Recess Sportfishing in Jacksonville, Florida

Guided by Frank Cole

Flats Inshore Jetty Nearshore River

About Your Guide

27 Years of Experience
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Captain Frank is the son of a tugboat captain and has been fishing ever since he could hold a rod. During his early childhood, he fished freshwater and transitioned to saltwater around the age of 10. He bought his first fishing boat right after graduating from Law school and became active and successful in Kingfishing Tournaments in the late ’80s and early ’90s. He spent the next 10 years fishing the waters of St. Augustine and Bahamas for Wahoo and Marlin for before he transitioned into inshore fishing for Redfish, Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish in 1999. He loves taking people fishing and exposing people to the incredible fishery in northeast Florida. He teaches not only about fishing but also about the ecosystem, helping people see all the small things were a lot of beauty can be found.

Captain Frank has been running guided trips for almost 25 years. From offshore/deepsea trips to inshore/skinny water trips, Captain Frank has such an outstanding birth of experience. Now running a 24' Pursuit he runs trips in the middle there, exploring inshore rivers and beachfront surf, as well as nearshore reef adventures as well.

Whether you desire to seek your thrills in the rivers and creeks of Northeast Florida or “outside the rocks” in the nearshore waters of the Atlantic, Captain Frank and his 24' Pursuit has the equipment, the experience, the expertise, and the enthusiasm to make your fishing dreams come true.

Recess Sportfishing Trips

Head out to the Mayport Jetties and surrounding areas with Captain Frank to fish with live bait and light tackle targeting some great-tasting and hard fighting Sheepshead! Outfitted with a custom T-top and plenty of safe, comfortable seating, Captain Franks 24 foot Pathfinder offers great versatility and comfort. The Pathfinder is rigged with state-of-the-art electronics, a top-notch trolling motor, and a Power Pole. All rods, reels, tackle, and bait will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite rod and reel if you'd like. Ice, water, and soft drinks will be provided as well, so all Captain Frank recommends you bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, your sunglasses, and other weather-appropriate gear whether that's sun protection or rain gear. Read More

Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in Jacksonville

Slaying Sheepshead - 24’ Pathfinder

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 3 People From $200 / person

This trip is for the avid fishermen! If you've got some experience with casting light spinning tackle, come and enjoy a day full of thrills as you sight fish for Shark and Cobia, traveling along Northeast Florida beaches on bait pods. Outfitted with a custom T-top and plenty of safe, comfortable seating, you'll be fishing aboard Captain Franks 24 foot Pathfinder that offers great versatility and comfort. The Pathfinder is rigged with state-of-the-art electronics, a top-notch trolling motor, perfect for stalking these nearshore fish. All rods, reels, tackle, and bait will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite rod and reel if you'd like. If your a really experienced angler, and would like to try fly fishing for these awesome surf front beasts, feel free to bring your own rod and reel, and Captain Frank will supply the flies and tackle, and you'll be all set to try and hook into your next trophy on the fly! Ice, water, and soft drinks will be provided as well, so all Captain Frank recommends you bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, your sunglasses, and other weather-appropriate gear whether that's sun protection or rain gear. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Sight Casting

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 3 People From $250 / person

Head south out of Jacksonville with Captain Frank to explore the tributaries of the St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway from St. Augustine to Fernandina. You’ll be using live bait and artificial lures on light tackle to target Trout, Redfish, and Flounder as you enjoy the areas bountiful inshore waters. Outfitted with a custom T-top and plenty of safe, comfortable seating, Captain Franks 24 foot Pathfinder offers great versatility and comfort. The Pathfinder is rigged with state-of-the-art electronics, a top-notch trolling motor, and a Power Pole for quiet shallow water stalking and anchoring. All rods, reels, tackle, and bait will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite rod and reel if you'd like. Ice, water, and soft drinks will be provided as well, so all Captain Frank recommends you bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, your sunglasses, and other weather-appropriate gear whether that's sun protection or rain gear. Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, River Fishing Charter in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Creeks Trip

100% (7)
24 ft 1 - 3 People From $167 / person

Head offshore from Jacksonville with Captain Frank to hunt the nearshore waters for some great fighting and good eating Atlantic King Mackerel on light tackle. For these trips, 3 anglers is ideal, but it is possible to fish 4 at a time if that is necessary. Captain Frank's 24 foot Pathfinder is outfitted with a custom T-top and plenty of safe, comfortable seating, this boat provides a smooth nearshore fishing experience when conditions are nice. This trip is heavily dependent on the weather though. If the seas are too big on the day of your trip, Captain Frank will happily take you to explore the inshore waters for Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and other inshore species for a lower rate or offer to reschedule your adventure to a later date. All rods, reels, tackle, and bait will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite rod and reel if you'd like. Ice, water, and soft drinks will be provided as well, so all Captain Frank recommends you bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, your sunglasses, and other weather-appropriate gear whether that's sun protection or rain gear. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Jacksonville

Nearshore Kingfish Special

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $138 / person

This action-packed, full day of fishing along the beautiful Northeast Florida beaches is the perfect choice for seasoned anglers. Fish around the most active bait pods and trail behind shrimp boats, just off the beaches, in search of Sharks and Tarpon with Captain Frank. Outfitted with a custom T-top and plenty of safe, comfortable seating, Captain Frank's 24 foot Pathfinder offers great versatility and comfort as you explore the surf and nearshore waters around Jacksonville. Rigged with state-of-the-art electronics and a top-notch trolling motor, you will be able to find and stalk these fish easily and in style! All rods, reels, tackle, and bait will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite rod and reel if you'd like. Ice, water, and soft drinks will be provided as well, so all Captain Frank recommends you bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, your sunglasses, and other weather-appropriate gear whether that's sun protection or rain gear. Read More

Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Jacksonville

Tarpon And Shark Action

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $163 / person

Fishing the Mayport Jetties just minutes from the marina! Wide variety of species available depending on season but always something happening! Seasonal favorites are Sheepshead, Flounder, Redfish, Seatrout, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and King Mackerel. Light tackle to heavy tackle for Bull Reds and Black Drum. Even Tarpon can show up at the right times! Three or fewer anglers preferred. Read More

Inshore, Jetty, River Fishing Charter in Jacksonville

Half Day Jetty Trip

100% (7)
24 ft 1 - 3 People From $158 / person

If you're looking to land some massive Bull Reds near Jacksonville, FL, then this is your ticket! Chasing Redfish on the St. John's River is a blast for anglers of all levels, and whether you're an experienced caster or not, you'll be able to hook some massive fish that know how to pull hard! The St. John's River is known for its abundant population of Redfish, also known as Red Drum, which are a popular game fish in Florida. These fish can grow up to 50 inches in length and weigh up to 50 pounds, providing a thrilling challenge. Captain Frank is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced guide who knows the river well and will take you to the best fishing spots. On this trip, you'll focus on live bait fishing, which is one of the most popular methods and involves using live shrimp, crabs, or mullet as bait. In addition to the fishing, the St. John's River offers beautiful scenery and wildlife sightings. You may see gators, turtles, herons, and other waterfowl as you cruise along the river. Overall, a Redfish fishing trip on the St. John's River near Jacksonville, FL is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and experience some of the best fishing that Florida has to offer! Get out there and have some fun! Read More

Jetty, River Fishing Charter in Jacksonville

Half Day Bull Reds Trip

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $108 / person

Light tackle fishing for the exciting Atlantic King Mackerel. Reel-screaming runs and tough fighting game fish. Decent table fare, as well. Live bait used when available. On this epic fishing charter off the coast of Jacksonville, you'll be heading out to target King Mackerel, a tough, spirited sportfish that's common here. When you're fishing with Captain Frank, you'll be using light tackle and live bait to attract big bites from these lightning-fast predatory fish. With Captain Frank's guidance and expertise, you will have the opportunity to land some impressive Kingfish. Whether you're looking for a wall-hanger trophy or some good table fare, he can put you on the fish and help you hook some. Whether you are an experienced angler or a novice, this fishing charter promises to be an unforgettable adventure that combines the thrill of the catch with the beauty of the natural environment. Overall, this fishing charter off of Jacksonville, FL, offers a unique opportunity to target some highly prized sportfish! Book a trip now and get ready to reel in the catch of a lifetime! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Jacksonville

Killer Kingfishing Trip

100% (7)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $125 / person

Recent Reviews of Recess Sportfishing

Rod

Verified Review Fishing

Great trip. Frank is awesome. Boat was spacious and adequate. Asked for sheepshead, left with nine. Great job.

Mike

Verified Review Fishing

Great time and frank is a nice guy and good Captain. Will definitely be going again soon!!

Magan

Verified Review Fishing

We had a great time with captain frank. Due to the storms that rolled in weeks prior to our trip and a nor' easter, we had to make due with the areas we had available to fish. The booking process was very easy and we enjoyed our time on the water.

Kevin K.

Fishing

Had a wonderful experience with Frank. Fished hard, took us to where the fish were. 30+ yrs showed in his knowledge and advice. We’ll be back and will book again.

Julio R.

Fishing

I’m new to Florida but was fishing all my life in the west coast. Cap. Frank didn’t skip a beat in making me feel welcomed and guided me to cover the eastern waters. I’m definitely going to book this again.

Danielle W.

Fishing

My family and I had an awesome time! We got a couple kingfish and a barracuda. Such a fun experience

John-Michael B.

Fishing

I wanted to put together something special for my dad’s birthday. I figured all the guys in the family could go fishing together. All of us have some fishing experience and wanted an alternate to the run of the mill deep sea trip. I came across Recess Sport Fishing/Captain Frank and found out he had an all day shark and tarpon trip. None of us had done that before, so I booked it. First of all, Captain Frank was polite, professional and accommodating from the get go. On the day of the trip, we met at the marina. He was early and the boat was ready. (And what a boat!) we met his mate, Anthony and we started out chasing pogies down the beach. As soon as we had bait we made our way to the nearest shrimp boats and tailed them while sight casting for sharks. All of us hooked up almost immediately and that kept going most of the day. We saw plenty of dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and other fish too. While we were fishing, Frank and Anthony were both excellent instructors and coaches and definitely kept us on the fish. I would recommend this trip to anyone who loves a sporty day on the water. I will 100% charter with Frank again so book him before I beat you to it!

Jeremy D.

Fishing

To say I had a great time is an understatement! Captain Frank was awesome, he found the bait and shortly after it was fish on. Boat and equipment were very nice, I would definitely recommend fishing with Captain Frank.

Robert S.

Fishing

Great time fishing, plenty of bait and plenty of big sharks. Had several triple hook ups. The boat was in exceptional shape and easily to maneuver around.

Species

Black Drum, Blacktip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Bull Shark, Cero Mackerel, Cobia, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Tarpon

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Fly Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Sight Casting, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore, River

Start Location

4852 Ocean Street, Jacksonville, Florida, USA | Bodies of water fished: Amelia Island, Saint Johns River, Atlantic Ocean, Little Jetties

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