Floating Time Daytona Beach Fishing Charters in Daytona Beach, Florida

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

Floating Time Charters specializes in Daytona Beach fishing trips

The Fish We Catch
On our Daytona Beach Fishing Charters
Captain John Schmidt & Floating Time Charters
Fishing charters depart just minutes from Daytona Beach!

Offshore Fishing
We offer both Bottom Fishing and Trolling on our Offshore Fishing Charters!
You never know what you'll catch while bottom fishing or trolling on an offshore fishing charter but this list will give you an idea what to expect.
Bottom Fishing: Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Red Grouper, Warsaw Grouper, Snowy Grouper, Speckled Hind Grouper, Goliath Grouper, Vermilion Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Lane Snapper, Trigger Fish, Amberjack, Weekfish, Flounder, Sharks and more!
Trolling: King Mackeral, Spanish Mackerel, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Cobia, Barracuda, Tuna, Permit and more!

Inshore Fishing
Inshore Fishing around Daytona Beach is Spectacular!
The inshore waters around Daytona Beach are home to a wide variety of highly desirable species. From the brackish waters of the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway, to the mangrove lined coastal marshes, to Ponce Inlet where this extensive system of estuaries meets the Atlantic Ocean, you'll find an incredible mix of brackish and saltwater species.
On our Daytona Beach Inshore Fishing Charters you can catch:
Redfish, Snook, Spotted Sea Trout, Sharks, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Scamp Grouper, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Tarpon and more! Even saltwater offshore species not commonly associated with inshore fishing enter the lower estuaries near Ponce Inlet such as Pompano, Barracuda, King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel. Sharks are commonly caught on inshore fishing charters near Daytona Beach.

Here's some information on some of the most popular fish found inshore around Daytona Beach!


A Redfish caught with Captain John of Floating Time ChartersRedfish are Florida's most popular inshore game fish. They are the most commonly sought after fish by Daytona Beach fishing charters and recreational fishermen fishing inshore. Redfish are very good to eat! Redfish are known by several names including Red Drum, Channel Bass, Spottail, Red Bass or simply Reds.

Where are Redfish Found?
Redfish found in coastal estuaries throughout Florida including the Halifax River, the Intracoastal Waterway, the coastal marshes and slow moving brackish water creeks in the Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet area. They can be found in the inshore waters around Daytona Beach year round. With the warm winters we have in Daytona Beach, Redfish are feeding and can be caught pretty much every day of the year.

Redfish can be found in coastal waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast all the way from Massachusetts to Key West. Redfish caught along the Atlantic Coast reds are generally larger than Redfish found on the Gulf Coast.

Members of the Drum Family of Fishes
Although sometimes referred to as Red Bass or Channel Bass, Redfish are not members of the Bass family but are members of the Drum family of fishes. Redfish or Red Drum, produce a drumming sound when out of the water produced by muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder.

Redfish are often caught on Daytona Beach inshore fishing tripsMature and Juvenile Redfish have Different Habitats
Adult Redfish live in offshore and nearshore waters while juvenile Redfish live inshore in coastal marshes, bays and brackish water rivers and creeks, such as the Halifax River and Spruce Creek near Daytona Beach. Juvenile Redfish inhabit these inshore waters until about three to four years of age when they move offshore where they will breed and spend out the rest of their lives.

Redfish Size
The record size for a Redfish caught in Florida is 51 pounds and 45 inches in total length. This record size Redfish was caught near Cocoa, Florida in 1996, just south of Daytona Beach in Brevard County. The largest Redfish caught in Florida with fly fishing tackle was 43 pounds. It was caught in 1995 in the Banana River, also in Brevard County just south of Daytona Beach.

At 2 years of age, Redfish will range from 18 to 24 inches, and weigh 3 to 6 pounds. At 3 years of age, Redfish will range in size from 20 to 28 inches, and weigh 4 to 9 pounds. Starting at about 3 years of age, Redfish will leave the safety of inshore waters in the Daytona Beach area and head out to sea through Ponce inlet to join the schools of spawning bull redfish. A few larger fish remain inshore, especially in the Mosquito Lagoon area, but after three years of age, Redfish generally move offshore to join the large breeding schools.

Spotted Sea Trout

A Gator Trout caught with Floating Time Charters in Daytona Beach, FloridaSpotted Sea Trout are one of Florida's most popular inshore game fish. They are considered one of the top ten species for recreational fishing in the country including both inshore and nearshore fishing! Spotted Sea Trout are a common catch for Daytona Beach fishing guides as well as recreational fishermen fishing inshore. Spotted Sea Trout are a very good eating fish!

Spotted Sea Trout, like Redfish, are known by many different names including Speckled Trout, Specks, Spotted Weakfish, Salmon Trout, Black Trout and Winter Trout. Spotted Sea Trout exceeding 30 inches in total length and 10 pounds in weight are commonly known in Florida as Gator Trout.

Where are Spotted Sea Trout Found?
Spotted Sea Trout are found in just about all the inshore waters we fish around Daytona Beach including the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway. We fish for Spotted Sea Trout along the mangrove lined shorelines, at the mouths of the many brackish creeks that empty into the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway, in deep holes and channels and above oyster bars.

They can also be caught nearshore, along the surf and particularly near jetties and Ponce Inlet just south of Daytona Beach. These nearshore Spotted Sea Trout often come further inshore for shelter during cold weather. Spotted Sea Trout are commonly found in saltwater estuaries throughout the southern United States along the coasts of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

Spotted Seatrout are very common around Daytona BeachMembers of the Drum Family of Fishes
Like Redfish, the Spotted Sea Trout is not a member of the Trout family but of the Drum family. Their long slender bodies gives the appearance of a Trout but as we know, these misnomers are common in the world of fishing.

Spotted Sea Trout Size
Adult Spotted Sea Trout reach 19-32 inches in length and 3-15 pounds in weight. Gator Trout, as they are known in Florida, are Spotted Sea Trout exceeding 30 inches in total lengh and 10 pounds in weight. The Florida state record for a Spotted Sea Trout is 17 lbs 7 oz, caught near Fort Pierce, Florida. Now that was a "gator trout"!


Pompano caught with Captain John in Daytona Beach, FloridaThe Florida Pompano is just one of several Pompano species which includes African, Cayenne, Florida and Irish Pompano. The Florida Pompano is very similar in appearance to the Permit however Permit grow considerably larger and are more abundantly found further south in Florida. Florida Pompano are a member of the jack family. They are an important species to both the Florida recreational fishing and commercial fishing industries.

There's two things you can always say about Pompano. Pompano are very fast swimmers and very good to eat! Pompano swim in fast schools that can travel great distances when they migrate. The fish is so desired by seafood chefs that one of the oldest known classic New Orleans recipe is “pompano en papillote,” Pompano fillets wrapped in parchment paper and then steamed with a white wine sauce, shrimp, and crabmeat. Fresh Pompano fillets cost more per pound than Maine lobster and demand for the meat is so high, Florida pompano are being raised using aquaculture methods.

The other interesting thing about Florida Pompano is how much they love to stay close to the coastline. For fishermen into surf fishing, Pompano are the ultimate prize. Surf fishers in Florida are known to follow schools of Pompano for many miles up and down the Florida coast as they migrate along the shore.

Where are Florida Pompano Found?
Primarily, in Florida! Florida Pompano are a Western Atlantic fish and can be found as far north as Massachusetts and as far south as Brazil. However, they are most common in or near Florida! Pompano are a true "nearshore" species of fish. As mentioned above, they can be found along sandy beaches and are a favorite of anglers who love surf fishing. Although not commonly caught on offshore fishing trips, Florida Pompano can be caught in water up to 130 feet deep.

Pompano are often caught on Daytona Beach inshore fishing chartersWhen the migrating Florida Pompano are in the Daytona Beach area, they are commonly caught on inshore fishing charters. Daytona Beach fishing guides often take their guests to Ponce Inlet at the mouth of the Halifax River where schools of Pompano scurry in and out of Ponce Inlet to feed on clams and crustaceans.

When can you catch Pompano near Daytona Beach?
As long as the water temperature stays above the 50s, Florida Pompano will stay around the Daytona Beach area. During mild winters, when the water temperature stays in the 60s, Pompano will remain in the Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet area. When the water temperature dips into the 50s, they head to South Florida for the winter. in the Spring, the schools will swim back north to Central Florida and beyond.

Florida Pompano Size
The Florida state record for a Florida Pompano is 8 pounds 4 ounces and was caught near Port Saint Joe in the Florida Panhandle. The most common size of Florida Pompano caught on a typical Daytona Beach fishing charter is less than 3 pounds and less than 17 inches in length. Remember, however, Pompano are fun to catch at any size. Also Pompano are prized fish for cooking and it doesn't take much Pompano meat to make a gourmet meal.


This snook was caught with Captain John of Floating Time ChartersNext to Redfish, Snook is probably the second most commonly targeted fish found inshore in Florida. Snook is a very popular inshore game fish because of its renowned fighting ability. It is also very good to eat! The further south you go in Florida, the more common Snook become. That's because Snook are actually a tropical fish very common in Central America. The Daytona Beach area is at the northern limits of the Snook range.

There are five species of snook found in Florida but only the Common Snook is found as far north as Daytona Beach. Snook also has several different names incluing Robalo and Linesider. The word "snook" comes from the Dutch word "snoek," which in English means pike, probably because of its physical resemblance to the northern gamefish.

Where are Snook Found?
Common Snook, the only one of the five Florida species of Snook found as far north as Daytona Beach, are associated with freshwater sources. They are found in the brackish water estuaries around Daytona Beach including the brackish waters of the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Water. However young Snook are found in waters that have minimal salinity and are known to share habitats with freshwater Largemouth Bass. The smaller, young Snook can be found in mangrove lined marshes all the way upstream to freshwater rivers and creeks. These young Snook remain in this habitat until they are about ten to fourteen inches long. At this size they begin to sexually mature and migrate toward the higher salinity areas such as down the Halifax River and closer to Ponce Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. The mouths of coastal rivers and major ocean inlets such as Ponce Inlet near Daytona Beach are prime Snook spawning locations. Snook spawning occurs in Florida from April or May through September or October, depending on water temperatures.
Common Snook are the species found in Daytona Beach waters
As long as the winters are mild in the Daytona Beach area, Common Snook will continue to thrive in the area. When the occasional freeze hits the Daytona Beach area, there may be a diminishing of the local Snook population. Cold weather will make the Snook inactive so look to warm weather fishing if you want to catch Snook pn your next Daytona Beach fishing charter. Captain John of Floating Time Charters has decades of experience with local species, including Snook, and can advise you of the best time to go fishing for Snook around Daytona Beach.

Snook Size
The Common Snook is the largest of the five Snook species found in Florida. At about 10 to 14 inches in length, the young Snook leave the upper, lower salinity estuaries and head to the lower level, higher salinity estuaries nearer the Atlantic Ocean. The larger Snook can be caught near Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach, just south of Daytona Beach, and a common fishing location for Daytona Beach fishing guides like Captain John Schmidt.

The average snook that you'll catch on a Daytona Beach fishing charter will be about 2-5 pounds. However much larger Snook in the 10 - 20 pound range are not uncommon, especially near Ponce Inlet during the summer spawning season. The Florida state record for a Snook is 44 lbs, 3 oz. and was caught near Fort Myers.

Captain John Knows His Fish!
So when you're ready to do some great inshore fishing in the rich coastal estuaries of Daytona Beach, go fishing with a genuine local fisherman who knows the waters like his own backyard!

Captain John is a second generation commercial fisherman who has been fishing the Daytona Beach waters his entire life. He is ready to share his knowledge and experience of local waters with anglers who want to experience the best inshore saltwater fishing in Central Florida!

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