Captain
Dan Ballard

Member since November 2014 New Smyrna Beach, United States
Background
A Floridian born and raised, Captain Dan comes from a family of fishermen and has been involved in fishing for as long as he can remember. A member of the Florida Fishing Guides Association and US Coast Guard licensed charter fishing captain, he has more than 25 years of experience with fishing on Florida's east coast. He is a devoted offshore fisherman and a big fan of bottom fishing and trolling.
Techniques
Bottom fishing and trolling!

Hey, I'm Captain Dan Ballard

New Smyrna Beach, United States
Background
A Floridian born and raised, Captain Dan comes from a family of fishermen and has been involved in fishing for as long as he can remember. A member of the Florida Fishing Guides Association and US Coast Guard licensed charter fishing captain, he has more than 25 years of experience with fishing on Florida's east coast. He is a devoted offshore fisherman and a big fan of bottom fishing and trolling.
Techniques
Bottom fishing and trolling!

My Charter Listing

Holy Smokes Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(35 reviews)
New Smyrna Beach
trips from $450

Fishing Reports

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 35 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (82)
October fishing trip
October fishing trip
October fishing trip
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Wendy K.
Apopka, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

October fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Inshore on October 8, 2022
Great day!  Dan is very personable and knowledgeable.  He will put you on the fish!
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Tom L.
Edgewater, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Dan

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore on July 24, 2022
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Rebecca O.
Northport, AL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

6hr Off Shore with Captain Dan

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on August 16, 2021
Where do I begin? Originally our trip was planned for a 4hr inshore trip on a Monday but unfortunately had to be pushed back...
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Jon H.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Off-shore fishing with Captain Dan

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Inshore on June 29, 2021
We had a wonderful time (despite some seasickness). Captain Dan knows a ton and willingly shared his knowledge with us and...
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Gregory W.
Elton, WV
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Absolutely the BEST time of our lives!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM) on November 8, 2020
Stop searching through charter after charter trying to decide who to book! BOOK Captain Dan!! We are two “hillbillies”...
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