Great White Charters

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
    up to 4 persons
    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
    up to 4 persons
    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
    up to 4 persons
    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
    up to 4 persons
    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.
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About the Captain

David Ballard
St. Augustine, Florida, United States
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19 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
Cobia
Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish
Seabass (Black)
Sheepshead
Spotted Seatrout

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. 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 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

Rating Summary
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4.98
out of 5 stars from 19 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Julie M.
Saint AUG BEACH, FL
 5.00
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Great morning on the water with Captain David

VERIFIED   April 17, 2019
My sister was visiting from Minnesota and one of her bucket list items was to fish in the open ocean. Well, Captain David...
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Peyton G.
Lexington, SC
 5.00
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VERIFIED   June 22, 2019
Captain Dave is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!  My wife and daughter are novice fisherman yet Captain Dave was super patient and...
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Amy M.
United States
 5.00
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Half Day Offshore Trip with Captain David

VERIFIED   June 18, 2019
David was a phenomenal Captain and our family had an incredible day! He worked hard to make sure we caught fish and enjoyed...
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Thomas W.
Green Cove Springs, FL
 5.00
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Great halfway trip

VERIFIED   May 14, 2019
We all had a great time. Capt. Dave made it a great day . Boat was in great condition ,EQUIPMENT GREAT SHAPE AND PLENTY OF...
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Andy S.
Marietta, GA
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Half day trip with Captain Dave Ballard

VERIFIED   March 31, 2019
Dave contacted me immediately upon booking and did a great job of communicating about the trip with me. My wife and daughter...
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