Captain
Xavier Groenendyk

Member since June 2015 Orlando, 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

Orlando, 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

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Close Encounters Fishing Charters

43 reviews
Orlando
trips from $375

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4.93
out of 5 stars from 43 reviews
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Full day with Captain Xavier
Great time
July fishing trip
+97
Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Maritza C.
Richardson, TX
 5.00
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Girl’s Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Saltwater (PM) on September 15, 2020
My friend had never been fishing so we decided her first time should be something to remember. Captain Xavier delivered. He...
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Jason R.
Apopka, FL
 5.00
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Amazing!!!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM) on August 16, 2020
was an awesome trip.  Xavier took amazing care of us and really wanted to make sure we got onto some fish.  He is...
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Donald G.
Fruitland Park, Florida
 5.00
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Full day with Captain Xavier

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Saltwater on November 3, 2020
Cold day on the water made it tough fishing but this captain really knows what he’s doing. He put us on the fish like never...
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   December 11, 2020
The charter operator canceled 5 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting
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Stacy D.
Orlando, FL
 5.00
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5 hour A.M. trip with Captain Xavier

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip - Nearshore (PM) on August 18, 2020
Trip was amazing! definitely one to check off the bucket list, we were also able to watch the rocket launch out of Cape Canaveral!
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