Northeast Florida is blessed with an absolutely fantastic fishing location: the bountiful Intracoastal Waterway makes for amazing inshore fishing while the Gulf Stream brings pelagic predators from the south. Smack dab in the middle of it is Captain Michael Foster and Big Fin Charters – ready to put you on the hottest bite near or far from the coast.

Capt. Michael invites you onboard his 29’ Parker. Bring 5 of your fishing partners, her center console layout allows for easy movement as you’re chasing the bite. And the bite you will chase, a lot, as Capt. Michael targets a wide range of exciting fish to catch. From the inshore all-stars like the Redfish, Sheepshead, and Blacktip Shark to the offshore beasts like Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, and Barracuda.

No matter if you’re a group of seasoned anglers looking to hook trophy fish to write home about or a family-friendly day out to get the kids interested in fishing, Big Fin Charters has a trip for you!

You can fish with live bait on this charter, it’s usually prepared before you arrive (though if you’re a fan of bait fishing the captain will happily accommodate you), always included in the price. You will be provided with high-quality equipment manufactured by Penn and Shimano, so you don’t lose that catch-of-a-lifetime to gear malfunction!

Fishing licenses are included, you just need to bring any snacks and drinks, as well as polarized sunglasses and adequate clothing. Don’t forget to bring a burning desire to do some excellent fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Inshore fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $500
    Enjoy a few hours in the river site seeing and fishing, great trip for smaller kids or anyone looking to spend a few hours on the boat.
    Targeted fish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Whiting
    Whiting
  • Private trip
    PM river trip (copy)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $500
    Enjoy a few hours in the river site seeing and fishing, great trip for smaller kids or anyone looking to spend a few hours on the boat.
    Targeted fish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Whiting
    Whiting
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Jettie (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $650
    Fish around the productive jetties of Fernandina Beach! You'll go after a variety of gorgeous fish such as Redfish, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Groupers, and any others that take the bait! You'll be provided with all the required equipment.
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Jetties (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $650
    Sleep in and then hit the jetties, what better way to start your day off? You'll go after a wide range of beautiful fish that live in the area like Sheepshead, Redfish, Black Drum, Groupers, and any others that you run into. The captain will supply you with the necessary equipment.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Jetties (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 31 - Oct 1
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $850
    Departure times are flexible. This trip runs in the afternoon only during the summer, when the days are long enough for a proper 6-hour adventure in the afternoon. You'll go after Redfish, Tarpon, Sheepshead, Groupers, Black Drum, Sharks, and whatever else you run into!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Jetty(AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $850
    Hit the waters around the productive jetties of Fernandina Beach on this exciting 6-hour trip. You can go after Redfish, Tarpon, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Groupers, and whatever else you hook up! The charter will supply you with the required equipment.
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $950
    Departure times can be changed, contact the captain in advance. Get up early and hit the offshore waters of Fernandina Beach. You'll go after Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Kingfish, and whatever else bites! All required equipment will be supplied by the captain.
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $950
    Flexible departure times are available for this trip. Get ready to hook some exciting pelagic species. Go after tasty Red Snapper or the colorful Mahi Mahi. Barracuda and Kingfish are great targets for trolling as well as anything else that crosses your path.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $1,350
    Spend the entire day in the productive offshore waters of Fernandina Beach. You'll head out some 20-30 miles away from the port and hit the less-fished waters of the area. Go after Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Groupers, Barracuda, Kingfish, and other species on this exciting offshore trip.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $1,800
    Departure times are flexible for this trip. If you're looking for some extreme offshore fishing, this trip is right up your alley. You'll head out up to 50 miles off the coast of Fernandina Beach in search of the hottest bite. You can target Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Groupers, Barracuda, Kingfish, and many other species on this trip.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Jack (Almaco)
    Almaco Jack
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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4.9 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Beth G.
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Best part of our week stay hands down!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Jetties (PM) on July 18, 2024
Captain Michael with Big Fin Charters was the best! My family of 5 said this charter was the best part of our week long vacation...
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Great Experience

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Jettie (AM) on July 24, 2024
We enjoyed a morning outing. The weather was perfect and we fished along the Jetty. We caught a lot of fish and learned a lot...
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Jo A. M.
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Father's day fishing trip with the family

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Jetties (PM) on June 15, 2024
We booked a last minute fishing trip with Big Fin Charters for Father’s day for my husband and father in law. It was hot,...
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Tausha H.
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Perfect Birthday for my 19 year old son

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Jettie (AM) on April 20, 2024
First of all, from the minute I called Captain Michael Foster, he was so personable, answering all questions with depth and...
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Taylor S.
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Kid Friendly

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Jetties (PM) on July 1, 2024
A great family fishing trip. We were worried the kids would get sea sick so captain Michael found a spot that was calm for...
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FAQs about Big Fin Charters

Big Fin Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $500 per group - Inshore fishing (3 hours)
  • US $500 per group - PM river trip (copy) (3 hours)
  • US $650 per group - Half Day Trip - Jettie (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $650 per group - Half Day Trip - Jetties (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $850 per group - 3/4 Day Trip - Jetties (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $850 per group - 3/4 Day Trip - Jetty(AM) (6 hours)
  • US $950 per group - 3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $950 per group - 3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $1,350 per group - Full Day Trip - Offshore (8 hours)
  • US $1,800 per group - Extended Full Day Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Fin Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Big Fin Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Big Fin Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Big Fin Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Big Fin Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Michael Foster
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
219 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2015
Angler's Choice
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Captain Michael Foster has been fishing for over two decades now and guiding for more than a decade. He's a 3rd generation captain, proudly continuing the family tradition. His family are native to Amelia Island and especially connected to the waters around the island – they're commercial fishermen. With Capt. Michael, you get the benefit of more than a single lifetime spent fishing the local waters, at your disposal.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Boat specs

Parker (Walkaround) originally built in 2020. Powered by 2 200HP Yamaha 4 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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