Backwater Fishing Adventures

Captain David of Backwater Fishing Adventures warmly welcomes you to come have a fishing adventure with him. Some of the best shallow water fishing in the world can be found here, and Capt. David knows all the best places to take you to. He specializes in light tackle and fly fishing in the scenic Jacksonville Beach area of Florida, fishing for Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder and Black Drum.

His 19’ Bay Craft boat is powered by 115 HP Yamaha engine. Coupled with Capt. David’s knowledge of the area and his fishfinder, you’ll be on the fish in no time. You will fish shallow flats, creeks, and the Intercoastal waterway for a variety of species. With a large casting area at the front of the boat, it is a perfect vessel for fly fishing. The equipment needed for fly fishing is included, but experienced anglers are welcome to bring their own.

For ease of fishing, there is a poling platform and trolling motor on board. In 2002, Capt. David won the Mercury Celebrity Classic grand champion guide. Yet he still believes that teaching children is his greatest accomplishment. You will leave these trips with lasting memories and new skills at fishing, as well as plenty of fish for dinner! Capt. David will happily fillet all fish you wish to take home.

All level of anglers are welcome aboard, especially children. Capt. David understands the importance of teaching the next generation, and is happy to show them the ropes and inspire in them a love of fishing. The shorter trip is recommended for them, whereas more experienced anglers are better suited for the longer trip.

Due to the nature of river fishing, customers should contact the captain prior to the trip to finalise pickup location. The capacity of the boat is 3 adults, or 3 adults and 1 child. It is recommended you bring along sunscreen and polarized sunglasses. Fishing license is included too, so all that left to do is book now and meet Capt. David soon!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half day trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 31
    US $450
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $450
    Inshore light tackle fishing for Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and much more. Everything is supplied, including bait, lures, all rods and reels, and the fishing license. In addition has water and soda on board, as well as some light snacks. He keeps a camera on board for that great catch. Max 3 adults + child.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $600
    Inshore light tackle fishing for Trout, Redfish, Flounder. The extra time allows you to target specific fish and have the time to reel them in. Gear is provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Water, soda and some light snacks are provided- you may bring more if you wish. 3 adults is the max allowed, plus a child.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $800
    You will target Flounder, Trout and Redfish. You will head out further and fish longer. This trip is better for those with more experience. You are welcome to bring your own equipment, although they do provide rods and reels. 3 adults only, plus a child.
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 202 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Great captain. Easily put us on fish.
Great captain. Easily put us on fish.
First Time! Would definitely do it again!
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Satisfied with the boat
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Lesley L.
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First Time! Would definitely do it again!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half day trip on May 26, 2024
Captain David was a great teacher and took us to a couple of different spot .We felt very safe while traveling because of his...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 25, 2023
The captain communicated with me prior to the trip, we met at the appointed time, he was extremely courteous and professional,...
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Malcolm V.
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Great captain. Easily put us on fish.

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 7, 2024
We had a great trip. Will certainly look to book again in the future. The captain put us on a lot of fish and challenged us...
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Carl K.
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Great Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on May 28, 2024
More fishing Less riding, hit target species jigging live shrimp. Captain very knowledgeable and courteous.
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AMANDA K.
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Great Day on the Water!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 26, 2024
Captain David was friendly, knowledgeable and did everything he could to put us on fish. My daughters and I caught Red fish,...
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FAQs about Backwater Fishing Adventures

Backwater Fishing Adventures offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $450 per group - Half day trip (4 hours)
  • US $450 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • US $800 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Backwater Fishing Adventures, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Backwater Fishing Adventures include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared in advance)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water, sodas)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Backwater Fishing Adventures offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Backwater Fishing Adventures offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Backwater Fishing Adventures include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Spotted Seatrout

Meet the Captain

David Borries
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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202 Customer reviews
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Member since October 2015
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David's passion for fishing was ignited when he learned to fish along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a young boy, fishing with his father in a small wooden row boat. He has come a long way since that rowboat, and has been guiding in northeast Florida for over 20 years now. He writes for the Coastal Angler Magazine and has been featured in Florida Sportsman, the Florida Times-Union, and Trailer Boats Magazine, so you know you are in safe hands with him!

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat specs

Bay Craft (Flats boat) originally built in 1998. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Prepared in advance
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water, sodas
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Checks

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