St Augustine Fishing

The historic coastline of St Augustine has long traded the flying cannonballs and roaming pirate ships for swarms of tourists and Spanish architecture lovers, yet the city's age-old waterways remain anything but timeworn. The secluded hotspots of Matanzas and Tomolka rivers (parts of the Intracoastal Waterway) provide some of the best backcountry and flats fishing this side of Florida, with premier Trout and Redfish habitats further complemented by ample Snook, Tarpon and Black Drum seasons. Porpoises, manatees, sea turtles and the rest of local wildlife often drop by to say hello, while appreciating the nation's oldest continental city from the water makes fishing 'round here double as a history lesson you won't find in any book. As you leave the St. Augustine Inlet behind, bottom fishing along the area's many artificial reefs, medieval wrecks and ledges produces a variety of delicious Snapper and Grouper species year round, along with seasonal Amberjack, Cobia, Sharks, Black Sea Bass and more. Most nearshore and offshore fishing is actually done in waters between 20 and 100 feet deep, with the trolling action heating up during the spring migration and the arrival of everyone's favorite pelagics, including Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish and many others.

Known For

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Beach, Lightner Museum, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Anastasia State Park, Flagler College, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Old City, Ghost Tours, Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, Marineland, Potter’s Wax Museum, St. Augustine Wild Reserve

Rules & Regulations

No license for fishing is necessary if you’re fishing aboard a guided charter, party boat or other for-hire vessel which possesses a valid captain or charter boat license.

St Augustine Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.