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
    12 Hour Gulf Stream Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,800
    Spend the day at the break (65 miles) fishing for Wahoo, Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, etc. Additionally, bottom fishing is great for Grouper, Snapper, Triggerfish, etc.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    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.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    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.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $800
    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.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 31 - Oct 1
    $800
    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
    3/4 Day Trip - Jetties (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $700
    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.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Jetties (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 31 - Oct 1
    $700
    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
    Half Day Trip - Jettie (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $500
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Jetties (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $500
    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.
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About the Captain

Michael Foster
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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58 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2015
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.

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Targeted Species

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

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

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

Length
29 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
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

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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John G.
FERNANDINA, FL
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Offshore Trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (AM) on May 1, 2021
Captain Mike is the real deal. Being a local with years of experience, he really knows the waters around Amelia Island. He...
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Lisa D.
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Jetties (PM) on April 13, 2021
Awesome experience! This was perfect for our four kids ages 16, 13, 11 & 11. Plenty of room on the boat and they were very...
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Kyle O.
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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Start of the Drum

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (AM) on March 15, 2021
Mike was awesome he started us out coastal and we picked up some huge Black Drums then we went out deeper and he put us on...
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Aloma, FL
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (AM) on April 8, 2021
Great day of fishing with the family. Highly recommend captain Michael.
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Jettie (AM) on July 24, 2020
What a great day! We caught some fish and really enjoyed hanging out with Michael and Ty. They are both greats guys and the...
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FAQs about Big Fin Charters

Big Fin Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip - Jetties (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip - Jettie (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 3/4 Day Trip - Jetties (PM) (6 hours)
  • $700 per group - 3/4 Day Trip - Jetties (AM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - 3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - 3/4 Day Trip - Offshore (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip - Offshore (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Extended Full Day Trip (10 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - 12 Hour Gulf Stream Trip (12 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

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

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