If you’ve got a hankering for some drag screaming action, get in line for the epic deep sea fishing Jacksonville promises to deliver. You can hook into a variety of big game fish here, including Wahoo, Tuna, and Billfish. Deep sea reefs produce scrumptious oversized table fare, including Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack. The farther you sail from shore, the bigger these fish will be. So hang on to your hat—it’s about to be a wild ride!

The Deep Sea Fishing Experience

To experience Jacksonville's deep sea fishing in the truest sense of the phrase, gear up for a full day on the water. An eight-hour trip will take you up to 25 miles offshore, trolling for King Mackerel, Barracuda, Mahi Mahi, and other pelagic fish as well as bottom fishing the reefs. But that’s just the beginning.

If you’re feeling hardcore, book yourself an extended day trip (10-12 hours) and head out to the Gulf Stream. Trips of this sort will take you up to 60 miles out, where the seafloor plummets hundreds of feet below and the biggest game fish roam. Welcome to the big leagues.

Out here in the Bluewater you can hook into the likes of Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Marlin. All of these bad boys are biting in warmer months, which makes anytime between March and November ideal for deep sea fishing in Jacksonville. It takes a couple of hours just to reach the fishing grounds, but it’s worth the wait if you’re intent on earning some serious bragging rights.

Bottom fishing 40-60 miles offshore will bring you anything from Amberjack and Triggerfish to really juicy Snapper and Grouper. Many of these fish are biting throughout cooler months, as well, but weather can have an impact on your fishing trip. Amberjack, Triggerfish, Red Snapper, and Gag Grouper are all closed to harvest during certain months, so be sure to check local regulations before planning your trip. 

How to Fish

While chasing after feisty pelagic fish like Marlin, Wahoo, and Tuna, you can expect a whole lot of trolling. Every angler has a trick up his or her sleeve when it comes to bait, ranging from live and cut bait to a variety of lures. You might also employ certain techniques such as jigging for Mahi Mahi or kite fishing for Sailfish.

You’ll bottom fish the wrecks and reefs for Snapper, Grouper, Black Seabass, Triggerfish, and other bottom feeders. Baits range from Sardines, Pinfish, Mullets, and frozen Squid to bucktail jigs.


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What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Jacksonville

"Fishing with Capt. Nelson"

John Marsh fished with Black Dog Fishing Charters on December 17, 2017

He was a great captain. Very friendly to family and little kids. Straight forward and patient with new to deep sea fishing people. Helpful and accommodating where he can be with a 5 yr old. My daughter love the fast boat ride back to land. We caught about 40 or so fish small but we still caught fish. Was really fun just catch And release for us. Will be visiting Capt. Nelson again in the future

"half day trip "

Lauren Fitzgerald fished with Hooker Charters & Guide Service on December 2, 2017

I bought this trip for my amazing boyfriend, he has never been deep sea fishing an really enjoyed the trip Mr. Perkins was very informative an had great communication with us both to make this trip. He had a great time an would recommend this trip to others.

"Full Day Trip with Cap'n Mike, Connor and Brady"

William Thomas Meers Ii fished with Safe Harbor - 75ft Faith on August 21, 2017

This was an awesome experience! First time deep sea fishing and the crew was top notch! The boat was in excellent condition and we had an absolute blast! I love the fact that all the proceeds for our trip go to the Safe Harbor Boys Home too! Thanks Doc and crew for making our experience top notch! Keep up the great work!

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