About Wilbur Outfitters
Hands down the best fishing charters near Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Wilbur Outfitters is a fishing charter service based in Wilbur-by-the-Sea near Daytona Beach, Florida. But we’re not your average fish folk.
We are born and raised in the Daytona Beach area and our lives revolve around fishing and the beach lifestyle. We are so lucky to live in a place like Wilbur-by-the-Sea, where the fishing is plentiful all year long and the salty ocean breeze reminds us how fortunate we are. Our goal is to bring that same joy to those who live outside our neighborhood.
Captain Frank L Thompson is the founder of Wilbur Outfitters and the primary captain of the charters. He was born and raised in the Daytona Beach area where he surfed and fished his whole life. (Fun fact: He spent seven years playing professional baseall making it to the Triple A level!). Meet him and his love of the area is immediately obvious. His knowledge of fishing compounded with understanding the local waters ensures each charter gets the very best service. He wants every client to bring home a catch worth remembering for a life time.
From boathouse to beach, Wilbur-by-the-Sea truly is a quiet stretch of paradise.
Located at 29°07′59″N 80°57′31″W, between Daytona Beach Shores and Ponce Inlet, our small, community is bordered by water.
To the west, the Halifax River provides phenomenal backwater fishing and quick access to the Inlet. To the east, the Atlantic Ocean provides breath-taking sunrises and year-round fishing. It is one of the two unincorporated areas in Volusia County that does not have a condominium or hotel, and prohibits beach driving.
The fishing in Wilbur-by-the-Sea is very versatile. Fishing Wilbur Bay can be done by a backwater boat or kayaks. If you do not have a vessel then the Wilbur Boathouse offers a newly constructed fishing pier, free to the public. Depending on the tides, common local catch includes redfish, flounder, black drum, and mangrove snapper. Beach fishing is also popular with the locals. Seasonal ocean catch includes redfish, tarpon, pompano, flounder and several species of shark.
We love living here and we know you will love fishing here with us!
Reliable Fleet & Variety of Charters
Firstly, we offer a fleet of several types of boats and several types of charters so you can get exactly the type of experience you’re looking for. We can accomodate you and up to six of your friends and family (all ages!).
One-of-a-Kind Apparel & Gear
We design and produce unique shirts, hats, koozies and more that help you spread the word about our beautiful city and our kickass community. Buy some for your friends, or book a charter with us and get a free shirt or hat for each of your mates onboard.
Real Locals with the Best Recommendations
We can’t say it enough: We love living here in Wilbur-by-the-Sea. It comes across in everything we do: Our respect for the sea, how we run our business, the way we connect with locals, the unique insights we have on the tides and species in our local waters. We’re not a commercial outfit hoping to make millions. We’re Wilbur enthusiasts that want to share our passion for the area with everyone we meet.
We know you want to show off your catch. (So do we!) We’re not professional photographers, but we do our best to capture your entire trip via photo or video and share the clips with you that very same evening so you can post your stories, email to friends, or add to your blog. Want a specific shot? Don’t hesitate to ask. We can take them on your phone or ours. Regardless: One day with Wilbur Outfitters and you’ll have memories to last a lifetime–and, most important to any fisherman–the evidence to prove it!
Regardless: One day with Wilbur Outfitters and you’ll have memories to last a lifetime–and, most important to any fisherman–the photo evidence to proove it!
THE WILBUR OUTFITTERS COMMUNITY
Wilbur Outfitters Team
The Wilbur Outfitters community is a group of all ages and skill levels. We support some local award-winning fisherpersons but we love teaching this craft to anyone at any level. We support anyone striving to be a better fisherperson, whether you want to improve your skills or just enjoy a day on the water in the area.
Know someone who would like to join our crew or be acknowledged as a team member? Please reach out to us with a few pictures and a short description of their accomplishments via our Instagram account: @wilbur_outfitters.
Current team members include: