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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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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William F.
Omaha, Nebraska
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Best Fishing Trip Ever!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Offshore on June 2, 2021
My son and I each caught Blacktip Sharks!  Both over 8’ long and 300 to 400 lbs.  This by far was the best chartered fishing...
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Steve W.
Winder, GA
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4 Hour inshore

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on April 10, 2021
Captain Dave was great and very professional. It was a low day for all charters because the water was colder than usual, ...
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Jerry F.
Harrod, OH
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1/2 day intercoastal with Great White Charters

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on February 17, 2021
Captain Dave did a great job for my son and I on a difficult cold and windy day.  He worked hard at finding fish for us and...
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Corey B.
St Louis, MO
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4 hour in-shore trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on September 27, 2020
Could not be happier with our pick to fish with Captain David! He was extremely helpful, personable, and did everything possible...
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Franklin P.
Flat Rock, AL
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Absolute great time!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on July 28, 2020
My new bride and I booked a last minute trip with Captain Ballard in late July and had an absolutely great time!!  We caught...
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