Captain
Xavier Groenendyk

Member since June 2015 Windermere, United States
Background
Captian Xavier was raised in New Smyrna Beach and Orlando, Florida; growing up with the world famous Mosquito Lagoon in his backyard, and world-class Bass fishing in the lakes and rivers. He capitalized on the extremely diverse fishery just minutes from home. The captain spent all his free time learning the local waters, recording everything into fishing logs, studying the tides, temperatures, and the movements of sought-after game fish. He realized that in order to consistently catch big fish, it is important to understand the science of the fish and the waters, as well as being well versed in various fishing techniques. Becoming a certified scuba diver at the age of 14, Xavier has spent many hours observing fish from underwater to gauge their reaction to baits, chum, and artificial lures. He loves to share his experience with his guests!
Techniques
Sight Fishing Fly Fishing Spin Fishing Artificial Topwater Live baiting

Hey, I'm Captain Xavier Groenendyk

Windermere, United States
Background
Captian Xavier was raised in New Smyrna Beach and Orlando, Florida; growing up with the world famous Mosquito Lagoon in his backyard, and world-class Bass fishing in the lakes and rivers. He capitalized on the extremely diverse fishery just minutes from home. The captain spent all his free time learning the local waters, recording everything into fishing logs, studying the tides, temperatures, and the movements of sought-after game fish. He realized that in order to consistently catch big fish, it is important to understand the science of the fish and the waters, as well as being well versed in various fishing techniques. Becoming a certified scuba diver at the age of 14, Xavier has spent many hours observing fish from underwater to gauge their reaction to baits, chum, and artificial lures. He loves to share his experience with his guests!
Techniques
Sight Fishing Fly Fishing Spin Fishing Artificial Topwater Live baiting

My Charter Listings

Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(54 reviews)
Windermere
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trips from $325

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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Port Canaveral
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trips from $625

Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(6 reviews)
Casselberry
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trips from $299

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 82 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (199)
August fishing trip
August fishing trip
Half day with Xavier
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Tina S.
Winter Park, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Ladies THIS is what your husband wants!

7 Hour Trip – Saltwater on May 6, 2022
I booked a charter with Captain X to surprise my husband for his birthday. It’s been a rough couple of years so I really...
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Ross M.
Orlando, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Wonderful fishing experience with Capt X!

7 Hour Trip – Saltwater on April 21, 2022
I have been on multiple charters with multiple outfitters. Some good some not so good. Captain X’s abilities, gear, and knowledge...
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Lionel F.
Hockley, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

August fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore Salt on August 9, 2022
I asked Xavier if he might be able to put my boys on their first tarpon, a tall order. I was very impressed with his knowledge...
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Pamela H.
Saco, ME
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Had a 5 hour fishing trip.

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Saltwater on April 28, 2022
It was an amazing fishing trip, he knows and has the years experience. The trip was incredible, I had a great day fishing...
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Kendall C.
Casco, ME
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Full day with captain Xavier!

VERIFIED   7 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore Salt on March 15, 2022
We had a absolute blast with capt Xavier! He worked endlessly to get us on the fish of a lifetime! He was extremely professional...
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