Southwind Charters offers nearshore and offshore fishing trips out of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. With more than 20 years of experience under his belt, Captain Freddie knows how to make sure you have the ultimate offshore fishing experience. Feel free to bring your whole family and get ready for a day to remember.

You will be fishing aboard the Southwind, a custom-designed 41’ Jersey Sportfisherman with a 450 HP Detroit Diesel engine that has it cruising a comfortable 20 knots. You needn’t worry about being cramped on this boat as it has a large deck with three fighting chairs and plenty of space for up to six prospective anglers.

Due to the fact you’ll be fishing out of Ponce Inlet, you can expect to pick from a multitude of fishing opportunities. The trips will take you up to 50 miles out, and the area is full of wrecks, reefs, ledges and artificial reefs that are perfect for bottom fishing. If you’re more interested in trolling, you can find a great deal of pelagic fish out there such as King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Sailfish, among others.

Captain Freddie will provide everything you can possibly need for a successful trip, which includes rods, reels, bait, tackle, and fishing licenses as well. Make sure to bring your sunglasses, as well as drinks and snacks if you’re a fan, and leave the rest to Freddie. After the trip, the first mate will clean and fillet anything you catch for your convenience. Gratuity is expected and appreciated.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    For families and newcomers alike, the half day trips provide a perfect opportunity to explore the world of offshore fishing. You will be fishing at up to 15 miles out for Bonito, King Mackerel, Barracuda, Sharks, smaller Groupers and a variety of Snappers. Price includes rods, reels, tackle, bait and fishing licenses.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $700
    If you've never been out offshore fishing and prefer fishing in the afternoon, this trip is for you. Go up to 15 miles and experience the excitement of fishing offshore for Bonito, Barracuda, King Mackerel, Sharks, and all sorts of Snappers. Price includes rods, reels, tackle, bait and fishing licenses. Departure times are flexible.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    If you are looking for a little more than the half day trip, the 3/4 day trip is a great choice. You will be fishing for King Mackerel, Barracuda, various Sharks, Groupers and Snappers among others. A good idea for a longer family excursion. Feel free to bring along snacks and drinks as well.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,300
    This trip is for the more serious angler who wants to go further offshore and catch some good edible fish. You will be going up to 30 miles out and can bottom fish the reefs and wrecks for Amberjack, Groupers, and Snappers, among others. Alternatively, you can troll for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, King Mackerel and Barracuda.
  • Private trip
    Extended Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,600
    On this trip, you can go up to 45 miles to fish for Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and the occasional White Marlin. You can also do some jigging and bottom fishing for Red Snapper, Black Grouper, Amberjack, and others. Rods, reels, and tackle, as well as bait and fishing licenses are included in the price.
  • Private trip
    Big Game Trophy Sportfishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,800
    For all those serious anglers out there, Southwind Charters offer a 12 hour Gulf Stream trip. This trip gives you the best opportunity to catch trophy sport fish such as Sailfish, Atlantic Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. All the necessary fishing gear, bait, and licenses are included in the price.
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About the Captain

Freddie Zona
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States
4 Fishing Reports
141 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2014
Captain Freddie Zona is the owner and operator of Freddie Z Fishing aboard Southwind Charters. He has fished the waters of Central Florida since 1994 and enjoys sharing the knowledge he's picked up over the years. He knows how much fun fishing as a family adventure is, and likes nothing more than to show the little ones how to get started.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonito Bonito
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Boat specs

Jersey (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1986. Powered by a 450HP Detroit Diesel engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
41 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
20% gratuity is expected and appreciated.
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid unnecessary hassle with carrying extra cash.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 134 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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3\/4 day trip 8\/15\/22
3\/4 day trip 8\/15\/22
3\/4 day trip 8\/15\/22
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Kim B.
Columbus, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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Morning trip with Captain Freddie

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 26, 2022
Great experience with Captain Freddie and first mate Justin! Even when it started raining and the ocean got rough, Captain...
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Jan M. J.
Orlando, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Extended Day Trip on September 10, 2022
We booked a full day trip to target a variety of species and Freddie and crew didn’t disappoint!! They worked hard...
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Jeremiah D.
Lynnville, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full day trip with Freddy and Justin

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 2, 2022
Couldn’t ask for a better fishing trip! Caught fish we’e never caught before.  Freddy is one of the most knowledgeable...
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David R.
Raymond, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full Day fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 26, 2022
Our family had an excellent fishing trip with Captain Freddie Z.  He had everything we needed for a successful trip. He took...
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Thomas B.
Orlando, Florida
Excellent
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3/4 day trip 8/15/22

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on August 15, 2022
Capt freddy and mate Justin were great, fished hard - action all day. 3rd trip with them, can’t wait for the 4th ! THANKS...
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FAQs about Southwind Charters with Freddie Z

Southwind Charters with Freddie Z offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,600 per group - Extended Day Trip (10 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - Big Game Trophy Sportfishing Trip (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Southwind Charters with Freddie Z, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radio

Trips booked with Southwind Charters with Freddie Z include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (20% gratuity is expected and appreciated.)
  • Fishing License

Southwind Charters with Freddie Z offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Southwind Charters with Freddie Z offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Southwind Charters with Freddie Z include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonito
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo