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 Jun 1 - Oct 1
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    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
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    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 Jul 1 - Sep 10
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    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 the Captain

Matt Kleckner
Crystal River, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
14 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since October 2017
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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon 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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
Checks

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

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Customer Reviews

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100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Chad N.
Orlando, Florida
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Captain Mat was on it!

VERIFIED   July 24, 2020
The weather wasn’t cooperating so Capt Mat did what he had to do to make it happen. The boat was perfect, the fishing...
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Timothy A.
DeLand, FL
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VERIFIED   January 12, 2020
Captain Matt’s knowledge of outer boundaries of Crystal River and his boat and equipment are excellent.  He consistently...
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Erie, PA
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VERIFIED   March 8, 2020
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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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Robert F.
Mt. Dora, Florida
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May 9 2018 half day fishing with Matt

VERIFIED   May 9, 2018
My wife and I made a last minute reservation with Matt to fish Crystal River. His equipment was all excellent and he had all...
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