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Inshore Fishing in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, the most populous city in Florida, is a regional business and tourist epicenter. Numerous tourists visiting the city are anglers looking to land their next trophy, and the inshore fishing Jacksonville is famous for is one of their favorites. 
 
The city resides at the mouth of the St. Johns River that flows into the Atlantic ocean through Mayport Inlet and is right on the Intracoastal Waterway. This means that your inshore fishing options are practically endless. Jacksonville inshore fishing charters can take you exploring some of the finest backcountry, flats, and other shallow water fisheries in pursuit of various inshore species. 
 

What to Expect

 
Jacksonville inshore fishing is all about light tackle and fly fishing action. Depending on the season, you'll be going after Redfish, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, Tarpon, Black Seabass, Black Drum, Ladyfish, Bluefish, Sheepshead, and even Sharks. St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and their backwater tributaries are your top fishing locations, with hotspots such as Mill Cove and Nassau Sound Fishing Bridge being especially popular. 
 
Both live bait and artificial jigs and lures are used – it all depends on the target species and fishing circumstances. Using topwater plugs when targeting Spotted Seatrout inshore and sight fishing for Redfish on the flats is the common go-to option. Fly fishing the grass flats and wetlands for Redfish is also a huge deal in the area. 
 
All these styles can be accommodated on both shorter and longer trips, though full-days are recommended if you'd like to maximize your chances of landing multiple species and cover more locations.  
 

How to Prepare

 
You won't have to worry about fishing licenses if you book a trip with a for-hire charter, along with fishing gear and catch cleaning. However, if you want to focus on fly fishing, make sure to check if the charter provides fly gear. Pack your favorite snacks and drinks, hats, sun protection, and don't forget a camera to document your fishing success. 
 
Explore the numerous waterways, canals, inlets, flats, and other inshore and backcountry fisheries the city is famous for. With the right guide by your side, inshore fishing in Jacksonville can be larger than life! 
 

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What People Are Saying About Inshore Fishing in Jacksonville

"Inshore/Near shore fishing with Recess Sportfishing"

David Naughton fished with Recess Sport Fishing – Pathfinder on August 26, 2019

Recently went Inshore fishing with Capt. Frank Cole aboard the Recess. Best trip I've taken in years! Capt. Cole is completely squared away.....a true professional. We went outside and jumped a few Tarpon and then went in the river and had some Bull Reds give us a real workout. The boat was fabulous and Capt. Cole knew exactly where to find the fish. I highly recommend booking with Capt. Cole!

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in Jacksonville

Redfish

Flounder

Spotted Seatrout

Cobia

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