About Fins 'N' Tails Fishing Charters

The Captain

Captain Matt Hodges, Fishing Charter CaptainCaptain Matt Hodges is a United States Coast Guard licensed and Insured captain and owner of Fins n’ Tails - Fishing Charters of New Smyrna Beach which is based in, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Matt has been fishing these waters (offshore and inshore) since he was 5 years old. So to put a number to it, Matt has been on these waters for 37 years and growing. Captain Matt has fished the entire Eastern Seaboard (from Virginia coast line to the Southern Caribbean Islands and as well as Central American Pacific fishing) for several species of fish that include Redfish, Seatrout, Snook, Tarpon & Flounder for the Inshore, and Sailfish, Mahi-Mahi, Marlin, Tuna, Sharks, many Jack species and several other pelagic fish for the Offshore Fishing . Matt has taken all of the fishing tactics throughout all of these places to help catch and stay ahead of the fish he fishes for here locally in New Smyrna Beach & Daytona Beach waters. While fishing is the name of the game, Matt is very much a family man and loves to take families and kids fishing. Seeing the smiles on the little pirates assures that the fishing community will continue to grow.


Large Catch on a Fishing Charter

  • Voted: Best of the Best Fishing Charter Business
  • World Record Mutton Snapper 30 pound on 20# test mono
  • Multiple Grandslams on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico.
  • 10 pound Spotted Seatrout – with article in Florida Sportsman
  • All Billfish except Black Marlin:  Sailfish, Spear, Blue, White and Stripe Marlins,
  • 499 pound Bluefin Tuna
  • 12 foot Alligator and many under
  • Becoming a USCG Captain for hire
  • FAA Commercial Multi Engine Pilot (fixed wing aircraft)
  • Deputy Sheriff for Volusia County, Florida

The Location

Fins n’ Tails – Fishing Charters of New Smyrna Beach is a close drive from Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Cocoa Beach. This is a Destination Place with the Daytona 500, Bike Week, Biketoberfest, Fish Stock Fishing Tournament, King of the Inlet Fishing Tournament, New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational, and a handful of other smaller tournaments


The Boat

  • Sea Hunt 27 Gamefish w/ Coffin Box
  • 27’ 5” length
  • 9’9” Beam
  • 179 Gallons of Fuel
  • Twin Yamaha 200hp Outboards
  • All Safety Gear aboard
  • Simrad Electronics