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

My Charter Listings

Close Encounters Fishing Charters

25 reviews
Orlando
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $375

Close Encounters Fishing Charters

2 reviews
Port Canaveral
trips from $375

Close Encounters Fishing Charters

Orlando
trips from $199

Fishing Reports

Giant Redfish Action

November 09, 2019

Another great day catching giant redfish! Read Full Report →


Incredible Bull Redfish Action.

October 21, 2019

The bull redfish bite is on and will only be great for a short time. The time to go is now, Best fishing of the year! Read Full Report →


Red October

October 05, 2019

As the summer fishing winds down our fall patterns begin to unfold. Large adult and Sub-Adult redfish are moving into our inshore waters to spawn. From now through winter are some of the most consistent weeks to target and… Read Full Report →


Incredible Summer Fishing

May 17, 2019

Summer time fishing is here! We are catching lots of species and big fish too. Black drum action is off the chain. Big schools of large breeder black drum are everywhere making for great big fish action. Redfish action… Read Full Report →


Hot Bite Inshore.

March 17, 2019

Big redfish, big black drum and lots of trout action! Read Full Report →


Great Freshwater Bass Action

February 18, 2019

The freshwater lakes and river systems of central Florida​ are on fire with bass. We are catching good numbers of fish and some big ones mixed in! Now is the time for targeting largemouth bass! Read Full Report →


Red Snapper fishing season!

July 25, 2018

FWC has opened a short season for red snapper fishing! The bite is hot and the time to go is now. Available dates are August 10-12, and the 17th-19th. Read Full Report →


Best day of Drum fishing ever!

July 23, 2018

Best black drum fishing we have seen in years! Double digits being caught everyday! Read Full Report →


Black Drum on Fire!

July 22, 2018

Best black drum fishing we have seen in years! Double digits being caught everyday! Read Full Report →


Summer Bass Fishing

July 20, 2018

Summertime bass fishing is going great with large fish and good numbers both being caught! Fish are being landed in the central Florida lakes and rivers using artificial lures and live bait! Read Full Report →


Spring/Summer

May 20, 2018

The past few weeks fish have been switching into their summer patterns. We have been catching many nice Large Mouth Bass in and around the freshwater lakes and rivers of Orlando. The Saltwater fishing just east of Orlando has… Read Full Report →


Great Bite!

May 23, 2017

Excellent mixed bag day on the water, Started the morning early jumping a couple tarpon and snook. We then moved to the flats where we caught some redfish and sea trout. Finished the day with a couple adult black… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.93
out of 5 stars from 27 reviews
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Xavier is awesome
Xavier is awesome
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Jarrod R.
Orlando, Florida
 5.00
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Xavier is awesome

VERIFIED   June 9, 2019
We surprised our oldest daughter with a big surprise weekend for her 12th birthday. Xavier made her feel special and helped...
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Southfield, MI
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Monster Redfish Fun

VERIFIED   June 29, 2019
Captain Xavier is on the water pretty much every day and knew right where to go to find the redfish school. My son and I caught...
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Josh V.
St. Peters, MO
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Captain Xavier

VERIFIED   August 3, 2019
Xavier was AWESOME!  He contacted me before the trip and designed the experience around our fishing experience. ...
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Dan W.
Mississauga, Ontario
 5.00
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   May 7, 2019
It was amazing and also tiring.  We caught a pile of large fish until are arms burned. There were 3 other boats fishing...
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Darren D.
United States
 5.00
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Fishing with Xavier

VERIFIED   March 15, 2019
All around great experience. Xavier is a professional.
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