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Inshore Fishing Charters
in Daytona Beach, Florida
with Captain Chuck ‘CB” Bragg
For Reservations and Availability Please Call Captain ‘CB’ at 386-566-3955

Captain CB's Inshore Fishing Charters take place just south of Daytona Beach in the lower Halifax River region. The Halifax River goes right through Daytona Beach and flows south toward large unspoiled estuaries and Ponce Inlet at the mouth of the river. The Intracoastal Waterway and the estuaries continue south of Ponce Inlet to New Smyrna Beach.
Sheepshead are very commonly caught on inshore fishing charters near Daytona Beach, Florida
These estuaries where we do our inshore fishing includes mazes of mangrove marshes, canals, channels and palm and oak shaded creeks. Along the way, the lower Halifax River region provides countless habitats for fish from mangrove lined shorelines and oyster bars to docks and bridges.

Captain CB's boats for inshore fishing charters are trailerable. The captain can meet you at the public boat launch most convenient for you! The public boat ramps we regularly use for our fishing charters (closest to the action!) are within 6 to 14 miles of downtown Daytona Beach. For more information about fishing on the Halifax River see Halifax River Fishing

This young lady caught a nice 5 pound Sheepshead while fishing inshore along the Halifax River with Captain CB >>

Fish Species found on our Daytona Beach Inshore Fishing Charters
Captain CB's inshore fishing charters fish waters containing over 200 species of fish. Captain CB targets Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Flounder and Black Drum all year round. Many other species are found year round in these inshore waters including: Snook, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks, Barracudas, Sheepshead and several species of Snappers and Groupers. The closer your fishing charter gets to Ponce Inlet, the more the variety increases. Migratory species such as Tarpon, Jack Crevalle and Pompano appear each year. In summer Daytona Beach area fishing guides like Captain CB target big tarpon at Ponce Inlet at the height of the tarpon season.

The East Coast Slam
Redfish, Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout) and Snook!
So with all these wonderful species to talk about, where do we begin? Well, how about the East Coast Slam? Every Florida fisherman and fishing guide knows the Slam for his area. The East Coast Slam is a Redfish, Spotted Seatrout and Snook all caught on the same day. (The West Coast Slam is a Redfish, Snook and Tarpon, the Everglades Slam is a Redfish, Spotted Seatrout and Snook, same as East Coast) Since Captain CB's fishing charters is located on the East Coast, we'll start with the Redfish, Spotted Seatrout and Snook!

REDFISH
(also known as red drum, red bass, channel bass, spottail or reds)

Redfish are Florida's most popular inshore sport fish! Redfish are also one of the most widespread fish found in Florida waters. They are found inshore in estuaries as well as nearshore and offshore waters throughout the state and along both the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Their fighting spirit and great taste make redfish highly sought after. Their availability in inshore waters and estuaries makes them extremely popular with recreational fishermen and fishing charter guides on inshore fishing trips in the Daytona Beach area.
Redfish fishing in Daytona Beach, Florida
It is well known among Florida fishing guides and in the Florida fishing community that Florida's central Atlantic Coast is home to the state's largest redfish. The Florida state record redfish weighing 52 lb 5 oz, was caught in 1996 near Cocoa, just south of Daytona Beach in Brevard County. Redfish in Florida can reach 45 inches in length and live for 40 years.

Adult redfish live offshore and gather nearshore near estuary inlets and passes to spawn in late summer and fall. Tides carry the offspring inshore to estuaries. Young redfish will live in these estuaries until they sexually mature after three to six years of age. At maturity, they will be approximately 28 to 33 inches in length and will leave the inshore estuaries to join the other adult redfish offshore in the Atlantic.

Legal limits and sizes for Redfish in the Daytona Beach area
It is during the juvenile phase in the estuaries when redfish are heavily targeted by Florida recreational fishermen and fishing charter guides like Captain CB. The legal size limit in Florida for a keeper redfish is from 18" to 27", the perfect size for a juvenile redfish just before it matures and heads out to sea. The Florida state bag limit for redfish is one redfish per person per day, but no matter. A prize this tasty and fun to catch is too good to not be treasured and well protected.

Always check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission before fishing for Redfish in the Daytona Beach area without a licensed fishing guide.

This is also the perfect size for the best tasting redfish!
Redfish are exceptionally good eating! The juveniles, within the slot limit, have tender, flakey meat that is not oily. The meat gets tougher as the fish get older and large adult redfish, over 15 pounds, can be tough as chicken. Redfish recipes are everywhere but it was the Cajun "blackened redfish" that brought the redfish to national attention in the 1980s.

SPOTTED SEA TROUT
(also known as Speckled Trout, Speck or Seatrout)

Spotted Seatrout are among the most common fish caught on an inshore fishing charter in the Daytona Beach area. Spotted seatrout are plentiful along the coasts of the southeastern states from Texas to Florida to Virginia. Of all the states in the Southeast, Florida is at the epicenter of Spotted Seatrout habitat.
Spotted Seatrout fishing in Daytona Beach, Florida
Estuarine coasts, such as we have here in the Daytona Beach area, are prime Seatrout habitat.  With our warm weather, Spotted Seatrout can be caught virtually year round in the Daytona Beach area. Spotted Seatrout are found just about anywhere in inshore and nearshore waters around Daytona Beach including mangrove-lined shorelines, over oyster bars and seagrass beds, in deep holes and channels and even in the ocean surf. Spotted Seatrout are at home in coastal rivers like the Halifax.

Despite the name, Spotted Seatrout are not truly trout but members of the Drum family like Redfish (Red Drum). Spotted Seatrout can reach 3 feet in length and 15 pounds but are common in the 2-5 pound range. Large Spotted seatrout over 6 pounds are often called Gator Trout in Daytona Beach and other areas in Florida. The Florida state record for a Spotted Seatrout (as well as the world record!) is 17 lb 7 oz caught down the Atlantic Coast in Fort Pierce.

Spotted Seatrout mature fast and can usually reproduce at about one year of age. Seatrout spawn inshore from March through November. Their stocks are healthy and they can adapt to a wide variety of inshore and nearshore habitats. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Spotted Seatrout are in the top ten species for recreational fishing in the country.

Legal limits and sizes for Spotted Seatrout in the Daytona Beach area
Because of their fast reproduction rates and healthy stocks, the daily bag limit is 4 Spotted Seatrout per day in the Daytona Beach area of Florida. The best part is even though the size limit slot is between 15 and 20 inches, each angler on a fishing charter may possess one Seatrout over 20 inches and that's included in his bag limit. There's always room for a Gator Trout on a Daytona Beach fishing charter with Captain CB!

Always check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission before fishing for Spotted Seatrout in the Daytona Beach area without a licensed fishing guide.

Spotted Seatrout meat is prized for its excellent flavor and texture!
The delicate meat of the Seatrout loses quality rapidly if left unchilled, so place your fish on ice as rapidly as possible. There are many great recipes for Spotted Seatrout but if you catch your limit and have a lot of fillets, try fried Spotted Seatrout. There's probably no fish that fries up better and easier than Spotted Seatrout. There's no fishy oily taste to deal with, the texture is perfect for frying and the flavor is rich. It'll be hard to go back to fried catfish after that! If you do catch a few Spotted Seatrout on your inshore fishing charter with Captain CB, the fried Seatrout will certaily top off the fishing trip!

SNOOK

Snook are easily recognizable by the horizontal stripe along their body length. Like Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout they are also good eating! Of the three fish species included in the East Coast Slam, (Redfish, Spotted Seatrout and Snook) Snook put up the biggest fight but are also the hardest to catch. Many regard snook as the most fighting inshore fishing species after Tarpon. Pound for pound, Snook may be better fighters than Tarpon! However, Snook are temperamental and many factors affect an anglers ability to catch one including temperature, lunar periods, atmospheric pressure, time of year plus their penchant for hiding in mangroves, rocks and other difficult hiding places. Yes, catching a Snook, even under the best conditions can be challenging but no one said the East Coast Slam would be easy!
Snook fishing in Daytona Beach, Florida
Unlike redfish and Spotted Seatrout, Snook are true sub-tropical fish and cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60F. Snook are native to the inshore waters of Central America and and are also quite common in South Florida. Daytona Beach lies at the extreme northern end of the Snook's range. Thanks to warmer weather and milder winters over the last few years, local Snook populations have increased and the Daytona Beach area is having some good snook fishing. The good news is you don't have to go all the way to South Florida to catch a Snook!  When the conditions are right, you can catch Snook right here on a Daytona Beach inshore fishing charter.

During the Daytona Beach winters, even the mild ones we have had lately, Snook shut down and survive off stored body fat. As the weather warms in the spring, Snook begin to get active and feed. In the spring, Snook can be found in the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway, creeks and mangrove marshes hunting for food.

In the summer, Snook congregate in large schools in deep passes and inlets to spawn. Ponce Inlet, at the mouth of the Halifax River, is a popular place to catch Snook for Daytona Beach fishing guides. In Central Florida, including Daytona Beach, warm summer like days usually continue until mid-October when the first weather fronts from the north finally begin to cool temperatures a bit. As winter approaches, Snook around Daytona Beach start returning to their deep holes, creeks and channels and virtually stop feeding until warm weather returns.

Legal limits and sizes for Snook in the Daytona Beach area
Of the three species included in the East Coast Slam, Snook is the only one with a closed harvest season. Of course, fishermen can still catch and release Snook and that counts for the East Coast Slam! In the Daytona Beach area Snook harvesting is prohibited from December 15 through the end of January and June 1 through the end of August. The size limit for Snook taken in the Daytona Beach area is minimum 28" and maximum 32" total length. There is a one Snook limit per angler per day for keepers.

Always check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission before fishing for Snook in the Daytona Beach area without a licensed fishing guide.

The Florida State record for a Snook is 44 lb 3 oz, caught near Fort Myers. Since juvenile and mature Snook share the same waters, anything is possible!

Redfish, Seatrout, Snook and More!
The inshore waters around Daytona Beach are a great place to go for your own East Coast Slam. Remember, there's a lot more inshore fishing going on around Daytona Beach than just these three species!

Bring home some great fishing memories of Daytona Beach with an inshore fishing charter with Captain CB!

 

Captain Chuck ‘CB’ Bragg
Captain CB’s Fishing Charters
Daytona Beach, Florida
Phone: 386-566-3955
Serving the entire Daytona Beach area including
Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet, Florida
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