Daytona, Florida, enjoys coastal access along the eastern coast of the state. Warm suns, long stretches of beaches and plenty of water sports highlight the Daytona region. Fishing in the area around Daytona is varied and accessible, whether from public fishing piers, or surf fishing the beaches around the city. Everything from mackerel to shark can be caught in the region. Be sure to have a valid Florida fishing license before you go for the big ones.
Sunglow Fishing Pier
The Sunglow Fishing Pier is a pay-to-access fish pier with fish cleaning stations, rod holders, benches and lighting for night fishing. Try for trout, kings, pompano, flounder, tarpon and shark from the pier. There are bait shacks, restaurants, public (metered) parking, and pole rentals at the pier. Rates for the pier are available by the day, multi-day or seasonally. Fishing rod rentals are available by the hour or day, depending on how long you have to spend at Sunglow.
Sunglow Fishing Pier
3701 South Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Head 10 miles south of Daytona proper to fish at the Ponce Inlet, near the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse. The Florida Sportsman website lists this as being one of the better shore fishing areas in the Daytona region. Trout, ladyfish and bluefish hit in the area, and the anglers at Florida Sportsman suggest looking for docks that have "baitfish such as finger mullet or glass minnows present under their lights to hold the better numbers of predator fish."
Also try fishing the bridges between bridges between the Dunlawton and Ormond bridge. Flounder, redfish and mangrove snapper are found around these structures.
Ponce de Leon Light Station
4931 South Peninsula Drive
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Florida Sportsman contributor Captain Glen Austin suggest fishing Sebastian Inlet for redfish and snook, if you want to fish the inshore waters around Daytona. Captain Austin reports the redfish coming in on the morning tides for this inlet. Trout are found at the deeper drop-offs in the inlet, as they prefer the colder and deeper waters. Snook are best caught on the out-going tides of the inlet.
Head towards Cocoa Beach, north of Daytona proper for the Sebastian Inlet.
24 N. Orlando Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.