Located in Fernandina Beach, FL, Spartina Tails is a charter fishing company that fishes the coastal waters and backwaters of beautiful Amelia Island. Captain Matt Harrelson is proud to offer other trips to accommodate each individual party’s needs. If you are looking for a memorable, fun trip on the water, give Spartina Tails a look.

You will be fishing aboard a 22’ Pathfinder 22TRS, one of the top bay boats around. It is equipped with top-notch electronics, a wireless trolling motor with Pinpoint GPS, so having to use a bulky anchor is all but forgotten. It makes the whole trip less stressful. The fishing gear used will be all Daiwa BG Reels on 7’ rods. Captain Matt has setups ready for all different types of fishing that will be encountered.

You will be mainly using live bait under floats, or jig heads to fish the bottom. Some of the species that are caught here are Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Sharks and more. Depending on the time of year, Tarpon and Tripletail become abundant too.

All trips will include water, cooler, ice, bait, tackle, rods, reels, fishing licenses and the beautiful backdrop of Amelia Island. Items you should bring are polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, non-marking soles on shoes, and any snacks you may want to eat. Catch and release is normally practiced, but if you want to keep some for the dinner table, Captain Matt will clean and fillet it at no additional cost. There are a few places that will cook your catch, with Salty Pelican being one of them.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    Nothing beats a full day trip when it comes to value for money spent! You'll be fishing the inshore waters near Fernandina Beach for species such as Redfish, Sheepshead, Trout, Black Drum, Sharks, Tarpon (when in season), and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    A longer trip is always a good option if you're looking forward to more fishing but are still mindful of the time spent on the water. You'll be fishing inshore for a variety of fish species, including Redfish, Flounder, Black Drum, Tripletail, Tarpon (when in season), and others. Rods, reels, and tackle come included in the trip price.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    Half Day Trips are always a good option for getting acquainted with the local fishery. You'll be fishing the inshore waters for the likes of Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, Flounder, Sharks, and many more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip, along with the fishing licenses you'll need.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $400
    Afternoon trips are a great choice if you have a busy morning or just like to sleep in. You'll be fishing inshore for a variety of fish species, including Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Sharks, and many more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip.
  • Private trip
    Kids Trip AM/PM
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $250
    Want to take the kids out fishing? This is the perfect trip to do – a 3 hour excursion in the backwaters of beautiful Amelia Island searching for that one fish to bring a smile on your kids face. This trip is for families with kids up to 12 years of age.
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About the Captain

Matt Harrelson
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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Member since February 2018
I grew up in Camden Co, Ga and have fished this area since I was a child. Fishing has always been a passion of mine and will show on the water. In 2004, I decided to take my career on the water and become a merchant mariner. I am still employed as a merchant mariner but my schedule has allowed me to chase this passion of mine. I work 28 days and then I get 28 days off. In that time off, I started doing charters. I love every minute of the time spent on the water. I want to be able to pass on to everyone, especially the younger generation, about what the outdoors around this area have to offer. The trip will be catered to the style of fishing that each client wants to do.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Nurse) Shark (Nurse)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Tripletail Tripletail
Whiting Whiting

Boat Specs

Pathfinder 22TRS (Bay boat) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Afternoon trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on May 11, 2021
This was our first trip with Matt. He was very knowledgeable and super friendly! Had no problems catching the fish, he knew...
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3/4 Day with Captain Matt

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on November 27, 2020
Went out on a 3/4 day with Captain Matt with my girlfriend. We had an amazing time, and had action throughout the trip. He...
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AM Half Trip with Captain Matt

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 16, 2020
I arranged this trip as a Father’s Day gift for my husband while on vacation. We had a group of 3 adults. The boat was MORE...
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Half day trip with captain mike

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on May 11, 2021
The trip with captain mike was awesome! His spots were good and his boat was really clean. Captain mike was a really good and...
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Fishing with Capt Matt

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 23, 2021
Capt Matt provided a very good fishing experience. He was very knowledgeable about where the fish were located and how to catch...
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FAQs about Spartina Tails Charter Fishing

Spartina Tails Charter Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $250 per group - Kids Trip AM/PM (3 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Spartina Tails Charter Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Spartina Tails Charter Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

Spartina Tails Charter Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Spartina Tails Charter Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Spartina Tails Charter Fishing include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Nurse)
  • Sheepshead
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail
  • Whiting