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Top Fishing Charters in Fernandina Beach

Fishing in Fernandina Beach

Fernandina Beach is located on Florida’s Amelia Island, and was named in honor of Spain’s King Ferdinand VII. This isn’t the only connection it has to nobility, though. With Redfish, Tarpon, Mahi Mahi, and other famous fish calling these waters home, Fernandina Beach fishing charters give you the chance to hook some serious Floridian royalty! 

What type of charter is best for me?

Explore Inshore Fishing Grounds

Fernandina Beach’s inshore waters will leave you spoiled for choice. There’s the bountiful Intracoastal Waterway, winding backwaters, inlets, jetties, and even the mouth of the Amelia River, within easy reach. 
A half-day trip allows for plenty of angling action, and is perfect for newbies and families. Many charters offer child-friendly adventures, targeting Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Black Drum, Flounder, and more, in calmer waters.
Hardcore anglers should visit these waters during fall – this is when the “Silver King” (Tarpon) makes an appearance. Battling this fish on the fly, or with light tackle, offers up plenty of excitement.

Reef Fishing for Tasty Table Fare

For anglers who want to pack their cooler with delicious dinner options, reef fishing is something that cannot be missed! 
If you want to travel beyond state waters, make sure you opt for a charter that’s federally licensed. The most productive reefs are located about 12 miles out. You’ll be bottom fishing for Grouper species, Black Seabass, Triggerfish, Cobia, King Mackerel, and others. Sheepshead is a particularly popular catch in February.
Red Snapper is a favorite catch in these federal waters, but a “must-know” is that this species is highly regulated. Exactly when you can catch and keep Red Snapper changes on an annual basis, so make sure you discuss open season with your captain, and book your adventure well in advance!

Battling Big Game Offshore

Fernandina Beach follows the Floridian trend of offering awesome big game fishing. Similarly to reef fishing, in order to battle deep sea monsters, you should opt for a federally-licensed charter. This will give you the full run of this part of the Atlantic!
Big game fishing in Fernandina Beach means one thing – Mahi Mahi. This fish can be caught as close as 10 miles near shore, but for a truly intense battle, be prepared to travel for around 30 miles, so opt for a full day trip. Summer sees these waters brimming with Mahi Mahi, with July being especially productive for anglers to earn their bragging rights!

What to Bring

Most charters in Fernandina Beach will make sure you’re truly “hooked up” when it comes to your trip, with fishing gear, bait, lures, and your fishing license all provided. Bring along:
  • Snacks and drinks. (Ice and water are usually provided.)
  • Weather-appropriate clothing – this means sunglasses and sunscreen during those hot Floridian summers!
  • Sea-sickness medication. This is a must for new anglers, or if you’re heading offshore, to choppy waters.
Fernandina Beach may be named after royalty, but the fantastic fishing grounds and prestigious species on offer are what really makes it magnificent. Come discover it for yourself!
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Fernandina Beach Fishing Seasons

One of your new year’s resolutions should definitely involve heading down to Fernandina Beach in January for some first-class fishing! Sheepshead are especially rife around the reefs.

The Sheepshead bite only gets better, so make sure you opt for a federally-licensed charter that’ll take you out to the plentiful reefs. Inshore, Redfish are biting hard around the jetties!

With the Redfish bite staying strong, March is an excellent time to visit – head to the shallows and jetty waters to target this species. Black Drum are plentiful around the reefs.

March winds may bring April showers, but that shouldn’t stop you from fishing! Around the reefs, Cobia start to make an appearance. Want to battle feisty Wahoo? Head offshore for your angling adventure.

As the weather heats up, so does the fishing – huge Cobia lurk around the reefs, Tarpon are inshore, and Mahi Mahi appear offshore. After you’ve got your fill, head to the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival!

Whether you want to battle Tarpon in the shallows, hook bull Reds, plumb the depths of the reefs for huge Kingfish, target Wahoo and Mahi Mahi offshore, you’ll have your pick of the bunch in June! 

Offshore fishing is particularly fun in July, with Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna just waiting for you to come and hook them. The reefs are brimming with tasty Kingfish, so opting for a federally-licensed charter is a must!

Reef and offshore fishing stays strong. Mix up your angling action with a visit to the annual Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo, and see how the experts do it! Pick up some tips and tricks, then hook a trophy-sized catch.

If you’re looking for first-class inshore fishing, come visit now! The waters around the jetties are especially productive. Combined with mild weather, this is the perfect time for a family-friendly vacation.
Jetty fishing stays strong, with huge bull Redfish and Shark species on offer. Hardcore anglers should come visit for the chance to battle the last of the Tarpon – don’t miss your chance to hook the “Silver King!”

This is when the season slows down, but inshore fishing still provides plenty of exciting opportunities for anglers looking to take advantage of quieter waters. Target the last of the bull Redfish, as well as Black Drum.

If you’re looking to take home some tasty table fare, December sees Fernandina Beach’s waters brimming with Spotted Seatrout. If you want the jetties and backwaters all to yourself, this is a great time to visit!

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What People Are Saying About Fernandina Beach

"Half day near shore"

John W. fished with Gonna Miss Her Fishing Charters on July 20, 2019

Bring sunscreen, sunglasses,hats and gatorade.

"Half day trip with Captain Keith"

Donald M. fished with Amelia Family Fishing Charters on July 12, 2019

Look at reviews and match up with your groups experience, expectations, etc...

"Two full days with Captain Justin Prince"

Thomas S. fished with First Coast Expeditions LLC on June 28, 2019

Book Captain Justin Prince. You cannot go wrong!!

"4 hour inlet jettie trip"

Tiffany P. fished with Amelia Family Fishing Charters on March 30, 2019

Don't go with any other boat unless its with Captin Keith.

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Top Targeted Species in Fernandina Beach





King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)

Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)



Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Gag)

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