CLEARWATER BEACH &
CRYSTAL RIVER FISHING
Crystal River offers a wide variety of species to target on your fishing adventure. Captain Frank will teach you everything he knows on targeting these species from light tackle to fly fishing. Come enjoy the fishing here in Crystal River with Turtlehead Charters!!!
Tarpon season is literally the greatest time of the year, hands down. Clearwater Beach and Crystal River tarpon fishing is a hidden gem and own some of the largest tarpon in the ocean. Captain Frank will take you sight casting, dead baiting, chunking, drifting, fly fishing or artificial casting for the silver king. The best time of year is May through August to catch your Clearwater Beach or Crystal River trophy!
Snook fishing in Clearwater Beach or Crystal River is an everyday fisherman's query. The bite is best early spring through mid summer but Captain Frank can find these fish year round. From cruising the beaches and feeding in the jetty to hiding in the mangroves and spillways, snook fishing is one of the best light tackle species Clearwater Beach and Crystal River has to offer!
Redfish is a staple sport fish in Clearwater Beach and Crystal River. Whether you're in town to sight cast, fly fish or just let some drag run off your reel, there are countless ways to fish for redfish in Clearwater Beach and even more in Crystal River. As one of Captain Franks favorite inshore species, he will teach you everything you need to know about how to catch and land redfish! These fish are found on the flats in skinny water, on there beaches and in the jetty depending on the time of year. Fall through early summer is best for your Crystal River redfish adventure!
Clearwater Beach is the home of the largest king mackerel tournament in the world both fall and spring. Why you might ask? Because Clearwater Beach king mackerel fishing is out of this world! These smokers run the coast both near shore and offshore when the water temperature drops or rises into the low to mid 70's. This means from October through the end of November, and again from March through early May, bring your "A" game because Captain Frank knows where to find them. Oh, and they taste great too so bring an appetite!
Permit fishing is on every big game anglers bucket list. Both light tackle and fly fishing these giants is an artform in itself. This is a highly specialized trip by Captain Frank and the peak timing for these fish in Clearwater Beach is April through August. If you want to catch your trophy permit, look no further than Turtlehead Charters!
Grouper and snapper fishing Clearwater Beach is a year round adventure. Your best timing will be the cool down and warm up months from October through December and again from February through July. Captain Frank can find these fish, but if this is you jam, his buddy Captain Phil of SlipRock Charters is your guy. Click the link below to book your highly active and cooler filling experience with him today:
Cobia and Tripletail are plentiful in Crystal River at certain times of the year. When the water temperature begins to dip and again when it begins to rise, these fish show up to party with us. Captain Frank runs these trips when he knows the fish are in town, usually late fall and early spring. They are two of his favorite fish to target on fly as well!
Black drum, sheepshead and sea trout are some of the fun fish we have in Crystal River and Clearwater Beach. When the water temperatures get cold, these are the species we target. From light tackle to fly fishing, Crystal River has some amazing cold water experiences and Captain Frank of Turtlehead Charters will put you on the meat. These three fish offer some of the best table fare the area has along with the seasonal pompano!