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Fishing in Jacksonville
Fishing in Jacksonville Florida comes naturally to the locals. Located at the mouth of the mighty St Johns River and facing out onto the Atlantic Ocean, this northeastern Floridian town has both salt and freshwater in its blood. With a whole range of options within sight of downtown Jax, what are you waiting for?
There’s a reason why Jacksonville is home to the biggest Kingfish tournament in the whole of the Southeast. These waters are home to bonafide monsters, with record-breaking Mackerel coming in alongside big Cobia, huge Redfish, and even impressive sizes of Largemouth Bass.
With rivers, inlets, offshore wrecks, and so much more just about every type of maritime feature can be found in these parts. What better way to get in on the action than teaming up with a local expert aboard any one of the local Jacksonville fishing charters?
Pick an inshore charter, and two of your top targets will likely be the notorious Redfish and Spotted Seatrout. These energetic bait busters can be found romping through the expanses of St John’s River, Mill Cove, and the Intracoastal Waterway. If you want to haul in a huge Bull Redfish within site of a major metropolis, this is the place for you.
As if that wasn’t enough, you will also most likely stumble upon Flounder, Yellowmouth Trout, Black Drum, Ladyfish, Bluefish, Sheepshead and much more as you peruse the scenic shallow waterways. This part of the world is said to have some of the best backwater fishing in the whole of Florida.
Tempted? We don’t blame you. And seeing as some of the most effective Jacksonville fishing spots are also some of the most beautiful, this is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of city living. Check out the Nassau Sound Fishing Bridge, which is only accessible through Amelia Island State Park.
Journey out into the Atlantic, and you will be faced with a lot more than just Mackerel - not that that’s anything to complain about. Jacksonville is en-route for many migratory species, including Tarpon and Cobia. And when it comes to deep sea fishing, Jacksonville Florida can serve up a selection that will spark the imagination of any die-hard Floridian. This may involve taking a fishing trip that lasts a full day, but with Sailfish, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna at hand, trips to the Gulf Stream are most certainly worthwhile.
But it’s not all about the salt life. When the bite is slow offshore, freshwater fishing in Jacksonville Florida is hot. The waters south of downtown Jax are famous for Largemouth Bass fishing, while Bluegills, Catfish, Striped Bass, and Hybrid Stripers are also on the cards. Why not make a day of it at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve?
Rules & Regulations
Guests aboard a guided boat in these parts do not need to buy a fishing license for saltwater - fishing charters in Jacksonville Fl cover this for you. But if you are fishing freshwater or on some public piers, shorelines, and bridges, you will need to have the appropriate fishing license.
Types of Fishing
Saltwater fishing in Jacksonville can mean anything from throwing topwater plugs to Spotted Seatrout inshore to sight fishing for Redfish in the flats. Offshore, and trolling and bottom fishing become the name of the game. Don’t miss the Cobia migration in late spring. This is only rivalled by the explosive Tarpon action you will find in August and September.
Looking for something different? Jacksonville fly fishing can take you exploring the grass flats and wetlands for tailing Redfish or even have you hooking up on a tasty Sheepshead.
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What People Are Saying About Jacksonville
"3 hr. Kids/Family trip "
Nice weather. A different "school" of fish than early Spring or Summer of course.
"Half day trip with Capt Mike "
Bring sunscreen, bug spray and a great attitude!
"Half day inner coastal waterway with captain Guy and mate Savannah"
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