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Deep Sea Charter Fishing with Captain Endicott

The Captain - Chris Endicott

Finn-Addict is manned by Captain Chris Endicott. Captain Chris is a licensed United States Coast Guard 100-ton master fisherman. He has over twenty-five years of experience in Florida Charter and Commercial Fishing throughout the Eastern seaboard to include the Bahamas and South America.

Offshore and Deep Sea Florida Fishing Charter

Serving the Daytona, Port Orange, and New Smyrna Beach Areas, Finn-Addict-Fishing offers 3 different offshore deep sea fishing charter excursions. The 3 fishing excursion we specialize in are: 5-hour trip - 20 miles from shore.
8-hour trip - 35 miles from shore.
11-hour trip - To the Gulfstream.

The Boat - Southern Kingfish Association Domination

The Finn-Addict is a 36 foot Yellowfish boat so unique is its:
Unmatched Dry Ride
Legendary Rugged Construction Speed (at 700 Horsepower)
The boat does have a bathroom under the console and plenty enough room to climb in and out of.

Join Finn Addict on Your Next Deep Sea Fishing Adventure

Fishing Trips

Trolling, Deep Sea, Bottom Fishing in Daytona Beach and Charter Fishing in the locations of Daytona, Port Orange, and New Smyrna Beach areas

Trolling and charter fishing in Daytona Beach, Port Orange, or New Smyrna in search of large fish to catch is one of the most thrilling adventures the wide open blue ocean has to offer. Trolling is a fishing method where the boat is constantly moving. We cast our lines behind the boat with enticing bait for those fish swimming around the ocean. Typically 3 to 5 different baits can lure fish that are following the boat at a time. Some baits are even skipping on the surface of the water anywhere from 20 to 300 ft behind the boat. These often making for a exciting bite. Some of the baits are dragged down to 70 ft deep in the water using what is called a down planner. The types of fish we catch trolling are, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Bonita, and Barracuda.

Trolling on the ocean has never been more fun!

 

My personal favorite trolling trip is the 11 hour Gulfstream trip. The Mahi-Mahi (Dolphin Fish) are constantly jumping out of the water and making reels sing out line. Other fish include: Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish and the mighty Blue Marlin. The water depth along the stream can be from 150 to over 2000 ft.

Successful Trolling Tips

 

Depth Control

While trolling, the lure will go by the fish quickly so they only have a short amount of time to react. If the lure isn’t close to the level of the fish, the chance of seeing it let alone striking it is far less. Your trolling success depends on your knowledge of where your lure is and how to control it. By ensuring that your lure is in the right place, you have a much greater chance of catching fish consistently since they rarely swim to different depths. Remember, a lure goes by fish quickly, so your lure has to be very visible to your prey in order to increase your chances of actually catching them.

Speed

Traveling at the wrong speed will result in missed opportunities. No matter what type of fish you are trolling for, you’ll get more out of your trip by paying close attention to the speed at which your lure is working. The correct speed will is the one that gets the most action out of your lure.

Distance

The distance your lure or bait is from the back of the boat plays a key role in trolling. Fish will naturally want to move away from the sound of the boat so having the right distance is crucial because if your lure is too close then you won’t have any luck catching fish. The distance behind the boat depends on the type of fish, water clarity, boat traffic, and lures being used, as well as the method of fishing. 

The Best Time to Plan Your Daytona Beach Deep Sea Fishing Trip

When you go on your Daytona Beach Deep Sea Fishing trip will determine the types of fish you will catch. Planning your Deep Sea Fishing trip ensures you catch the fish you really want. According to iOutdoor.com, the following months are the best times to catch certain deep sea fish. From amberjack in April, to sharks in September, you are sure to have a great deep sea fishing experience with Finn-Addict.

January
  • Barracuda
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin
  • Grouper
  • Snapper
  • Wahoo
February
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin
  • Grouper
  • Snapper
March
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin
  • Grouper
  • Snapper
April
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin
  • Mackerel
  • Marlin
  • Snapper
  • Yellowfin Tuna
May
  • Barracuda
  • Mackerel
  • Marlin
  • Wahoo
  • Yellowfin Tuna
June
  • Barracuda
  • Dolphin
  • Marlin
  • Wahoo
  • Yellowfin Tuna
July
  • Barracuda
  • Dolphin
  • Marlin
  • Shark
  • Yellowfin Tuna
August
  • Barracuda
  • Marlin
  • Shark
  • Yellowfin Tuna
September
  • Barracuda
  • Bonito
  • Shark
October
  • Barracuda
  • Bonito
  • Shark
November
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Grouper
  • Mackerel
  • Snapper
  • Wahoo
December
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin
  • Grouper
  • Mackerel
  • Snapper
  • Wahoo

What to expect on a Daytona Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charter
  • Before going off on your deep sea charter, you first must properly stow away your fishing gear and other accessories. 
  • The captain is there to tell you where to put your equipment, how to set up your fishing gear, some interesting information about marine life, and many more. He’s the expert, so expect to learn a lot!
  • Expect some heavy motions while on the boat. If you have trouble with motion sickness, it’s recommended you take motion sickness medication for prevention.
  • A Friendly Team: Finn Addict Charter Fishing loves taking our fellow fishermen to fish with us and we will give the most memorable experience when it comes to our charter fishing excursion.

Bottom fishing refers to the most common fishing technique, used to catch fish that are found near the sea floor.  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 Charter In Daytona Beach and the fish we are trying to catch. 

The types of fish we catch Bottom Fishing In Daytona Beach or Port Orange Florida are Grouper, Snapper (5 different species), shark, amberjack, cobia, and triggerfish. 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.

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 the Bottom Fishing In Daytona Beach Florida, 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.

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 In Daytona Beach Florida and consistently catch all types of fishing on every trip you attend.

 

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.

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 In Daytona Beach Florida and how to successfully catch fish around wrecks.

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

Why Choose Finn-Addict Fishing for Your Charter Fishing Experience?

Finn-Addict Fishing provides three unique offshore and deep-sea fishing charter excursions for you to choose from. All options include the opportunity to either troll or bottom fish in waters ranging from 80 to 150 feet deep. The time allotted for each day trip includes the time you leave the dock to the time you return to shore.  The types of fish you could potentially catch include: Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Red Grouper, Warsaw Grouper, Snowy Grouper, Speckled Hind Grouper, Goliath Grouper, Vermilion Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Lane Snapper, Trigger Fish, Amberjack, Cobia, Flounder, Tarpon, Sharks, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda, Tuna, and Permit.

Where To Fish

Rocks and reefs are one of the best places for Daytona Charter Fishing. There are thousands of reefs offshore the Atlantic Coast. Also, there are many reefs in Florida that are man-made and artificial created by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Let’s not forget, you can find amazing fish at nearby wrecks from oil rigs, old shipping boats, and old airplanes. In addition, Florida has the largest number of shipwrecks that create artificial reefs. Catching a huge fish there will feel like you hit the jackpot.

Rocks and reefs are like goldmines for fish in the ecosystem, for it is a place that they feel keep them safe from the ocean tides. For long periods of time, rocks, reefs, and wrecks creates vast amounts of fish such as:

  • Mutton Snappers
  • Yellowtail Snappers
  • Cubera Snappers
  • Black and Gag Groupers
  • Goliath Groupers
  • Amberjacks
  • Alamaco Jack
  • Cobia

Rocks and reefs attract schools of large fish as well such as:

  • Carribbean Reef Sharks
  • Tiger Sharks
  • Bull Sharks
  • Margo Sharks
  • White and Blue Marlin
  • Kingfish
  • Wahoo
  • Mahi-Mahi
  • Black-fin Tuna
  • Yellowfin Tuna

And schools of bait fish such as:

  • Spanish Sardines
  • Ballyhoo
  • Scad Mackerel
  • Tunnies
  • Blue Runners
  • Goggle Eyes

As it comes to deep sea fish near natural and artificial reefs, you should keep in mind that a variety of fish reside in areas hundreds of yards from the ridge.

 

Deep Sea Fishing Techniques

The deep sea fishing technique you use will determine the type of fish you catch. There are two types of techniques: bottom fishing and trolling. Both deep sea fishing techniques have the same end goal of catching a fish, but both go about it a bit differently.

Florida Fishing Technique

Bottom fishing, also called legering in the United Kingdom is a fishing technique used to fish at the bottom of a body of water. It can be done by land or boat and focuses on catching ground fish. There are even special fishing rods called  ‘donkas’ that are used to catch these ground fish on the bottom of the ocean. The key is to let your bait linger along the bottom of the ocean floor to entice fish to chomp down on your bait. There are four types of rigs used in bottom fishing. The first is the ‘fish finder rig’ which is the most common. The ‘porgy rig’ is another rig used to catch porgies, grunts, snapper and other medium-sized fish. There is also a rig not as commonly used called the ‘break-away rig’ and finally the ‘party boat rig’ used most often on party boats. Using this technique along with one of these rigs you are set to catch these common fish of Florida:

  • Gag Grouper
  • Scamp Grouper
  • Red Grouper
  • Warsaw Grouper
  • Snowy Grouper
  • Speckled Hind Grouper
  • Goliath Grouper
  • Vermilion Snapper
  • Mangrove Snapper
  • Red Snapper
  • Lane Snapper
  • Trigger Fish
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Sharks

Trolling is a deep sea fishing technique where one or more fishing lines get pulled through the water on a moving boat or if in a static position you’ll move your fishing rod from side to side imitating the same motion as you’d get from being on a boat. When trolling for fish you’ll catch pelagic fish or fish inhabiting the upper layers of the ocean such as salmon, mackerel and kingfish. However, you are not limited to catching just these three types. Florida offers a wide range of fish for catching using this deep sea fishing technique. The following are a few of the fish you could potentially catch on your next deep sea adventure with us:

  • King Mackerel
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Sailfish
  • Wahoo
  • Mahi-Mahi
  • Cobia
  • Barracuda
  • Tuna
  • Permit

When it comes to the offshore fishing, it can be an energizing, fun and adventurous . Many fish, especially large ones make the reefs offshore their home, which essentially means you can have some amazing catches there, even seasonal catches. You can discover awesome fish a few of miles seaward or you can wander out 50 or 60 miles to get some genuine enormous fish. Most fishermen run seaward with their own vessels; vacationers more often than not contract one of our accomplished nearby angling sanction skippers. Offshore towers, reefs, and wrecks offer phenomenal angling year round and contain some substantial fish, for example:

  • Goliath Grouper
  • Cobia
  • Snapper
  • Amberjacks
  • Dolphin
  • Sharks
  • Barracuda
  • Pelagic Fish – species that swim the open seas and assemble nearer to the surface – Billfish, Tuna
  • Base Dwellers – species that live in splits and cleft close to the base – Grouper, Snapper
  • Goad Fish – smaller species that live in huge schools that bigger fish feast upon – Pilchard, Ballyhoo
  • Permit, King Mackerel and Kingfish – July and August are the beginning of the prime months

 You must require an extremely strong, angling fishing line to catch one of these extensive fish and a great deal of strength to reel them in. The coral on the reefs is the home of these fish and once they are snared they will dash back to the reef. You should reel hard to keep the fish far from the reef in light of the fact that the coral can without much of a stretch cut your line. Be cautious when you attempt to catch these fish, they have sharp spines and teeth. On that note, we at Finn-Addict Fishing Charter would like to present to you some tips when you join us in our offshore fishing adventure:

  1. Possess the Right Equipment For Fishing: You must remember that when it comes to offshore fishing, it is very different than fishing in a lake, a river, or a stream. You must also remember that you have to use different techniques as well for all fishes have different swimming patterns. Certain equipment you must have are artificial fishing lures, live baits, heavy duty fishing rods, and high quality fishing clothing. Here is a list of items you must have: – A 6 to 7-Foot medium action offshore fishing rod – Heavy or large saltwater-specific baitcaster reel with high line capacity 20-pound test monofilament – Live baits such as goggle eyes or threadfin herring – 5/0 to 7/0 sized hooks
  2. Look for Large Fish in the Right Spots: The best ways to catch great fish offshore are by using a fishfinder, a GPS and a nautical map. Many fish make their home in reefs, rocks and wreckages and these tools can help you locate them. Like we said earlier, Large fishes make their home in reefs and rocks for shelter and to protect their school.
  3. Learn How to Bait Your Fishing Rods Properly: There are many ways to bait your rods. When you do, make sure you handle your baits properly. For example, let’s say you use squid as your bait. You can do this rather easily. However, if you are using a bait that’s still alive, you must make sure you are ready to fish before adding the bait to your rod. Realize that by having a live bait on your fishing rod you can attract really great fish than a dead bait.

Jigging is is a deep-sea fishing technique by fishing with a jig which is a type of fishing lure. This style of fishing was orginated in Polynesia then later spread to Asia, Europe, Oceania, Canada, and the United States. A jig consists of a lead sinker with a hook molded into it and usually covered by a soft body to attract fish. This is used by creating a jerky, vertical motion, as opposed to spinnerbaits which move through the water horizontally. When using the jigging technique, It will allow you to fish without getting tired for jigging takes a great deal of energy. If you make jigging your fishing technique, see if you can find rods with longer handles. Here are some tips when it comes to jigging:

  1. Stop Using Treble Hooks: The reason we don’t want to use treble hooks because there is a high chance that you can really damage a fish. Another reason is you can have the hooks “hooked” onto you which we’re sure would be an unpleasant experience.
  2. Use Assist Hooks Instead: Assist Hooks are single hooks on a short length of a super-tough braid line which are connected to the split ring on the eye of the jig. Assist hooks are also known as stinger rig hooks and are sold in packets of two. Assist Hooks are better than Treble Hooks because these hooks prevent the fish you are catching from levering the hook out of its mouth.
  3. Using a Specialist Jig Rod: With a specialist jig rod, they usually come light instead of heavy and are about 6ft to 8ft long. Make sure if you purchase a specialist jig rod that they are not soft, but firm.
  4. Using Specific Bait: When it comes to baits for jigging, you want to use sand eels, herring, sardines and mackerel. You also want to use small feather-type lures for your baits.

Choosing Finn-Addict Fishing for your off-shore & deep-sea fishing day tour is a great way to experience world-class fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Captain Chris takes care to ensure you have an entertaining time all the while offering his expertise in the fine art of deep sea fishing. 

Where the Boat Launches

We can come to Port Orange or New Smyrna Beach

Port Orange Causeway
Under port orange bridge

80 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange, FL 32127
Swoop Site Boat Ramp
2455 Boat Ramp Dr., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
North Causeway Boat Ramp
164 N Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Frequently Asked Questions

5-hour (Half-Day Trip) – $600

8-hour (Full Day Trip) – $1,000

11-hour (Deep-Water Big Game Trip) – $1,450

All Trips We Offer Are For 6 People

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When you go on your Daytona Beach deep sea fishing trip will determine the types of fish you will catch. Planning your deep sea fishing trip ensures you catch the fish you really want. According to iOutdoor.com, the following months are the best times to catch certain deep sea fish. From amberjack in April, to sharks in September, you are sure to have a great deep sea fishing experience with Finn-Addict.

Florida is practically made for fishing with its more than 7,700 lakes, 10,550 miles of rivers and 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline. Florida has more than 900 world record holding catches alone making it a prime spot for deep sea fishing (via VisitFlorida.com). According to wrec.igfa.org, in May of 2017, Capt. Alissa Vinoski caught a 53.34” 10-pound Largemouth Bass off the shores of Port Orange, Florida. In fact, our 36 foot charter boat, The Finn-Addict, has dominated the southern kingfish association and similar deep sea fishing, and charter fishing tournaments for over a decade. 

When going on a deep sea fishing excursion, it’s wise to come well prepared. When you book your New Smyrna beach, Port Orange, or Daytona deep sea fishing charter, it is important to remember food, drink, sun protection, and a camera because stores are scarce once we leave the dock! Water and sports drinks are best for staying hydrated and energized. For food, bring what you would to a picnic but don’t overdo it. We will bring a cooler with ice for your food and drinks. If you choose to bring you own, please keep them to the 6-pack or 12 pack size for storage consideration on the boat. 

This, like any other service such as restaurants, is a personal choice. Traditionally charter crews rely on tips to supplement their incomes. When a mate is used in addition to the Captain, they are working solely for tips. When the Captain serves as your mate, he too appreciates any gratuities extended to him at the trip’s end. Some charters suggest a percentage, however, we feel it’s best for you to decide what the service rendered for the day’s trip was worth to you and your group.

When going on a deep sea fishing excursion, it’s wise to come well prepared. When you book your Daytona, Port Orange, or New Smyrna Beach fishing charter, it is important to remember that you bring food, drink, sun protection, and a camera because stores are scarce once we leave the dock! Water and sports drinks are best for staying hydrated and energized. For food, bring what you would to a picnic but don’t overdo it. We will bring a cooler with ice for your food and drinks. If you choose to bring you own, please keep them to the 6-pack or 12 pack size for storage consideration on the boat.

For clothing, long loose light colored clothes offer the most comfort and protection from the sun. It’s also highly recommended that you bring a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. We found that it’s a good idea for passengers to bring a camera to take pictures and videos of the adventure. A rain poncho or water resistant windbreaker is a good idea given that in Florida it’s always a possibility, and the fish don’t stop eating just because of rain. To bring your catch home, we suggest bringing a cooler for your car.

Seasickness can occur, even in calm weather conditions. If you do not know if you are susceptible to motion sickness, please arrange to bring appropriate medication. There are numerous over-the-counter remedies or you may wish to consult your pharmacist or doctor. Generally, the boats are unable to return to the dock to drop off passengers who are seasick, so advance preparation is important.

We supply all bait, ice, tackle and equipment for a day of fishing. We also provide the state fishing license, and federal fishing permits as required by law. Fish cleaning can be done for you within the total trip time, however this would require the time at sea being reduced, since we are not permitted to clean fish until we return to port for health and safety reasons.

When you are embark on your Daytona, Port Orange, or New Smyrna Beach fishing charter, do not bring hard liquor, glass bottles, dark soled shoes, spray on sunscreen, any illegal substance (no matter how minor). If cigarettes are necessary, we have a smokers room off the back of the boat! GPS devices should not be brought on the boat (we have all that is needed).

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