Daytona Beach Fishing Charters
with Captain John Schmidt



Floating Time Charters offers offshore fishing trips in the beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic! We are rigged for bottom fishing and trolling!
The fish we catch include: Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Amberjacks, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bull Redfish, Flounder, Sea Bass, Triggerfish, Barracudas and Sharks!

Offshore Fishing Trips
4 hours $450
Prices are for 2 people
$50 each additional person
Maximum 6 people

Includes everything you need to fish: fishing licenses and permits, tackle, bait, ice, fish cleaning, etc.
6 & 8 Hour Offshore Trips are available.
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Our offshore fishing trips begin just minutes from downtown Daytona Beach.

Offshore Reef Fishing

Florida has the world's largest system of offshore artificial reefs with artificial reefs in nearly every coastal county. Volusia County, which encompasses Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach, has one of the largest artificial reef systems in Florida.

Fish the Sunken USS Mindanao!
The USS Mindanao is a sunken 446 foot World War II Liberty ship 12 miles east of Daytona Beach. It is now a highly productive artificial reef and the site of great offshore fishing near Daytona Beach.

There are now 15 artificial reef sites off the coast near Daytona Beach!
The reefs consist of everything from sunken ships and barges to discarded concrete structures and debris such as concrete culverts, pilings and bridge panels. There is even concrete and structural debris from building demolitions and a sunken World War II Liberty ship, the USS Mindanao.

Since the first artificial reefs were created off the shores of Daytona Beach in the early 1980s, the artificial reefs have become thriving fish habitats. Hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates, including the fish species we love to target, live on these reefs. Clearly, the artificial reef program is providing relief for the natural reefs located farther offshore. Daytona Beach area recreational fishermen and fishing charter captains now have many more options for offshore reef fishing and much nearer to shore. All 15 artificial reefs near Daytona Beach are located from less than 1 mile to 33 miles off the shoreline. The reefs are located at depths of 30 feet to 135 feet.

There are natural reefs located approximately 25 miles offshore of Daytona Beach in 200 to 300 feet of water. These are known as the Oculina coral reefs. Oculina is a type of deep water coral only found in the United States off the Atlantic coast of central Florida. These natural reefs are home to a large variety of reef dwelling fish and are excellent locations for great offshore fishing. However, their considerable distance offshore, and the fishing pressure put on the reefs by increasing numbers of recreational fishermen and fishing charters, have made the artificial reefs a welcome addition to Daytona Beach's offshore fishing options.

The artificial reefs of Volusia County and the Daytona Beach area are monitored by the all-volunteer Volusia County Reef Research Dive Team. The team members are experienced divers who use their own boats and charters to monitor conditions of both the artificial and natural reefs.

The Fish of the Artificial Reefs

Bottom fishing the artificial reefs near Daytona Beach offers a huge variety of species that everyone loves to catch.
The species most associated with bottom fishing off Daytona Beach are the snappers and groupers. Bottom fishing the artificial reefs offers a wide variety of both snappers and groupers.

Snapper species found when fishing around the artificial reefs include: Yellowtail Snapper, Lane Snapper, Mangrove (Gray) Snapper, Vermillion Snapper and Red Snapper.

Grouper species found when fishing around the artificial reefs include: Scamp Grouper, Black Grouper, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Yellowfin Grouper, Red Grouper, Snowy Grouper, Goliath Grouper, Nassau Grouper and Warsaw Grouper.

Other bottom loving species found around the artificial reefs include: Flounder, Triggerfish, Hogfish, Black Sea Bass, Spadefish and Weakfish.

Lots of Predators Hunt the Reefs!
Other species inhabit the waters above the artificial reefs, hunting for food. They include: Amberjack, Sharks, Barracuda, Cobia and even Tarpon visiting the reefs for a meal! You may encounter these species on any Daytona Beach offshore fishing charter but they can be especially abundant near the artificial reefs.

Although some species of Snapper and Grouper such as Goliath Grouper are currently a protected species and cannot be harvested, catch and release is always an option and lots of fun! Captain John is familiar with all offshore species and will let you know what species you can keep, the legal sizes and catch limits and what species must be released unharmed. There are plenty of photo opportunities and lots of fun even when anglers ‘catch and release’.

Offshore Trolling
Floating Time Charters also offers trolling on our offshore fishing trips. Free-swimming species are abundant in the Atlantic waters near Daytona Beach. Once our offshore fishing charter enters the Atlantic at Ponce Inlet, there are numerous choices for trolling from nearshore trolling for Sharks and Cobia to trolling further offshore for Mahi-mahi and Sailfish.

Trolling above Daytona Beach's many artificial reefs offers great opportunities to catch large predator fish attracted to the rich habitat. Trolling offshore on our Daytona Beach fishing charters offers the opportunity to catch many different highly-desirable species. They include: Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi-mahi), Wahoo, Sailfish, King Mackerel, Sharks, Barracuda and many more species!

Come Fishing Offshore with Floating Time Charters!
Whether you want to go bottom fishing on the reefs or trolling for free-swimming species, Daytona Beach offshore fishing charters have it all! Contact Captain John of Floating Time Charters to arrange you next Daytona Beach offshore fishing trip!


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