Drop ‘Em Down Charters offers a year-round fishing adventure out of New Smyrna Beach. Join Captain Eric, who got his “fishing gene” from his grandfathers. He spent his childhood catching anything that would bite. Fish wasn’t the only one who got hooked. Capt. E pursued his passion, got his USCG license, and started living his dream.

One thing has never changed - he still catches anything that swims the waters of Central Florida. The difference is, he’ll focus on helping you catch the fish you’ve always wanted, show you how to use the equipment, and teach you all there is about the local marine life.

Start your journey on a 24’ Sea Fox that accommodates up to 4 guests. This center console is powered by a 250 HP Suzuki engine that reaches the maximum speed of 40 knots. Most of the time, you’ll ride at a slower pace, especially if you’re trolling. The boat features new navigational electronics, safety gear, a live bait tank, and a cooler for your catch.

Choose the trip depending on how far off the coast you want to go. Closer to the shore, around the docks, bridges, and shallow water, you can go after Redfish, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Black Drum, and more. Or visit local reefs and wrecks and target King Mackerel, Cobia, Red Snapper, Shark, Barracuda, Jack Crevalle, and more.

Your fishing licenses, equipment, and bottled water are covered by the captain. He’ll also clean your catch free of charge.

Let your day with Drop ‘Em Down Charters be the one you’ll never forget. Wait for the captain to yell “Fish On!” and get ready for the action.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $675
    You'll sail up to 25 miles off the coast, targeting different wrecks and reefs. Expect to catch species such as King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Shark, Barracuda, Cobia, Mangrove Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, and a variety of other bottom fish and pelagics.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $525
    You'll target Redfish, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Black Drum, and a variety of other fish in the ICW. Fishing different bridges, docks, and the beautiful Ponce Inlet. Just pack your snacks and sun protection.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $525
    His 5-hour trip can take you up to 25 miles offshore. Explore the local reefs and wrecks, looking for fish like Red Snapper, Cobia, King Mackerel, Vermillion Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Shark, and many more. Since it's short, this trip is great for children or beginners.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    This short trip will take you after Mangrove Snapper, Trout, Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, and many more. You'll look for them in the areas around bridges, docks, and the beautiful Ponce Inlet.

About the Captain

Eric Schweikart
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
10 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since September 2020
I've been fishing since I could walk. My dad and grandfather grew up fishing all the waters of Florida. At a young age, they taught me their techniques to catch all the different kinds of fish, from Lake Okeechobee, to the Keys, to right here in Ponce Inlet. Fishing is so peaceful, a way for me to unplug and get in touch with nature. Come join me... let's recharge those batteries!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Lane) Lane Snapper
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Sea Fox (Center console) originally built in 2009. Powered by a 250HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
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

Payment

Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

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Full Day In Shore Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip – Inshore on November 24, 2021
This is my 2nd year fishing with Captain Eric.  This year’s trip was even better than last year.  He put us on some big...
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Great day with Captain Eric

Half Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore on May 12, 2021
We had a great time with Eric and a beautiful day.  He took us out to a few reefs a bit of shore where there were quite a...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore on May 6, 2021
We started the trip headed to a artificial reef and caught a few fish and after catching the same fish the captain moved to...
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Full day fishing with Captain Eric

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore on August 19, 2021
Went about 6 miles out. Cought multiple species of fish. Several mangrove snapper, couple pig fish, blue runners, several red...
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Half Day Trip with Captain Eric

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore on August 5, 2021
Great trip. Eric was very friendly and knowledgeable. He was very patient with and helped my wife catch some fish. We had FUN!
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FAQs about Drop 'Em Down Charters

Drop 'Em Down Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (4 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore (5 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Inshore (6 hours)
  • $675 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Drop 'Em Down Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Drop 'Em Down Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Drop 'Em Down Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Drop 'Em Down Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Drop 'Em Down Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon