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Black Dog Fishing Charters

Black Dog Fishing Charters invites you to fish with them in the waters surrounding Jacksonville! Captain Nelson Van Liere’s goal is to get you on the fish and you can expect plenty of tight lines and tons of action. Each trip is an adventure, but you’ll have to see it to believe it!

Hop aboard the “Black Dog 3”, a spacious 30’ Whitewater center console. Powered by twin 200 HP Yamaha 4-stroke engines, she gets you to the hottest spots quickly and safely.

Captain Nelson has perfect command of his navigational electronics and other professional accessories. Inside, you’ll also find a portable toilet and a freshwater washdown. This vessel is the ideal choice for up to 5 anglers.

You’ll cruise out of Morningstar Marina in Mayport and soon find yourself in the middle of a rod-bending action. Troll for King Mackerel and bottom fish the reefs and wrecks up to 25 miles out. If you are a die-hard angler, test the blue waters on the ledge up to 60 miles out. Here, you’ll troll for Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Bonito, Tuna, and more.

All trips come inclusive with quality rods, reels, and tackle. You’ll also catch live bait at the beginning of your trip when it’s available. When you return to the shore, your captain will clean and fillet your catch for dinner later. Feel free to bring your favorite drinks and food.

Prepare yourself for a pleasant ride. Sit back, relax, sip on your favorite drink, and take in all the beauty of the coastline as you drift away!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    On this trip 6-hour trip, you'll troll for Kingfish, Sailfish, Bonito, Barracuda, Cobia, and Spanish Mackerel, depending on the time of year. Or you can choose to try your hand at bottom fishing up to 35 miles out in the reefs, wrecks and live bottom. The captain is willing to take you further out dependent on weather conditions and your willingness to account for travel time. Gear is included, just bring drinks and snacks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Offshore (4MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Head out for 4 hours of fishing in offshore waters! You'll troll for Kingfish, Sailfish, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and Barracuda. Or, you can try your luck with bottom fishing in the reefs, wrecks, and live bottom up to 15 miles out. This trip can accommodate up to 4 anglers. All of your gear is provided, just bring any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bull Redfish (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Dec 31
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Head out for 4 hours of fishing in the deep channels of the St. Johns River for Red Drum, or Bull Reds as they're commonly called! You'll explore the area anywhere from the Dames Point Bridge to the Big Jetties at the mouth of the river. Other species may be caught, but know that Bull Red's are subject to strict regulations. This trip comes inclusive with all your gear. Feel free to bring along any drinks and snacks you'd like.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bull Redfish (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 15 - Dec 31
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Head out for 4 hours of afternoon fishing in St. Johns River for Bull Redfish! There are plenty of productive spots and you'll explore the area from the Dames Point Bridge to the Big Jetties at the mouth of the river. You'll likely catch other fish too but know that Bull Red's are subject to strict size regulations. All you'll need to bring are any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy – the rest is taken care of.

About the Captain

Nelson Van Liere
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
85 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2017
For most of my life, boating and fishing has been a hobby. Recently, after years of working in an office, I decided to become a Licensed Captain so that I could spend the next phase of my life doing and sharing with others the activities that I enjoy the most in life.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Vermilion) Snapper (Vermilion)
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Whitewater (Center console) originally built in 1999, and restored in 2014. Powered by 2 200HP Yamaha 4-stroke engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore 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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 85 reviews
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8 hour trip with Captain Nelson
8 hour trip with Captain Nelson
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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John E.
Jonesboro, GA
 5.00
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Full day bottom fishing

VERIFIED   March 12, 2020
Capt. Nelson took four of us out for a great day of fishing. He helped out as much or as little as you needed depending on...
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Greg H.
Deltona, FL
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8 hour trip with Captain Nelson

VERIFIED   March 16, 2020
Had a very good trip! Captain is very nice and flexible (we had weather issues on the day we planned on going, but we luckily...
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Greg J.
Jesup, Georgia
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Awesome Bull Red trip with Captain Nelson!

VERIFIED   September 14, 2019
We recently did a 1/2 day Bull Red trip with Captain Nelson. We had an awesome time.  The two of us caught 5 huge redfish…...
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Sarah C.
San Juan
 5.00
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   March 21, 2020
Captain Nelson gave us a great experience for my husband’s 50th birthday. We caught fish and had a wonderful time on...
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Thomas B.
Laughlintown, PA
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Reel faster next time!

VERIFIED   February 24, 2020
Great day with Captain Nelson!  He kept us on the fish all day.  Highly recommend Black Dog Charters.  Best...
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