Frequently Asked Questions
How many fish can I catch?
You may catch up to the limits set by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which you can see here.
Do you permit the use of powerheads?
Yes. You must either have experience with spearfishing or be enrolled in a course and diving with your instructor.
Do you permit tech diving and/or rebreathers?
Yes. All technical diving will need to be approved by Captain Dave, our Technical diving Instructor, and will require a plan and pre-trip interview. Tech diving may be cancelled at the sole discretion of the captain.
How do I make a reservation?
Do you offer a military discount?
Active duty military personnel, upon verification, will receive a 10% discount.
What kind of fish do you normally catch?
Daytona's waters are some of the best fishing grounds due to their large variety of species. Fish commonly caught in this area include Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, Amber Jack, Sea Bass, Trigger Fish, Cobia, and Wahoo.
What is the minimum number of people on a trip?
On regularly scheduled dives, there must be 4 people for a trip to go. There is no minimum on a private charter.
Is lunch provided?
Due to insurance regulations, we are unable to provide you with food or drink; however, you may bring your own, and store it in our on-board refrigerator.
How many people can go?
Up to 6 people can go on our fishing or diving charters, not including our crew.
What gear do I need to bring?
For fishing, you do not need to bring any gear, it is already on the boat. To go diving, you should have all required gear, including tanks and weights - these can be provided by a number of local shops, which we will be happy to put you in touch with.
I get sea sick. What should I do?
We recommend that you get to bed early before your trip, and that you eat breakfast before leaving the dock. Seasickness pills will take a few hours to take effect; if using Dramamine, take one the night before. If you know that you are prone to seasickness, consult your physician regarding prescription patches like Transdermal Scopalamine.
Do I need a license?
You do not need a license to fish; however, you need to be a certified Scuba diver in order to dive, either with an Advanced or high certification, or be enrolled in any level course and diving with your instructor.
Do you offer night fishing/diving?
Nigh fishing is allowed. Night diving is also allowed, with appropriate certification. You will be required to meet PADI equipment regulations and carry a waterproof VHF radio (e.g. Nautilus Lifeline) in good working order.
I am a SCUBA instructor. May I run a class from your boat?
Yes. We will need to have a current copy of your certification and insurance on file, and may require a skills demonstration.
Is freediving permitted?
Freediving, if properly trained, is permitted. We do not offer freediving struction, and you must charter the entire boat for your group to go freediving.
Will you clean the fish?
Yes! But we'll also teach you how to clean them, if you would like.
What's included in the price?
Your trip out on our boat, the captain's and mate's services, fish cleaning, fishing gear, and fishing instruction are included. On diving charters, the divemaster's services are also included, though this is limited to tours and will not include any instruction. Dive instructors are available through a number of local shops; please contact us for details.
Is there a minimum age?
There is no minimum age; however, be aware that while fishing, especially on a reef, there will be a fair amount of activity on board.
In what sort of seas will you go out?
The stability of The First Stage and its hull design allow us to go offshore most days; rough seas cancellations are at the discretion of the captain. The First Stage's design also allows us to fish the inter-coastal waterway with it, if conditions are too rough offshore. In the inter-coastal (Halifax River), conditions are rarely too rough for The Second Stage, particularly in the sheltered areas in Tamoka Basin, one of our favorite places to fish.
Is there a restroom onboard?
Yes, there are facilities on both of our vessels.
What's a Lionfish, and why should I catch as many as I can?
A Lionfish is an invasive predatory fish native to the Indian Ocean. They prey on juvenile fish of native species, and reproduce at a prolific rate. Their consumption of small reef fish and juvenile fish is greatly reducing the numbers of our traditional native species offshore, and is leading to excessive algae growth on reefs. The Lionfish, known for its vibrant colors and its "mane," has poisonous spines and no natural predators. However, they are considered to be one of the best tasting fish; some restaurants will substitute Lionfish meat for lobster, making them our favorite fish to hunt - save the environment, and catch unlimited numbers of the tastiest fish out here, at the same time!