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
    Full Day Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $850
    This trip is a full day of fishing, starting with catching live bait and running out from 12 to 45 miles out depending on sea conditions. You'll target Kings, Cobia, Sharks, and Barracuda while trolling from May through August and a variety of reef fish bottom fishing all year. Everything you will need is provided except for your own food and drinks. There is plenty of room for your own cooler.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $700
    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
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $550
    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. 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
    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
    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.
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About the Captain

Nelson Van Liere
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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88 Customer Reviews
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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.

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Targeted Species

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

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Sailfish Sailfish

Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Snapper (Vermilion) Vermilion Snapper
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna

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
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor

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, 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

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Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Charlie S.
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Whole day trip with Captain Nelson

VERIFIED   Full Day Offshore on April 5, 2021
Our family of 4 had a fantastic time and would recommend this charter.  We caught lots of fish and kids had a blast reeling!
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Offshore on March 24, 2021
Captain Nelson knows the area and the water is well is very helpful friendly and makes it a very enjoyable trip
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Offshore on June 4, 2021
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Jonesboro, GA
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Full day bottom fishing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on 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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Full day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 29, 2019
Had a great time aboard the black dog. Seas were not ideal but the Captain did out me on a sailfish which I was not expecting...
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FAQs about Black Dog Fishing Charters

Black Dog Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Bull Redfish (AM) (4 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Bull Redfish (PM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Offshore (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Offshore (6 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Black Dog Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Portable Toilet)
  • GPS (with Auto Pilot)
  • Fishfinder (Dual Frequency)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System (Sirius XM 150 channels)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (Rhodan gps anchor included)
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box (Yeti Cooler )

Trips booked with Black Dog Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (When available we may catch it)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottled water)
  • Fishing License

Black Dog Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (St. Johns River)
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Black Dog Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Black Dog Fishing Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sailfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)