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!
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My Charter Listing

Holy Smokes Fishing Charters

22 reviews
New Smyrna Beach
trips from $350

Fishing Reports

Offshore Bite

December 27, 2016

All offshore trips have been nice. If the wind is low we go! We are limiting out on Vermilions. Nice size black sea bass, Trigger fish, also a couple of Lane snapper and Mutton snapper. Some really nice Cobia… Read Full Report →


Snook and Reds at Ponce

November 21, 2015

Ponce inlet is loaded with snook and reds right now! Live bait will do the trick! Read Full Report →


Nice Mahi

April 04, 2015

Headed out early Sat morning, Port Canaveral, hit 150ft dropped in our spread. Hit 300ft, shotgun goes off, naked ballyhoo way out! Big Bull gaffer in the boat. Short time later couple peanuts in the boat! Over all nice… Read Full Report →


Got one!

March 21, 2015

Went out of Port Canaveral early had good reports of Mahi bite is on. Long story short we had 3 knock downs and one OK bull Mahi. Everyone had same out come. One here one there. No size. So… Read Full Report →


Red Hot Bottom Fishing!!!!!!

March 12, 2015

The bite is hot on the bottom out of Ponce Inlet! We are limiting out on Black Sea Bass and Vermillion. With a mix of Porgy's. We do fight through the Sharks too! Which keeps you catchin and adds… Read Full Report →


Fish Fry Anyone?

March 11, 2015

Customer- We want some fish to eat, can you do that? Capt. Dan- Sure can, I have just the spot! Customer- Holy Smokes!!! You put us on the fish and fish in the cooler! Capt. Dan- That is what… Read Full Report →


Mahi and Vermilion's!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 02, 2015

Mahi are rolling in at Ponce Inlet! Caught some small ones on a nice weed line. We ended pitching to them with spinning reels! Headed over to a nice ledge and limited out on the Vermilion snappers! Great fishing,… Read Full Report →


Red Hot Kings!

February 08, 2015

Went out for a half day charter off Ponce Inlet limited out on King Fish! Turned to some bottom fishing and got some snappers and porgys! Great day! More happy customers! Even all the Sharks we caught were exciting! Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.88
out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
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Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Todd P.
Fruitland Park, Florida
 5.00
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Offshore fun!

VERIFIED   August 10, 2019
Captain Dan is a fun, experienced, easy going guide. This trip was for my 12 year old son’s birthday. Dan made it a lot...
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Terry H.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Dan

VERIFIED   August 15, 2019
Captain Dan knew right where to go to catch King Mackerel. Caught three fish within an hour. One person in our party caught...
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Robert P.
Dunbar, Pennsylvania
 5.00
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Full day offshore trip

VERIFIED   June 5, 2019
Very pleased with our trip and will book next time in Florida. Was a little slow on getting bites early in the trip but got...
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Adam S.
Orlando, Florida
 5.00
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   March 3, 2019
Dan was great.  He put us on mahi that we’re biting like crazy.
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Philip J.
Edgewater, Florida
 5.00
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Holy Smokes - Accurate.

VERIFIED   April 2, 2018
Legit. We stayed on fish the entire time we were with Captain Dan and couldn’t have asked for a better trip. He was easily...
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