Floating Time Fishing Charters in Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach Fishing Charters
Inshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Shark Fishing Trips
with Captain John Schmidt 386-871-6433
Port Orange, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet

Floating Time Charters specializes in Daytona Beach fishing trips

Launches ~ Boat Ramps
Where we Launch in the Daytona Beach area
Captain John Schmidt & Floating Time Charters
Fishing charters depart just minutes from Daytona Beach!

Captain John wants to get you to the fish as fast as possible! Here are the boat ramps closest to Daytona Beach and the best fishing spots. They are located in Port Orange (6 miles from Daytona Beach), New Smyrna Beach (14 miles from Daytona Beach) and Ponce Inlet (10 miles from Daytona Beach)

PORT ORANGE (used for inshore fishing charters)

Dunlawton Bridge Boat Ramp
(6 miles from Daytona Beach)
81 Dunlawton Ave, Port Orange, Florida
Next to Donald’s Bait & Tackle Shop

How to get to the Dunlawton Bridge Boat Ramp
Go 4 miles down US Highway 1 or A1A to where A1A crosses the Halifax River (Dunlawton Ave). Cross the river and in the middle of the river is a little island. On the south side of the street is Donald's Bait & Tackle Shop. Take the service road from Donald's Bait & Tackle about 500 feet to the east side of the island and the boat ramp is under the bridge. Public parking is available.

Dunlawton Bridge Boat Ramp
Next to Donald’s Bait & Tackle Shop


A Little About Port Orange, Florida
The Closest Inshore Fishing to Daytona Beach!

Port Orange is the second largest city in Volusia County. The city is located on the Halifax River, part of the Intracoastal Waterway system. Port Orange is only 6 miles from Daytona Beach, also located on the Halifax River just to the north of Port Orange.

Port Orange is not well known to tourists but has a reputation as home to a well educated and productive workforce. The city is home to several high-tech companies as well as seven colleges and universities and the Advanced Technology Center which supports businesses with career workforce development and research.

Gateway to great inshore fishing!
Often overlooked by tourists, Port Orange is the gateway to the best inshore fishing in the Daytona Beach area. The Dunlawton Bridge connects downtown Port Orange with the Atlantic beaches. The Dunlawton Bridge Boat Ramp is a favorite launching spot for Daytona Beach fishing charter captains heading out on inshore fishing trips including Captain John of Floating Time Charters.

Between the Dunlawton Bridge and Ponce Inlet are six miles of some of the best saltwater estuaries in all of Florida. The area is an intricate maze of mangrove marshes and gentle brackish water creeks that empty into the Halifax River as it gently flows toward the ocean at Ponce Inlet. These coastal estuaries are home to the most desirable inshore species targeted by Daytona Beach fishing charters including redfish, spotted seatrout (speckled trout) and snook.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH (used for inshore and offshore fishing charters)

Boat Ramp Road Boat Ramp
(also called Boat Ramp Drive or Swoop Site Boat Ramp)
(13 miles from Daytona Beach)
2455 Boat Ramp Dr, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Across the highway from the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport on US Highway 1

How to get to the Boat Ramp Road Boat Ramp
From downtown Daytona Beach go straight south down US Highway 1 for approximately 13 miles. Just as you reach the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport which is on the right side of the road, you will see Boat Ramp Road (also known as Boat Ramp Drive) across the street from the airport on the left side of the road. Go 1/4 mile to the end of the road and you will see the boat ramp. There is a public parking lot at the boat launch.

Boat Ramp Road (Drive) or
Swoop Site Boat Ramp

Across the street from the
New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport.



North Causeway Boat Ramp
(also called Boat Ramp Park)
(14 miles from Daytona Beach)

170 N Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Near Outriggers Bar & Grill

How to get to the North Causeway Boat Ramp
From Daytona Beach, go straight south down US Highway 1 for approximately 14 miles. Just 5 blocks before you reach the major intersection of State Highway 44, turn left on Washington Street (there is an Exxon station on the corner). 5 blocks down you will cross a small bridge and Washington Street turns into North Causeway. Boat Ramp Park is a quarter mile down on the right. There is public parking at the park.

North Causeway Boat Ramp
(aka Boat Ramp Park)


A Little About New Smyrna Beach, Florida
The Center of Inshore Fishing in the Daytona Beach area!
New Smyrna Beach is the fourth largest city in Volusia County after Daytona Beach, Port Orange and Ormond Beach. New Smyrna Beach is known for its extraordinary outdoor recreation, especially boating and anything water related. New Smyrna Beach is also well known for surfing and was ranked number nine on the list of "best surf towns" in the US by Surfer Magazine. The city is home to some of the finest beaches in Central Florida. The beaches are especially popular with Floridians and less known to tourists than neighboring Daytona Beach.

New Smyrna Beach is located 14 miles south of Daytona Beach and just south of Ponce Inlet. The Intracoastal Waterway runs through the city in much the same way as the Intracoastal Waterway runs through Daytona Beach. However, the section of the Intracoastal Waterway that runs through Daytona Beach is part of the Halifax River while the section of the Intracoastal Waterway that runs through New Smyrna Beach is part of the Indian River Lagoon system.

Great Fishing begins at New Smyrna Beach!
New Smyrna Beach's location on the Intracoastal Waterway near Ponce Inlet gives fishermen easy access to both offshore, deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean as well as inshore, backcountry fishing in the coastal marshes. The New Smyrna Beach boat ramps used by Captain John of Floating Time Charters are less than three miles from Ponce Inlet and the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Besides easy access to the Atlantic, Ponce Inlet itself offers extraordinary fishing where the waters from the Halifax River and the Indian River Lagoon system empty into the ocean.

Some of the best nearshore fishing in all of Florida is also right here at Ponce inlet near New Smyrna Beach. The nutrient rich waters of the Halifax River basin and the Indian River Lagoon system are home to large schools of bait fish which in turn are food for larger game fish. The entire area around New Smyrna Beach is an expressway of bait fish and game fish feeding, breeding and migrating between the ocean to the mass estuaries found inshore.

PONCE INLET (closest boat ramp to the Atlantic Ocean and offshore fishing)

Ponce Inlet Boat Ramp
(10 miles from Daytona Beach)
Next door to the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar & Grill
4940 S Peninsula Dr, Ponce Inlet, Florida

How to get to the Ponce Inlet Boat Ramp
Go straight south from Daytona Beach down A1A (the beach road) toward the town of Ponce Inlet. About half way to Ponce Inlet, A1A turns right to go over the Halifax River but stay straight on the beach road known as South Atlantic Avenue all the way to the town of Ponce Inlet. About 4 miles past where A1A turned right to go over the Halifax River you will reach Lighthouse Drive at the entrance to the famous Lighthouse Point Park. Turn right on Lighthouse Drive and very shortly, you will run into Peninsular Drive. Turn right on Peninsular Drive and about 500 feet down the road on the left you will see the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar & Grill and our boat ramp. There is a public parking lot next door to the boat ramp just before the restaurant.

Ponce Inlet Boat Ramp
Next door to the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar & Grill


A Little About Ponce Inlet, Florida
Gateway to the Atlantic and Offshore Fishing in the Daytona Beach area!
Located just 10 miles from Daytona Beach, the town of Ponce Inlet takes its name from Ponce de Leon Inlet, named after the Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon, the first European to discover Florida. This natural inlet is where the Halifax River, which runs through Daytona Beach, empties into the sea. Ponce de Leon Inlet, known simply as Ponce Inlet, is also the only outlet to the Atlantic Ocean for the Intracoastal Waterway in the Daytona Beach area.

From the boat ramp Captain John uses in the town of Ponce Inlet, it is less than one mile to the inlet and the Atlantic Ocean for great nearshore, offshore and deep sea fishing! All boats located inshore in the Daytona Beach area must use Ponce Inlet as their gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. The next nearest outlets to the Atlantic Ocean from Ponce Inlet are at Fort Matanzas and Port Canaveral. Fort Matanzas, in St Johns County, is 60 miles up the Atlantic coast from Ponce Inlet and 50 miles from Daytona Beach. Port Canaveral, in Brevard County, is 60 miles down the Atlantic coast from Ponce Inlet and 70 miles from Daytona Beach. Any fishing charter in the Daytona Beach area headed for deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean must pass through Ponce Inlet or make the very long trip up or down the coast to Fort Matanzas or Port Canaveral.

The town of Ponce Inlet, located in Volusia County as is Daytona Beach, is a small, picturesque community of little more than 3,000 inhabitants. The town is located at the southern tip of a beach peninsula situated between the Halifax River, which runs parallel to the coast before emptying into the sea at Ponce Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean.

The town of Ponce Inlet is best known for the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. The 175 foot tall lighthouse, built in 1887, is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. It was was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. From the top of the lighthouse, you can see all the way to Daytona Beach to the north and New Smyrna Beach to the south.

As the only outlet to the sea less than fifty miles from Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet is very popular with fishing charter captains and recreational fishermen who want to do some offshore or deep sea fishing.

Great Inshore Fishing at Ponce Inlet, too!
There are several marinas located in Ponce Inlet. In addition to the great offshore and deep sea fishing found in the Atlantic Ocean beyond the inlet, the town of Ponce Inlet and its marinas are also ideally located for great inshore and backcountry fishing. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, at the mouth of the Halifax River, boats launched in Ponce Inlet can easily reach the rich coastal marshes that line the Halifax and the Intracoastal from just south of Daytona Beach all the way south to New Smyrna Beach.

So whether you want to go deep sea fishing, nearshore fishing along the beaches or inshore fishing in the rich estuaries and coastal marshes, Captain John's Ponce Inlet boat ramp is a great place to start your Daytona Beach fishing charter.

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