Our Favorite Daytona Beach Fishing Guides and Charters
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Ponce Inlet Fishing Guides are near Daytona Beach, FloridaBelow are Surfing Gator’s Favorite Fishing Guides in Daytona Beach, Florida. But First, some helpful information about fishing in the area and where the action is.

The Closest Fishing Guides and Fishing Charters to Daytona Beach are in New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange, less than 20 miles away.

Pictured to the Right is Ponce Inlet and the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, just 18 miles south of Daytona Beach and home to the largest fleet of fishing charter boats near Daytona Beach, Florida. >>>

Due to its location and miles and miles of world famous beaches, Daytona Beach does not have a good seaport for offshore or deepsea fishing charters to have easy access to the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the lack of a good seaport in Daytona Beach, Captains Fred, Corey and Chuck (see below) like most all other Daytona Beach fishing guides, run their fishing charter businesses from the sea port towns of New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange, all less than 20 miles from Daytona Beach. This allows fishing charter boat captains and guides to have easy access to the Atlantic Ocean for offshore, deep sea or nearshore fishing.

NOTE: Some Fishing Guides with Trailerable Boats like Captain Corey of On the Hook Charters can meet you at the closest Daytona Beach Boat Ramp!

New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange are Great for Both Inshore Fishing and Offshore Fishing Charters!

New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange are all less than 20 miles south of Daytona Beach and an easy drive for visitors to Daytona Beach. Ponce inlet is so well known as a home to fishing boats that the famous Ponce Inlet lighthouse is one of the best recognized icons of the entire state of Florida.

As well as having easy access to the Atlantic Ocean for fishing offshore, this region of Florida is most famous for it’s inshore, backwater fishing. Huge redfish and speckled sea trout are abundant in the rivers and estuaries near Daytona Beach. Tarpon and Snook are also abundant in this part of Florida. Other species common in the local inshore waters are King and Spanish Mackeral, a variety of snapper and grouper as well as Flounder, Black Drum, shark and even Barracuda. Inshore fishing is especially good in the nearby Halifax River and the Tomoka River and legendary in the Mosquito Lagoon. The Mosquito Lagoon is world famous among backwater fishermen for producing some of the largest redfish anywhere. 

The Mosquito Lagoon near Daytona Beach is world famous as the “Redfish Capital of the World” producing the largest bull redfish in any estuary, anywhere!!!

A great advantage of having fishing charters located in New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet is the close proximity to the world famous Mosquito Lagoon. Fishing charters sailing from New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet can reach the Mosquito Lagoon in a matter of minutes. Local fishing guides, like my three favorites guides listed below, Captain Fred, Captain Corey and Captain Chuck, love to take their charter guests to Mosquito Lagoon for some of the best inshore and backcountry fishing in the world.

Redfish in the 2 by 25 mile Mosquito Lagoon are landlocked. Bull redfish cannot escape to the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean to breed when they mature. Redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon are the first ever documented to spawn in an estuary. Redfish in Mosquito Lagoon don't bother leaving to procreate. They live their whole lives in the lagoon, trapping the monstrous bull reds and making them easy access to any angler with a good local fishing guide that knows their habits.

Because of this, fishing charter guides including guides from Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet, can take their fishing customers to places where they are almost guaranteed to catch some of the largest bull redfish on earth. These bull redfish commonly weigh 20 - 40 pounds. With a little luck and a good fishing guide, anglers may even catch a bull red weighing in over 40 pounds. The Florida State Record Redfish, weighing in at 52 lbs 5 ozs, was caught caught in nearby Cocoa, Florida.

Below are my Favorite Daytona Beach Fishing Guides. They are all lifelong dedicated fishermen who absolutely love what they do and love showing guests a great time.
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Captain John Schmidt, Floating Time Charters
Daytona Beach, Florida

Floating Time Fishing Charters in Daytona Beach, Florida
Floating Time Fishing Charters
Inshore & Offshore Fishing
Daytona Beach, Florida
Call Captain John at: 386-871-6433

Captain John Schmidt specializes in inshore, backcountry fishing in the Daytona Beach area.
If you like inshore saltwater fishing for Redfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, Mangrove Snapper and all the best inshore species, Captain John is the man to call. As a native of Volusia County, Captain John has spent his entire life fishing the backcountry creeks and coastal marshes around Daytona Beach. He has over 20 years of experience fishing professionally around Daytona Beach as a fishing guide and as a commercial fisherman. He is intimately familiar with the entire estuary system of the lower Halifax River as well as the Intracoastal Waterway and the adjoining coastal marshes that are all connected to the sea at Ponce Inlet.

Inshore Fishing Charters start just minutes from Daytona Beach!
The Halifax River runs right through Daytona Beach and reaches the Atlantic Ocean some 20 miles south at Ponce Inlet. In between are some of the best inshore saltwater fishing grounds in Central Florida. Captain John and Floating Time Charters can have you on a boat and fishing within 30 minutes from the time you leave your Daytona Beach motel room or condominium.

Floating Time Charters are Family Friendly!
Captain John loves teaching children and first timers how to fish! Children of all ages are welcome and Captain John will gladly help you put together a fishing charter that will make everyone in the family glad they came along and glad they left the cellphones and IPads behind!

Offshore Fishing Charters and Shark Fishing Trips, too!
Captain John and Floating Time Charters also offers offshore fishing trips as well as nearshore shark fishing trips.

Eco-Tours with Captain John
The Halifax River is home to Florida bottle nosed dolphins, manatees, exotic water birds as well as alligators, turtles, eagles and ospreys. Captain John offers very reasonably priced private eco-tours of the lower Halifax River Basin, This part of the Halifax River is pristine and undeveloped and full of all the beautiful flora and fauna that is the ‘Real Florida’.

For a private boat charter either for fishing or sightseeing, no one knows the local waters around Daytona Beach better than Captain John!

Visit Captain John’s website: Floating Time Fishing Charters


Captain Chuck ‘CB’ Bragg, Captain CB’s Fishing Charters
Daytona Beach, Florida

Captain CB is one of our favorite Daytona Beach fishing guides
Captain CB’s Fishing Charters
Inshore & Offshore Deep Sea Fishing
Daytona Beach, Florida
Call Captain CB at: 386-566-3955

Captain CB has over 40 years of experience fishing in the Daytona Beach area.
He is one of the top most experienced fishing guides in Daytona Beach. A Florida native who grew up fishing in the Daytona Beach area, Captain CB is not only an experienced and knowledgeable Daytona Beach fishing guide, he is also a commercial, tournament and charter boat fisherman proficient in catching all species of fish in and around the Daytona Beach area. His knowledge of the waters around Daytona Beach both inshore and offshore is second to none.

Captain CB is a friendly and caring fishing guide who works hard to make sure your fishing trip is enjoyable and successful.
Whether you are en experienced angler or a beginner, Captain CB will share with you his knowledge of fishing the local waters around Daytona Beach and teach you what you need to know to fish the area. Captain CB offers both inshore and offshore fishing charters. On his offshore charters you will be able to catch fish like Red Snapper, Grouper, Sea Bass, Porgy, Trigger Fish, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Shark and more! Captain CB also trolls on his offshore charters for big game fish! His inshore fishing charters target a variety of fish that frequent the rivers of the area.

Captain CB Fishing Charters is Family Friendly!
Captain CB Fishing Charters in Daytona Beach is an economical way to fish with the whole family. Captain CB is very good with children and families and children are always welcome on his fishing charters.

Eco-Tours with Captain CB
Captain CB is more than a fishing guide! Captain CB is also an excellent tour guide and a big believer in preserving the environment for future generations to enjoy. He loves to share his knowledge of the local marine life. With a variety of boats available, Captain CB has the perfect boat not only for fishing charters, but also to take you and your family on a private guided tour of the local waters. The Daytona Beach area is home to Florida bottle nosed dolphins, Florida manatees and a wide variety of beautiful water birds and seabirds as well as alligators, turtles, eagles, egrets and more.

So if you want the perfect private sightseeing and nature tour by boat of the flora and marine life in the Daytona Beach area, let Captain CB arrange a tour for you. No one knows the local waters like a fishing boat captain!

Visit Captain Chuck’s website: Captain CB Fishing Charters


Captain Fred, The Fishing Guy
Daytona Beach, Florida

Captain Fred is a Daytona Beach Fishing Guide
Captain Fred “The Fishing Guy”
Inshore & Deep Sea Fishing
Fishing from nearby New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet
Call Captain Fred at: 407-948-5035

One of the Most Experienced Fishing Guides in all of Daytona Beach!
Captain Fred is recognized as one of the one of the top Daytona Beach fishing guides. Captain Fred has been fishing the waters around Daytona Beach since 1985. The great fishing spots he has fished around Daytona Beach include the waters surrounding New Smyrna Beach, the world famous Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Banana River, Spruce Creek and Ponce Inlet, the largest fishing charter port in the Daytona Beach area.

Captain Fred has Fished Around the World
Originally from France, Captain Fred has traveled the world as a fishing enthusiast and has many years of international fishing experience. His world wide fishing trips have taken him to many exotic fishing destinations around the world such as the Bahamas, Cuba, Indonesia, Thailand, Madagascar and several islands throughout the Indian Ocean. Everywhere Captain Fred has fished is world renowned as some of the greatest fishing destinations on earth.

Captain Fred Chose to be a Daytona Beach Fishing Guide
After fishing around the world, Captain Fred has learned that Florida, particularly Daytona Beach is a world class fishing destination and it is in Daytona Beach that Captain Fred has settled down and set up his fishing charter business. In 2000, Captain Fred became a professional Daytona Beach fishing guide. Captain Fred now earns his living as a professional fishing guide and teaching others what he has learned over the past 30 years of fishing around the world.

A Very Amiable and Patient Fishing Guide
Captain Fred is a very friendly and very patient fishing guide. He has a great sense of humor and will keep you interested in great fishing throughout your trip. He will work very hard to make sure your day on the water is a success. Captain Fred, also known as the Fishing Guy, works extremely well with both seasoned anglers as well as those who have little or no experience fishing. As a fishing guide with many years of experience fishing both inshore in hot back country fishing spots such as the Mosquito Lagoon and Spruce Creek as well as offshore deep sea fishing in the productive waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Captain Fred can take anglers on great charters either inshore or offshore.

Many experienced anglers have gone on many inshore fishing charters but never deep sea fishing. For them, Captain Fred is the perfect fishing guide to make the crossover with from inshore to offshore. Captain Fred is truly one of the very best Daytona Beach fishing guides.

His Fishing Charter Boat
Captain Fred’s fishing boat is the EdgeWater 240IS. Captain Fred loves the versatile design of the boat. It’s the perfect boat for fishing inshore and its design can comfortably take fishing charters offshore as well for some great deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.

The boat has all the features Captain Fred desires in a great charter boat including two live wells and locking rod boxes. As an experienced charter guide, Captain Fred knows that the Edgewater 240IS has everything he needs to guarantee his guests a great fishing trip either inshore or offshore.

Visit Captain Fred’s Website: Captain Fred “The Fishing Guy”


Captain Corey Simmons, On The Hook Charters
Daytona Beach, Florida

Captain Corey is the Daytona Beach fishing guide for On The Hook Charters in Daytona Beach, Florida
On The Hook Charters
Inshore & Offshore Fishing
Daytona Beach, Florida
Call Captain Corey at: 386-631-8030

Captain Corey Simmons is one of the friendliest Daytona Beach fishing guides you will ever meet!
Captain Corey is a native Floridian and has fished the Daytona Beach area for nearly 30 years. He has worked as a commercial fisherman as well as a fishing guide and has extensive knowledge of the local waters. He works extremely well with children and families. His extensive experience as a Daytona Beach fishing guide makes him a great choice for experienced anglers as well as beginners.

Captain Corey can meet you where you want to launch in the Daytona Beach area.

Captain Corey has two fishing boats available to best suit the needs of you fishing party and your fishing destination. Both boats are trailerable which makes Captain Corey very flexible when it comes to meeting up with you. Captain Corey can launch his charters from the nearby fishing port towns of New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange or even the Daytona Beach boat ramp nearest you.

Captain Corey offers both inshore and offshore fishing charters.
He fishes offshore in the Atlantic Ocean and inshore along the area's many superb backwater fishing spots such as the Halifax River, the Tomoka River and Mosquito Lagoon, “The Redfish Capital of the World”. As an experienced Daytona Beach fishing guide, Captain Corey will take you fishing offshore or inshore.

His offshore fishing charters include trolling for such species as Cobia, Mahi-Mahi, King Mackeral, Barracuda, Sailfish, Wahoo and many others. His offshore fishing charters also include bottom fishing for Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia and many other species. On his inshore fishing charters, Captain Corey will take you fishing for Sea Trout, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Trout, Flounder, Drum, Mackeral, a variety of Snapper and many other species.

Shark Fishing Trips!

One of the most fun fishing trips you can have with Captain Corey is fishing just off the beaches for sharks. You will be fishing just beyond the breaker waves when everyone thought it was safe to be in the water! You will find plenty of sharks on these nearshore shark fishing charters including Bull Sharks, Black Tip Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Shovel Head Sharks and more.

Visit Captain Corey’s Website: On The Hook Charters


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