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Fishing in Daytona Beach
A Daytona Beach fishing charter lives up to the city’s fast and furious reputation. The coast’s diverse waterways include the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax River, and St. Johns River, giving saltwater and freshwater anglers ample opportunities to hook into trophy fish. You’ll be racing to the boat ramp to make the most of what this “Fun Coast” city has to offer!
Head into the Halifax River and hook into massive Bull Redfish and Gator Trout. This productive inshore waterway is also home to the likes of Sheepshead, Tarpon, and Jack Crevalle. If you’re hoping to hook into Florida’s state freshwater fish, travel inland and explore the St. Johns River. It’s home to arguably the most productive Largemouth Bass fishery in the state.
Things are equally exciting offshore. Getting to the Gulf Stream and expansive natural and artificial reef systems does require some travel time, but it’s more than worth it. Depending on the time of year, you can expect to reel in pelagic fish including Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish, as well as a variety of Atlantic Snapper and Grouper.
A half day trip departing from boat ramps along the Halifax River gives you enough time to check out the inshore waters. If you’re heading offshore, book a full day trip or extended full day trip to get the most out of the action. For a budget-friendly alternative, hop aboard one of the party boats Daytona Beach is famous for and get a taste of the nearshore reefs.
Rules & Regulations
If you’re fishing aboard a saltwater charter, the captain's license will cover everybody on board. On freshwater trips, however, you’ll need to pick up a fishing license for all anglers between the ages of 16–64, regardless of whether you’re heading out with a captain or not. Some fish are subject to tight regulations so be sure to consult the FWC before heading out.
Daytona Beach Fishing Seasons
Water temperatures are still cool and staying inshore yields Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, and Pompano. Offshore, you'll have one of your best shots at Blackfin Tuna.
King Mackerel start their annual migration and you'll find plenty nearshore and offshore. Offshore, hook into Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo. The Daytona 500 happens mid-month so be prepared for big crowds!
Spring is in the air! The waters start to warm up and there's, luring in plenty of finger mullet. This is fish favorite and your chances of hooking to Bull Redfish and Gator Trout heat up.
The fishing just gets better and better. Sight cast for Cobia or use your muscle power to reel in Bull Redfish and Gator Trout. In the reefs, delicious Mangrove Snapper awaits.
Thought April fishing was good? Just wait until May! Whether you are after Tuna, Cobia, or Redfish, everything is there for the catching. Don't miss the King of the Inlet Offshore Fishing Tournament either.
The Gulf Stream moves closer to shore and you can catch trophy fish without heading too far out. It's prime time for Yellowfin Tun and Wahoo out here. Look for Amberjack and Barracuda nearshore.
July in Daytona Beach means hot days and a chance of rain in the afternoon. It's likely Red Snapper season so make the most of this short window! Nearshore, hook into Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and even Mahi.
Summer weather continues, with hot days and a chance of rain in the afternoons. The best fishing is in reefs and wrecks, where you'll hook into Grouper and Snapper searching for bait below the surface.
The waters are at their warmest and Daytona Beach becomes a hotspot for Tarpon! In the reefs, the Grouper and Snapper bite stays hot and you're looking at hooking your limits with ease.
October is a transition month. Offshore fishing heats and you can hook into Mahi Mahi and King Mackerel relatively close to shore. On a full day trip, get your hands on some Sailfish.
Fishing in Daytona Beach in November is all about offshore game fish. Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and King Mackerel are all biting incredibly well. Inshore, hook into Redfish and Trout.
If you're after big game fish it's one of the hottest times to head offshore. Inshore anglers will also have a battle on their hands with big Redfish. Other inshore bycatches include Black Drum and Sheepshead.