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East Florida is a light tackle fishing paradise.  Just minutes away from the “Redfish Capital of the World”-Mosquito Lagoon.  Take advantage of the amazing inshore and offshore saltwater fishing this area has to offer.  World record Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Snook, Cobia, Kingfish, Grouper and Snapper are just a few of the exciting species that can be found on our guided fishing trips.  We specialize in spinning rod outfits with smaller 8-15 pound line, perfect for Redfish, Speckled Trout and Snook.  If you’re looking for a world class, light tackle guided fishing trip, East Florida Fishing Charters is it!  We look forward to having you join us on our next fishing trip.  A trip you won’t forget!

Captain Gary

Gary Bell has over 30 years experience fishing the inland and near shore waters of East Central Florida.  He is a native from Ponce Inlet, Florida.  A former NY Yankee 10th round draft pick, Gary focused on his baseball career for 8 years.  On his off season, he would come back to Daytona Beach and fish almost everyday.  Gary has specialized in guiding residents & visiting light tackle enthusiasts for trophy Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook & many other local species.  From Daytona Beach to Indian River Lagoon let Captain Gary guide you to a fish of a lifetime!

List all Awards

  • 2009 FishStock Inshore Tournament 3rd Place Overall
  • 2009 Fishstock Inshore Tournament 2nd Place Trout Category
  • 2010 Halifax Sport Fishing Inshore Tournament 1st Place Overall
  • 2010 Fishstock Inshore Tournament 3rd place Lady Angler
  • 2012 Fishstock Inshore Tournament 1st place Trout Category
  • 2012 Fishstock Inshore Tournament 2nd place Overall
  • 2013 Fishing For Freedom Redfish Tournament 1st Place Overall
  • 2014 Fishstock Inshore Tournament 1st Place Redfish Category
  • 2014 Fishstock Inshore Tournament 3rd Place Trout Category
  • 2014 Fishstock Inshore Tournament 1st Place Overall Winner
  • Numerous Bossman Redfish Cup Top 5 finishes


Captain Gary took my buddy and I on our first redfish trip and did he ever put us on the fish. Man, I can’t say enough about it. We had a great day. It  was a blast. I love the fight that those reds put up! The boat and equipment are in awesome condition. The hospitality and knowledge of the waters was exceptional. I look forward to our next trip this year. Next time I am going to bring the wife and kids. I highly recommend Captain Gary to anyone looking for a great day of fishing with an honest professional! Thanks for the memories Gary!

Chris Lewis from FL

Fishing with Gary Bell is an absolute joy—and I have done it more than 30 times!  He knows these waters like the back of his hands.  He is relentless in finding places holding fish.  If they are not in one spot, he always has others to try.  Once he finds fish (and he can see like an eagle), he knows which  baits (live or artificial) work best.  In sum, he is a consummate pro!

Jerry Haynie from NC

Gary has his pulse on the water.  He will quickly tune you into the where, when and how to catch fish.  He’s a top notch human being that will put you on a relaxed, but very educational ride.

Fox Beyer from NJ

Our Boats

17' Pathfinder Tunnel Flats Boat

When it comes to a serious fishing boat, one thing is certain… the Pathfinder is a angler-driven fishing machine. The only challenges we’ll have will be finding enough bait to fill the livewells. I’m a redfish tournament angler, so tossing artificials or bait fishing with spinning and casting rods are right up my alley.  If keeping the rods bent on the bait du jour is more your style, I’ll do my best to send you home with sore wrists from reeling them all in! For extreme shallow water fishing that will accommodate up to three people.



The 24’ Pathfinder Bay Boat is geared to deliver the ultimate inshore and offshore experience. While the wide open floor plan is ideal for coastal anglers, it’s an equally strong layout for inland reservoir anglers and guides. This light-tackle fishing machine is designed to cross over from flats angling for redfish and snook, to bay angling for speckled trout and stripers, to reservoir running for bass and beyond. It can accommodate up to five people. Perfect for Daytona Beach fishing charters!


  • Inshore Half Day
    $450 / 2 People
    • 4 Hours
    • 2 People
    • Add $100 for each additional person
  • Offshore
    $750 / 2 People
    • 7 Hours
    • 2 People
    • Add $100 for each additional person

Fishing Report

Daytona Beach Fishing Report

The bite has been very good on Speckled Trout ranging from 17″ – 28″ (2 lb – 7 lb).  Large Jack Crevalle with live bait around docks/bridges is one of my favorite things to do and right now is the time of year to target.  8-12 lb Jacks nail live bait fed down to them but the ultimate challenge is pulling the Jack away from the structure.   Occasional Grouper and Snook are caught in the same Docks/Bridges around structure.  Kingfish time of year is now on the inshore ocean reefs 5-12 miles off the beach.  Slow troll large mullet for an occasional aerial bite.


Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

I love this time of year as the bait comes into the river and the trout bite is unreal!  A 15-20 Speckled Trout day is common this time of year.  Ranging from 15″ to 32″ in size.  8.5 lb Gator Trout was caught Memorial weekend on live bait.

Tarpon are starting to show up in the Lagoon feasting on live crabs, mullet, and shrimp.  Their tough to get to bite but when they do, expect a show!!  Redfish bite has been slower than recent years but signs of life have shown up as the river water clears.  I expect a strong June and July Redfish bite as the water will keep clearing up and the fish will hug the bank lines hunting for a easy meal.


Ponce Inlet Fishing Report – New Symrna Beach

Nearshore Wrecks have been producing nice size Redfish, Flounder, Amberjack, and Snapper.  Occasional Grouper.

Ponce Inlet Jetties have been rough due to the amount of boat traffic going thru the inlet.  I have not targeted fishing this area in the past month but in the coming months the fishing will get good here.  Featured fish are large Redfish, Snook, Mango Snapper, and Tarpon will start to follow the bait migration.



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