Capt. Blake Shidler

About Captain Blake

I have lived on the water in Crystal River Florida my entire life and have built a solid reputation as a captain that can catch fish everyday of the year. I run a Young Boats Gulfshore 24 Bay Boat powered by a 300 horse power Suzuki engine. I prefer to target shallow water species on the grass flats and back country creeks as well as shallow water gag grouper that have made Crystal River famous. Most fishing is done in less than 20 feet of water. It would be my pleasure to put you and your friends or family on some great fishing action. I also love to target the harder to find migratory species such as Tripletail, Cobia, and Kingfish when they are in season.

My Inshore Boat

The boat you will be fishing on is a custom rigged Young Boats Gulfshore 24 with Simrad electronics that help me find the fish. It is powered by a very reliable 300 horse power Suzuki , four stroke engine. The boat is rigged with twin 25 gallon live wells and is completed by a 120 quart drink cooler. The boat runs in water as shallow as 6 inches and has a very stable and spacious platform to fish from. I tend to limit my inshore trips to 4 anglers or less so that each person has plenty of room to fish without feeling crowded.


During the summer I offer scalloping trips for up to 6 passengers. Scalloping is considered by many to be similar to an underwater Easter egg hunt, I will anchor the boat on the crystal clear grass flats and we will snorkel around and collect scallops. The limit on scallops is 2 gallons per person with a total boat limit of no more than 10gallons. This is a great experience for families with children that enjoy being in the water and enjoying the refreshing gulf water. I offer both half day scalloping trips as well as half day Fishing and half day scalloping in the same day for those that want to truly experience all that Crystal River has to offer in one day.