Captain
Kristopher Kell

Member since May 2016

Jacksonville, United States

Background
I'm a retired Navy Officer with 24 years of experience on the water and love to pass that experience on to others. For me, fishing was a chance as a child to bond with my father, grandfather, and family friends. Competition, the excitement of pulling up a fish not knowing what it may be sometimes, and spending time with my own family on the water has given me nothing but positive memories. As time went on, I began to feel more gratified by putting other people on fish and teaching them something that would help them create their own memories. Let me be the person that does that for you and you won't be disappointed!
Techniques
Based on the clients, I typically will fish with float rigs, jigs, bottom fish, and love to troll around the bait pods casting at tarpon, shark, and bull redfish. If the customer is more experienced, we'll tie on light terminal tackle and go after redfish, sheepshead, and trout. This is a test to how well one can feel when the line may give and knows when to back off the fight! It's a risk and so much fun.

Hey, I'm Captain Kristopher Kell

Jacksonville, United States
Background
I'm a retired Navy Officer with 24 years of experience on the water and love to pass that experience on to others. For me, fishing was a chance as a child to bond with my father, grandfather, and family friends. Competition, the excitement of pulling up a fish not knowing what it may be sometimes, and spending time with my own family on the water has given me nothing but positive memories. As time went on, I began to feel more gratified by putting other people on fish and teaching them something that would help them create their own memories. Let me be the person that does that for you and you won't be disappointed!
Techniques
Based on the clients, I typically will fish with float rigs, jigs, bottom fish, and love to troll around the bait pods casting at tarpon, shark, and bull redfish. If the customer is more experienced, we'll tie on light terminal tackle and go after redfish, sheepshead, and trout. This is a test to how well one can feel when the line may give and knows when to back off the fight! It's a risk and so much fun.

My Charter Listings

 
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Fishing Reports

Late December/Early January Fishing

December 16, 2016

Water temperatures are still 63 - 64deg and fishing continues to be very productive inshore from the Mayport Jetties to the Blount Island area. We’re catching plenty of seatrout, weakfish, redfish, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, black drum, ringtail porgy, and… Read Full Report →


Cooler Water = Consistent Activity

November 26, 2016

28 November 2016 Northeast Florida Fishing Report – Capt Kris Kell, Fish Whisperer Charters Water temperatures are now hovering around 64 - 66 and the fishing has been great inshore from the Mayport Jetties to the Blount Island area.… Read Full Report →


Variety of Fish in the Fall

November 06, 2016

Although there has been a persistent North/Northeast wind keeping the seas churned up, there have been a few gorgeous days allowing one to get out around the Mayport Jetties as well as the beaches. Because the water surface temps… Read Full Report →


Flounder Time!

October 22, 2016

22 October 2016 Northeast Florida Fishing Report – Capt Kris Kell, Fish Whisperer Charters Due to Hurricane Matthew and the week-long Nor’easter preceding it, fishing has changed quite a bit for me. Capt Kirk Waltz explained the debris issue,… Read Full Report →


Red Tide

September 28, 2016

Redfish are absolutely lit up right now and we’ve been catching our limits in the vicinity of the Mayport jetties. Water temps are still holding around 83F but water clarity is hit or miss. The jetties have enormous amounts… Read Full Report →


Mixed Bag Following Hermine

September 11, 2016

13 September 2016 Welcome to Fish Whisperer Charters in Jacksonville, FL! After vacation and Hurricane Hermine, I was able to get a full week of fishing in and although it started out slow, it became hot very quickly around… Read Full Report →


Sails, Kings, & Cobia

August 18, 2016

I think the best bet is to layer your fishing outing with several options. For instance, start early morning around docks and rocks using shrimp or mullet for redfish, flounder, and various other species, then venture down the beach… Read Full Report →


Abundant Kings and Limits on Cobia

August 02, 2016

Trips out to the local reefs/wrecks are still very productive but this week, the South East Hole has produced well without having to run so far. I've trolled ribbonfish but the only fish that has taken them are sharks.… Read Full Report →


Kingfish in July

July 24, 2016

28 July 2016 Welcome to Fish Whisperer Charters in Jacksonville, FL! Seas have been cooperative these last few weeks but just recently more of the pattern to be expected this time of year. Trips out to the local reefs/wrecks… Read Full Report →


Local teen in remission goes fishing!

July 20, 2016

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/local-teen-in-remission-celebrates-birthday-with-fishing-trip/408027475 Above is the address to the news story that aired for Caleb. What a pleasure it was to have Caleb and his family onboard for the catch he'll remember forever! Fair Winds & Following Seas, Capt Kris Read Full Report →


3 Generations of Magill

July 07, 2016

Bill, Jason, Sarah, & Conner, we had a full day of good times starting with all of us watching Sara catch 8 fish in an hour! (Kid luck or skill?) We may never know Read Full Report →


Jacksonville, FL Fishing Report

June 25, 2016

Welcome to Fish Whisperer Charters in Jacksonville, FL! Had four trips this week and want to share the patterns I've observed for the week. Seas have been moderate this week allowing for some offshore trips with clients that include… Read Full Report →


22 May 16

May 21, 2016

Welcome to Fish Whisperer Charters in Jacksonville, FL! Seas have been cooperative lately allowing for a few trips in my boat offshore to local reefs and wrecks for immediate gratification of seabass, porgy, snapper, sharks, etc. What has really… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.97 out of 5 stars from 34 reviews

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Went fishing on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today’s trip out was pretty impressive despite the less than Ideal conditions. Captain Kris put all of us on fish throughout the day as he tried to keep his boat positioned in the wind and fighting current. Can’t wait to get back out there with him when the conditions are ideal.

Fished October 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, September 22, 2017

Great time fishing highly recommend for a professional guide

Fished September 2017

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Replied to this review on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your family time with me and hope you enjoyed the flounder! You guys were so much fun.

Fair winds & following seas


Went fishing on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Best trip ever. The fishing was incredible. The captain was awesome. Can’t wait to go back.

Fished September 2017

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Replied to this review on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Nothing but enjoyment for me with you guys! The smack-talk, fish caught, and laughter shared had me not wanting to end the trip!

Fair winds & following seas gentlemen.


Went fishing on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fished September 2017

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Replied to this review on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Some great flounder and redfish with this group! Thanks for fishing with me, fellas.

Went fishing on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Great day fishing.  Incredibly knowledgeable, prepared,  hardworking and professional.

Fished September 2017

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Replied to this review on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Thank you so much for making it a great day. Not only was it a decent catch but fun crew. Fair winds and following seas.


Went fishing on Friday, August 4, 2017

This was a really fun 4 hours with a knowledgeable captain who took our wants and rolled them into an action packed fishing experience.  Capt. Kris shared knowledge, was easy to get along with and even mixed in some humor.  Overall great trip.

Fished August 2017

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Replied to this review on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thank you, Sean. You and Emily look like you have so much fun together and I appreciate you letting me be a part of it!

Fair winds and following seas

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Awesome day of fishing with Capt Kris. All four of us limited out on king mackerel and even got a bonus shark at the end.  Kris was very professional and friendly and did a great job getting us on the fish

Fished July 2017

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Replied to this review on Thursday, July 20, 2017

Definitely a great time fellas! Quite a bit of action and I’m sure you’ll have great footage on your Go Pro. Thank you for fishing with me & fair winds & following seas.

Went fishing on Friday, July 7, 2017

My son and I booked a half day charter with Captain Kris for his 17th birthday.  Kris was everything you would want in a Captain.  He was friendly, patient, accommodating and talked fishing tips with my son all day.  A few other boats seemed to struggle with bites, but as other reviewers have said, Kris puts you on the fish.  We limited out on kingfish in less than two hours and spent the rest of the morning catching flounder and shark.  Great day! Kris has my strongest recommendation and we will certainly book him again.

Fished July 2017

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Replied to this review on Saturday, July 8, 2017

I would love to have you back out fishing with me as I can see how much Jared enjoys saltwater fishing. We had a great day on the water and I enjoyed fishing with you guys. Enjoy the meals those fish will provide!

Fair winds & following seas

Went fishing on Thursday, July 6, 2017

We loved this fishing trip!..it was beyond our expectations and Captain Kris was excellent with our 9 year old daughter. We caught our limit on King fish and will Definently be going out with him again!

Fished July 2017

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Replied to this review on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Love having kids onboard and I’m sure Bailey will be talking about this for awhile!

Fair winds & following seas

Went fishing on Sunday, June 25, 2017

Had a great day with Capt Kris. There were two of us on board, 1 had never fished at all, and it was a blast. Kris has a wonderful positive and entertaining personality as well as a fast paced work ethic. We had very little down time baiting hooks and setting up gear which is good because we were catching fish back to back and several times had two on at the same time. We hit our limit of king fish, landed two black tip sharks, and a few other species either too small or illegal to keep. The day exceeded expectations and I will definitely look at booking with Capt Kris again.

Fished June 2017

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Replied to this review on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thank you for fishing with me, Andrew.

Fair winds and following seas, sir.


Went fishing on Thursday, June 8, 2017

we had a great trip.  Cpt Kris was very helpful to less experienced fishermen and did a great job making sure everyone had fun.  he knows where the fish are and the 24 foot boat with 300 yamaha made it comfortable.  The trolling motor is great for keeping you on the fish.  We fished up the river and down to the jetties and caught trout and reds.

Fished June 2017

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Replied to this review on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thanks Steve. You have an awesome family and everyone of them were so much fun to watch catch fish!

Fair winds & following seas


Went fishing on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Kris Kell sets the bar in regards to professionalism and courtesy. Kris Kell knows his craft and the charter was very rewarding and informative. If your looking for a well rounded experience Kris Kell is your Captain.

Fished June 2017

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Rain? What rain? Didn’t stop us from hammering the fish! Loved fishing with you fellas and wish you the best.

Fair winds & following seas, K


Went fishing on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Great day on the water! Thanks Captain Kris!

Fished May 2017

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

So glad you enjoyed it, Brian. Thanks for fishing with me!


Went fishing on Sunday, May 7, 2017

Kris was great.  He took me and my 14 year old sun out.  Weather was windy and rough but he made it effective and enjoyable.  Thanks!

Fished May 2017

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Replied to this review on Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thanks Kevin! Had a great time introducing you and Ty to saltwater fishing and can’t wait to fish with you again. Fair winds and following seas.


Went fishing on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Had a nice day fishing with captain Chris on the Fish Whisperer   We hooked into 3 Grouper but the grouper won. What a fight!  Brought back Sea Bass and had a wonder meal. He did a good job of moving us around to find the fish. Nice guy, boat and equipment Would recommend

Fished May 2017

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Replied to this review on Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thanks Jim. You did an incredible job getting that grouper out of the lair and I know you could almost taste it! Take care and fair winds and following seas.


Went fishing on Saturday, April 1, 2017

Amazifg as usual.  Caught tons of supper and loved the whole experience!

Fished April 2017

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Replied to this review on Sunday, April 2, 2017

Another great trip with an incredible crew! I was having so much fun I didn’t want to come back to the dock :) Fair winds & following seas!


Went fishing on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Had a great time on a cold day. Still caught a lot of fish including a 9 pound sheepshead

Fished March 2017

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Thank you so much for your patience that day, Bob! It was a polar day in FL and we still made it happen. It was a pleasure fishing with you and family. Fair winds and following seas.


Went fishing on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Although the day was filled with rapidly changing temperatures and high winds, we enjoyed a successful day of fishing.  Kris worked very hard and was patient with us and the fish! We will use him again in the future.  Thanks Kris!

Fished March 2017

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Replied to this review on Friday, March 24, 2017

You’re not kidding about the wind and temperatures! What a fun day with you guys and your patience certainly paid off. Thank you so much for fishing with me and fair winds & following seas.


Went fishing on Friday, February 24, 2017

Kris was great. Perfect day.

Fished February 2017

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Replied to this review on Sunday, February 26, 2017

Had a great time with you and your family, Heather! Thank you for letting me be a part of those memories.


Went fishing on Friday, June 10, 2016

Captain Chris was awesome! He put us on fish and made our experience very enjoyable. We would have had a good time with him if we didn’t catch fish…but we did so zero complaints from me. I highly recommend!!

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Saturday, June 18, 2016

Thank you for fishing with me, Eric. I appreciate the kind words and feel honored that you spent your last day as a bachelor on my boat

Went fishing on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We had a great day. Would have been a fun day even if we hadn’t caught lots of fish. Kris was funny and great to be around. Would definitely do again. We mostly did catch and release just kept enough for supper.

Fished February 2017

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Replied to this review on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thank you for fishing with me folks. I hope you enjoyed your meal and I had a great time laughing and catching fish. I think the most fun was watching Kathy catch most of them! Fair winds & following seas.


Went fishing on Friday, February 17, 2017

Captain Chris is very passionate about fishing and wants everyone to have a good time.

Fished February 2017

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Replied to this review on Monday, February 20, 2017

Thank you so much for the time shared wth your family! It was incredible watching you guys laugh and high five as fish came over the gunwhale and in the boat. Fair winds & following seas guys!


Went fishing on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Captain Kris was awesome! He was a wealth of knowledge and loves what he does. I’ve fished the Midwest often but never saltwater. It was a great experience and I plan to hire him again in the future.  My wife got this for me as a Christmas gift and it was yet another reminder that I married-up.

Fished January 2017

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

So much fun with you guys and love the “married up” comment! :) Hope you enjoyed your fillets and looking forward to fishing with you guys soon. Good luck back in Iowa!!

Fair winds & following seas…


Went fishing on Friday, December 23, 2016

We had a great trip with Captain Kris!  His boat was clean and new, he had a great variety of live bait, and he was very knowledgeable about fishing.  We caught a bunch of sheepshead and trout.  Compared to other charters I have done out of Mayport, this was the best!  We even caught a big red we released due to it’s size.  Great trip!

Fished December 2016

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Replied to this review on Saturday, December 24, 2016

Superb day on the water with you and your son, Randy! Couldn’t have asked for a better crew and I want to thank you for fishing with me. Great job learning the techniques and I hope you enjoy your fillets.

Fair winds & following seas, Kris


Went fishing on Friday, December 16, 2016

Fished December 2016

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Kristopher Kell (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, December 19, 2016

Thanks Dave! I had a great time with you and your family and wish you the best. Happy Holidays!

Capt Kris


Went fishing on Friday, November 18, 2016

Today was the best fishing trip I’ve ever been on and I’ve been on several. Kris was not only a great guy he was an incredible guide. We caught so many different fish today we didn’t even know what to do with them all.  The boat is stunning the fishing was fabulous and I could go on for days about Kris. Honestly if you’re looking to go on the best fishing trip of your life look no further and book it right now with Kris…..  I want to personally thank him for giving myself and my son an experience of a lifetime thanks Buddy. Until next time be safe. Jed (phoenix)

Fished November 2016

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Replied to this review on Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thank you so much, Jed. Your comments explain exactly what this charter is all about…

“Ensuring memorable & safe experiences for all onboard & paying forward what we learn securing the future of sportfishing & our environment.”

Creating memories for you and your son epitomizes the purpose of Fish Whisper Charters, LLC and I appreciate you sharing those times with me. Best wishes to you and Colt in the future & fair winds & following seas. Capt Kris


Went fishing on Friday, November 4, 2016

The whole day exceeded our expectations. Captain Kris was by far the best finder! We caught many different types of fish and he kept it interesting. He showed us technique also and really acted like he loved fishing! Recommend to everyone to go on this trip! Thanks Kris!

Fished November 2016

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

It was an absolutely beautiful day fishing with you guys! You did an incredible job learning to fish for those sneaky little sheepshead and scored some other great fish in the process. Thank you so much for fishing with me, guys.


Went fishing on Saturday, October 1, 2016

My son asked for a fishing charter for his 13th birthday and as we were walking away from the charter at the end of the day my son told me “this was the best birthday present ever”.  Nothing could sum up our 6 hour charter with Captain Kris any better.  From the time we stepped on to his boat, Kris made us feel like we were old family friends.  I had two 13 year old boys with me who thought they were “experienced” fisherman and Captain Kris wowed them with his extensive knowledge of the waters and various techniques for fishing different species of fish.  We were even able to hit the Inland Slam (google it) with the Captain’s guidance!  The day was truly the best birthday present t I couldve given my son.  We look forward to booking our next charter with Captain Kris.

Fished October 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, October 7, 2016

I absolutely loved fishing with you guys! Anytime I can take young folks out to fish is a gift for me. The boys did a great job out there and were rewarded with the inshore slam. I’ve sent the information for the certificate and will have it to you soonest;) Well done, fellas and thanks for the feedback. Fair winds & following seas, Kris

Went fishing on Saturday, September 17, 2016

My youngest son was turning 11 years of age, and I wanted to create a memory that would last him a lifetime.  A trip to one of Florida’s theme parks would have just been a long day, waiting in long lines, to experience short rides.  I took a chance and booked a charter, but not any charter, I booked Captain Kris @ Fish Whisperers Charters LLC.  Our adventure started out with the ocean being closed because of a small craft advisory for stormy seas, but that didn’t close the door on our fun or fantastic fishing.  We met Captain Kris at the boat ramp and he immediately put our minds at ease and laid out a plan for the day.  The boat was immaculate and road like a charm to our first stop, which was in one of the large creeks.  He patiently taught my boys how to rig and cast the fresh live bait.  Within a few minutes we caught a lady fish, a jack fish and a flounder.  The boys were having a great time, even after one of them got shrimp slapped, LOL.  We moved on and decided to try the jetties but the waves were crashing over the rocks.  No worries because the boat road really smooth and fast and we quickly moved to a strategic spot in the river.  The Captain used his fancy electronic equipment and brought us to a spot where gigantic red drum were laying in wait.  We cut up the lady fish and dropped it to the bottom.  On another rod we used a feisty mullet and dropped him to the bottom as well.  After a couple of dumps to the rod it bent all the way over and The Fish was on!  The pull on the rod was crazy heavy and Captain Kris helped the birthday boy start to reel it in.  Well, not to be outdone, his older brother got a strike about 30 seconds later.  I helped one son and my wonderful wife helped the other son and Captain Kris was helping everyone.  After several minutes of what seemed like pulling a Volkswagen from 26 feet of water, we had both fish in the boat.  The bull red fish were 40 and 36 inches and 30 and 26 pounds as I recall.  Captain Kris did a wonderful job of reviving the fish so they could be released to father more fish.  We stayed on the spot and caught several other fish and just really enjoyed the moment. 

I can honestly say we had a great experience and a great day.  It wasn’t just the fish, but also the interaction of Captain Kris with my family that made it memorable.  I highly recommend this charter for those who know what they are doing, as well as those just starting out.

Fished September 2016

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Replied to this review on Sunday, September 18, 2016

I had an incredible time with you guys and love working with kids. It’s the best way to further the future of sportfishing and the excitement they show when hammering fish is priceless. You’ve got a great family and I would love to take you guys back out! This time, as Ian would say, “every man for himself!” Although I think Yvonne could certainly hold her own as a fisher-woman :)
Fair Winds & Following Seas, Kris

Went fishing on Sunday, September 11, 2016

Captain Kris was great.p! The kids caught fish and learned a lot.  Great day had by all.

Fished September 2016

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thank you for the kind words and I had a great time with you guys! You’re a beautiful family and I can’t wait to fish with you again


Went fishing on Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fished August 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, August 19, 2016

Absolutely loved fishing with you! So much fun when the bite was fired up in the river swapping jokes and laughs. Fair winds & following seas, Capt Kris


Went fishing on Saturday, July 23, 2016

Chris was a wonderful Captain for our first fishing trip!  We all caught great fish and had so much fun.  He took extra time with us.  We were relaxed and had 3 great fishing spots.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Capt. Kris was great. Handled the last minute addition of my 11 year old granddaughter like a Pro!  Bite wasn’t exactly on but Kris managed to keep us on some sharks after boating a few nice flounder. We had a great day and would recommend Capt. Kris to anyone looking for a combination of inshore / offshore.

Thanks Captain
Bill

Fished July 2016

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Replied to this review on Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thank you so much for fishing with me. It was something special to me having 3 generations of Magill onboard reminding me of the times I shared with my family while out fishing. Glad we made some memorable moments and looking forward to getting on some sheepshead later this year! Fair Winds & Following Seas, Capt Kris


Went fishing on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Awesome trip, weather shortened trip but planning another with Kris already!

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thank you Jaymen. You guys were a great crew and I would love to fish with you again when we don’t fight the elements! Take care, Capt Kris