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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Fishing Reports

Incredible Inshore/nearshore fishing.

July 25, 2020

The summer time bite is on! Catching lots of big fish! Black drum, Bull Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, Sharks and more! Read Full Report →


Grand Slams All Round!

June 02, 2020

Great day fishing with John! He smoked the redfish on artificial, jumped a couple tarpon, caught multiple black drum a bunch of trout and a couple snook. Fishing is at its peak right now! Read Full Report →


Inshore on Fire!

May 20, 2020

Giant Redfish, monster Black Drum, Snook, Sea trout, Tarpon, sharks, snapper and flounder are all biting! We are seeing the best fishing right now in months, lack of rain has the fish concentrated and we are having incredible days… Read Full Report →


Incredible Black Drum bite!

May 19, 2020

Black drum fishing is on Fire we are catching monsters! Read Full Report →


Bass/Striper fishing on Fire!

March 05, 2020

The St Johns River has become flooded with large schools of Largemouth Bass and Striped Bass! They are aggressive and fun on light tackle. Now is the time to go! Read Full Report →


Night Bite has been great!

March 03, 2020

Night fishing has been great as of late! We are catching lots of snook, redfish, seatrout, black drum, snapper, sheepshead, sharks and even the occasional tarpon. Read Full Report →


Black Drum on fire!

February 15, 2020

Incredible black drum fishing! Fish averaging 25lbs up to 50 lbs caught on light tackle spinning gear out of schools of 3-500 fish! Read Full Report →


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

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4.91
out of 5 stars from 49 reviews
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Great time
5 hour A.M. trip with Captain Xavier
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Maritza C.
Richardson, TX
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Girl’s Trip

VERIFIED   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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Amazing!!!

VERIFIED   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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Daniel S.
Davenport, FL
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Half day trip with Captain Xavier

VERIFIED   July 18, 2020
Excellent trip.  Captain Xavier has excellent knowledge of the area and works very hard.  Helped us land this 46...
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Lawrenceville, GA
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Near Shore Trip - Captain Xavier

VERIFIED   June 30, 2020
Great Captain. Very personable and works hard. He knows the water and finds fish. I will book with him every trip for now on....
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Apopka, Florida
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Fishing with Xavier

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