What the Captain Brings
- Rods and Reels for all Anglers.
- All Tackle, bait and ice.
- Cooler for food and drinks (water is provided).
- Fishing License for each Angler aboard.
What You Should Bring
- Polarized Sunglasses! ! ! (this is a must if you want to see what the captain see’s)
- Hat (to protect your head from our wonderful sun and to shade your eyes)
- Don’t forget to bring your Polarized Sunglasses ! ! !
- Shoes (Non-Marking Soles !!!)
- Sunscreen (recommend spf50) (best if applied prior to leaving the dock) SUNSCREEN SPRAY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. (it ruins and stains upholstery)
- Drinks (Gatorade, Propel or other non-caffeinated drinks) & Feel Free to bring your beverage of choice!!
- Camera (to catch that shot to be remembered for ever!)
- If you plan to keep any fish, please bring your own cooler! (leave in your vehicle till trip is done)
- If you plan to bring your own Rod & Reel, let the captain know so as to make room for your outfit.
Clothing For The Trip
SUNSCREEN: Please apply before the trip starts. If you bring sunscreen, please see that it is “Not” a spray! The film from the spray ends up all over the boat and causes a slipping hazard and causes stains on the upholstery!
Ladies: Bikini’s, Swim Suites and Shorts – Please bring a Long Sleeve SPF shirt to cover your arms. Fishing Vented Shirts and Micro Fiber SPF shirts are the best to protect your skin. Don’t forget to lather up on sunscreen prior to leaving the dock! A light weight pair of pants are a great idea as well!
Men: Sorry- please don’t wear bikinis as it might distract the fish and your opportunity to catch them! Long Sleeve Vented and Micro Fiber SPF Shirts are a must to protect your skin! Shorts are fine and light weight pants are a good idea as well.
Kids: Parents- please, please, please- lather your kids up of sunscreen. The captain wants to make these trips for the kids even more special as they are the future for all of us and a great memory catching fish vs. a bad memory of a sunburn is all it takes to ruin a trip for them!
Prepare yourself for temperatures 10˚-15˚below than what is forecasted in the morning. The ride to the fishing grounds can produce very low wind chill numbers.
Where To Meet On Day Of Trip
New Smyrna Marina/ Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grill
200 Boatyard St.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
What Can Be Expected to Be Caught
The mahi-mahi or common dolphinfish is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical, and subtropical waters worldwide. Mahi-mahi have compressed bodies and a single long-based dorsal fin extending from the head almost to the tail. Mature males have prominent foreheads protruding well above the body proper. Females have a rounded head. Their caudal fins and anal fins are sharply concave. They are distinguished by dazzling colors - golden on the sides, and bright blues and greens on the sides and back. The pectoral fins of the mahi-mahi are iridescent blue. The flank is broad and golden. Out of the water, the fish often change color (giving rise to their Spanish name, dorado, "golden"), going through several hues before finally fading to a muted yellow-grey upon death.
The Cobia are a large species that grow to 4 feet and can weigh over 50 pounds with the record in Florida 130 pounds caught in Destin, but most caught are in the 30 pound range. Mostly a solitary fish, you may sometimes find them in small groups in bays and inlets around structure. Offshore, Cobia feed on crab, shrimp, squid and small fish usually around shipwrecks and deep reefs. Cut bait chumming works best to attract the Cobia. Use live fish and crabs as bait fishing the surface and have fun battling this very aggressive fighter. Cobia are excellent tablefare and are filleted into steaks. Cobia skin is chewy, so it is always removed.
If you fish in Florida you will sooner or later catch a shark! Some anglers target sharks due to their furious fight and sheer size. Sharks are everywhere, both inshore and offshore with some even found in freshwater rivers.
Sharks are opportunistic feeders that will eat anything they can put in their mouth. Chumming for sharks is necessary if you are targeting them and is easy when you use cut bait, whole carcases, or any bloody fresh chum mix. It is best to use chum cages for dispensers and their teeth will shred a chum bag in a second and sometimes swallow dispensers whole.
Atlantic sailfish can be found near schools of bait fish in areas where there is a temperature changes. They feed on mackerel, tuna, herring, ballyhoo, needlefish and mullet. They can be found near the Gulf Stream in deep water near underwater structures like rock walls and drop offs. The best bait is live ballyhoo and pilchards. Sailfish show up in Southeast Florida and the Keys in Mid-October, offering anglers great fall action.
Grouper’s (Black, Gag, Red, Snowy)
Groupers are excellent table fare and can be found in all levels of the water column, commonly near structure. Groupers eat crustaceans, other fish, octopuses and young sea turtles. Grouper can be caught on fresh cut bait, such as mullet, mackerel or pinfish. They will also eat squid, octopus, and crabs. Live bait is by far the best bet. A live pinfish, a small gray or lane snapper, or a live cigar minnow are top draws for most grouper. Live cigar minnow, ballyhoo, pilchard and Spanish sardines also make great bait. These large fish require are very powerful and heavy requiring strong fishing gear. You can fish for large Grouper in deep water using a downrigger to bring the chum bag deep and attract this delicious fish.
Snapper’s (Red, Mutton, Lane, Grey, Mangrove)
Red Snapper can live 25 years and weight more than 25 pounds with the record in Florida caught at 46 pounds near Destin. This Snapper is more abundant in the colder northern Florida offshore deep wrecks and reefs but can be found statewide.
Mutton's normally inhabit deeper water, shallower patch reefs and wrecks, as well as channels and creeks. Larger Mutton can be found travelling grass flats following stingrays. Where there is an abundance of small Pilchards, Ballyhoo, and Herring you will find the Mutton Snapper.
The Lane are more common in south Florida with the young found inshore and in the mangroves and the adults on inshore reefs.
Grey or Mangrove Snapper are common in shallow waters especially around mangroves but larger Snappers move offshore to hard-bottom or reef areas for more food and shelter.
Red drum, also called redfish, channel bass, spottail, red bass or reds, are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Red drum are named after the "drumming" sound the make during spawning and when taken out of the water. The sound is produced by muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder. Red drum inhabit the nearshore and offshore waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Key West. Red drum in Florida can reach lengths of 45 inches and weigh up to 51 pounds. The world record red drum was caught off North Carolina waters in 1984 and it weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces.
Tarpon (season specific)
Tarpon are found in mostly in coastal waters and estuaries where the water is warm and shallow with sandy mud bottoms. In the Keys you can find Tarpon lurking around docks in large numbers and around seawalls. This large species is commonly 6 feet and over 100 pounds in south Florida and get get as large as 280 pounds. Often encountered solitary, they frequently travel in schools especially in the Keys. Tarpon feed on stingrays, mullets, silversides, catfish, blue crabs, sardines, anchovies, and pinfish. They are a sought after species for sports fishing but make terrible table fare, so catch n' release is the game with this fish.
The adrenaline-rushing excitement of catching a tarpon is arguably unrivaled in the sport-fishing world.