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Top Fishing Charters in Palm Coast

Fishing in Palm Coast

As far as fishing is concerned, Palm Coast is treated as St. Augustine’s little brother. An unfair reputation to have, because Palm Coast fishing is home to the finest marshland in this part of Florida. Like St. Augustine, it’s also a good departure point for offshore trips, something that will interest deep sea fishing enthusiasts.

Apart from the great fishing, there’s plenty of other things to do in Palm Coast. You can take a trip to Marineland, the world’s first oceanarium, or explore numerous State Parks and enjoy what mother nature has to offer. All this makes it a great, affordable option for a wholesome family trip.

Known For

While the humble Redfish is usually the main target of most inshore anglers, it’s far from the only species frequenting these waters. When you add to that some Trout, Flounder, Tarpon, and others, you’re left with a fishery that’s productive year round. And that’s not even getting into all the lovely sportfishing that can be done in the deep blue.

Inshore Fishing

As with a lot of other places in East Florida, the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway make for the majority of popular inshore fishing grounds. You don’t need to worry about bad weather when you’re fishing here, because there’s always a sheltered spot available nearby where you can fish in peace. The local guides possess the necessary lay of the land to get you on the fish even when they’re hidden away in the off-season.

The local Redfish average at around 3-10 lb, and you can always count on them to put up a fight. Fishing for them during winter is especially fun because you’ll be able to sight fish when the water is clear. This type of fishing is more commonly done by fly anglers, but you can also get good results with a conventional setup.

Tarpon season in Palm Coast runs from June through September, sometimes even longer if the water stays warm. They usually don’t lurk in the backcountry much, and you are more likely to find them at the local inlets.

Offshore Fishing

Anglers more interested in testing their skill on the Atlantic have a number of options open to them. There are lots of both artificial and natural reefs nearby, filled to the brim with the likes of Grouper, Snapper, Kingfish, Sharks, and more besides. Expect a small army of anglers here when Red Snapper season opens in summer.

Bottom fishing anglers aren’t the only ones that can have fun. Palm Coast has a well-established tradition of Billfishing. Along with St. Augustine, it’s one of the few places in the state where you can expect to catch Blue Marlin on a regular basis. Add to that some fantastic Sailfish angling opportunities, and a decent amount of Blackfin Tuna in the winter months, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Trolling with ballyhoo is a sure way to set yourself up for targeting every available species in the deep blue. These range from Mahi Mahi and Wahoo, to Sailfish, Marlin, and Tuna. If you’ve got enough time for a full day trip (or longer) you can look forward to a diverse catch at the end of the day.

Need to Know

Regulations

Anyone over the age of 16 will need a valid fishing license unless you’re fishing with a licensed charter guide. The licenses are issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and can be conveniently bought online. Be sure to look up the local bag limits or hire a guide who’ll be able to keep track.

Budget

Charters from Palm Coast take care to provide competitive prices due to their close proximity to St. Augustine. An average price per hour of fishing goes at around $100. However, you might be able to find a better deal if you’re looking to fish solo or with a partner. Offshore trips are more expensive, but also provide more bang for your buck if you book a long trip.

Getting There

Those headed to Palm Coast by car can reach it with interstate 95 and US Route 1 from the north and south, or with State Route 100 from the west. Palm Coast doesn’t have an airport, but there’s one in St. Augustine some 20 miles to the north.

Palm Coast is the hidden jewel of Florida’s northeast coast, and fishing there is a real angler’s dream. It might not remain hidden for much longer, as anglers from all over the country are starting to appreciate the potential of this fishery, and rightly so!
 

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Palm Coast Fishing Seasons

The water is perfect for sight casting this time of year, but it might get chilly while you’re looking to hook up some Redfish. It’s a good idea to dress in layers.

Anglers looking to fish the reefs in February will have Wahoo as their main target, along with some Cobia and a rare Kingfish. The waters inshore are still clear.

Spring is coming to Palm Coast, but not much is changing fishing-wise. It’s still a good time to fish either inshore or on the reefs further out.

April sees an increased presence of Mahi Mahi in the offshore waters, same goes for Blue Marlin. Things are heating up, and will continue to do so in the following months.

This time of year provides anglers with some of the best weather for inshore fishing. Expect to go after lots of Reds, Trout, Jacks, and more besides.

June is when Marlin fishing really gets serious. Head out offshore and you’ll also find Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Amberjack, all ready to rise to the occasion.

A good alternative to deep sea fishing in summer is going Tarpon fishing. That’s the true test of an angler’s skill, but also a very exciting way to spend a day.

The weather can get very hot in August, so it’s advisable you go fishing as early as possible. Inshore or offshore, it’s completely up to you.

Summer might be long gone, but the fishing is still on fire! It’s an especially good time to go after Billfish, so stock up on ballyhoo and head out there.

The weather is seriously cooling down, opening up the doors for some long-awaited sight casting for Reds. Whether you prefer fly or conventional gear, do try it out.

Winter setting in means Blackfin Tuna fishing is back on the menu. You can also look forward to a good Kingfish and Wahoo bite to boot!

The year is drawing to a close, and in these waters that just means everybody’s doing sight casting in the backcountry. You ain’t done nothing if you haven’t caught a Red!

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What People Are Saying About Palm Coast

"July fishing trip"

John E. fished with Off Duty Offshore Charters on July 14, 2019

Captain Rich went above and beyond fantastic trip will book with him again

"Fishing with Chris"

Karen P. fished with Southern Fried Charters - Saltwater on June 22, 2019

Go out very early and come back early it's hot.

"6 hour trip"

Paul M. fished with Three Lagoon Fishing Charters on March 15, 2019

Use Three Lagoon Fishing Charter. He will take you to some great spots

"Great trip"

Robert Z. fished with Three Lagoon Fishing Charters on March 8, 2019

A little cold, probably better weather in April. Fishing was good.

Top Targeted Species in Palm Coast

Redfish

Redfish

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Wahoo

Wahoo

Amberjack

Amberjack

Cobia

Cobia

Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)

Sailfish

Sailfish

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