Shark Fishing Trips
Shark Fishing with Captain CB’s Fishing Charters in Daytona Beach
Captain CB’s can take you on an exciting shark fishing adventure in Daytona Beach. These are Nearshore shark fishing charters less than 2 miles off the coast of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet.
SHARK FISHING CHARTER RATES
Shark Fishing Charter
$500 up to 4 people
$50 for each additional passenger
6 passengers maximum
These are Nearshore Fishing Trips with little time needed to reach prime shark fishing waters located just off the beaches of Daytona!
Captain CB’s Shark Fishing Trips are Family Friendly! Kids and beginners of all ages are welcome!
FAQs & Policies
Is Everything We Need to Fish Included!
Yes! Captain CB supplies the necessary Florida State Fishing Licenses and Federal Fishing Permits as required by law. Captain CB also supplies bait, ice, tackle and equipment for a day of fishing.
Complimentary fish cleaning is available at no extra charge when we return to port.
What Do We Need To Bring?
All you need to bring is food, drinks, sun screen lotion, a hat and sunglasses. (We will supply a cooler with ice for your food and drinks or you can bring you own cooler if you like) Also, don’t forget to bring your camera!
You may bring beer and wine but NO glass bottles, liquor or any illegal substances (no matter how minor). We are a FAMILY FRIENDLY fishing charter!
What About Tipping?
15% – 20% gratuity is customary and is not included in the charter price.
Are Children Welcome?
Yes! Our charters are private fishing trips for you and your family and friends! Children and beginners of all ages are welcome. Plenty of room for up to 6 passengers.
Where Do We Depart?
Our Departure Locations are just minutes from downtown Daytona Beach with free public parking available.
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DEPOSITS / CANCELLATIONS
A 20% deposit is due at booking.
At least 10 days notice is required to cancel a charter or your deposit is forfeited.
You will be notified if charter is cancelled due to poor weather conditions and your deposit will be returned to you.
Sharks Are Just Off the Coast!
Sharks are cruising the waters just off the beaches of Daytona Beach where millions of beachgoers swim with little thought of what dangers lurk just beyond the breakers. Due to the popularity of surfing in Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach and the sheer number of sharks, Volusia County has more shark attacks on humans than anywhere else in Florida!
Sharks living in these waters include Bull Sharks, Black Tip Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Lemon Sharks and Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks.
So if you’re swimming in the ocean at Daytona Beach or New Smyrna Beach, be sure not to go out beyond the first sandbar. This is where the sharks are and this is where we’ll be fishing for them!
The Best Shark Fishing in Florida!
With millions of sharks migrating through the area each year, Daytona Beach is known by many as the Shark Fishing Capital of Florida. Shark fishing is one of the most popular trips offered by Daytona Beach fishing guides. The proximity of sharks to the shore makes shark fishing easy in Daytona Beach with very little time needed to reach prime shark habitat.
Whether you’re an experienced sport fisherman or have never fished in the ocean before it just might be the biggest fight you will ever have on a fishing trip! With over 40 years of experience fishing for sharks in Daytona Beach, Captain CB can put you on the sharks.
Captain CB stays current on the latest Florida and federal shark fishing regulations. He will let you know which sharks are ‘keepers’ and which are ‘catch and release’.
Here are the some of the shark species caught on our Daytona Beach Shark Fishing Trips
BULL SHARK – (found Inshore, Nearshore and Offshore)
Bull sharks are the most dangerous shark to humans in Daytona Beach and all of Florida. From the records of shark attacks on humans, bull sharks are one of the most dangerous sharks in the world! Bull sharks are big, growing up to 11 feet in length, and are very aggressive. They are solitary hunters and very territorial.
Bull sharks inhabit the widest range of environments of any shark species and are capable of living in salt and fresh water. Although many types of sharks venture into brackish water estuaries such as the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway near Daytona Beach, bull sharks swim further up fresh water rivers than any other shark species. Bull sharks have been known to swim hundreds of miles inland via coastal river systems. Bull sharks can be caught on Daytona Beach inshore fishing charters and on offshore fishing charters as well as on our nearshore shark fishing trips. Coastal estuaries like the mangrove marshes where we fish on our inshore fishing charters are the nurseries for young bull sharks.
ATLANTIC SHARPNOSE SHARK – (found Inshore and Nearshore)
Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks are one of the most common sharks to catch on a Daytona Beach shark fishing trip or an inshore fishing charter along the Halifax River. They are recognized by their long flattened snout. They are a lot of fun to catch and are often the first shark caught by anglers on their first shark fishing trip or inshore fishing charter along the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Atlantic sharpnose sharks grow to about 4 feet long. The larger adults live nearshore even as close to shore as the surf. The smaller juveniles inhabit the brackish inshore waters such as the Halifax River and bays and estuaries all around Florida.
GREAT HAMMERHEAD SHARK – (found Nearshore and Offshore)
These solitary hunters inhabit both deep offshore waters and the shallow nearshore waters along the Florida Atlantic Coast near Daytona Beach. Great hammerhead sharks are also known to inhabit inlets and the mouths of bays so catching one near Ponce Inlet is always a possibility on one of our Daytona Beach shark fishing charters. Great hammerheads are prohibited from harvest but are a lot of fun to catch!
Great Hammerhead Sharks are often confused with their more abundant cousins, the Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks. Great Hammerhead Sharks are somewhat larger than the Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks reaching a maximum length of 20 feet while Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks grow no longer than 14 feet. They can be distinguished from scalloped hammerhead sharks by the nearly straight front margin of their ‘hammer’ while the ‘hammer’ is somewhat arched on scalloped hammerhead sharks. Their dorsal fin is also taller and more sickle-shaped than found on scalloped hammerhead sharks.
Unlike scalloped hammerhead sharks, great hammerheads are solitary hunters and seldom travel in schools the way scalloped hammerhead sharks do. Great hammerhead sharks are migratory with some Florida populations of great hammerheads moving north along the Atlantic coast each summer and returning south along the coast for the winter.
SCALLOPED HAMMERHEAD SHARK – (found Nearshore and Offshore)
Scalloped Hammerheads are also known as bronze, kidney-head or southern hammerhead sharks. Somewhat smaller than their close cousin, the Great Hammerhead Shark, Scalloped Hammerheads are the most common of all hammerhead sharks.
The scalloped hammerhead reaches a maximum length of 14 feet while the Great Hammerhead Shark can reach 20 feet. They are a pelagic species that likes to keep moving in open waters. They are found close to shore during the day where they are sometimes caught on our nearshore shark fishing trips, and hunt further offshore at night.
Scalloped hammerhead sharks are often seen during the day in big schools swimming along the coastline in Florida. The schools sometimes contain hundreds of scalloped hammerheads and have been the subject of some amazing aerial photographs as the large schools swim in clear waters along the Atlantic Coast.
Scalloped hammerhead sharks, like great hammerhead sharks, are prohibited from harvest. They must be released when caught but are an exciting shark to catch!
NURSE SHARK – (found Inshore, Nearshore and Offshore)
Nurse sharks are another shark species found in the coastal waters around Daytona Beach. They are a nocturnal shark species that hunt at night while resting on the bottom during the day. Nurse sharks can be found in water as shallow as three feet and as deep as 250 feet. However they are most frequently found nearshore and even inshore in channels between mangrove islands and on grass or sand flats.
Nurse sharks reach a maximum size of about 9 feet in length.
BLACKTIP SHARK – (found Inshore and Nearshore)
Blacktip Sharks are a lot of fun to catch! They are extremely fast and energetic and put up a really good fight when hooked, often leaping out of the water during the fight. They grow to a maximum length of about 6 feet and are considered by many to have more fight per foot than any other shark species you can catch on a Daytona Beach shark fishing trip.
Blacktip sharks are identified by a distinctive whitish stripe on their flanks and black tips on their pectoral, dorsal and anal fins. Blacktip sharks are common along the coast of Daytona Beach and are often caught on our nearshore shark fishing trips. They are tolerant of less salty water and are also common in the estuaries around Daytona Beach such as along the Halifax River. A true coastal shark species, blacktip sharks are very rarely caught on offshore or deep sea fishing charters. They are especially common around Daytona Beach during the warmer months and typically migrate further south for the winter and return each spring. Usually solitary hunters, blacktip sharks often form large schools during their winter migrations or when following large schools of fish inshore.
LEMON SHARK – (found Inshore, Nearshore and Offshore)
The Lemon Shark is another of the shark species we frequently run into on our shark fishing trips. Lemon sharks are an abundant shark species around Daytona Beach. They inhabit both the inshore and nearshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean. While we target lemon sharks on our nearshore shark fishing trips, they also often enter estuaries such as the Halifax River near Daytona Beach and even go into freshwater areas, but not as far up freshwater rivers as the bull shark. Lemon sharks are a tropical shark species and migrate south and into deeper waters in the winter.
Lemon Sharks are prohibited from harvest in state waters and since they can reach up to 10 and a half feet in length we typically like to hook them, enjoy the fight, then bring then alongside the boat where we can release them for future anglers to enjoy.
BONNETHEAD SHARK – (found Inshore and Nearshore)
Also known as a Shovelhead Shark, Bonnethead Sharks are members of the Hammerhead family of sharks (in the Genus Sphyrna). Bonnethead sharks have the smallest cephalofoil (hammerhead) of all the hammerhead sharks. They have a broad, spade-like head, distinctly different than the typical hammerhead shark we are all so familiar with.
Bonnethead sharks are timid and harmless sharks but put up a great fight when hooked. They average about 2 to 3 feet in length and grow to about 5 feet in length. Bonnethead sharks are very abundant in the nearshore and inshore waters around Daytona Beach. They are the one of the most common sharks caught along the Halifax River on Daytona Beach inshore fishing charters especially during the summer months.
Bonnethead sharks are very active sharks that must keep moving since they are not buoyant. They typically swim in small schools of 5 to 15 sharks although much larger schools of hundreds of sharks have been seen. Bonnethead sharks are very abundant around Daytona Beach during the spring, summer and fall. In the summer months they are especially numerous inshore along the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway near Daytona Beach.
On Captain CB’s inshore fishing charters along the Halifax River, you can catch bonnethead sharks during the warmer months without having to go into the Atlantic. During the winter months, bonnethead sharks typically migrate further south or to deeper water further offshore.
MAKO SHARK – (found Nearshore and Offshore)
The legendary Mako Shark is another of the larger species of sharks you may encounter on a Daytona Beach shark fishing trip. Mako sharks are one of the fastest sharks in the ocean, reaching speeds of up to 45 mph. There are two species of Mako Shark, the Shortfin Mako and the Longfin Mako. The Shortfin Mako is sometimes encountered on shark fishing trips within just a couple of miles off the Daytona Beach area shoreline, especially near Ponce Inlet. Found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide, shortfin mako sharks are typically found offshore but do come closer to land especially near inlets where prey is plentiful, such as Ponce Inlet near Daytona Beach. The rarer Longfin Mako stays much further offshore and in deeper waters. To catch a Longfin Mako Sharks, you’ll need to go deep sea fishing near the Gulf Stream.
Thankfully, Shortfin Makos do occassionally come nearshore and are always a possibility on a Daytona Beach shark fishing charter with Captain CB. Adult shortfin mako sharks are typically about 10 feet in length although some specimens up to 14 feet long have been recorded.