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Bottom Fishing Charter in Daytona Beach Florida

Bottom fishing refers to the most common fishing technique, used to catch fish that are found near the sea floor. This technique may seem like a lazy way of catching fish but it requires the utmost drifting and anchoring tactics. Bottom fishing is where the boat is anchored on parts of the reef or wrecks. There are many different techniques used on each of these types of bottom fishing depending on the time of the day we are bottom fishing and the fish we are trying to catch. Join our crew to learn more about these techniques as you will experience them hands on!

The types of fish we catch bottom fishing are Grouper, Snapper (5 different species), shark, amberjack, cobia, and triggerfish. We offer a 5 hour, 8 hour, and 11 hour trip. You can expect to catch the same kind of fish on all the trips but it is more time to enjoy and catch more fish. The fish are also somewhat bigger because the water is deeper. The water depth range from 80 to 150 ft on these trips. Large predatory fish like the Grouper, Halibut and the Red snapper are found by the reefs, buoys and the wrecks. And the best way to reel in one of them is using the bottom fishing method.

Bottom fishing on the 11 hour trip is the best experience. We go all the way out to the Gulfstream. We can stop to fish at ship or plane wrecks, natural ledges, and reefs which are up to 300 ft of water. If you’re looking for a lot of fish to catch to take home and eat, this is the trip.

Bottom Fishing Bait

The bait most commonly used for bottom fishing consists of both dead bait, such as, cut up bonito, squid, pilchards and herring, as well as, live bait such as live pilchards, herring, goggle-eye, pin fish, blue runners and bonito.

Bottom Fishing Technique

The first step in learning how to bottom fish is learning bottom bouncing. Bottom bouncing is when you drag your bait along the bottom of the waterway. Bucktail jigs, spinners and live bait are among some of the best bait for bottom fishing. The dragging motion causes the lure to bounce along, kicking up small clouds of sand. Bottom bouncing is a great way to attract or locate fish during most seasons and times of day. There are other bottom fishing techniques you can use like:

  • Before you start bottom fishing, remember that all bottom fishing rigs need to include a weight or sinker on the line, which should be below your hook to get your bait down to the bottom.
  • If you put your weight above your bait in a strong current, the bait will drift back. Once you have dropped your lure or bait, let the bait rest and float along until you get a bite.
  • Check your bait periodically to ensure its still on your hook and hasn’t been stolen by a small fish or fallen off the hook. Strong currents have a tendency to forcefully take bait off a hook.

Once you learn how to fish using this method, you’ll find it one of the most relaxing methods to land fish with a lot of effort. Learn more about how to bottom fish along with other fishing techniques using live bait in our next section.

Bottom Fishing Resources

We want our patrons to not only catch some amazing fish but to have a blast all at once. Have you ever looked to see if there are resources that’ll make your better at bottom fishing? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult to find resources to can help you become a better fisherman. Not to worry, we will provide you with 3 resources that’ll make you better at bottom fishing and consistently catch all types of fishing on every trip you attend.

  1. TakeMeFishing.Org:

    At TakeMeFishing.Org, they have an excellent page called “How To Bottom Fish” where they provide simples tips and techniques to do so. They will teach you a technique called Bottom Bouncing which is the first important step to learn how to bottom fish.
  2. Sport Fishing Magazine:

    They have a dense, yet informative article called “Expert Bottom Fishing Tips” where they find the top captains in the world to give you the best tips on bottom fishing and how to successfully catch fish around wrecks.
  3. Florida Sports Fishing TV:

    It’s always better to get a visual on how to bottom fish and we believe Florida Sports Fishing Youtube Channel does an excellent job. This video provides you with over 1-hour footage on how to become a successful bottomer fisherman.

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