in the Daytona Beach/Volusia County area is some of the best in the state of Florida. The West Volusia area is especially well-known for its bass fishing. You can cast your line from the shore, from a pier, charter a boat or join a deep-sea fishing excursion. The Daytona Beach Pier (also called the Main Street Pier) is one of the most popular fishing spots in the area. Built in the late 1800s, the pier begins at the east end of Main Street and south of the boardwalk and extends 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing is allowed on the east end of the Daytona Beach Pier (or simply “the pier” as locals call it.) There is no cost to fish and fishing licenses are not required to fish from the pier, and, it’s open seven days per week. There is also the Sunglow Pier, located next to Crabby Joe’s Restaurant. Several other piers are available for fishing in the Daytona Beach area, from Ormond Beach in the north to Ponce Inlet to the south. For flats fishing, the estuaries of the Tomoka Basin and the Indian River Lagoon are great choices. Fishing boats depart daily for the deep sea from the Ponce Inlet marinas. For a complete guide to rules, regulations and answers to questions regarding salt water or fresh water fishing, visit the website of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
To purchase a Florida fishing license:
To obtain a temporary license number within minutes, enabling you to fish right away (your permanent license will be mailed):
Purchase online (a $2.25 + 2.5% surcharge per person will be added to your purchase) through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Purchase by phone (a $3.25 + 2.5% surcharge per person will be added to your purchase)
Licenses may also be purchased in person from:
Subagents such as sporting goods stores and other retailers selling hunting or fishing equipment (a small additional fee will apply)
From any Volusia County Revenue Division Office location.