Holy Smokes Fishing Charters

Holy Smokes Fishing Charters is a charter with a tradition. Captain Dan is a Florida native, and fishing has been part of his life for as long as he can remember. His specialties include deep water bottom fishing and trolling, and that’s just for starters. As a member of the Florida Fishing Guides Association, he has more than 25 years of experience with fishing on the east coast of Florida. It’s safe to say that this is someone who knows his salt.

You will be fishing aboard a 25’ Mako center console boat boasting a Yamaha 300 HP engine. It can carry up to four perspective anglers and is suitable for both inshore and offshore trips. Among the things that are also found on the Mako boat are Raymarine electronics, TACO Marine outriggers, a 30-gallon live baitwell and two downriggers. A large ice box is also provided so you can store any snacks or extra drinks you might want to bring. While the Mako is built to ensure smooth sailing, people who might be prone to seasickness should consider bringing preventives with them as a precaution on long trips.

When it comes to inshore fishing with Captain Dan, you can look forward to exploring the beaches, inlets, and other inshore areas for Cobia and Tarpon. Offshore fishing is his thing, so expect to sail the wrecks for Sailfish, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, and more besides. If bottom fishing is your thing, there are plenty of Groupers, Snappers, and Triggerfish to go around. As someone who fishes year-round, he will always be able to figure out the best way for you to spend the time - regardless of weather or season.

No fishing license is needed, and Captain Dan will provide all the necessary tackle and bait. Bring along some snacks, a camera, and most importantly, a go-getter attitude and get ready to sail out.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    up to 4 persons
    An offshore trip for the serious angler! Sail 25 miles offshore for some bottom fishing and trolling action. Expect to encounter fish species such as Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Groupers, and Snappers. Price includes gear and bait.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Offshore
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    up to 4 persons
    If you like bottom fishing, then this is the trip for you. Go out some 25 miles offshore, and fish for Groupers, Snappers, and Triggerfish among others. Gear and bait are included in the price.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $350
    up to 4 persons
    An early trek inshore, this trip involves sailing the inlets, beaches, and other inshore areas in search of fish such as Cobia and Tarpon. Departure times are flexible.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hour trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $350
    up to 4 persons
    This trip involves fishing the inshore areas in the afternoon. You will be fishing for Cobia, Tarpon, and other on the beaches, inlets, and other inshore areas. Departure times are flexible.
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About the Captain

Dan Ballard
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States
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22 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since November 2014
A Floridian born and raised, Captain Dan comes from a family of fishermen and has been involved in fishing for as long as he can remember. A member of the Florida Fishing Guides Association and US Coast Guard licensed charter fishing captain, he has more than 25 years of experience with fishing on Florida's east coast. He is a devoted offshore fisherman and a big fan of bottom fishing and trolling.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish
Sailfish
Seabass (Black)

Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook
Triggerfish (Gray)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 1981, and restored in 2007. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha four-stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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4.88
out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
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94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Todd P.
Fruitland Park, Florida
 5.00
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Offshore fun!

VERIFIED   NEW  August 10, 2019
Captain Dan is a fun, experienced, easy going guide. This trip was for my 12 year old son’s birthday. Dan made it a lot...
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Terry H.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Dan

VERIFIED   NEW  August 15, 2019
Captain Dan knew right where to go to catch King Mackerel. Caught three fish within an hour. One person in our party caught...
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Robert P.
Dunbar, Pennsylvania
 5.00
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Full day offshore trip

VERIFIED   June 5, 2019
Very pleased with our trip and will book next time in Florida. Was a little slow on getting bites early in the trip but got...
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Adam S.
Orlando, Florida
 5.00
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   March 3, 2019
Dan was great.  He put us on mahi that we’re biting like crazy.
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Philip J.
Edgewater, Florida
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Holy Smokes - Accurate.

VERIFIED   April 2, 2018
Legit. We stayed on fish the entire time we were with Captain Dan and couldn’t have asked for a better trip. He was easily...
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