Tannic Water Adventures Inc.

We are a Professional family friendly and affordable charter service located in Jacksonville, Florida, and surrounding areas.

Your safety is our number one concern! All of our gear and safety equipment is USCG certified and up to date and we are USCG licensed and insured. Dogs must have Life Jackets to board.

Tannic Water Adventures is owned and operated by Captain Austin Nikkola. We offer light tackle inshore fishing trips in the St. Johns River and along miles of green/gold grass in our beautiful backcountry tributaries.

The St. Johns River is an ancient intercoastal lagoon system, which gets its tea color from tannins, a natural color caused by decaying plant material. As sea levels dropped, barrier islands became an obstacle that prevented water from flowing east to the ocean. The water collected in the flat valley and slowly meandered northward, forming the St. Johns River.

Captain Austin has been a Jacksonville Native for over 40 years and has fished the St. John’s since the young age of 6 with his Father.

Tannic Water Adventures is a member of the Maritime Drug Testing Consortium and we are a 100% Drug-Free vessel.

We specialize in Family Fun Adventures that include light tackle fishing trips for Redfish, Trout, and Flounder. Tannic Water Adventures can accommodate any trip to fit your needs within reason.

With Tannic Water Adventures you will get a Captain with over 40 years of St. John’s River Knowledge that is USCG Certified and is the owner and operator, not a subcontracted Captain.

Our Vessel is the 24’ Lake And Bay boat that is designed and built to handle the rough bay and nearshore waters of the St. John’s River and the Atlantic Ocean with comfort and style. With a draft of only 13 inches of water, the modified VEE hull with an 8’6” beam creates a stable, spacious platform for fishing or enjoying the day on the water with friends and family powered by the reliable Yamaha engine.

So go ahead and book your next adventure with us!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Adventure
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $425
    Inshore: Light Tackle Spinning Reels Live Bait & Artificial Lures Target Species: Redfish, Trout, Flounder and other seasonal species. Included: All Gear and Licensing are Included along with Ice and Water to drink.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
  • Private trip
    Half Day Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    US $425
    Inshore: Light Tackle Spinning Reels Live Bait & Artificial Lures Target Species: Redfish, Trout, Flounder and ither seasonal species. Included: All Gear and Licensing are Included along with Ice and Water to drink.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $525
    Inshore: Light Tackle Spinning Reels Live Bait & Artificial Lures Target Species: Redfish, Trout, Flounder and other seasonal species. Included: All Gear and Licensing are Included along with Ice and Water to drink.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
  • Private trip
    Full Day Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $625
    Inshore: Light Tackle Spinning Reels Live Bait & Artificial Lures Target Species: Redfish, Trout, Flounder and other seasonal species. Included: All Gear and Licensing are Included along with Ice and Water to drink.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Heavy Tackle
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
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Expertly Guided Fishing Expedition with Captain Austin

VERIFIED   Half Day Adventure on June 8, 2024
Embarking on our first Florida fishing excursion with Captain Austin, my two novice friends and I were in for an adventure....
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What an AWESOME experience!!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Adventure on May 24, 2024
Today my wife, Mom, and I had the pleasure of doing a charter with Austin! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience!...
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Our First Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Adventure on March 18, 2024
Captain Austin did a great job taking my son, 2 grandsons (7 and 9) and me on our first fishing trip. His boat and fishing...
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Kerri M.
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Best Charter ever! Cannot wait to go again!!!

Full Day Adventure on February 12, 2024
I recently had the pleasure of booking a boat charter with Captain Austin, and it was an experience beyond compare! From the...
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Great morning on the St John’s River

VERIFIED   Half Day Adventure on June 8, 2024
We went out with Captain Austin for my wife’s birthday. We hit about 5 spots, fish were biting at each one of them. We ending...
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FAQs about Tannic Water Adventures Inc.

Tannic Water Adventures Inc. offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $425 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Adventure (4 hours)
  • US $425 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Adventure (4 hours)
  • US $525 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Adventure (6 hours)
  • US $625 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Adventure (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Tannic Water Adventures Inc., you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Garmin 1242 XSV
  • Fishfinder Garmin Sonar
  • Live Bait Well 40gal release well/30gal live well
  • Multimedia System JL Audio Stereo - It Jams!
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minn Kota Ulterra 112lb thrust i-pilot
  • Ice Box Custom front deck cooler and leaning post cooler
  • Radar Garmin

Trips booked with Tannic Water Adventures Inc. include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (The Best Light Tackle Gear our Industry Offers)
  • Live Bait (Live Shrimp, Live Blue Crab, Fiddler Crabs.)
  • Lures (Mirror Lures, DOA Lures, or Manufacture my own.)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (We are happy to clean fish.)
  • Drinks (We supply ice and waters to drink.)
  • Fishing License (Up to 4 passengers are covered under our license.)

Tannic Water Adventures Inc. offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing ( Jacksonville in the St. John's River)
  • Inshore Fishing ( Shallow or Deepwater)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Weather permitting)
  • Flats Fishing (We can fish in 13" of water)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Experience our beautiful backcountry)

Tannic Water Adventures Inc. offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (St. Croix Triumph Rods/Daiwa Reels)
  • Heavy Tackle (Custom Heavy Spinning Rods/Daiwa Reels)
  • Bottom Fishing (Live or dead bait )
  • Spinning (Daiwa Reels )
  • Jigging (Bucktails)
  • Popping (Popping Corks)
  • Drift Fishing (Inshore Jigging)

Top targeted fish species with Tannic Water Adventures Inc. include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Speckled Trout
  • Weakfish

Meet the Captain

Captain Austin Nikkola
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
81 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
56 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2023
Angler's Choice
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I am a Jacksonville, Florida Native of over 40 years. I am a USCG Merchant Mariner and CPR Certified and your safety is my number one concern. I am also a Light Tackle Enthusiast and smile creator. Welcome to my Drug-Free Vessel!
Our Team
Austin N.
Captain
CANE ..
Business associate

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Boat specs

Lake And Bay (Bay boat) originally built in 2011. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Jacksonville in the St. John's River
Inshore Fishing
Shallow or Deepwater
Nearshore Fishing
Weather permitting
Flats Fishing
We can fish in 13" of water
Backcountry Fishing
Experience our beautiful backcountry

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
St. Croix Triumph Rods/Daiwa Reels
Heavy Tackle
Custom Heavy Spinning Rods/Daiwa Reels
Bottom Fishing
Live or dead bait
Spinning
Daiwa Reels
Jigging
Bucktails
Popping
Popping Corks
Drift Fishing
Inshore Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Garmin 1242 XSV
Fishfinder
Garmin Sonar
Live Bait Well
40gal release well/30gal live well
Multimedia System
JL Audio Stereo - It Jams!
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minn Kota Ulterra 112lb thrust i-pilot
Ice Box
Custom front deck cooler and leaning post cooler

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
The Best Light Tackle Gear our Industry Offers
Live Bait
Live Shrimp, Live Blue Crab, Fiddler Crabs.
Lures
Mirror Lures, DOA Lures, or Manufacture my own.
Catch cleaning & filleting
We are happy to clean fish.
Drinks
We supply ice and waters to drink.
Fishing License
Up to 4 passengers are covered under our license.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day 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 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
We Love to teach Children How to Fish
You Keep Catch
We are happy to Clean Fish for you
Catch and Release Allowed
If you want to release your catch, No Problem!

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 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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