This is deep sea fishing on a budget but a heck of a lot of fun! Most people such as visitors to Daytona Beach, who are not professional or experienced saltwater fishermen make no distinction when they say "offshore" or "deep sea" fishing. All they know is that it's fishing in the ocean as opposed to "inshore" or "backcountry" fishing in the bays, estuaries and lower sections of rivers where fresh water becomes brackish.
This 68 pound amberjack was caught offshore with Captain Corey Simmons of On the Hook Fishing Charters in Daytona Beach >>>
Although most fishing charters that take anglers out into the Atlantic Ocean from Daytona Beach will refer to ocean fishing as both "deep sea" and "offshore" fishing, the really big charter boats as described above always refer to their fishing charters as "deep sea" fishing or "blue water" fishing or just "sportfishing". The smaller charter boats without the enclosed cabins and usually with outboard motors will refer to their fishing trips into the Atlantic Ocean as both "deep sea" fishing charters and "offshore" fishing charters.
The real difference is in the size of the boat.
Although how deep is deep is a matter of personal judgment, only boats of a certain size and design can go out and stay out in really deep waters such as the 40 plus mile trip one way to the Gulf Stream or a week long trip to the Bahamas and back. When the weather gets rough and the waves get high, you want to be in an enclosed 45 foot "deep sea" fishing charter boat with reliable diesel engines and not in an open 25 foot "offshore" fishing charter boat with temperamental outboards.
With that being said, you can still do great "deep sea" fishing in an open boat with an outboard and over the side potty facilities. The difference is instead of stalking the monster billfish and tuna 45 miles out in the Gulf Stream, you'll typically be bottom fishing for snapper or grouper over man made reefs and shipwrecks 2 to 20 miles from shore.
Don't get me wrong, you can still go trolling "offshore" for Cobia, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi and even the occasional Sailfish or Tuna in the smaller open boats. And you'll catch plenty of King Mackeral, Barracuda, Sharks, Amberjacks and other great species on an "offshore" fishing charter.
Plus "offshore" fishing charters in the Atlantic Ocean in a smaller open boat can cost you about half of what the bigger "deep sea" fishing charters will charge you. A great half day fishing offshore in a 25 foot center console fishing boat begins at about $450 (however typically there is a $50 charge for each additional passenger over the first two). Just be aware that if money is not an issue and you want to go far out on a big boat fishing for big game fish, look for the the true "deep sea" fishing boats, trips and charters.
So, if you want to save a few bucks and still have a great time "deep sea" fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, don't shy away from the fishing charters that bill themselves as "offshore" fishing. You still might bag that trophy sailfish and you'll definitely have a good time trolling for wahoo and mahi-mahi and bottom fishing for grouper and snapper!