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Great White Charters is the name to remember if you’re looking for huge hookups with a focus on keeping things fun. Captain David Ballard is a St. Augustine native who loves nothing more than sharing his local waters with anglers from all over.

Spend your day fishing either inshore or offshore for a range of species. Inshore, you will be going after local staples like Red and Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and more. Book in for an offshore trip, and you will be heading up to 25 miles out in search of King Mackerel, Cobia, Barracuda, Seabass, and Sharks.

Whatever you’re after, Capt. David’s White Water center console is the perfect tool for the job. At 25’ long, she strikes the perfect balance between nimble inshore and stable offshore. She has a full array of Garmin electronics and all the necessary safety equipment to keep you safe and happy throughout your time onboard.

You can use a variety of techniques on your trip, depending on the species you’re after. Whether you’re bottom fishing cut baits for Seabass, slow-trolling live baits for Cobia, or throwing lures for Trout and Redfish inshore, you can always count on quality light tackle to let you bring in your fish with confidence.

Seasoned pros and complete beginners will both be warmly-welcomed onboard. You will get a trip tailored to your skills and wishes. In short, Great White Charters aims to offer nothing less than the perfect fishing trip, whatever that means to you.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    Spend the day live bait slow-trolling for King Mackerel, Cobia, Sharks, Baracuda, and more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    Enjoy a great morning inshore, fishing with live bait, dead bait, and artificial lures using spinning rods. Target species include Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    This trip focuses on bottom fishing for Seabass, Vermilion Snapper, Triggerfish and seasonal species such as Grouper and Snapper.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    Enjoy a great morning inshore, fishing with live bait, dead bait, and artificial lures using spinning rods. Target species include Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, and more.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Inshore
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $300
    Three hour trip, perfect for a first time angler experience or adults who just want to go fishing! Perfect for up to 4 anglers.
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About the Captain

David Ballard
St. Augustine, Florida, United States
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Member since March 2018
Captain David Ballard is a St. Augustine, FL native. He has fished these waters since he was a boy, and has surfed and scuba dived in the area for many years. He has always loved the sea, so it seemed only the natural thing to share the experiences on the water with like-minded people. Meeting these people is his favorite part of the job. He loves passing on all he has learned over his decades-long fishing career, and hopefully creating lasting memories along the way.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Triggerfish (Gray) Gray Triggerfish

Boat Specs

White Water (Center console) originally built in 1984, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 33 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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:

Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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3 hour inshore

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Inshore on October 5, 2021
What a fantastic trip! Captain Dave was so friendly and knowledgeable, he took the time to explain things to us and teach us...
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Half Day Inshore With Capt. David

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Inshore on October 8, 2021
We booked a half day inshore trip with Capt. David for me, my oldest son (age 13) and my two nephews (twins age 14). Capt....
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ALEX CITY, AL
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3/4 Day Inshore with Captain David

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Inshore on May 1, 2021
We booked a last minute trip (about a week out) with Great White Charters. Captain David gave a fantastic and reasonably priced...
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Great Day of Fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Offshore on October 12, 2021
Captian Dave was awesome! We were supposed to go offshore but Dave called the night before and explained the weather and recommended...
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3 hr in shore

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore on July 12, 2021
Amazing day with Captain David! This was our first charter and we had a great time. Capt. David was so patient and willing...
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FAQs about Great White Charters

Great White Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Inshore (3 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip – Inshore (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip – Offshore (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Inshore (6 hours)
  • $650 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Offshore (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Great White Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Garmin 2017)
  • Fishfinder (Garmin 2017)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box (Ice chest)

Trips booked with Great White Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Penn)
  • Live Bait (Caught in summer, bought in winter.)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Great White Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Creeks, docks, inlets, and intracoastal waters)
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 25 miles)
  • Wreck Fishing

Great White Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Great White Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Sheepshead
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Triggerfish (Gray)