip times and availability will depend on the moon phase and weather. 2 persons max for this trip. Trip times will likely be either 9pm - 1am, or 2am - 6am.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Bass Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    We will fish one of the local lakes for Bass. We normally fish Lake Henderson or Lake Griffin, we can discuss fishing other lakes in the area if you choose. ***Prices may vary*** Please note that Shiners are an additional cost. This is an exciting trip as Bass put up an intense fight which both novice anglers and hardcore pros like. You should bring food, drinks, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. Kids are welcome to join.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this morning trip you will set out and have a go at some of the numerous fish that live hear, including Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, and more. It's a great inshore fishing action for both novice and more experienced anglers. The captain will supply the gear, and you should bring food and drinks, as well as a hat, sunglasses, a camera, and sunscreen. Departure times may vary depending on the tide.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Scalloping
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 10 Sep
    $300
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    These half day Scalloping trips are a great way to experience the waters of Crystal River. Come snorkel around the beautiful grass flats looking for those "blue eyed" scallops. Kids love these trips and will remember them for quite some time. Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, snacks, and drinks, as well as a camera. The snorkeling equipment is provided. Departure times are flexible and vary depending on the tide.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Redfish
Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Micro Draft Boats (Center console) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 115HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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

About the Captain

Matt Kleckner
Crystal River, Florida, United States
Member since October 2017
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I tournament Bass fished for 20 years. In 2000, I was introduced to salt water fishing in Crystal River, Florida and have been fishing here ever since. In 2016, I became a USCG Licensed Master Captain in order to share my passion of fishing with others. We do a lot of fishing with veterans and always offer a veterans discount.
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Satisfied with the boat
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Susan D.
The Villages, FL
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VERIFIED   September 10, 2018
A Wonderful day.  Cpt Matt - great instructor for me -novice fisherman.  He was great with Pam a expert northern...
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Deana K.
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Withlacoochee fun

VERIFIED   May 13, 2019
We went out with Jackson to Lake Rousseau. Jackson did a good job of being flexible about our schedule and kept an eye on the...
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Alan S.
The Villages, Florida
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Jersey Boys

VERIFIED   April 12, 2019
We had a blast with captain Matt and the kids proclaimed they are now family record holders!
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Diane G.
Lady Lake, FL
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Full day with Captain Matt

VERIFIED   January 19, 2019
It was very good experience we had lots of fun caught some fish and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Susanna R.
Gainesville, FL
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VERIFIED   September 30, 2018
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