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Captain Kent Gibbens - your guide for Backcountry Fishing in the Tomoka River

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We want you to catch fish, but more than that - we want you to have an enjoyable experience that you will remember for years to come.

About the Tomoka River

The Tomoka River is a north-flowing river in Volusia County, Florida, United States. It drains an area of about 110 square miles (280 km2) and is the longest river in Volusia County (excluding the St. Johns River), with a length of 19.6 miles (31.5 km).

The Tomoka rises in the forests near Daytona Beach at an elevation of 23 feet (7.0 m). The river then flows north-northeast, passing through the cities of Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach until it empties into the Halifax River. Near its mouth the river passes through the Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve and Tomoka State Park.

The river and several of its tributaries (Strickland, Thomson and Dodson Creek) are designated as a Manatee Sanctuary. Other rare species that inhabit the river basin include the wood stork, bald eagle, and Atlantic salt marsh snake. *

The waters surrounding the park are popular for fishing. A survey by the Florida Marine Research Institute has identified 90 different species of fish in the Tomoka River. This includes important game fish such as red drum, black drum, sheepshead, spotted sea trout, common snook, and tarpon. **

* wikipedia     ** Florida State Parks

Captain Kent Gibbens

40 years experience on Florida waters - 3 time IGFA World Record holder

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Current rates: 4 Hour: $300.00

                    6 Hour: $400.00  

Flats fishing from a Hells Bay Guide 18’ skiff in the Tomoka River and the Tomoka River Basin. Full day available on request.

Just some of the different fish commonly caught in the Tomoka River. Visit the fish page for more information.

Red Drum

Black Drum


Spotted Sea Trout

Common Snook




Lady Fish