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Fishing in Mayport

Located in Jacksonville, FL where the St. Johns River meets the Atlantic, Mayport might be small in size, but the fishing opportunities it offers can be larger than life! Mayport fishing charters will give you the opportunity to explore the inshore waters, hit various reefs and wrecks, or come face-to-gills with the biggest deep sea superstars. All that in a serene and peaceful setting of a small community with a lovely waterfront, excellent seafood, and incredible beaches. 
 

Known For

 
The fishing charters Mayport, FL has in store are all about diversity when it comes to species as well as fishing locations. You can fish for inshore A-listers in skinny waters, target delicious bottom species near numerous reefs and wrecks, or fight bluewater monsters miles and miles offshore. 
 

Inshore Fishing

 
Local captains can take you exploring the abundant inshore waters, such as the Intracoastal Waterway or St. Johns River and its tributaries. Here you'll find a plethora of some of the most sought after inshore species, including Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder, Sheepshead, Trout, and Tarpon, when in season. From backwater creeks to numerous jetties, you can rely on Mayport charters to take you to the best secret spots known only to locals. Inshore trips are perfect for children and beginners, as well as skilled shallow-water enthusiasts. 
 

Nearshore/Offshore Fishing

 
If you venture out a bit farther from shore, you'll be spoiled for choice. Go bottom fishing for Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, Amberjack, and Cobia in waters 70+ feet deep – you'll find productive reefs, wrecks, and live bottom scattered up to 25 miles offshore. In these waters, you can also go trolling for King Mackerel and other species using live bait. 
 
In addition to trolling and bottom fishing, you can also do some exciting Shark hunting in these waters. The best season is usually from mid-May to September – this is when you can target the biggest specimens near shrimp boats. You'll get to hunt a variety of Sharks, among which Blacktip are known as the most exciting adversaries. While battling these monsters, you'll also get a chance to admire an abundance of dolphins swimming near these boats.
 
Going even farther from the coast, you'll have a chance at landing the biggest of big game species. Mayport deep sea fishing charters can take you trolling for Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and a variety of Billfish. Full day trips usually take place 20–60 miles offshore and include both bottom fishing and trolling. Apart from previously mentioned species, you'll also get to go after Red Snapper, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, Amberjack, Triggerfish, Cobia, Sailfish, Marlin – and the list keeps on impressing. 
 
Extended full day trips are normally 40–70 miles offshore and even though you'll spend quite some time traveling to the most productive grounds at the ledge (two hours if the seas are calm), catching the biggest trophies will totally make it worthwhile.
 

Need to Know

 

Regulations

 
Mayport fishing charters typically provide a license for their customers, which means all you have to worry about is catching fish. Please note that various species have closed seasons (such as Red Snapper and Amberjack) that change from year to year, so be sure to ask your captain about the latest regulations before booking a trip. 
 

Budget 

 
Full day offshore trips for a party of four usually cost $550–$800, while inshore trips of the same duration are slightly cheaper. Extended full days lasting 9–12 hours are normally $950–$1,200, depending on the duration, while overnight trips cost around $1,800. Three-quarter-day trips will make your wallet $500–$650 lighter, and for half day offshore trips, you can expect to pay $500–$550. Inshore half days are a bit cheaper. 
 

Getting There

 
Mayport is located only 18 miles from downtown Jacksonville, and it's reachable in less than 30 minutes via FL-115 S. If you're flying in, your safest bet is Jacksonville International Airport, located 14 miles from Mayport. A good alternative is Daytona Beach International Airport located 92 miles away. 
 
Whether you'd like to focus on catching the most delicious table fair species or battling game fish in deep blue waters, Mayport fishing will give you exactly that, and even more. 
 
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Mayport Fishing Seasons

Even though the weather can get cold, January brings very clear waters. Go after Black Seabass swimming near reefs farther from the coast, or stay inshore for some great winter action. 
Focus on schools of Redfish, and you won't regret it. They can be found in the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as near jetties and the creeks. Sheepshead fishing is also good. 
March is all about catch and release inshore action, as well as fishing for huge Black Drum. Book a trip with a local guide and let him put you on the best catch around. 
 
Spring's in town! April brings a diversity of species to catch and an abundance of bait attracting fish. You can't go wrong with light tackle fishing for Jack Crevalle and Mackerel. 
 
This is the beginning of the best offshore season in Florida. Target various pelagics or focus on battling Sharks near shrimp boats from the middle of the month and onwards. 
 
This is offshore fishing at its best, especially when targeting Blue Marlin. Tarpon are coming to inshore waters – don't miss the chance to catch the elusive Silver King! 
 
Even though the weather can be unpredictable, that doesn't mean that fishing has to suffer. Targeting Tarpon and Trout inshore is always a safe bet, as well as big game species offshore. 
 
The weather is hot, and so is the fishing. You can focus on some relaxing inshore angling or set sail farther out in pursuit of big game species roaming the blue waters. 
 
September usually brings a lot of rainy days, but it's also a good time for inshore sight fishing. You can go after Sailfish 20+ miles offshore as well if that's your game. 
 
The weather is getting increasingly cold very fast, so offshore fishing can be full of surprises. You can focus on Trout spawning inshore or set your sights on chasing Redfish. 
 
The water temperatures are dropping and huge Wahoo are starting to appear in the offshore waters. The best way to catch them is high speed trolling with big lures.
 
December is usually dry and brings clear waters, perfect for sight fishing for Redfish and Drum. You can also head farther from shore in search of Tuna and Wahoo.

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Top Targeted Species in Mayport

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Cobia

Cobia

Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)

Redfish

Redfish

Amberjack

Amberjack

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Gag)

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)