Anglers and adventurers will delight in the deep sea fishing Daytona Beach has on its doorstep. Heading 25 miles offshore takes you toward the Oculina coral reef and the Gulf Stream, where magnificent sport fishing keeps getting better with every extra mile. Whether you find yourself fishing the offshore wrecks and reefs or trolling the Bluewater, rest assured your next catch will be one to remember.

Fishing this area could have you boarding at one of the docks in Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, or New Smyrna Beach. No matter where your journey begins, you’ll be just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the big game fishing these waters are known for as soon as you make your way through the Ponce Inlet.

What to Catch and When to Target it

With a wide variety of species biting throughout the seasons, it’s hard to pick a bad time to cast lines in these waters. Numerous offshore wrecks and reefs provide a steady catch of bottom fish throughout the year. Tripletail, Triggerfish, Amberjack, and a collection of various Snapper and Grouper species make for an exciting catch and a meal to grace your table. Keep in mind that some species are closed to harvest early in the year.

Even if you don’t catch something to eat, you’re sure to bring back plenty of stories worth sharing. Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Barracuda, and King Mackerel are just a few of the prizes you might reel in while trolling near the surface. Many of these species reach their peak season between spring and fall.

To make the most of your deep sea experience, plan on a trip of 6-12 hours. A 6-8 hour trip will take you roughly 25 miles offshore, where you can fish for King Mackerel, Barracuda, Cobia, and Little Tunny. In warmer months, you may even have a shot at landing a Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, or Wahoo this close to shore.

An extended day trip (10-12 hours) takes you up to 40 miles offshore, where you can troll the Gulf Stream for Wahoo, Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and King Mackerel. It’s best to plan a trip of this kind between March and November, when the weather is promising and these big game fish are abundant.

If you aren’t ready to spend a full day at sea, consider a half day trip instead. This gives you a chance to get your feet wet between 5 and 20 miles offshore, fishing for King Mackerel, Snapper, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish on occasion.

How to Fish

Deep sea fishing in Daytona will have you trolling for pelagic species and scouring the depths for bottom fish.

Trolling at various speeds will bring you Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish, Sharks, King Mackerel, Cobia, Barracuda, and Mahi Mahi—among many others. Depending on the species, you might rely on live bait, cut bait, or a variety of lures.

Fishing for Snapper, Grouper, and other bottom dwellers typically involves bottom fishing and jigging near offshore wrecks or reefs. Frozen Squid and cut bait usually entice Snapper and Grouper, though live bait might be more effective in some cases. Mullet, Pinfish, and Sardines are common choices for bait.

Additional tactics such as drift fishing, trolling, and bait casting can also help you land a variety of fish closer to the surface in the areas surrounding underwater structure, including Cobia, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, and Sharks.

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What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Daytona Beach

"Half day with captain steve"

fished with Treasure Coast Chartering LLC on June 30, 2018

This is the second time we have gone fishing with Captain Steve. He is the best. Anyone looking to go deep sea fishing should definitely look him up. He makes the trip a lot of fun and is such a great person and a good Captain. Treasure Coast Chartering is the only one we will go fishing with.

"Half day with Captain Chris"

Chancy Deakins fished with Finn-Addict-Fishing on June 22, 2018

I booked a half day trip with Captain Chris to take my wife and 2 teenage daughters on there first deep sea fishing trip. We had a wonderful time on the Finn Addict. Captain Chris was great and worked hard to put us on the fish. I will recommend him to my friends and family and will book with him in the future! A+

"April fishing trip"

Chuck Dahms fished with Sea Spirit Deep Sea Fishing on April 26, 2018

Very nice experience.This was my first time deep sea fishing , wasn't sure what to expect. The staff was very informative and polite. We got on fish every stop. I highly recommend. Thanks for a great experience.

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