Captain
Daniel Medina

Member since June 2016 Fort Myers, United States
Background
As a native Floridian, I have always drawn towards the water. My most fond memories growing up all involve having a rod in my hand. Form an early age, my excitement for the trips would keep me awake in anticipation of the next days adventure.. As I grew older my passion only grew. While we had lots of success, the days of little to no success would drive me crazy and pushed me to practice my craft and try to learn more and more. Fishing to me is not just a passion, it is a way of life. Plus, the views out of my office are pretty sweet. I traded in a job wearing a suit and tie to spend my days on the water, teaching and educating anglers. I often get told this is the biggest grouper, snapper, amberjack, etc etc Ive ever caught. This puts a genuine smile and grin on my face. It is something I strive to do, and take pride in doing regularly.
Techniques
Being on the West Coast of Florida, our offshore fishing centers around our bottom fishing. We are often fishing locked down drags for heavy grouper. It is a 10 foot tug of war. You beat him that 10 ft, you most likely will become the victor. Give it too much time and it will go back into its hole and rock you up or worse, break you off. We also fish over some of the wrecks and high relief structure for species like amberjack, barracuda, sharks, goliath grouper, and more. Amberjack are known as reef donkeys as they fight and kick from top to bottom, giving you one heck of a workout. They can make blistering runs pinning you up against the rails of the boat. We target different species via jigging, live baiting or dead baits. All have their place and can be equally effective if executed properly.

Hey, I'm Captain Daniel Medina

Fort Myers, United States
Background
As a native Floridian, I have always drawn towards the water. My most fond memories growing up all involve having a rod in my hand. Form an early age, my excitement for the trips would keep me awake in anticipation of the next days adventure.. As I grew older my passion only grew. While we had lots of success, the days of little to no success would drive me crazy and pushed me to practice my craft and try to learn more and more. Fishing to me is not just a passion, it is a way of life. Plus, the views out of my office are pretty sweet. I traded in a job wearing a suit and tie to spend my days on the water, teaching and educating anglers. I often get told this is the biggest grouper, snapper, amberjack, etc etc Ive ever caught. This puts a genuine smile and grin on my face. It is something I strive to do, and take pride in doing regularly.
Techniques
Being on the West Coast of Florida, our offshore fishing centers around our bottom fishing. We are often fishing locked down drags for heavy grouper. It is a 10 foot tug of war. You beat him that 10 ft, you most likely will become the victor. Give it too much time and it will go back into its hole and rock you up or worse, break you off. We also fish over some of the wrecks and high relief structure for species like amberjack, barracuda, sharks, goliath grouper, and more. Amberjack are known as reef donkeys as they fight and kick from top to bottom, giving you one heck of a workout. They can make blistering runs pinning you up against the rails of the boat. We target different species via jigging, live baiting or dead baits. All have their place and can be equally effective if executed properly.
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Fishing Reports

Reef Donkey on the wreck and more!

October 17, 2019

Had a great day on the water with our full day split trip. Pushed off pineland a few minutes past 7 and hit the grass flats to load up on whitebait and pinfish. Ran on out to a wreck… Read Full Report →


American Red Snapper opener June 1st 201

June 01, 2019

Headed out from pineland around 11 pm on friday night for the 12pm opening of American Red Snapper and gag grouper season. The 2 hour ride out was nice and smooth, and the stars grew brighter the further away… Read Full Report →


Adding some Surf to the Turf XMAS Eve!

December 24, 2018

Headed out of Pineland marina with Howard, Kim, Barbara and Mark for a 1/2 day of fishing.Although we generally dont participate in winter down here in SWFL, this year has been quite the opposite! Our group hunkered down for… Read Full Report →


Grouper Groupa!

November 24, 2018

Spent my black friday out on the gulf with a group of six who preferred to go look for dinner vs spend their time online or in stores shopping. Met up around 630 at pineland and off the dock… Read Full Report →


thanksgiving feast with surprise!

November 21, 2018

Met up with the group of 3 at Pineland Marina for a 7AM departure. Seas were predicted to be bumpy and out of the north. While the wind stayed around 15 mph or so all day, there was more… Read Full Report →


Another great day out deep!

March 06, 2018

Headed out 3/6 with a group of four for a 3/4 day trip out of bokeelia. We pushed off the dock at 630AM and made the run out to find some grouper and snapper. Our first stop was in… Read Full Report →


A fantastic mixed bag!

February 28, 2018

Monday the 26th I headed out with Joe, Jack and Sal for an action packed day on the water. We met up at the bokeelia boat ramp and we're underway by 630AM. We made the run out thru Boca… Read Full Report →


Some great offshore fun!

February 26, 2018

Monday the 26th I headed out with Joe, Jack and Sal for an 8-9 hr trip. We met up at the bokeelia boat ramp and we're underway by 630 AM. We made the run out thru Boca grande pass… Read Full Report →


Some giants out deep!

February 08, 2018

Had a fantastic day of fishing today with two men from Texas. We we're supposed to do a Gladiator Trip, an 18 to 24 hr offshore charter that let's is fish both the afternoon bite, the night bite and… Read Full Report →


REEF DONKEYS CUDAS AND GROUPER

January 09, 2018

So with a nice weather window and not 1 but 2 cancellations this week, it was time to run out and bend some rods. We left around 9pm on tuesday, hoping to get out to the 180 ft depths… Read Full Report →


1/2 DAY ON FIRE

November 22, 2017

Met up with a crew of 4 to head offshore in search of some fun fishing. It was spectacular. From the near glass like water conditions, to the cool weather, down to the excellent bite we had all day.… Read Full Report →


Grouper, snapper and more

November 19, 2017

Headed out from Redfish Pass looking for a good grouper bite. First drop was in 75 ft of water. TONS of short red grouper to 19.75 of an inch. Mixed in were some quality lane snapper and jolthead porgies.… Read Full Report →


Cudas, Kings and Snapper

October 27, 2017

Met up at the dock at 7 AM to head out for some fishing. The weather conditions were a little less than ideal, with a steady 20 knot wind out of the NE. We didnt let conditions deter us.… Read Full Report →


1/2 day of Family fun!

August 10, 2017

Headed offshore today (8-10-17) for a 1/2 day of fishing with a family of 5 visiting from CT. We met up at the cape yacht club at 6AM and made the run the run out thru redfish pass. We… Read Full Report →


wreck fishing

July 03, 2017

Today, headed out with Michelle, Ted, Jacob , Katie and Darryl. They were a bit pressed for time, having some afternoon plans, so we made the best of our day. making long runs on a 1/2 day is always… Read Full Report →


Earning a nice fishbox

June 29, 2017

Had a great weather window, and no charters on the books, I put together a long range trip to go explore some deeper water. Put a crew together and headed offshore. We sabiki'd up a ton of nice hand… Read Full Report →


Quick Limits and dodging storms

June 14, 2017

With our ever changing weather here in SWFL, the weather predictions and forecasts are not always right. Being on the water as often as I am, I see this repeatedly first hand. Usually, its not for the better, and… Read Full Report →


offshore charter

June 09, 2017

With another week of cruddy weather, this time lots and lots of much needed but not wanted rain for the whole week, we had a break in the weather friday and took advantage of it. Picked up my crew… Read Full Report →


Tug of WAR with some Marines

May 27, 2017

Today's charter was great, getting out on the boat today with Shipley, Richard and Patrick. Richard and Patrick are Marines who just finished their basic, and are off for the weekend. Thank you for your service gentleman. We headed… Read Full Report →


Red Grouper Delight

May 16, 2017

Headed out with a 4 man crew to look for some grouper meat. We pushed off the dock a little after 5AM making our way downriver from the cape coral yacht club and out thru redfish pass. We witnessed… Read Full Report →


May Meyham squared

May 09, 2017

Tuesday took out my intl crew Kevin Mayo Nally Bill, trevor, Andre and Jane for their second charter to look for some more rod bending action. We certainly found it today. Target was primarily AJs, with a secondary focus… Read Full Report →


May Mayhem on the wrecks

May 02, 2017

Had my international crew from 3 different continents join me for a deep sea adventure. Primary focus was amberjack. We headed out and picked up some bait with the sabiki rods, and continued our way out to 95 ft… Read Full Report →


out deep, pile of good eats!

April 26, 2017

After what seems like an eternity of somewhat crappy weather, the forecast was calling for lighter winds and reasonable seas (forecast 10 knots with 2 ft seas laying down in afternoon). Pushed out from dock around 430AM and made… Read Full Report →


pile of snapper, big hits and shark!

April 12, 2017

Started the day off by making the run thru pine island sound out towards redfish pass. Lots of osprey, a couple bottle nosed dolphins were seen on the way out. We made it out thru the pass and set… Read Full Report →


Fun bite!

March 27, 2017

The weather Gods blessed us with a gorgeous day to be on the water. We took advantage and ran out a little deeper looking for the solid bite. The Lane and Vermillion snapper were happy to cooperate with lots… Read Full Report →


3/4 day aj, cuda, grouper and more!

March 21, 2017

Had a nice weather day with smooth seas laying down as the day progressed. We started out chasing amberjacks. The fish were on the finicky side and were not agressively eating, but we did manage a few hook ups… Read Full Report →


more aj, snapper and grouper fun

March 09, 2017

Had a group of 5 join me to make the run offshore.They too had never had the thrill of an AJ. We marched out to 95 ft of water and were greeted by another swarm of ajs. They were… Read Full Report →


full day offshore

March 08, 2017

We headed out to 90 ft of water and were rewarded with lots of ajs circling the boat. We dropped down the first bait which was quickly inhaled but got the better of us. Dropped down the vertical jig… Read Full Report →


1/19/17 Amerback and other bottom fun!

January 19, 2017

Thursday we had a full day and target species was amberjack. Headed out with a group of my regulars. We ran out and the ajs didn't disappoint. We caught a quick limit and lots of throwbacks. Biggest we kept… Read Full Report →


1/3/17 AJ SEASON OPEN!

January 03, 2017

Target for the day was amberjack along with some other meat for the box. The fish did not disappoint. We left off from cape yacht club a little after 7 am. We headed out thru Sanibel A span and… Read Full Report →


12/28 half day, sore arms

December 27, 2016

Had a 1/2 day charter with a a group from Canada. We headed out roughly 25 mile in search of some steady action. The fish did not disappoint. The rods were bent from start to finish. We caught a… Read Full Report →


12/27 rod bending fun

December 27, 2016

Picked up my party of 4 from Punta Rassa boat ramp at 7am. Grouper bight has been pretty solid in 60-65 ft the past few weeks so we headed out to some tried and true grounds to see what… Read Full Report →


11/23/16 rod bending fun

November 23, 2016

Had a group of 5 join me to head offshore in search of some meat for a thanksgiving feast for 12. Left the dock at 645 AM from the cape coral yacht club and made the trek out thru… Read Full Report →


BIG Red Grouper and more

October 02, 2016

Headed offshore with repeat clients to bend some rods. We headed out to 100 ft of water where the first line down resulted in a keeper grouper. Second line down resulted in a nice lane snapper. The bite then… Read Full Report →


grouper snapper and porgies

September 15, 2016

We met up at Cape Yacht Club at 530am sharp. We pushed off shortly thereafter and made our run in the dark out thru redfish pass. We had friendly skies and seas with some small rollers and 2 footers… Read Full Report →


Cobia, Grouper, Snapper and Porgy

September 05, 2016

Headed out about 40 miles where we drifted an area. The kids used homemade chicken rigs while the adults got the carolina rig with big hook and big bait. The fishing was fast and consistent with lots of legal… Read Full Report →


Full moon snapper trip overnighter

August 18, 2016

With the full moon, snapper was our intended target. We met up at 930 am to load the boat. After loading the boat with gear, we headed to Matlacha to pick up 400 lbs of ice for the fish… Read Full Report →


Full fish box

August 05, 2016

Had a 3/4 day trip with a group of four on Friday looking to dig up some meat for a feast. Picked up george and son, Mikos and Paul from Sanibel boat ramp and headed out. On the way… Read Full Report →


red grouper limit, snapper side

July 29, 2016

Headed out this morning with a party of 4. They were looking to score some meat for a couple meals this week including a big fish fry tonight. Pulled off the dock at 5 am from the cape yacht… Read Full Report →


snapper trip

July 10, 2016

Took Wes and Laurens family out for some fun fishing. We started off catching a couple large spanish macs that were terrorizing a small bait ball. after putting a couple in the boat on lures, we continued on out.… Read Full Report →


red snapper, vermillion and grouper

July 09, 2016

Ran out to 180 feet of water prospecting new grounds. Tide was screaming. needed 12 ounces plus to hold bottom. Picked up a quick limit of red snapper along with some very nice vermillion snappers. a few red grouper… Read Full Report →


Fourth of July Firetrucks!

July 04, 2016

7/4 we headed out a little over 50 miles to look for some grouper. Bite was solid until about 11ish when it just shut down. Yvette picked up a gorgeous lane snapper that hit 19 inches along with a… Read Full Report →


night time snapper bite

July 01, 2016

7/1, had some gentleman from Miami come over to do some night time snapper fishing. We headed out just before sunset. We sabiki'd up some live pinfish, spot tails and squirrel fish for the livevwell. It was a slow… Read Full Report →


snapper and grouper

June 28, 2016

Went offshore today with Bill, Joe and Paul. Day started off with a pre sunrise lightning show with a storm sitting just outside redfish pass. In typical pattern, once the sun came up, the storm dissipated. We spent some… Read Full Report →

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4.97
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
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Full day with captain Dan
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Firetruck Red Grouper!
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Matthew K.
Cape Coral, FL
 5.00
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9 hr with Capt Dan

VERIFIED   February 17, 2019
AWESOME DAY. Started trip going out to Beautiful sunrise. Got several bites early with smaller size keepers Groupers and Snappers....
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Barbara F.
Batavia, NY
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Christmas Eve with Captain Dan

VERIFIED   December 24, 2018
Captain Dan was friendly and extremely helpful throughout our entire trip. He worked hard to make sure we caught some keepers...
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Patrick L.
St. Cloud, MN
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Full day with captain Dan

VERIFIED   March 23, 2019
On time, put us on fish right away.
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Bill H.
Cape Coral, Florida
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Great experience with Captain Dan

VERIFIED   March 11, 2017
Experienced, professional, educational,  helpful, patient and friendly are the words to describe Captain Dan. As...
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Susan G.
Fort Myers, FL
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6 fantastic Hours With Captain Dan

VERIFIED   June 16, 2018
Captain Dan was friendly, patient, and extremely knowledgeable. We all felt immediately comfortable. The boat was in great...
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