Even Better Fishing Charters

Even Better Charter Fishing is on a mission to make sure you have an unforgettable fishing experience every time you go out with them. This crew will go above and beyond to make sure you are safe and comfortable and make it its primary goal that your family has a fun day on the water. As life-long natives of Amelia Island, these anglers know where the fish is and will make certain that there is fish on the dock upon your return.

Their boat is a 34’ Bill Ritchie custom made for offshore sport fishing, which was built in 1989. It is powered by two 330 HP Cummins engines with a maximum cruising speed of 31 knots and can take up to 6 persons. It is a safe vessel with a radar, GPS, a VHF radio, and a fishfinder essential for locating those honey pot fishing spots. The boat boasts a toilet which is a much appreciated and necessary feature if you take your family out on the water for the day. A fighting chair, rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and lures are all provided by the welcoming crew.

Even Better Fishing Charters’ crew is familiar with various fishing techniques such as light and heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling, spinning, jigging, and drift fishing. The captain and crew are able to teach you and your family these techniques depending on the seasonality of the fish you are catching. Excellent Cobia, Tarpon, Black Drum,  Black Seabass, Spanish Mackerel, sharks, and Redfish can all be caught in the area. The crew will also fillet your fish, so you can take your catch to a local restaurant for dinner.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3HR inshore Family fun trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    On this trip you will learn some history of Amelia Island with sights of historic old town/Fort Clinch and the wild horses of Cumberland island Georgia. As well as doing some inshore fishing for a wide variety of fish that frequent the Amelia river. Typical catches include whiting/redfish/sharks ranging from (2-10feet)/Black Drum and many other species that call our beautiful river area home. This excursion is great for the kids because its a short boat ride and usually very calm seas.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Shark!
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 10 - Oct 31
    $650
    This is one of the most requested trips! Catching real sea monsters! On this trip, you fish the nearshore waters 1-4 miles offshore of Amelia Island. When conditions permit, you work with the local shrimp trawlers and target huge Blacktip and Spinner Shark. For those who want to feel the thrill of drag-screaming action catching average 100+ lbs fish. As a bonus, this trip offers up close and personal interactions with huge pods of dolphins. It's truly an action-packed experience you'll not soon forget!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    This trip will be fishing the bay/river and inlet jetty rocks out to 4 miles out. Target species are Shark, Redfish, Black Drum, Whiting, Bluefish, Tarpon, King Mackeral, and Jack Crevalle.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $700
    This trip will be fishing the Amelia River and inlet jetties less than 4 miles out. Target species are Shark, Redfish, Black Drum, Whiting, Bluefish, Tarpon, King Mackeral, Spanish Mackerel, and Jack Crevalle.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip–Nearshore/Jetty Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    This trip will be fishing the Amelia River and inlet jetties less than 4 miles out. Target species are Shark, Redfish, Black Drum, Whiting, Bluefish, Tarpon, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and Jack Crevalle.
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About the Captain

David Johnson
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
37 Customer reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since August 2016
I grew up in a fishing family, and have been on the water since birth. I first moved on a boat at the age of 8 years old and, still live aboard a boat today. At the age of 10, I landed my first job on a charter fishing boat. Then later, when I turned 18 I was licensed by the USCG, and now fishing is my full-time job and passion.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia

Boat specs

Bill Ritchie Custom (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1989. Powered by 2 330HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 31 knots.

Length
34 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip includes

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

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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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
Checks

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 37 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (42)
Half day at the jetty with Captain Dave
Half day at the jetty with Captain Dave
Half day at the jetty with Captain Dave
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Douglas W.
Middletown, DE
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Awesome Time!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore on April 18, 2022
Fantastic Time.  The Captain and First Mate were very friendly and did everything they could to ensure we had a great time. ...
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Judy S.
Excellent
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Experience:
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with David

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Shark! on June 14, 2022
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David G.
United States
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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3/4 Day Offshore

VERIFIED   Special 6 hour trip for David Garcia on July 28, 2021
Had a great time. Capt Dave and Kenny were a lot of fun and on top of things all day. Pre trip communication was excellent...
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Thomas F.
FERNANDINA, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day at the jetty with Captain Dave

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore on May 11, 2021
What a great day!  Captain Dave friendly and welcoming. He really knows what he is doing. First he moved us around to a few...
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Matt S.
Alpharetta, GA
Excellent
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3/4 day with Captain David

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Offshore PM on May 30, 2021
We had a great day out with Captain David and Kenny.  My 4 kids (17-25) were a bunch of first timers and David was awesome...
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FAQs about Even Better Fishing Charters

Even Better Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - 3HR inshore Family fun trip (3 hours)
  • $650 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Shark! (3 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - 6 Hour Trip–Nearshore/Jetty Fishing (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Even Better Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

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

Even Better Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Even Better Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Even Better Fishing Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Broomtail)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tarpon