Captain Clay Shidler

Licensed & Insured

About Captain Clay

I have lived on the water in Crystal River Florida my entire life and have worked very hard to be one of the top producing captains in our area. I especially love to target shallow water species including trout, redfish, snook, tripletail, and cobia. However, between October 1st and December 31st my passion is for one of the tastiest fish in the Gulf of Mexico, the gag grouper. We have one of the best fisheries in the state and I would  be happy to introduce you to our area. If you love to fish, want some exciting action inshore, offshore, or in shallow water, then I have the knowledge, ability and equipment to get you and your family on the bite.

My Inshore Boat

My inshore fishing trips are aboard a custom rigged Young Boats Gulfshore 24. This boat was built to run in 6 inches of water to get us into the shallow creeks for trout and redfish but will also eat up a 2ft of chop while were on our way to catch grouper and cobia. It’s powered by a very reliable 350 horse power Suzuki, 4 stroke engine. The boat is rigged with ample dry storage for customers to store their belonging. It also has a 120 quart drink cooler for your beverages. This beautiful boat is furnished with a Minn Kota Ipilot trolling motor, twin 10ft power-poles, and the best Simrad Electronics on the market. All of these tools allow us to provide one of the best inshore fishing charters around.

Capt. Clay Shidler Hang'Em High Sport Fishing Crystal River Florida

My Offshore Boat

My offshore fishing trips are aboard Freeman Boatworks 37VH powered by Quad 350 Suzuki 4 stroke engine. This boat is very spacious and has plenty of room for up to 6 anglers to spread out. At nearly 13ft wide, this boat is very stable in nearly all sea conditions. This helps keep anglers from getting sick in choppy water. With 1400 horsepower pushing this boat, we can make it to and from the fishing grounds quickly, maximizing your fishing time. This boat is the perfect combination of speed and stability and does a great job for the type of offshore fishing charters we run.

Television Experience

  • Reel Time Florida Sportsman with George Godz (plug casting for shallow water grouper)
  • Bass to Billfish with Peter Miller (plug casting for shallow water grouper)
  • Extreme Fishing Adventures with Jimmy Nelson (middle grounds, inshore trout and redfish, offshore grouper)
  • Reel Animals with Mike Anderson (Trout, redfish and snook, shallow water grouper, cobia)

Ready to catch some fish?