Captain
Chris Holleman

Member since May 2015 Jacksonville, United States
Background
I've been obsessed with Fishing Jacksonville's St. Johns River and its backwater tributaries since I started fishing my home waters with my dad at around 8 years old. It's been a life-long study and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with those that share my passion for fishing. I know a variety of techniques and can probably accommodate your preferred style of fishing if you give me a heads up on your preferences beforehand.
Techniques
I'm particularly skilled at catching inshore fish with Light Tackle and Artificial Lures. I enjoy working with kids that have an interest in fishing. One of my most productive charters is a short 4-hour trip starting just before sundown and fishing on into the dark.

Hey, I'm Captain Chris Holleman

Jacksonville, United States
Background
I've been obsessed with Fishing Jacksonville's St. Johns River and its backwater tributaries since I started fishing my home waters with my dad at around 8 years old. It's been a life-long study and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with those that share my passion for fishing. I know a variety of techniques and can probably accommodate your preferred style of fishing if you give me a heads up on your preferences beforehand.
Techniques
I'm particularly skilled at catching inshore fish with Light Tackle and Artificial Lures. I enjoy working with kids that have an interest in fishing. One of my most productive charters is a short 4-hour trip starting just before sundown and fishing on into the dark.

My Charter Listings

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(14 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Last booking: 4 days ago
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trips from $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Fishing Reports

Great Action on the St. Johns River!
Great Action on the St. Johns River!
Aug 20, 2022 Jacksonville
Good News: Blue Cyclone has been refurbished again and she has been repowered with a **hidden content**HP Mercury Pro-XS. Vance Meyer wanted to get some fishing in with his son Noah while he was home from college. I’m pretty sure we sent Noah back to school with a bad case of “Tarpon Fever”. Noah caught his first ever Tarpon on his very first cast. A few minutes later Noah hooked into another tarpon. He got some beautiful jumps from this fish. These St. Johns River Brackish Water Tarpon have a unique gold tint to them. Noah’s 2nd fish got wrapped around something on the bottom and broke the line but we were able to capture some great action on GoPro. The tide turned and next thing you know Noah is hooked into a huge bull red. Needless-to-say, Noah had the hot hand. Vance got in on the action with a bull redfish which is something he told me he always wanted to catch. Vance holds the record for the most spots on a redfish (53) caught on a charter aboard Blue Cyclone on a previous trip. The fish were still biting but it was getting hot so we decided a boat ride would help cool us off. We ventured north of downtown where Vance caught a Gator Trout drifting a live shrimp drifted beneath a Bomber Paradise Popping float. We also caught some mangrove snapper on this stop. We continued North and made a stop in one of my favorite childhood fishing holes: Jacksonville’s most pristine flat: Mill Cove. Vance and Noah caught Jack Crevalle cast after cast in this little honey-hole. They also caught a rather large ladyfish and a few hardhead catfish. Noah wanted to finish the day chasing tarpon which was fine by me because I was thinking the exact same thing. We finished our day within sight of the Jacksonville Jaguars Football Stadium where we landed another tarpon and jumped a few others. The tarpon are running smaller than normal this year but in my opinion these 15 to 50 lb. fish are the most fun anyway. We are expecting some bigger fish to show soon. Our annual Mullet Run will be kicking in soon. This years St. Johns River Shrimp run has been spectacular which is the reason our bite is currently so phenomenal. 2022 fish will be a year to remember on the St. Johns River.
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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 23 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Wonderful Fishing at Hersher
Wonderful Fishing at Hersher
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Todd T.
Orange Park, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip with my 9 year-old

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip – Early Morning Start on May 13, 2023
This was another, awesome outing with Captain Chris on the St. Johns River.  With the experience of a prior outing, I brought...
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Ron S.
Jacksonville, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Another portion of MY BUCKET LIST is completed. Thank you, Chris.

VERIFIED   Special 4 hour trip for Ron Sebosky on September 1, 2022
I am 80 years old and had this gentleman captain take care of me as though I were family. He did all of the work and was polite...
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Todd T.
Orange Park, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great Day Fishing with Captain Chris

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip –Afternoon Blitz on October 24, 2021
New to the area, we were looking to get out on the St Johns and learn more about the river while (hopefully) catching some...
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George S.
Jacksonville, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with capt. Chris

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Early Morning Start on May 12, 2021
Was worried about rain but never happened.  Chris, our captain, was just great.  Took us all over the St. Johns in search...
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Tonya W.
Fresno, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Wonderful Fishing at Hersher

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip –Afternoon Blitz on March 15, 2022
Captain had a wealth of knowledge. With his guidance we improved our technique and confidence. Would definitely recommend this...
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