Fishing In Ormond Beach

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Complete Guide to Fishing in Ormond Beach

Ormond Beach is a Florida city in Volusia County. It’s the northern neighbor of Daytona Beach and home to Tomoka State Park and the Halifax River. Ormond Beach, Fl is a top fishing destination for every type of angler, offering endless bass and saltwater fishing opportunities. The area offers constant action and trophy catches in a small-town setting. The top fish species targeted on fishing trips in Ormond Beach, Fl, are Largemouth bass, Redfish, Seatrout, Snapper, Kingfish, Grouper, Wahoo, Black Drum, and Cobia.

The entire greater Volusia County area is full of excellent fishing spots throughout the year from the Ponce Inlet through Daytona Beach, Fl. Ormond Beach, Fl is the perfect place to visit with its tropical weather, scenic beaches, and numerous natural and historical attractions. Ormond Beach fishing means endless adventures are available at your fingertips. Between Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach, Fl, visiting anglers will have the chance to catch a trophy largemouth bass on one trip and a bull redfish on the next, creating memories to bring home and last a lifetime.

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Bass Fishing

Northern Florida has some of the best bass fishing in the country, with constant action throughout the year and high chances at a trophy during spawning season. Anglers on a bass fishing trip near Ormond Beach have been reeling in trophy largemouths consistently for years. This location is perfect for experiencing a Florida bass fishing charter with its numerous freshwater rivers and lakes. A few of the best fishing spots in the Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach Fl areas are St Johns River, Lake George, Lake Monroe, Rodman Reservoir, Lake Woodruff, and Crescent Lake.

When considering bass fishing in the Daytona Beach area, the St. Johns River is often the spot of choice because of its proximity and endless opportunities. St Johns is the largest river system in Florida, consisting of 12 major tributaries and extending 310 miles long. Each tributary in the river system contains excellent waters with healthy vegetation supporting a healthy bass population. Some of the largest lakes in the state, including Lake George, Crescent Lake, Lake Woodruff, Lake Monroe, and Lake Washington, all have pristine waters and quality bass, making for a top-notch bass fishing charter. This is one of the most productive waterways in the state and has plenty of action throughout the year. Numerous trophy-sized bass have been caught here.

St Johns turns into a brackish environment as it heads towards the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville, giving anglers the chance to catch popular saltwater fish species while on a bass fishing charter on St Johns. Lake Monroe is a 9,406-acre lake part of St Johns and is considered one of the best fishing spots in the river system. Your local fishing guide will take you straight to all the best spots while providing a full tour of the location’s beauty and wildlife and passing on knowledge to help you become an even better angler for future visits. Your captain will have everything you need for a successful day on the water, including all gear and tackle; those over the age of 16 only need to purchase a freshwater fishing license before the trip.


The St. Johns River provides fishers the opportunity to catch various species while on a charter trip. Many people come to this river to experience its incredible crappie population. Other panfish thrive here, too, and are highly sought-after such as Bluegill and Perch. Crappie, also known as “Specks,” are the nation’s favorite and most sought-after panfish. They can be found throughout St John’s freshwater grounds. Crappie can be caught throughout the year but are best targeted in the cooler months. The river is the perfect place to introduce kids to the magic of hooking tasty crappie because of its calm waters and year-round opportunities.

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Saltwater Fishing Ormond Beach Fl

The coast of Ormond Beach, Fl is full of diverse waterways providing endless opportunities to catch any targeted saltwater species, whether it be inshore, nearshore, or offshore. Daytona Beach Fl, Ormond Beach, and all of their surrounding waters are home to the most popular fish, scenic views, and beautiful wildlife. Explore the Inshore waters for fish species like redfish, black drum, tarpon, snook, jack crevalle, and trout. Explore the nearshore and offshore waters for snapper, grouper, cobia, kingfish, wahoo, barracuda, sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and more. Our local licensed captains work endlessly to put you on your best fish possible during your trip.

Inshore Fishing Charters

The Halifax River and the Tomoka River meet at the north end of the Tomoka State Park, forming a natural peninsula, and both spots offering incredible inshore fishing. The most popular targets while on inshore fishing charters in Ormond Beach include Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, and Black Drum. While exploring the shallows on an Ormond Beach fishing charter, other common catches include Jack crevalle, trout, mangrove snapper, and Sheepshead. Anglers on Ormond Beach Fishing Charters can catch baby tarpon inshore in the Ponce Inlet and other rivers near Tomoka State Park. Slot-sized snook are also often caught in Ormond Beach, Fl out of Tomoka State Park. Inshore fishing charters in Ormond Beach often sight-cast redfish when the waters are clear and low. Numerous bull redfish have been caught around Daytona Beach Fl and Ormond Beach using many different techniques. 

The mangroves lining the Halifax and the Indian river are great spots to start hunting for snook, spotted seatrout, and even some redfish to land a Florida inshore slam while on an Ormond beach fishing trip. Exploring the coastal waterways in Ormond Beach, Fl makes for an excellent family outing. Most inshore fishing charters launch out of the boat ramps along the Halifax River. Whether fly fishing or light tackle fishing is your preference, inshore fishing in Ormond Beach is going to be an adventure.

Ponce Inlet

The Ponce Inlet, near Ormond and Daytona Beach Fl, is another top destination for inshore fishing charters. The Ponce Inlet sits on a barrier island. It is surrounded by water where the Halifax River, the Indian River, and the Atlantic Oceans all come together, creating a diverse angling experience. The Ponce Inlet is known as the best area to go for trophy redfish action. Big schools of Atlantic mullet move inland in October, attracting Giant Bull Redfish in good numbers to the inlet. The monster redfish average between 20 and 50 pounds. Mangrove snapper are also abundant in the Ponce Inlet and are abnormally large compared to other places. They can be found along the coastal jetties, but you will likely find a giant mangrove snapper in the reefs on a nearshore or offshore fishing charter.

Deep-sea Fishing Charters

Ormond Beach offshore charters are excellent year-round, with the Gulf Stream located about 40 miles out. The deep waters off Ormond Beach are full of thriving natural and artificial reef systems home to many of Florida’s favorite deep-sea fish. Nearshore Fishing charters are also a great idea in this part of Florida. Nearshore trips in Ormond beach typically involve catching fish anywhere from near the coastline to 10 or 20 miles out. Without having to head far offshore, popular catches in the deep nearshore waters include Amberjack, Kingfish, Cobia, and Barracuda.

As you venture even further out on a deep-sea fishing trip, anglers can catch big pelagic fish species, including Mahi Mahi and Kingfish. Throughout the year, popular sport fish like Kingfish, Mahi, Cobia, and big tarpon are caught off Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach waters. Your local fishing guide may suggest launching out of Port Orange for offshore fishing trips to have the most variety.

Ponce Inlet

The Ponce Inlet is also a popular spot for nearshore reef charters and offshore fishing charters. Offshore fishing charters out of the Ponce Inlet provide anglers with plenty of opportunities to troll and fish for popular fish species like Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Sailfish. Trips targeting Mahi Mahi and Wahoo are best during the months with warmer weather, and fishing charters targeting Blackfin Tuna and Sailfish are best in the winter.

Top Targeted Fish Species

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Ormond Beach, Fl Saltwater Seasons


Inshore fishing charters are having plenty of action targeting Black Drum, Sheepshead, Redfish, and Trout. Offshore fishing charters are catching Sailfish, Tuna, and bottom fish like Grouper and Snapper. The annual King Mackerel migration starts in February. Full-day fishing trips are best for those looking to land something giant.


Nearshore fishing charters are thriving with the abundance of finger mullet attracting some of Florida’s favorite game fish, including Kingfish, Amberjack, and Mahi Mahi. Fishing charters targeting cobia are best in April while they are migrating north. May is a top month for offshore fishing charters targeting Tuna, Cobia, and Wahoo. It’s also an excellent time for redfish trips. Anglers on an inshore fishing charter trip in Spring will have a good chance at a bull redfish or gator trout.


Warmer waters mean the Gulf Stream is much closer to the shoreline, providing anglers the opportunity to catch big offshore game fish species without heading far from the coast. Nearshore fishing charters are catching Barracuda and Amberjack. Other fish caught closer to shore are Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and sharks. The Mahi Mahi bite is great further offshore. Reef and wreck fishing charters are best in August, targeting tasty fish like grouper and snapper. The Florida weather will likely be hot and humid, with high rain chances in the summer, meaning morning trips are your best option.


The tarpon will be migrating south into Ormond Beach come September. Many believe this is the best month to fish as the waters are warmer while the Fall weather is mild. Many of the bigger fish will be moving offshore come October. Nearshore fishing charters are catching Mahi Mahi, Sharks, False Albacore, and Kingfish. Towards the end of Fall, offshore fishing charters target the game fish heading south along the Gulf Stream. Full-day trips are best in November to target King Mackerel.

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Fishing License Requirements on Fishing Charters

You don’t need to purchase a license for saltwater charters as the captain’s license covers you. This goes for both inshore and offshore fishing charters. For freshwater fishing charters, all non-residents over age 16 need a freshwater license, and residents between 16 and 65 need a freshwater license.

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Things To Do

Ormond Beach, Fl is known for its scenic beaches, small-town charm, and various cultural, natural, and historical attractions. Being less than 15 minutes from Daytona Beach, Fl, and an hour from Orlando means endless adventures when visiting this part of Florida. The International Speedway in Daytona Beach is one of the major attractions drawing people worldwide every year. In the offseason, visitors can take guided tours of the facility.

Ormond Beach Fl has plenty of lodging and dining options, most within walking distance from the beach and other popular attractions. A few popular attractions and things to do in Ormond Beach Fl are Tomoka Oaks Golf Club, Central Park, Skate and Shake, Ormond Lanes, Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum and Gardens, Andy Romano Beachfront Park, Paddle the Tomoka River, and Ormond Beach Environment Discovery Center.

Tomoka State Park is one of the most visited city attractions in Ormond Beach, Fl. Tomoka Park has numerous outdoor activities and a former Native American site home to indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Tomoka State Park is a paradise for bird watchers with over 160 different species sighted, especially during the Fall and spring migrations, and is popular for boating and fishing. Tomoka State Park protects various wildlife habitats and endangered species, including the West Indian manatee, and there is a half-mile nature trail through hardwood hammock that visitors can stroll. There is a boat ramp at the park providing river access to boaters and canoeists. The park store offers camping supplies, snacks, and canoe rentals. 

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