Top fishing trips in Jacksonville, FL
Everything to Know About Booking a fishing charter in Jacksonville
What are the best fishing charters in Jacksonville?
Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 21 trips in Jacksonville, and the most popular trips in the area are Jacksonville Nearshore or Offshore Trip guided by Bill, Jacksonville Inshore Fishing guided by Bill, and Epic Jacksonville Jetty Trip guided by Dave.
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Another popular fishing spot nearby for booking a charter is Jacksonville Beach.
What types of fishing charters are common in Jacksonville?
Inshore fishing is the most popular in Jacksonville as well as nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and flats fishing.
The most commonly sought after species in Jacksonville are: 1. redfish, 2. king mackerel / kingfish, 3. flounder, 4. speckled trout / spotted seatrout, and 5. tarpon.
The most common fishing techniques in Jacksonville are live bait fishing, bottom fishing, and artificial lure fishing but light tackle fishing and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.
How much do Jacksonville fishing charters cost?
in Jacksonville prices can range anywhere from $445 to $1,800, but the average price for a half day in Jacksonville is $630. The average price for a full day in Jacksonville is $875.
When is the best time to go fishing in Jacksonville?
The most popular season for fishing in Jacksonville is fall, and most anglers book their trips 16 days in advance.
Where can I get a Jacksonville fishing license and what are the bag limits in Jacksonville?
See here for more information on fishing licenses in Jacksonville, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Jacksonville. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Jacksonville.
Fishing in Jacksonville
Jacksonville is located on both banks of the St Johns River which empties into the Atlantic 20 miles from downtown. The Fishing in Jacksonville is incredibly productive with more than 1110 miles of interior shoreline, the St. Johns River, and easy access to offshore waters. With convenient water access everywhere you turn, Jacksonville has plenty of options to cast a line no matter what type of fishing you choose.
Jacksonville Freshwater Fishing
As you head further up the St. Johns River it changes to brackish and then freshwater. This is where you can expect to find bass, crappie, and catfish with great success. With Lake George and Crescent Lake both close to Jacksonville, there are ample freshwater fishing opportunities. Lake George is well known for its largemouth bass but it’s the striped bass fishing that makes it stand out. With endless fishing spots and a variety of species to catch, Jacksonville is a great place to take a freshwater fishing trip.
Jacksonville Inshore Fishing
Starting from the Intracoastal off of Timucuan and Fort George Island, you'll have plenty of spots to explore while targeting inshore species. The inshore fishing opportunities in Jacksonville are incredible with easy access to marshes, flats, and jetties while targeting amazing gamefish. Numerous inshore species reside here including trout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, black drum, jacks, tarpon, snook, and flounder. While most of these species are abundant throughout the year, each species has a peak season either when they feed on a seasonal food source or the giants come in to spawn.
Starting with cool water temperatures, the largest black drum is caught in the spring when they pour into the inlets. The warmer summer water brings on the flounder, tarpon, and mackerel bite with redfish and trout hitting hardest in the fall. Sheepshead move in during the winter months where they form tight groups near structure making them easier to target.
Whether you want to target one species or just relax and catch a mixed bag, you can do it with an inshore fishing trip to Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Offshore Fishing
Offshore fishing out of Jacksonville provides plenty of opportunities to catch a wide variety of prized sportfish. Take a short boat ride to open water and you will have a decision to make. Troll for kingfish, cobia, marlin, sailfish, and mahi-mahi, or deep drop for snapper and grouper species over structure. In addition, the area is home to the biggest wahoo tournament in the world, the Northeast Florida Wahoo Shootout.
A normal trolling assortment of rods and outriggers is preferred for kingfish, cobia, and mahi-mahi but in Florida, they kite fish for monsters. This unique approach of attaching a trolling line to a kite that flys behind the boat is used to catch tuna, billfish, and wahoo.
With offshore fishing in Jacksonville being so productive it’s a tough decision to make. Contact Captain Experiences to book a charter and get in on the action next February/March.
Things to Do in Jacksonville
Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida so it’s safe to say there is no shortage of things to do. A trip to the ocean isn’t complete without spending some time on the beach and there are plenty. Three of the most popular beaches include Mayport Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach, all of which have beautiful white sand. If sightseeing is more your speed then head out and see Fort George or experience exotic animals at The Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary. With a seemingly endless list of bars and restaurants to choose from, Jacksonville is sure to please.
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Species in Jacksonville
- Black Drum
- Black Seabass
- Blackfin Tuna
- Blacktip Shark
- Bonnethead Shark
- Bull Shark
- Florida Pompano
- Gag Grouper
- Jack Crevalle
- King Mackerel / Kingfish
- Mahi Mahi / Dorado
- Mangrove Snapper
- Mutton Snapper
- Red Snapper
- Spanish Mackerel
- Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout
- Vermillion Snapper