fishing charters

Fishing in Daytona Beach

My focus everyday is to put my clients on the fish of their life. My success rate is around 90%. Most people have to take 3 trips with me to work up to the biggest fish in the sea!! I will put you on sharks from 3 – 6 feet in the 10 – 50 pound range.

Amberjacks AKA “reef donkeys” in the 30 – 80 pound range as well as bigger sharks ranging over 100lbs. On these trips you can expect to come home with many keepers and lots of photos of the big dogs! I am the only Captain in town that likes to do what they call the puppet show where I will bring most of these sharks in the boat and make them talk to you! I will even filet the fish for you and advise you what restaurants will cook them for you.

Big-game fishing, also known as offshore sportfishing, or blue-water fishing is a form of recreational fishing, targeting large fish such as giant Grouper and Sharks which game fisherman regard as having “big fights!”.

Sharks (mako, great white, tiger, hammerhead and other large species) are the main species recognized as big-game fish, with many anglers considering the Atlantic tarpon also a big-game species.

Other game fish, such as dolphinfishmahi mahi, wahoo, smaller tuna species such as albacore and skipjack tuna, plus barracuda, are commonly caught as food or taken deliberately for bait.

Big-game fishing requires a boat of sufficient seaworthiness and range to transport the crew to the fishing grounds and back. Boats that fit these requirements may be as small as the 18 to 21-foot trailerable boats commonly used along the Florida coast. Captain Leon’s vessel is 25ft. One of the most desirable vessels made.

Everglades 243cc born for the Blue Water and can draft in 12 inches, a deeper cockpit and added width gunwale to gunwale make the 243 cc the roomiest big water Everglades yet.

The Everglades 243 is loaded with advanced fishing features and practical touches, it has plenty of style. Minn Kota Riptide 112  The wireless remote that started fishing’s GPS revolution: i-Pilot® delivers speed, steering, Spot-Lock, and the ability to record and retrace paths on the water. All at your fingertips, with fully automatic GPS accuracy. Hydraulic Steering, Trim Tabs, 2 Gunnell-mounted rod holders, 3 Livewells, Cast Net Locker, Leaning Post with 5 Rod Holders, Removable Yeti Cooler Beneath Leaning Post, Windshield, HD Cranking Battery with Selector Switch, Suzuki Powermatched rigging and components. Other Options on this boat include the Suzuki 250 4stroke engine with digital throttle shift box and Suzuki Command Link Gauges, a 4 blade Solas prop, backrest for leaning post, swim platform,  AWESOME over-sized t-tops and more. By far the best boat for fishing charters in daytona beach

At the other extreme the 100-foot and larger vessels “party boats” operating from Daytona Beach, transport 50, 75 or more anglers in search of reef and sport fish.

Fishing in the Daytona Beach area offers the angler unique options! Offshore, coastal and inland fishing affords the opportunity to cast your line in a variety of settings. Imagine saltwater fishing one day, freshwater the next and brackish on another day! Charter out to the deep sea from Ponce Inlet and experience reeling in some of the strongest and hardest fighting fish anywhere. Take an inshore trip and fish the flats of the Spruce Creek and Indian River Lagoon.

Artificial Reef Program

In support of the recreational and commercial fishing industry, artificial reefs are being constructed off the coast of Volusia County. The Reef area in Daytona Beach Shores is 30 to 40 feet deep and located five miles north of Ponce Inlet. The Reef in New Smyrna Beach is 30′ to 40 feet deep and located three miles south of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Learn more about the program, or for gps location information, artificial reef fishing maps. Reef sites are made up of large, clean concrete structures, culverts, road barriers,
utility poles, steel ships, tugs and barges. The reef sites provide a wide range of keeper fish including snapper, grouper, sea bass, flounder, manta rays, sting rays, sharks, sheepshead, cobia, kingfish, amberjack, barracuda, dolphin, bonita, sea turtles, crabs, shrimp, octopus, baitfish, tarpon, angelfish, spadefish, redfish, snook, weakfish, hard and soft corals, barnacles, clams, starfish, sponges, sea cucumbers and sea fans. Reefs support the local and regional marine and boating industries by providing fishing locations on the nearshore area of the continental shelf where no natural reef occurs. Reefs improve the quality of Captain Leon’s deep sea fishing charters and life for the residents and visitors in east central Florida and will grow marine life for decades to come.

Whatever your skill level rest assured you are in very good hands. Captain Leon will show you what Daytona fishing is all about. He will make your Daytona fishing charter exciting by taking you to the best fishing grounds in Daytona or New Smyrna and he will show you the beauty of the entire fishing region including the Indian River Lagoon.

For over 15 years, Captain Leon has dedicated his efforts to a mission based on values and principles. He has taken a leadership role in the effort to preserve the environment and promote safety. Teaching responsible fishing and safe boating in east central Florida estuaries and Atlantic coastal waters.

Bridges provide many of the inshore hot spots. Some of the species that can be found include: trout, catfish, flounder, sheepshead, tarpon, snook, black drum, mangrove snapper and red drum.

There are currently six bridges along the river, including two bascule bridges. They are ordered from north to south.

  • Granada Bridge  – The first bridge to cross the Halifax River opened here in 1887, connecting two parts of Ormond Beach, Florida, mainland to the beach peninsula.
  • Seabreeze Bridge  – The first Seabreeze Bridge was built in 1902, connecting what was then known as Ocean Blvd. Seabreeze Blvd to Mason Ave. in Daytona on the mainland.
  • Main Street Bridge – The first bridge at this location was opened in 1888. The bridge connected Fairview Avenue from mainland Daytona to Seabreeze Avenue.
  • Broadway Bridge – The first span at this location was built in 1912. In 1947, the Broadway Bascule Bridge was built, connecting Volusia Avenue on the Mainland to Broadway Avenue on the beach peninsula.
  • Veterans Memorial Bridge – The “South Bridge” from old Daytona near City Island to old Daytona Beach on the peninsula was built in 1899.
  • Port Orange Causeway – Commonly called the Port Orange Bridge or the Dunlawton Avenue Bridge, this bridge connects the mainland city of Port Orange, Florida with the beach peninsula. The first one at this location was built in 1906, made of sable palm pilings and pine bridge timbers; The bridge was washed away by a hurricane in 1932. A wooden toll bascule bridge was built here in 1951. The drawbridge was replaced in 1990 by a new high bridge which presently spans the river.

Captain Leon's deep sea fishing charters