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Fishing in Ormond Beach

Ormond Beach might not be a huge tourist destination compared to neighboring Daytona Beach, but the fishing opportunities that this charming town offers are larger than life. Famous for its white sandy beaches and diverse wildlife, Ormond Beach is a noteworthy part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The Halifax River lagoon and the Atlantic are right on its doorstep and the Gulf Stream runs only 40 miles from the coast.
 
If you're visiting Orlando and want to escape the crowds of Disneyland, this town is the perfect getaway – you'll come for some relaxing time outdoors but you'll stay for the Ormond Beach fishing experience. It offers everything that Daytona Beach does and more – you'll be mesmerized by the richness of Tomoka State Park’s wildlife and spoiled for choice when it comes to exciting fishing locations. 

Known For

Whether you're a die-hard angler or a beginner, craving inshore action or eager to head to the deep blue, Ormond Beach has a hotspot for you! From the abundant Halifax River, Tomoka River, and Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve to Matanzas Inlet, Ponce Inlet, and even the legendary Mosquito Lagoon, Ormond beach fishing charters will take you where the hottest bite is. 
 

Offshore Fishing

If you’re looking for some exciting deep sea fishing, Ormond Beach should be on the top of your list when visiting the area. Why? The bite is red hot year-round, depending on the targeted species. The experienced local captains running Ormond Beach fishing charters will get you catching Cobia, Tarpon, Amberjack, Snapper, Triggerfish, and Barracuda. And this is just the beginning – the possibilities are endless with the Gulf Stream as close as 40 miles from the beach.
 

Reef and Wreck Fishing

You can head to many natural or artificial reefs, or hit the wrecks for some of the most exciting fishing in the area. Ponce Inlet is among the most popular fisheries in the region, famous for the abundance of species and excellent game qualities that dozens of wrecks and reefs allow. You'll get to hunt a variety of fish, including Sheepshead, Grouper, Spadefish, and much more, anywhere from 1 to 35 miles off the coast, and master your trolling and bottom fishing skills. The artificial reef known as Site 10 Center Piles of Concrete From DOT is located just off the coast of Ormond Beach.  
 

Inshore Fishing 

To experience Ormond Beach fishing from a different perspective, stay closer to the coast and focus on landing an inshore superstar the area is famous for. The inshore waters are teeming with a plethora of species and your reels will be screaming just a couple of minutes after leaving the dock. Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, and Spotted Seatrout are always on the menu, just waiting for anglers to reel them in. Bull Redfish are more expected than hoped for.
 
When in season, Tarpon can also give you a good fight a bit farther from shore – don't miss the chance to fight back and land your own Silver King. The local flats and backcountry spots are perfect for exploring year-round, especially if you want to go after Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Snook. Your weapons of choice will often consist of jigs, poppers, shrimp, or flies. Fly fishing is one of the common techniques in the area, along with spinning, popping, jigging, and drifting, using both light and heavy tackle. 
 
And if this jaw-dropping variety of saltwater fisheries isn't enough for you, you can always test the bite of the Halifax and Tomoka rivers, famous for Snook, Tarpon, Snapper, Drum, and the list keeps on impressing. 
 

Fishing Tips

  • Ormond Beach Shark fishing is a must if you want to get the most out of your trip to the area. These waters are home to some of the most versatile and action-packed Shark hunting in Florida. From Blacktip to Bull Sharks, you'll be battling a variety of these prestigious game species using heavy tackle and chum. 

  • If you're visiting Ormond beach during Tarpon season (March–October), you're in for some serious fun – these ferocious fish are famous for putting a good fight. Juvenile Tarpon are abundant in these waters and you can find them inshore and also a bit farther from the coast. The bite is burning hot from August–September when they are migrating to the south. Ponce Inlet anglers are known for tempting Tarpon with live bait, so you can expect to use shrimp, mullet, and crabs on your Ormond Beach Tarpon hunt. 

Need to Know

Regulations

Even though all anglers exploring the Florida bite are required to have a fishing license, this is something you won't have to worry about when fishing aboard a registered Ormond Beach saltwater charter. This also includes party boats. However, you will need to purchase a valid fishing license if you decide to go freshwater fishing instead. 
 

Budget

Even though Ormond Beach offers insanely versatile fishing opportunities, it doesn't mean that your charter will be insanely expensive – quite the opposite. If you decide on a half-day inshore trip, you can expect to pay as much as $350–$450 for 2–3 passengers. In case you want to spend the whole day on the water, an 8-hour trip will make your wallet only $500–$550 lighter (2–4 passengers).
 

Getting There

If you're coming from Orlando, the best way to reach Ormond beach by car is getting on I-4 E, taking the exit 268 from I-95 N, and then going on FL-40 E/W Granada Blvd where you'll see the signs for Ormond Beach/Holly Hill/Daytona Beach. You can also take a Greyhound to Daytona Beach and then transfer to bus 18.
 
You can fly into Orlando or Ormond Beach Municipal Airport (OMN), New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, or Daytona Beach International Airport. It’s easy to find public transport to Ormond Beach after landing.  
 
With a chance to encounter incredibly diverse wildlife in Tomoka State Park and the Tomoka River, fishing in Ormond Beach will give you the opportunity to experience Florida’s natural beauty to its fullest. And there's no better way to take it all in than fishing with a passionate local captain guiding you to your next personal best.
 
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Ormond Beach Fishing Seasons

You'll find hot action inshore, targeting Black Drum, Redfish, Sheepshead, and Trout, or if you head offshore for Tuna, Sailfish, and bottom species. Nearshore fishing won’t be at the top of your list in January. 
 
February brings King Mackerel nearshore and offshore – this is when their annual migration starts. Half day trips will see you targeting False Albacore, while full days will be all about Grouper, Snapper, and Wahoo. 
 
The nearshore waters are starting to heat up, drawing an abundance of finger mullet. Their top fans are some of the most prestigious game species, including Amberjack, Kingfish, and Mahi Mahi.
April is all about the magnificent Cobia. The most foolproof way to locate these amazing fish is by keeping an eye on Manta Rays swimming with Cobia during their migration to the north. 
If you're visiting during May, the King of the Inlet Offshore Fishing Tournament is a must. Or escape the crowds and go after Tuna, Cobia, Wahoo, or Redfish – May fishing won't disappoint.
With waters warming up more and more, the Gulf Stream is much closer to the coast. This is your chance to target big game species without heading far from shore. Barracuda and Amberjack are great nearshore. 
 
With hot and humid weather in July, morning trips are the best solution. You'll be targeting Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Sharks closer to shore, along with Mahi and others if you head a bit farther out.
Afternoon rain is highly possible in August, so morning trips are still your best option. Reefs and wrecks are the most productive areas – you'll be targeting fish looking for food in cooler spots under the surface.
September in Ormond Beach is all about Tarpon migrating to the south. This is probably the best month for fishing – the waters are warmer than ever but the weather is much milder as fall approaches. 
October brings a lot of change into these waters – bigger fish will be moving farther out. You'll still be able to catch Sharks, Mahi, False Albacore, and Kingfish close to shore. Sharks can also be found offshore. 
Ormond Beach fishing in November will see you going offshore after game species on their way south along the Gulf Stream. Full day trips are the best option, especially if you want to focus on King Mackerel. 
Full day offshore trips are still the best option for anglers looking to land something huge. However, December’s superstars are inshore species such as Redfish, Sheepshead, and Black Drum.

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What People Are Saying About Ormond Beach

"Half day with Captain Jeff"

Janet R. fished with Pole Dancer Fishin’ Charters on July 16, 2019

Glad we went early, it did get hot. Of course we are from Colorado.

"July fishing trip"

Wesley P. fished with Com'N'Getit Charters Ormond Beach on July 11, 2019

Summer time the fishing is a little slower due to high water temps but, still a great time to be out!

"Fishing with Billy"

Kevin K. fished with Com'N'Getit Charters Ormond Beach on July 2, 2019

Lots of sunscreen and water. Its going to be hot!

"Half day trip with Captain Giddens"

Terry (. H. fished with Backcountry Charter Service on July 2, 2019

Take this trip. Captain Giddens is excellent!

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Top Targeted Species in Ormond Beach

Redfish

Redfish

Black Drum

Black Drum

Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Seatrout

Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mangrove)

Flounder

Flounder

Jack Crevalle

Jack Crevalle

Cobia

Cobia

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

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