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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Orlando
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Port Canaveral
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Orlando
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Customer Reviews

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4.9
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Great day fishing for snook
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Evgueni T.
St. Louis, MO
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Great day fishing for snook

VERIFIED   NEW  5hr Salt on July 23, 2021
My son and I had a great day fishing with Captain Xavier. We started with fishing for bait fish, which was a lot of fun. But...
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Maritza C.
Richardson, TX
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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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Vincent C.
Apopka, Florida
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Morning fishing with Capt. X

VERIFIED   Quick Orlando Bass Fishing (AM) on April 2, 2021
X is a fun guy, a good fisherman and just plain good guide for fishing the lakes. My son and I had a blast caught about 8-10...
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Apopka, Florida
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Fishing trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Saltwater on June 23, 2021
Highly recommend.  My son had little experience with fishing and had never caught a fish before. captain Xavier was patient...
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Todd M.
Alanson, MI
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   Morning Saltwater on March 31, 2021
Highly recommend this trip. Captain was professional and friendly. Super kid friendly and works hard to make everyone happy....
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