Tug Of War – New Smyrna Beach

Spend a great day on the water with Tug of War Charters. If you are a novice, this could be the best introduction you can get; if you are already experienced, now is the time to level up. With the knowledgeable Captain Randy Kraft by your side, you will experience Florida’s east coast from a different perspective.

Capt. Randy is a full-time USCG licensed captain who was born and raised in the area. Described by his clients as “laid back, easy going, and a true gentleman,” he will make sure you have a great time on his boat. With his lifelong fishing experience, he knows exactly where to find the catch – and you can also learn interesting details about the local history.

Your trip will take place on a 23’ bay boat that was restored in 2017. Powered by a 200 HP Suzuki engine, the boat will quickly take you to your fishing spot. In case a very feisty fish starts biting your bait, there is also a fighting chair to help you out in the duel.

You will mostly target inshore and nearshore species such as Tarpon, Bull Redfish, Black Drum, Snook, Snapper, Grouper, and Blacktip Shark. If you want to enjoy the taste of your catch, Capt. Randy will clean and bag it for you.

Tug of War Charters invites everyone with a positive attitude who wants to have fun. Whether you are a family with children or a group of friends, you are welcome to join Capt. Randy. Trips are available year round, you only need to decide when you want your adventure to start!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    $300
    Tug Of War Charters invites you to join Captain Randy Kraft on the waters along the east coast of Florida. The charter serves New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet, Edgewater, and the surrounding areas. Captain Randy provides unique fishing charter experiences for anglers of all skills and ages. You can also start this trip at 6:00 p.m. Guaranteed to see dolphins and/or manatees on this trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    Tug Of War Charters invites you to join Captain Randy Kraft on the waters along the east coast of Florida. The charter serves New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet, Edgewater, and the surrounding areas. Captain Randy provides unique fishing charter experiences for anglers of all skills and ages. Guaranteed to see dolphins and/or manatees on this trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    $400
    Tug Of War Charters invites you to join Captain Randy Kraft on the waters along the east coast of Florida. The charter serves New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet, Edgewater, and the surrounding areas. Captain Randy provides unique fishing charter experiences for anglers of all skills and ages. Guaranteed to see dolphins and/or manatees on this trip.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    Tug Of War Charters invites you to join Captain Randy Kraft on the waters along the east coast of Florida. The charter serves New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet, Edgewater, and the surrounding areas. Captain Randy provides unique fishing charter experiences for anglers of all skills and ages. Guaranteed to see dolphins and/or manatees on this trip.
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About the Captain

Randy Kraft
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
5 Fishing Reports
68 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2016
Captain Randy Kraft is a true local – he was born and raised in Florida and has spent his entire life fishing the waters of the Sunshine State. He started his life outdoors by swimming with alligators in ponds and hanging out with Sharks on the surf. Capt. Randy is a full-time captain and he's incredibly passionate about passing on his knowledge and love of nature and the outdoors to everyone he meets. He has great respect for the wildlife and loves explaining what's going on in the water and the local history.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

offshore (Bay boat) originally built in 2005, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 200HP suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Flounder Gigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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

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
American Express
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Half day trip with captain Randy.
Half day trip with captain Randy.
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Katy K.
Mattituck, NY
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Amazing Captain!

VERIFIED   5 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (AM) on September 20, 2021
Let me start by saying thank you Randy we had a blast with you! Randy is eager to get you on the fish, his personality and...
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Alan V.
Cottage Grove, WI
Excellent
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Half day trip with captain Randy.

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (AM) on May 11, 2022
We had a great time with Captain Randy, lot of fun and he knew where to find the Snook. Will be calling him again. It was a...
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Jason D.
Orlando, Florida
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It was a three hour tour….

VERIFIED   3 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (AM) on March 27, 2022
We had a great time out on the water with captain Randy. The boat was clean and reliable. The equipment that we used looked...
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Ashley U.
Excellent
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Fishing with Randy

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (AM) on May 14, 2022
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Daniel H.
Crossville, TN
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December fishing trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (AM) on December 8, 2021
If you go out with Captain Randy You better be ready to reel in some big fish, our average redfish was over 40 inches,...
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FAQs about Tug Of War – New Smyrna Beach

Tug Of War – New Smyrna Beach offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 3 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (PM) (3 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour – Inshore River/Inlet (AM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Tug Of War – New Smyrna Beach, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair (RTIC cooler seat / sight casting platform)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Tug Of War – New Smyrna Beach include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (water)
  • Fishing License

Tug Of War – New Smyrna Beach offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Tug Of War – New Smyrna Beach offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Flounder Gigging (December)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Tug Of War – New Smyrna Beach include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon