Great White Charters

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.

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
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $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
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $300
    price breakdown
    $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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81 Customer Reviews
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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) Seabass (Black)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)

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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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:
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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4.97
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1-2-21 3\/4 day inshore trip
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Richard L.
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 5.00
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Three Hour Inshore

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore on August 21, 2020
Wonderful experience. Captain Dave communicated with us before the trip, answering all our questions.  He is upfront,...
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Randy W.
Lafayette, IN
 5.00
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Half-day trip with Captain David

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore on July 20, 2020
David is a good man and a good fisherman. He was responsive to my early emails, personable during the trip, and helpful and...
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Victoria T.
Jacksonville, FL
 5.00
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1-2-21 3/4 day inshore trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Inshore on January 2, 2021
First time on a charter (used to fishing freshwater) and had an amazing time!! Captain David put us right on the fish, and...
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Corey B.
St Louis, MO
 5.00
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4 hour in-shore trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on September 27, 2020
Could not be happier with our pick to fish with Captain David! He was extremely helpful, personable, and did everything possible...
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Franklin P.
Flat Rock, AL
 5.00
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Absolute great time!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on July 28, 2020
My new bride and I booked a last minute trip with Captain Ballard in late July and had an absolutely great time!!  We...
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