Southern Waters Guide Service – Melbourne

If you’ve always wanted to dive into the top-notch inshore fishing that Florida is famous for, then look no further than Southern Waters Guide Service! Captain Caleb McDaniel prides himself on offering an angling experience that introduces his guests to the art of sight-fishing along the plentiful waters of the Indian River.

Capt. Caleb is a native Floridian through and through—he grew up exploring the local mangroves and grass flats, so he really knows where the hottest bite is. He provides guests with the opportunity to be personally guided around these waters by a local captain. You won’t just be anchored in one spot waiting for the fish to come to you—you’ll be cruising the waters using a push-pole, following the angling action wherever it goes!

You’ll be heading out on the waters in a 18’ East Cape flats boat. She’s perfectly built to smoothly cruise shallow, inshore waters, and comes fitted out with a poling platform for maximum sight-fishing potential. The poling platform will have you traveling in near-silence—no fish will be spooked by your arrival! Your vessel can accommodate up to 3 anglers comfortably. 1-2 anglers can fish off of the bow of the boat at the same time.

Capt. Caleb is a fly fishing fanatic, and he specializes in using this method to reel in a bounty of inshore favourites. However, if you’d rather spin for your catch, just let him know. Whether you’re fly fishing or spinning, you’ll be decked out with top-of-the-line Temple Fork Outfitters rods and reels.

As for the species on offer? It really is a ‘who’s-who’ of incredible inshore fish. Expect to come face-to-gills with Redfish, Black Drum Snook, Spotted Seatrout, and the Silver King himself, Tarpon. These guys put up a hard fight, so prepare yourself for battle!

Everything you need for a successful day on the water, such as rods, reels, bait, and a fishing license, is included. Come join Southern Waters Guide Service and experience inshore Floridian fishing at its finest!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Cast & Blast
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Oct 31
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    Join your captain for the unique opportunity to experience Floridian-style fishing and hunting, all in one trip. During duck season, you'll be hunting for ducks early in the morning, and reeling in some Redfish straight after. All of the equipment that you need for a productive day on water (and on land!) is included. Keep in mind the fishing will be catch & release.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    If you want to reel in some seriously huge inshore superstars, then this is the trip for you. Join Capt. Caleb and spend an impressive 7 hours on the water, which will give you plenty of time to reel in a jaw-dropping amount of fish. Get ready to target Redfish and Spotted Seatrout, both of which grow to impressive sizes, as well as hard-fighting Tarpon and Snook. Rods and reels are provided, as well as your fishing license. Keep in mind this is a catch & release trip.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip - Night Dock Lights
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 PM
    $325
    price breakdown
    $325
    If you're looking for something a little special, then this is the 3 to 4 hour trip for you. Combine top-notch inshore fishing with an evening cruise around these bountiful waters when they're at their quietest. You'll be exploring the waters around the docks for Spotted Seatrout, Black Drum, Redfish, Tarpon, and plenty more. Rods, reels, bait, and your fishing license are all included. Keep in mind this is a catch & release trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $300
    price breakdown
    $300
    What could be better than starting your day off by cruising the inshore waters of the Indian River, and more? You'll be heading out early with Capt. Caleb to target world-famous Floridian favorites such as Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and plenty more. You can fly fish or spin for your catch - it's up to you. Rods, reels, and bait are included in your trip, as well as your fishing license. Keep in mind this is a catch & release trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $300
    price breakdown
    $300
    Spend an afternoon cruising these plentiful inshore waters for some impressive game fish. Capt. Caleb will take you around the hottest fishing grounds, where you'll come face-to-gills with Snook, Redfish, and the Silver King, Tarpon. Rods, reels, bait, and your fishing license are included. Keep in mind this is a catch & release trip.
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About the Captain

Caleb McDaniel
Melbourne, Florida, United States
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48 Customer Reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since August 2018
Born and raised in Melbourne, FL I have been fishing on our waters since I could walk. I have been a mate for offshore charter vessels and have guided inshore flats boats for several years now. I prefer sight fishing because I really love watching the fish eat. It is one of the purest forms of fishing and I love to share this passion of mine with others. Nothing is more awesome than seeing someone's hands shake after they watch a tailing Red or a rolling Tarpon inhale their bait. I specialize in fly fishing but I have no problem with you choosing to use a spinning rod, that's how I started and I know it can be just as enjoyable. I will NOT anchor somewhere on the flat to drift baits, as I would rather be on the poling platform guiding you to the fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

East Cape (Flats boat) originally built in 2009. Powered by a 50HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 33 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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95%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Morning trip with Capt Kyler Doane

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip (AM) on February 22, 2021
My trip with Capt Kyler was great. I felt like I was just out fishing with a buddy. Some real nice fish were caught the overall...
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50 years of fishing, have never seen this!!!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 30, 2020
We fished with capt kyler today. We first started fishing for trout and redfish. Unfortunately the water was gin clear and...
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Half day trip with Captain Kyler

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on September 12, 2020
Captain Kyler was a great host. Asked what we were hoping for. He delivered. We jumped a dozen tarpon unfortunately not able...
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Merritt Island, FL
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Half Day (AM) with Cpt Kyler

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on October 24, 2020
Amazing trip!  Fiancée and I had a great time.  Cpt Kyler put us on fish all day long from Jack Crevalle to Tarpon, even...
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Afternoon trip with Captain Kyler

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on December 15, 2020
My 14 year old daughter and friend from school had a blast reeling in fish. Captain Kyler took us to some nice hot spots. We...
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