Light Tackle Saltwater Fishing Near Orlando

Tarpon season is here. Captain Drew Cavanaugh, welcomes you to Florida Inshore Fishing Charters! He runs fishing trips in New Smyrna Beach backcountry, Ponce Inlet nearshore, Port Canaveral nearshore, Daytona, and Orlando saltwater backcountry flats year round. Capt. Drew has been fishing in the area eve since 1980, so there’s hardly a spot he doesn’t know of. He equally accommodates both novices and experienced anglers, so there’s something for everyone.

Join Capt. Drew on his 21 foot Pathfinder Bay boat that accommodates up to 6 anglers at times. This flats bay boat is powered by a new 150 HP Yamaha engine and equipped with GPS, VHF radio, and fish finder. The boat also features a live-well bait tank, a YETI cooler, and a wireless Minn Kota trolling motor.

Since Capt. Drew specializes in backcountry fishing and nearshore reef fishing you’ll mainly go after fish using light spin tackle. Targeted species are for Tarpon, Snappers, Redfish, Pompano, Whiting, Jacks, Lady Fish, Cobia, Snapper, Tripletail, Snook, Sea Trout, and Black Drum.

Capt. Drew will fully cover your saltwater fishing licenses and equipment, and he usually prepares live bait in advance. He can also bring fly fishing equipment for you, just make sure to mention this in advance. There’s going to be fresh bottled water on the boat but you can always bring other beverages you prefer and your snacks. Just no glass please.

Florida Inshore Fishing Charters is a family-friendly charter, so bring your kids if they are at least 4 years old. Choose a date and spend a lovely, relaxing day on the flats!

Located just east of Orlando, Disney, Kissimmee by 45 minutes in the Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach areas.

We will either meet in Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, or Daytona Beach. This depends on where we are catching the most of the targeted fish you want and gets us closer to them. We will know the address to meet a few days before your trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $425
    Our 3-plus hour day is the perfect trip all around for all ages. Targeted fish are Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, Tarpon, Trout and so much more. Normally we stay inshore backcountry but at times we can go nearshore beach fishing should the weather permit. Be sure to ask about options.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $450
    Our 4-plus hour day is the perfect trip all around for all ages. Targeted fish are Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, Tarpon, Trout and so much more. Normally we stay inshore backcountry but at times we can go nearshore beach fishing should the weather permit. Be sure to ask about options.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $650
    Our 6-plus hour day is the perfect trip all around for all ages. Targeted fish are Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, Tarpon, Trout and so much more. Normally we stay inshore backcountry but at times we can go nearshore beach fishing should the weather permit. Be sure to ask about options.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $850
    Our 8-plus hour day is the perfect trip all around for all ages. Targeted fish are Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, Tarpon, Trout and so much more. Normally we stay inshore backcountry but at times we can go nearshore beach fishing should the weather permit. Be sure to ask about options.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
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Customer reviews

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Zachary L.
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Perfection

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip on May 24, 2024
What a day! Captain Drew was the perfect match for us. Mom, Dad and daughter and son! Captain put us on the fish within minutes...
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Tyrell A. L.
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Fishing at its best

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on January 29, 2024
The trip was awesome, right away there was wildlife to see everywhere. Fishing at this time of year can be tough for some people…....
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Colton S.
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Great captain!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip on March 13, 2024
Captain Drew was a great guide, he put us on the fish and was very knowledgeable of the area. 10/10 recommended him as a guide.
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Allen G.
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Great time with Capt Drew

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on April 5, 2024
Very knowledgeable, friendly, always on the hunt.
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Misty W.
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Great Trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on March 11, 2024
Drew our captain was very informative and helpful, we had a great trip.
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FAQs about Light Tackle Saltwater Fishing Near Orlando

Light Tackle Saltwater Fishing Near Orlando offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $425 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 3 Hour Trip (3 hours)
  • US $450 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • US $650 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • US $850 per group, additional US $75 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Light Tackle Saltwater Fishing Near Orlando, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Garmin 8610 XSV Ultra HD
  • Fishfinder Garmin 8610 XSV Ultra HD
  • Live Bait Well 2 Live Wells
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Light Tackle Saltwater Fishing Near Orlando include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (When needed or requested)
  • Fishing License

Light Tackle Saltwater Fishing Near Orlando offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Indian River Lagoon System)
  • Inshore Fishing (Backcountry Mosquito Lagoon)
  • Nearshore Fishing (New Smyrna Beach & Daytona Beach)
  • Offshore Fishing (Ponce Inlet and Port Canaveral)
  • Reef Fishing (Voluisa County Artficial Reefs)
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Light Tackle Saltwater Fishing Near Orlando offers the following fishing technique:
  • Light Tackle (St Croix Rod and Reels)

Top targeted fish species with Light Tackle Saltwater Fishing Near Orlando include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Drew Cavanaugh
Orlando, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
13 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2020
I was born in Montana and moved to Florida as a kid. I started fishing the backcountry waters in 1980 and have been fishing saltwater ever since. I decided to turn my hobby into a career and never looked back! My favorite fish is the Tarpon. For me, this isn't just a job, it's a lifestyle! I love helping people catch their first fish.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Boat specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2023. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Indian River Lagoon System
Inshore Fishing
Backcountry Mosquito Lagoon
Nearshore Fishing
New Smyrna Beach & Daytona Beach
Offshore Fishing
Ponce Inlet and Port Canaveral
Reef Fishing
Voluisa County Artficial Reefs
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
St Croix Rod and Reels

Amenities

GPS
Garmin 8610 XSV Ultra HD
Fishfinder
Garmin 8610 XSV Ultra HD
Live Bait Well
2 Live Wells
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
When needed or requested
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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
Depending on regulations
Catch and Release Allowed

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

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