Fernandina Fishing Charters

Explore the beautiful waters of Florida in and around the stunning Amelia Island with Fernandina Fishing Charters, a Veteran-owned and operated business. Captain Bart Smith is a registered Coast Guard captain and has been saltwater fishing for over 30 years. He’s had some great success in the area, and he’ll get you out on the water for an eventful and memorable, hassle-free fishing experience.

You’ll join Capt. Bart on his 21’ Angler center console boat, powered by 150 HP Mercury engine. With GPS, a fishfinder, and VHF radio, you’ll have all the electronics you need to have a productive fishing day. The boat can accommodate up to 4 anglers, making it the perfect vessel for an outing with a few friends or your family.

These waters are known as very prolific and the abundance of wildlife in the area is amazing. You’ll be cruising the waters in comfort going after some of the most prized Florida fish species like Black Drum, Flounder, Ladyfish, Redfish, Seabass, various species of Shark, Sheepshead, and Spotted Seatrout.

You’ll find everything you need on board – rods, reels, and tackle, as well as live bait and a range of artificial lures. Capt. Bart will be happy to clean and fillet your catch for you so you can take it straight to the table upon your return. Feel free to bring the kids, as they are welcome on board, and this is the perfect opportunity to make some new family memories.

Join Fernardina Fishing Charters and enjoy a day out on the beautiful waters under the Floridian sun!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Evening Fishing Trip - Sunset Tour
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Sat, Sun)
    $350
    This trip is geared to families with young children and couples who want to get out on the water for a shorter 3 hour trip. Cooler evening trip with sunset views. This fishing tour heads out around 530pm. Take a ride up to the Bells River and stop along some fishing spots cruies though Jolly River and head mover to Cumberland Island to see the wild horses. Then over to Fort Clinch, depending on time, weather and tides we can finish up at the picturesque Tiger Island and fish while watching the Sun set.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Sun)
    $400
    Depending on what kind of adventure you are looking for we will leave the dock around 8–9 a.m. You will get a brief description of the boat with all its safety features. Often we will discuss where the best bite has been and be using jigs and slip floats along the various marshes and creeks. If any legal fish are caught that you would like to keep we can bring them back and I will filet, bag, and ice them for you to take home. Often we are back to the dock between 12 and 1 p.m.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Sat, Sun)
    $400
    This is the evening afternoon trip that can be very rewarding. We normally will leave the dock at 2 p.m. and return just after 6 p.m. This is always a great opportunity for some great late afternoon action at the jetties with weather permitting and calm seas.
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FAQs about Fernandina Fishing Charters

Fernandina Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group - Evening Fishing Trip - Sunset Tour (3 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Fernandina Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box T-Top for Shade

Trips booked with Fernandina Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Ice and water provided)
  • Fishing License (Charter Captains Licences Permits up to 4 people )

Fernandina Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Fernandina Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Fernandina Fishing Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Ladyfish
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Sheepshead
  • Spotted Seatrout

About the Captain

Bart Smith
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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86 Customer reviews
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Member since May 2020
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I have always had a love of the water since I can remember. Seafaring captains run in my family – my father, great grandfather, and great-great-grandfather were all sea captains of various sailing ships. I started out in 8' dings and small sailing prams around my home town of Interlaken New Jersey. Shortly after graduating high school I joined and served 5 years in the US Coast Guard. Fishing has always been a passion from light tackle for Largemouth Bass and Carp to surf fishing for Striped Bass and Bluefish off the beach and jetties of the Jersey Shore. Five years ago I decided to put my passion into a career and got my Captain's license and started guiding part-time around the beautiful Amelia Island.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Ladyfish Ladyfish
Redfish Redfish

Boat specs

Angler (Center console) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
T-Top for Shade

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Ice and water provided
Fishing License
Charter Captains Licences Permits up to 4 people

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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
No Smoking
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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 86 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (199)
Half day with Capt Bart
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
99%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Andy S.
Jacksonville, Florida
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Fishing and Sunset Cruise

VERIFIED   Evening Fishing Trip - Sunset Tour on April 29, 2023
Took my wife on her 1st chartered fishing experience by enticing her with the sunset cruise.  Weather was changing and we...
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Nichole D.
Howard, WI
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half day

VERIFIED   Special 4 hours trip for Nichole Dejardine on March 19, 2023
My family enjoyed the trip very much.  Caught lots of fish.  We brought our filets to the salty pelican after where they...
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Patrick C.
Nicholasville, KY
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half day with Capt Bart

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on May 28, 2023
Fun trip we caught one keeper and had a great time.  Capt is knowledgeable about spots to go to. Would recommend
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Thomas T.
Jacksonville, FL
Excellent
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4 Hour Trip with Captain Bart

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 3, 2022
Had a great time out on the water today. We caught so many fish, and some nice keepers. Captain Bart knows where to go. He’s...
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Melissa W.
Georgetown Township, MI
Excellent
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Fishing with Bart

VERIFIED   NEW  Evening Fishing Trip - Sunset Tour on May 15, 2023
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