Captain CB specializes in inshore fishing along the the brackish waters of the Halifax River.
He has been fishing the Halifax River area around Daytona Beach for over 40 years. No one knows inshore and backcountry fishing on the Halifax River better than Captain CB! See Map of Halifax River at the bottom of this page.
What can you catch on a Halifax River Fishing Charter?
The Halifax River is home to many highly desirable saltwater species. The Halifax River and its tributaries offers anglers a wide variety of rich fishing environments both natural and man made. There are thousands of acres of unspoiled mangrove marshes to fish with mazes of creeks, channels, ponds and canals. There are also plenty of fish harboring structures such as oyster bars, rocks, sea walls, docks and bridges. It's no wonder that the Halifax River area is very popular with Daytona Beach fishing charters seeking great inshore fishing. SEE SPECIES IN NEXT PARAGRAPH
Near the mouth of the Halifax River at Ponce Inlet >
That’s a mangrove island in the river on the right of the picture.
Captain CB, owner of CB Fishing Charters, targets Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Flounder and Black Drum year round.
Other popular species are Sheepshead, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Scamp Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Pompano, Tarpon and Sharks. Charters fishing the saltier waters of the Halifax River and Intracoastal Waterway closer to Ponce Inlet, may encounter King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Barracudas and more species of Sharks.
The Halifax River Runs right through the city of Daytona Beach!
The Halifax is a beautiful, lush sub-tropical river and the center of inshore fishing in the Daytona Beach area. Located in northeast Volusia County, The Halifax River is part of the Intracoastal Waterway system and runs north to south parallel with the Atlantic Coast shoreline. For its entire 25 mile length parallel to the Atlantic Coast, the Halifax River separates the beaches of the Daytona Beach area from the mainland creating a long barrier island. The Halifax River splits the city of Daytona Beach in two, separating the barrier island with the beaches from the mainland.
Is it a river or a lagoon?
The Halifax River is indeed a river, officially anyway. Like a river it has tributaries and flows, however slowly, toward the ocean. However, the Halifax River also has the characteristics of a coastal lagoon. Like a lagoon, the Halifax River is also a brackish, semi-saltwater body of water with easy access to the ocean. Its slow movement toward the sea resembles more the calm waters of a lagoon than the flowing waters of a river. Also, like a lagoon, saltwater species are abundant including dolphins and many species of saltwater fish.
The North End of the Halifax River
(North of Ormond Beach)
Originating at the north end of its 25 mile length, the Halifax River begins at Tomoka State Park in the extreme northeast corner of Volusia County. This is where the Tomoka River, Bulow Creek and Halifax Creek, the first three tributaries of the Halifax River, converge and empty into the Tomoka Basin.
The Tomoka River, Bulow Creek and Halifax Creek are palm lined subtropical rivers that mix with the salt marshes of the Tomoka Basin. Together they form a vast, rich estuary that serves as a nursery for many species such as manatees, blue crabs, wading birds and hundreds of species of fish. From the Tomoka Basin the Halifax River begins its journey south to the sea.
The beautiful, unspoiled waters and estuaries surrounding the Tomoka Basin, at the head of the Halifax River, are protected by public lands including Tomoka State Park, Bulow Creek State Park, Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park and the Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve. Tomoka State Park is known for its camping, boating, fishing and bird watching. The Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve is the summer home of Florida manatees and a popular destination for manatee watchers as well as fishing charters. The Halifax River and the Tomoka River are travel corridors for the West Indian "Florida" manatee. The Tomoka River and its tributaries are a designated Manatee Sanctuary.
The Middle Section of the Halifax River
(Ormond Beach to Port Orange, includes Daytona Beach)
The middle section of the Halifax River is lined with the beautiful landscaped homes of Daytona Beach and the neighboring towns of Port Orange and Ormond Beach. This is the section of the Halifax River that lies between the large unspoiled wetlands at the north and south ends of the river. It is the most developed section of the river but still fishing is good here. There are countless docks extending into the river, each a mini reef of fish activity. The graceful arching bridges that cross the Halifax river in Daytona Beach as well as the bridges at Ormond Beach and Port Orange are hotspots for fishing.
Although the Middle Section of the Halifax River is not the favorite fishing grounds for most Daytona Beach fishing charters, the river at Daytona Beach does not lack tourist appeal. Manatees, dolphins and water birds are all common in the Halifax River at Daytona Beach. The many dolphins fishing for their meals is a great indicator of the health of the river.
The South End of the Halifax River
(South of Port Orange to Ponce Inlet)
This is where we go on our Daytona Beach Inshore Fishing Charters!
At the south end of the Halifax River, near where the river ends its journey to the Atlantic Ocean, lies another vast fertile estuary and the best inshore fishing in the Daytona Beach area. From south of Port Orange all the way to the mouth of the river at Ponce Inlet, the Halifax River flows slowly through a maze of marshes, canals, creeks and ponds until it reaches Ponce Inlet and the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The largest of the Halifax tributaries in this part of the river is Spruce Creek just one mile up the Halifax River from Ponce Inlet.
This wonderful aquatic maze of rich fishing grounds extends south of Ponce Inlet along the western shore of the Intracoastal Waterway (Indian River North) all the way to the town of New Smyrna Beach. The most popular fishing grounds here are along the mangrove lined shores of Smyrna Creek and around the islands and docks along the Intercoastal Waterway.
This is prime Central Florida inshore fishing!
Fish anywhere between Port Orange on the Halifax River north of Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach on the Intercoastal Waterway south of Ponce Inlet and you are in the midst of the best inshore fishing grounds in the Daytona Beach area.
The gentle flow of the Halifax River and its countless creeks feeds nutrients to the estuaries near the river's mouth. Clean, clear, saltier water from the blue Atlantic surges through the inlet at high tides. This marriage of nutrient rich fresh water from the creeks and clear salt water from the sea makes the wetlands here home to a mosaic of saltwater fish species that can be found far up the river and along the intracoastal Waterway. The waters are home to hundreds of species of fish. The abundance of dolphins here in the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway attest to the waters richness as fishing grounds for people and dolphins.
Now you know our inshore fishing charters focus on the area of the Halifax River and Intracoastal Waterway around Ponce Inlet. This is where inshore fishing is best in the entire Daytona Beach area. All our convenient boat ramps for fishing charters in this area are between 6 and 14 miles from downtown Daytona Beach.
Bring home some great fishing memories of Daytona Beach with an inshore fishing charter with Captain CB!