Hot Line Charters runs fantastic fishing trips year round, from Jacksonville, FL. Captain Gary Royce has been fishing in the area for 30 years and he knows these waters like the back of his palm. Whether you choose to go out to the grass flats or go night fishing at the docks, you’ll have a great time.

You will fish on a well maintained 22’ Pathfinder bay boat capable of accommodating up to 3 guests. This boat is perfect for shallow water, where you’ll target your catch. She’s powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine and small wireless trolling motor, for moments when you need to stay quiet and not disturb the fish.

Capt. Gary offers full or half day trips focusing on Redfish and Trout, as well as bird and nature photography outings. He specializes in nighttime Trout fishing trips along the St. John’s River. You’ll be fishing under dock lights with fly and spinning tackle. Don’t miss out on the chance to do something different!

Your captain will provide top quality Orvis fly tackle as well as Shimano and Penn spinning tackle. The price also includes lures, live bait, fresh water, fishing licenses, and even catch cleaning service.

Come join Hot Line Charters and beat the heat this summer catching Trout and relaxing on the river at night.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 15 - Sep 30
    $450
    Fish for King Mackerel, Tarpon, and other nearshore species.
  • Private trip
    Flood Tide Wade Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Oct 1
    $400
    Searching for tailing Redfish along the Spartina grass flats of north Florida. There are several flats that the captain has fished for years, that typically hold fish. We will run up to fish our first flat and then work our way back with the tide constantly scanning for any signs of Redfish. We beach the boat and get out and wade the flats throwing flies or artificial on a spin tackle to tailing Reds. This is a blast! Can be combined with a nighttime dock fishing trip if you're interested
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    You will fish out of Mayport or Sisters Creek depending on tide/time. You may search for tailing Redfish on low or flood tides and look for Trout using popping corks or jig/shrimp combo. All tackle, ice, bait, and fishing licenses provided along with pictures of your day.
  • Private trip
    Night Time Trout Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 1
    $400
    Fishing in the cool evening breeze on docks along the St. John’s river. You'll target speckled Trout under dock lights with fly and spinning tackle. Typically this trip starts before dark throwing shrimp/flies along grass lines of area creeks and then moving on to the docks after dark. Trip length is 4–5 hours.

About the Captain

Gary Royce
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
7 Fishing Reports
19 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since June 2019
I’m a Jacksonville native and have been fishing all my life. I have fished extensively inshore and offshore of Jacksonville. I have also fished the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands, and Louisiana. I used to commercial fish and do tournaments for Kingfish. I enjoy fly fishing as well as throwing artificials mostly, but sometimes live bait is the charm.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing

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
Fly Fishing Equipment

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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

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Customer Reviews

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Anglers Claimed
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
73%
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Family fun hosted by Gary!

VERIFIED   Half Day Nearshore on September 1, 2021
We had a blast and are so happy with our experience with Gary. He was flexible with us with our travel time and the weather...
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Frank W.
Jacksonville, FL
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Morning fishing trip...

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on June 17, 2021
The fish weren’t cooperating, but it was lively, and the Cap was attentive, engaging, and had absolutely the best enthusiasm....
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Parker, CO
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VERIFIED   Night Time Trout Trip on May 19, 2021
I was in JAX for a biz trip and an afternoon opened up.  Capt Gary was flexible and worked with my schedule and got me out...
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Silver Spring, MD
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Half day trip for my 10- year old son.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on April 7, 2021
We enjoyed a half day of fishing for red fish and trout. I don’t fish, but I had a great time and even caught a decent sized...
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FAQs about Hot Line Charters

Hot Line Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip – Inshore (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Flood Tide Wade Trip (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Night Time Trout Trip (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Nearshore (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Hot Line Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Hot Line Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Penn, Sage, Orvis...)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Hot Line Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing (We fish nearshore/ offshore depending on weather )
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Hot Line Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hot Line Charters include:
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon