Offshore Fishing

A fisherman with a red snapper

Offshore Fishing in Daytona Beach offers a lot of opportunities.

Depending on conditions, your available time and where the fish are biting, we can go either trolling or bottom fishing in Daytona Beach.

We can go trolling for larger free swimming pelagic species such as King Mackerel and Barracuda or bottom fish the reefs for Snapper and Grouper (the favorite of families with kids!)

Either way Captain Jeff will do his best to make sure you have a successful fishing trip and a lot of fun!

Captain Jeff offers half day, extended half day and 3/4 day offshore fishing charters!

All Offshore Charters are Family Friendly!
Kids are Welcome!

A  lady angler with an amberjack from a Daytona Beach offshore fishing charter

OFFSHORE CHARTER RATES

1/2 Day Offshore Fishing Charter
4 Hours
Up to 15 miles offshore
$600 (up to 4 people)
$50 for each additional passenger up to 6 maximum

Extended 1/2 Day Offshore Fishing Charter
5 Hours
Up to 20 miles offshore
$700 (up to 4 people)
$50 for each additional passenger up to 6 maximum

3/4 Day Offshore Fishing Charter
6 Hours
Up to 20 miles offshore
$800 (up to 4 people)
$50 for each additional passenger up to 6 maximum 

Policies & FAQs

Everything You Need to Fish is Included!
All of our prices include your fishing license, rod, reels, bait, tackle and fish cleaning. All you need to bring is your food, drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc.

Prices Are Based on Four Passengers.
By law we are permitted to carry up to six passengers. However, for your maximum comfort and enjoyment pricing is for four passengers or less.
Each passenger past 4 will be an extra $50.

Deposits
A 20% deposit is due at booking.

Credit Cards
We accept all major credit cards.
A 3% service fee will be charged for credit card payments.

Gratuity
A gratuity of 15-20%+ is customary for a job well done. All of our prices listed below are cash prices.

Cancellation Policy
Any charter cancelled for weather, at the captain’s discretion, will not be charged. Charters cancelled by the customer more than 5 days prior to their trip will not be charged. Charters cancelled by the customer within 5 days of a scheduled trip will be charged 25% of the cost of the scheduled charter. Customers that do not show up on the day of their scheduled trip will be charged 50% of the cost of their scheduled charter.

Are Children Welcome?
Yes! Our charters are private fishing trips for you and your family and friends! Children and beginners of all ages are welcome. Plenty of room for up to 6 passengers.

Where Do We Depart?
Our Departure Locations are just minutes from downtown Daytona Beach with free public parking available. See Where We Depart

What Do We Need To Bring?
All you need to bring is food, drinks, sun screen lotion, a hat and sunglasses. (We will supply a cooler with ice for your food and drinks or you can bring you own cooler if you like)

You may bring beer and wine but NO glass bottles, liquor or any illegal substances (no matter how minor). We are a FAMILY FRIENDLY fishing charter!

Bottom fishing the reefs in Daytona Beach

Bottom Fishing

Bottom fishing is especially good in the Daytona Beach area. The large populations of bottom dwelling species is due to the artificial reef system that has been creating prime fish habitats off the coast of Volusia County and Daytona Beach for over 40 years.

The reefs are home to a wide variety of species including Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia, Big Bull Redfish, doormat sized Flounder, Triggerfish and many more. You may even encounter a huge Goliath Grouper, the largest fish you may ever hook on a line!

Trolling

We can troll up to 20 miles offshore for pelagic species such as King Mackerel, Bonito and Barracuda. We may even encounter Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish or Tuna. The further out we go, the more species we can encounter. The longer the trip the more deep sea fishing we can do.

Depending on the season, we can even troll nearshore for King Mackerel, Cobia, Tarpon and Sharks!

Florida’s Artificial Reefs

From Shipwrecks to Fish Condos
There are few man made impacts on the environment that have been as positive as Florida’s artificial reefs. Fishermen knew since ancient times that sunken vessels meant good fishing! The same is true today where shipwrecks and other man made objects on the sea floor become rich marine habitats in a few short years.

The state of Florida has an extensive artificial reef program involving 34 of Florida’s 35 coastal counties and more than 2,750 artificial reefs. It is perhaps the largest project of its kind in the country and dates to the 1940s.

The reefs consist primarily of discarded concrete structures such as culverts and bridge platforms as well as decomissioned ships and barges purposefully sank. Everything used in the creation of artificial reefs is thoroughly stripped and cleaned of potentially harmful materials or fluids.

Before long, the entire marine food chain from tiny invertibrates to large predators create a rich and diverse underwater habitat. The program has been carefully monitored since the beginning and has been so successful that discarded materials are being supplemented with manufactured fish “condominiums”. These large, hollow, concrete “reef balls” have plenty of inviting openings for fish and other marine life seeking refuge from the currents and a place to make a home.

Anglers holding an amberjack in Daytona Beach
Anglers holding their catch in Daytona Beach

The Artificial Reefs near Daytona Beach

Volusia County, home to Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet, has 18 artificial reef sites and over 150 individual artificial reefs. They are located from one to 20 miles offshore of Ponce Inlet at depths of 50 to 120 feet. They are easily accessible on any Daytona Beach offshore fishing trip.

Beginng in 1980 with the sinking of a WW II Liberty ship, the USS Mindanao, the Volusia County Artificial Reef program has stratgically deposited concrete material and scuttled steel ships and barges to create new fish habitats.

In 1981 concrete culverts were deposited for the first time and the artificial reef program really took off as fishing quickly began to improve at the drop sites. It didn’t take long for invertibrates to encrust the culverts and become the basis for a food chain leading to great fishing at the new reefs. They have been so successful, over 100 barge loads of culverts and other concrete structures have been deposited off the shores of Volusia County.

These artificial reef habitats are exremely popular with local anglers and fishing charters. They are also very popular with SCUBA divers.

Volusia County provides online GPS coordinates & maps of all its artificial reefs allowing the public to further enjoy the fishing and diving opportunities found at the reefs.

Life on the Artificial Reefs

We know there’s plenty of game fish to catch at the artificial reefs but what else is there? Divers from the Reef Research Dive Team have photographed everything from coral to sea turtles. Corals and sponges such as Regal Sea Fans, Yellow Sea Whips, Yellow Boring Sponges, Ivory Bush Coral and Cup Coral form the foundation of these sea habitats.

Tiny invertebrates inhabitating these minature marine forests are food for larger ones including Octopus, Urchins, Crabs, Shrimp and even Lobsters. There’s a wide variety of small fish including Damsel Fish, French Angelfish, Blue Angelfish and Spadefish. Divers often see Sea Turtles and Mantarays feeding on smaller reef inhabitants.

The Reef Research Dive Team

The artificial reefs are monitored and maintained by the all volunteer Reef Research Dive Team. The volunteers use their own boats to survey and monitor conditions and sea life on the reefs in the Daytona Beach area. They also monitor natural reefs found at ledges and rock outcroppings off the coast.

A big red snapper from a fishing charter in Daytona Beach