Captain CB’s

Daytona Beach
Fishing Charters

Daytona Beach, Florida

With Captain Chuck ‘CB’ Bragg

Offshore Fishing Charters

Offshore, deep sea fishing in Daytona Beach, Florida

Captain CB offers Bottom Fishing and Trolling on his Offshore Fishing Trips!

Whether you want to go bottom fishing the reefs for Amberjacks, Snapper and Grouper or trolling on an extended deep sea fishing trip for Sailfish, Mahi and Tuna, Captain CB can arrange a fishing charter that’s just right for you.

Offshore, deep sea fishing charter rates in Daytona Beach, Florida

OFFSHORE CHARTER RATES

Half Day Charter
(4 hours)

$650 up to 4 people
$50 for each additional passenger
6 passengers maximum

3/4 Day Charter
(6 hours)

$800 up to 4 people
$75 for each additional passenger
6 passengers maximum

Full Day Charter
(8 hours)

$1050 up to 4 people
$100 for each additional passenger
6 passengers maximum

Extended Gulf Stream Charter
(10 hours)

$1250 up to 4 people
$100 for each additional passenger
6 passengers maximum

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.

Trolling offshore for mahi in Daytona Beach

Trolling

While fishing offshore with Captain CB, you may want to do some trolling. Trolling offshore on an extended deep sea fishing charter offers a chance to catch large pelagic (free-swimming) species such as Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna and Sailfish.

Trolling over the reefs near Daytona Beach can be very productive. Many popular species patrol the waters over the reefs such as Amberjacks, Cobia, Barracuda and Tarpon. Even trolling nearshore just a mile or so from the beaches can produce Sharks, King Mackerel, Cobia and Tarpon.

Bottom fishing for red snapper in Daytona Beach

Bottom Fishing

If you like offshore bottom or reef fishing, you came to the right place! Daytona Beach is home to one of the most extensive networks of artificial reefs in Florida. Since 1980, Volusia County, home to Daytona Beach, has been laying down man made reefs off the coast. These reefs are directly offshore from Daytona Beach and nearby centers of offshore and deep sea fishing in Volusia County such as New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet.

Today there are 15 artificial reef sites from less than one mile to 33 miles off the coast. The reefs are in waters ranging from just 37 feet to 135 feet in depth. The first artificial reef began when a World War II Liberty ship, the USS Mindanao, was purposefully sunk 11 miles offshore to create a new marine habitat for species already found in the waters off Daytona Beach.

With the success of the Mindanao, five more ships were sunk to create even more offshore fishing habitat in the Daytona Beach area including the 165 ft. Antilles Star and the 165 ft. Maxine D. Old barges and tugboats were also added to the reefs including the 195 ft. steel barge Argoil. There are even two dozen USN Intruders, retired 1960s era fighter planes!

Fishing the artificial reefs in Daytona Beach, Florida

More About the Reefs

Daytona’s artificial reefs are habitat for a large variety of fish! The sunken ships, tugs and barges (and planes) are home to many different species of Snapper and Grouper as well as hard fighting Amberjacks.  Cobia and Tarpon also visit the artificial reefs.

Other species you may encounter while bottom fishing the artificial reefs on your Daytona Beach fishing charter include Triggerfish, Spadefish, Weakfish, Hogfish, Black Sea Bass, Flounder and bull Redfish. Barracudas and many species of Sharks are also found on the reefs.

The first concrete culverts placed at the reef sites were also successful at creating new habitat for great offshore bottom fishing. So much so that just about any concrete structure that could be cleaned and barged out to the reef sites has been used. These include concrete culverts, bridge pilings, hollow concrete utility poles and various concrete structures from bridge and highway demolitions. All together, these various materials used in the artificial reefs off the Daytona Beach coast have created one of the richest fishing grounds for bottom fishing in the country! 

A wide variety of fish inhabit the artificial reefs in Daytona Beach

How the Reefs Got Started

By the 1970s, many offshore species popular with fishermen and fishing charter captains in the Daytona Beach area were under pressure from over fishing. In the late 1970s, local fishermen asked the Volusia County Commission to obtain permits from the Army Corps of Engineers to construct artificial reefs in order to create more habitat.

In 1979, a permit to begin work on the first four sites was issued to the county by the Army Corps of Engineers.

In 1980, the USS Mindanao was sunk on site number 3, as an artificial reef. The Mindanao was a 446 foot Liberty ship that had carried supplies overseas to American troops during World War II. The Mindanao rests in 85 feet of water, 11 miles northeast of Ponce Inlet and 12 miles east of Daytona Beach. The main deck is 60 feet below the surface.

In 1981 concrete culverts were used for the first time as an artificial reef in the Daytona Beach area. The culverts were deposited on site number 2, a very popular fishing spot today known as Cracker Ridge.

For eight years, the two new artificial reef sites were monitored for progress. By 1988, the artificial reefs had become such a success that a permit was issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for five more artificial reef sites in the Daytona Beach area.

The artificial reefs in Daytona Beach are a favorite spot for our offshore fishing trips

The Artificial Reef System Booms!

The unqualified success of the first two artificial reefs gave rise to an expanded artificial reef program that continues to the present. There are now 15 artificial reef sites near Daytona Beach with the latest two sites created in July of 2015. These latest two sites are approximately one mile offshore and are the closest artificial reef sites to shore. They consist of 13 barge loads of clean culverts and concrete structures. Site number 14 is located about a mile east of Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach in 37 ft. of water. Site number 15 is located just a short distance from the Sunglow Fishing Pier in Daytona Beach Shores in 45 ft. of water. The sites were located close to shore to make bottom fishing in the Daytona Beach area more accessible to divers, kayakers and fishermen in small boats. 

The artificial reefs in Daytona Beach are home to a large variety of snapper and grouper

The Natural Reef System

One of the largest deep water natural reef systems in the country lies approximately 25 miles off the coast of Daytona Beach. It is the Oculina Coral Reef made up of deep water Oculina coral stretching from offshore Fort Piece to offshore Daytona Beach. It is the only Oculina Coral reef in the continental United States.

Oculina is a true deep sea coral. The Oculina Coral Reef is in 200 to 300 feet of water and is home to more than 70 species of fish. Deep sea fishing is great here, both bottom fishing and trolling. The addition of the artificial reefs closer to shore has taken a lot of pressure off the fish stocks living on these natural reefs.

A deep sea fishing charter to the Oculina Coral Reef is well worth the trip. You may want to schedule an extended deep sea fishing charter with Captain CB so you’ll have plenty of time to fish these magnificent natural reefs.

Let’s Go Fishing Offshore!
The options for offshore fishing and deep sea fishing near Daytona Beach are plenty! If trolling is your desired method of fishing, Captain CB can take you trolling nearshore for sharks and cobia or offshore for sailfish and Mahi-mahi. If you want to go bottom fishing, Captain CB can take you to any of 15 artificial reefs near Daytona Beach or to the great Oculine Coral Reef that stretches along the coast. Whatever you choose, Captain CB can take you there and you’ll bring back plenty of Great Fishing Memories!

The Captain and crew will do their best to ensure you have an enjoyable trip.
We want you to have a Safe, Fun and Memorable time on your Daytona Beach fishing charter with Captain CB!

 

For Reservations and Availability Please Call Captain Chuck ‘CB’ Bragg at
386-566-3955