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Know why over 10 million tourists visit the beautiful coast of Daytona Beach, Florida. This city beautifully opens up to the majestic waters of the Atlantic Ocean and is gifted with unique hard-packed sandy shores. Aside from these natural wonders, Daytona Beach is teeming with history as a significant player in the Civil Rights movement. The city proudly displays its key role in the fight for equality, as evidenced by the great Jackie Robinson monument in front of the stadium bearing his name, and the Bethune-Cookman University, one of the first higher education institutions to educate female African-Americans. Apart from its historical significance, Daytona Beach stakes its claim as one of the country’s most youthful destinations, as it remains the spring break destination of choice for many college students from all over the US. And of course, Daytona Beach is in Florida, so anglers know it is yet another bucket list destination with its 23 miles of coastline.

Daytona Beach, Florida: Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing Haven

Daytona Beach is in Florida, so you can expect its waters to be rich with catch all year round. However, expert anglers know that it is particularly teeming with trophy fish during fall. The Halifax River Lagoon, which divides it is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which means it is protected from the big harsh waves of the open ocean.

Here in Daytona, anglers can both enjoy fresh water and saltwater fishing. Pier fishing, jetty fishing, fly fishing, and surfcasting can be done inshore and nearshore, while there’s plenty of trophy to catch offshore in reef systems and natural ledges.

Top fish to target include:

  • Redfish - available all year round but are particularly active during the spring in the Halifax River
  • Tarpon - start biting during the summer and remain active until early fall
  • Pompano - active during the colder months of September to October, and will reappear in January until March
  • Largemouth bass - available all year round but especially active from October to February
  • Spotted sea trout - available all year round, but you can catch trophy starting May
Fish species
Tarpon  fish

Habitat: Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

Weight: 25 - 63 Pounds

Length: 48" - 96"

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Pacific Pompano
Pacific Pompano fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Piers, Jetties

Weight: 1 - 3 Pounds

Length: 6" - 14"

Redfish fish

Habitat: Onshore, Flats, Backcountry, Nearshore

Weight: 10 - 45 Pounds

Length: 30" - 61"

Daytona Beach, Florida: Quirky and Interesting All Year Round

Daytona Beach offers plenty more than just its epic racecourse - though it’s important, too, to pay homage to the birthplace of speed. Here are a few activities we’d like to suggest:

1.Get Quirky with Daytona Beach’s Unique Spots

After a round of fishing at the Halifax River, venture out to the Holly Hill Gnomes and leave gifts for these local legends. Or surround yourself with life-size dinosaur figures at the historic Dunlawton Sugar Mills Garden.


2. Have a Blast at the Iconic Boardwalk

No visit to Daytona Beach is finished without a jaunt at the boardwalk. Try the famous Zeno’s taffy while riding the Ferris Wheel for a bird’s eye view of the city.


3. Get a Literal Bird’s Eye View of Daytona Beach

Schedule a helicopter ride with the Heli-Hogs and fly over Ormond Beach to see the majestic coastline and fly with the eagles (if you’re lucky).

Fishing Techniques
Surf Casting
Surf Casting
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing