COVID-19 update: Great White Charters has Clorox Wipes and hand sanitizers on board and performs a spray bleach wash down after each charter to comply with hygiene recommendations. Keeping customers safe and catching fish are top priorities.
CHILD POLICY: Only 6-year old children or older are allowed.

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 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    Three hour trip, perfect for a first time angler experience or adults who just want to go fishing! Perfect for up to 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 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
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    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
    $600
    This trip focuses on bottom fishing for Seabass, Vermilion Snapper, Triggerfish and seasonal species such as Grouper and Snapper.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    Spend the day live bait slow-trolling for King Mackerel, Cobia, Sharks, Baracuda, and more.
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About the Captain

David Ballard
St. Augustine, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
236 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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)

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
Creeks, docks, inlets, and intracoastal waters
Offshore Fishing
Up to 25 miles
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Garmin 2017
Fishfinder
Garmin 2017
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Ice chest

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano, Penn
Live Bait
Caught in summer, bought in winter.
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Aged 5 and up, life vests provided
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

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 236 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
99%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Pete G.
Auburn, GA
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3 hour inshore trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore on August 1, 2022
Another great day with Captain David. He baited and casted my grandsons rig (6 year old) and before I could bait mine, Hayden...
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Bonnie B.
Ocala, FL
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Half Day Fishing Trip with the Fabulous Captain Dave

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on June 21, 2022
We took our 10 year old Twin Granddaughters on a morning fishing trip with Captain Dave today.  We had a wonderful time. ...
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Jim E. B.
Franklin, NC
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Great Fishing Day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on October 17, 2022
The Brown brothers don’t get together near enough but decided to book Great White Charters for 1/2 a day fishing. The trip...
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Andrea C.
Interlachen, FL
Excellent
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore on August 6, 2022
My guys had a great trip with captain Dave.  Within the first half hour they were on the fish and putting them in the boat. ...
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Kevin M.
Savannah, GA
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Had a great time with Captain Dave

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on July 19, 2022
My son and I had a very successful and fun time fishing with Captain Dave. His experience, personality, and demeanor are exactly...
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FAQs about Great White Charters

Great White Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Inshore (3 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip – Inshore (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Inshore (6 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip – Offshore (4 hours)
  • $800 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)