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Fishing in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach fishing lives up to its reputation. Known for outstanding variety and fun for all ages, charters here know how to provide family fun - not to mention a much-needed escape from Disneyland for the parents, too.

Located just 50 miles from Orlando, Florida, and home to some of the most famous motor races in the country, Daytona Beach is much more than just a seaside town. The 23 mile stretch of sand that surrounds the town is known as the ‘fun coast’ for a reason. And when we say fun, we anglers mean everything from Tarpon to King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo, and much more besides.

Known For

If there’s one thing that fishing in Daytona Beach is all about, it’s versatility. Whether it’s perusing the prolific natural structure of the Halifax River, exploring the flats of the Tomoka River, traveling inland for some of the best Largemouth Bass fishing in the state, or heading out of Ponce Inlet in search of big game offshore, there’s enough to keep anyone busy round these parts.

Let's start with the idyllic surroundings and calm waters of the shallow waters inland. Inshore fishing charters in Daytona Beach will take you past the mangrove-lined shores of the Halifax River. Head northwards, and you’ll be able to explore the shallow waters of the Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve. Believe it or not, no fewer than 90 species of fish have been recorded in these waters!

Travel south, and you will be heading into the northern reaches of the world-famous Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. These are some of the most fertile backwaters on the entire east coast, and are famous for huge Gator Trout and Bull Redfish.

This is the furthest north that you can catch the explosive ‘linesider’ - Snook. But that’s not all: Redfish, Juvenile Tarpon, Spotted Seatrout, Black Drum, and Sheepshead all love the nooks and crannies in this part of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Cruise out of Ponce Inlet, and you will be spoiled for choice. Probably, your guide will tell you that there are 15 artificial reefs and wrecks to choose from in these parts. Everything from a WWII Liberty ship to fighter planes have been purposefully sunk round here. Not only that: just 25 miles from Daytona Beach’s coast you’ll find the Oculina coral reef, the only deep sea coral in mainland United States. If you thought seriously good deep sea fishing near Orlando would be too much to ask for, think again.

So, what does this mean for someone taking a deep sea fishing charter from Daytona Beach? Well, it means year-round opportunities. Amberjack, Triggerfish, Snapper, Barracuda, Spadefish, Cobia, Tarpon… the list just keeps on going. Oh, and did I mention the fact that the Gulf Stream just 40 miles out? Yes, these waters really do have it all.

Rules & Regulations

Florida fishing regulations require that everyone fishing has a license. BUT there are some notable exceptions: fish aboard a registered saltwater charter, and your license will be covered for you. Fishing charters and party boats in Daytona Beach are no exception!

Types of Fishing

Don’t miss trolling and bottom fishing over the huge variety of reefs and wrecks dotted over the seabed from one to 35 miles offshore. Local authorities have been creating more and more habitats for local species since the eighties, and it shows. Daytona Beach deep sea fishing charters will show you how it’s done!

Stay close to shore, and you can try out sight fishing for Cobia nearshore. All you need to do is look out for Manta Rays, and you will most likely see a Cobia following along behind them. These huge nearshore fish are not only fun to catch - they are also extremely tasty.

Daytona Beach is also home to some of the best Shark fishing in the state - and the season runs all year round. Get the chum and heavy tackle ready and look out for a whole plethora of species, from Bull Sharks to Black Tip Sharks and many more.

Daytona Beach Fishing Seasons

With cold waters nearshore, your best bet in January in Daytona Beach is staying inshore to target Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, and Black Drum, or going offshore for Sailfish, Tuna, and bottom fish.

King Mackerel start to be found nearshore and offshore in greater numbers as they begin their annual migration. Little Tunny might be your target on a half day trip, while full days could see you catching Snapper, Grouper, and Wahoo.

Spring is in the air. The waters finally start to warm up nearshore, attracting schools of finger mullet - the favorite meal of some of our top sport fish. These include Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, Amberjack, Kingfish, and more.

Fishing gets better and better. Watch out for Manta Rays on their northward migration. You won't be targeting them on your fishing trip, but you will most likely be looking for the fish that swims with them - the mighty Cobia.

Thought April fishing was good? Wait until it gets to May. Whether you are after Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Cobia, or Redfish, everything is there for the catching. Don't miss the King of the Inlet Offshore Fishing Tournament.

As the weather warms, the gulfstream comes closer to shore. What's this mean? You can catch trophy fish without heading too far out. Downside is, the fish can be harder to find. Look for Amberjack and Barracuda nearshore.

July in Daytona Beach means hot days and a chance of rain in the afternoon. Morning trips are your best option. Shorter trips are good for Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and Sharks, while Mahi and more are found further out.

Summer weather continues, with hot days and a chance of rain in the afternoons. The best fishing is found around the reefs and wrecks, where fish are searching for bait in the cooler crevices below the water's surface.

With water temperatures at their highest, September in Daytona Beach has the best of summer fishing while also welcoming in the changes of early fall. This is an excellent time to target Tarpon as they migrate southwards.

October is a transitional month. Larger fish tend to move further offshore, with Mahi Mahi, Little Tunny, and King Mackerel biting relatively close. Sailfish can be caught on a full day trip, while Sharks are caught inshore and offshore.

Fish in Daytona Beach in November, and you will find full day trips targeting game fish offshore as they head south along the Gulf Stream. King Mackerel is particularly good on full day trips. Nearshore fishing is not at its best.

If you want to catch something big, you should go for a full day trip offshore. But fans of Redfish will love December! These popular inshore sport fish are caught alongside Black Drum and Sheepshead at this time of year. 

Top Fishing Techniques in Daytona Beach

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