Capt. Kyle Messier - Biography
Hi I am Capt. Kyle Messier (Orvis Endorsed) owner and operator of the “World Famous” Red Hot Fishing Charters in Crystal River, Florida. As a native to the area I have been extremely blessed to have the beautiful waters of the Crystal River, Ozello, and Homosassa all in my back yard. Living and growing up on the water over the years has provided me with many great memories and experiences which I enjoy sharing with my clients on a daily basis. My interesting experiences and vast knowledge of the area, local wildlife and the in’s and out’s of many of the areas secret creeks, coves and bayou’s make me one of the more dynamic fishing guides along the Nature Coast.
My local reputation and vast knowledge of the area can all attributed to my early career in the commercial fishing industry. Long known as the commercial fishing hub of Florida, the Crystal River/Homosassa areas are home to over 15 different targeted commercial species. Early on in my career I spent many days after school patrolling all of the hidden creeks and coves which our area is famous for in search of Black Mullet, Permit, Pompano, Speckled Trout, and Ladyfish to name a few. While on these fishing excursions I was able to log a life time’s worth of mental notes and key fish patterns which eventually helped me succeed in the commercial fishing industry. Although this job was fun and a ton of work it still wasn’t the fix for my true fishing passion.
In 2002, I decided to one up my fishing career by getting my Coast Guards Captain’s License. At first, I picked up this license in hopes that I could make a little extra money to pay for college. But as the years went on I began to realize that this was my true calling and passion. In 2004 I graduated from St. Leo University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. But it was then that I had to make my most crucial decision. I decided to become a full-time guide in 2004 and have never looked back.
Although I attribute most of my guiding success to my commercial fishing years it’s my clients that have helped me become truly successful. On average I fish 200+ days a year and of those days 10-15 are spent with clients fishing tournaments throughout the state of Florida. The success my clients and I have had on the tournament trail over the years is the true catapult for my business success.
- 2003 - 1st Place Citrus County Builders Association Tournament
- 2003 - 1st Place Citrus Civitan Tournament
- 2004 - 5th Place IFA Redfish Tour (Homosassa)
- 2006 - 2nd Place Twin River’s Women’s Redfish Championship
- 2009 - 5th Place Trout Master’s Fishing Tournament
- 2009 - 1st Place Redfish Extreme Tournament
- 2009 - 4th Place Points Redfish Extreme Tournament
Because of my vast experiences and knowledge of different areas, fish, and their patterns I myself and all of my charters fish for over 20 different species of fish day in and day out. My specialties include (but are not limited to) Sight fishing for Redfish, Tarpon, and Tripletail, Fly Fishing for World Class Tarpon, Plugging for Grouper and Cobia, and just CATCHING!!! I am also an ORVIS endorsed fly fishing guide and Certified Fly Casting Instructor. I extremely enjoy teaching the art and skill of fly fishing to new and experienced flyfishermen/women.
My business has been deemed “World Famous,” by my clients because of the far off lands which some of my clients come from. I love showing off the Nature coast, teaching men, women and children new fishing techniques and more or less making sure my clients enjoy their day on the “River.” And that is what you get every time you step foot in my customized Sundance Skiff or Maverick HPX (Shallow Water Machine) a passionate captain whose love is the water and whose job is to cater to his clients.