Captain
David Ballard

Member since March 2018 St. Augustine, United States
Background
Captain David Ballard is a St. Augustine, FL native. He has fished these waters since he was a boy, and has surfed and scuba dived in the area for many years. He has always loved the sea, so it seemed only the natural thing to share the experiences on the water with like-minded people. Meeting these people is his favorite part of the job. He loves passing on all he has learned over his decades-long fishing career, and hopefully creating lasting memories along the way.
Techniques
Light tackle inshore for Redfish , Flounder, Drum, Trout and pretty much anything else that bends the rod is always exciting. Offshore live bait slow trolling for King Mackerel in the summer, just no idea what will hit the live bait, that time of the year several species are targeted with that method.

Hey, I'm Captain David Ballard

St. Augustine, United States
Background
Captain David Ballard is a St. Augustine, FL native. He has fished these waters since he was a boy, and has surfed and scuba dived in the area for many years. He has always loved the sea, so it seemed only the natural thing to share the experiences on the water with like-minded people. Meeting these people is his favorite part of the job. He loves passing on all he has learned over his decades-long fishing career, and hopefully creating lasting memories along the way.
Techniques
Light tackle inshore for Redfish , Flounder, Drum, Trout and pretty much anything else that bends the rod is always exciting. Offshore live bait slow trolling for King Mackerel in the summer, just no idea what will hit the live bait, that time of the year several species are targeted with that method.
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Appropriate for children
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Catch intended fish
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Russell Y.
Seaside Park, NJ
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Great day of learning with Capt Dave

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Offshore on June 30, 2021
We had a bit of “sporty” weather and seas. We stuck with it with Capt Dave’s enthusiasm.  We netted bait and ended banging...
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Bradley S.
Junction City, KS
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Great Fishing Experience with David

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on March 9, 2021
David was AMAZING even before our trip started!! He called us the day before our inshore fishing trip to explain the weather...
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Richard L.
United States
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Three Hour Inshore

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore on August 21, 2020
Wonderful experience. Captain Dave communicated with us before the trip, answering all our questions.  He is upfront, very...
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Yul M.
Orange Park, FL
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3 hour Intracoastal Family Fishing Trip.

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore on March 15, 2021
The McNair family had an exceptional time this morning with Great White Fishing Charters hosted by Captain David Ballard. ...
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Meg L.
Westerville, OH
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Second time charter with the amazing Captain David!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore on February 24, 2021
First charter was a couple months ago with friends. This time my family visited St Augustine with me. My youngest grandson...
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