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What are the best fishing charters in Jacksonville Beach?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 2 trips in Jacksonville Beach, and the most popular trips in the area are Jacksonville Flats Light Tackle + Fly Trip guided by David and Ignite the Bite Inshore Intercoastal guided by Chip.

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Another popular fishing spot nearby for booking a charter is Jacksonville.

What types of fishing charters are common in Jacksonville Beach?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Jacksonville Beach as well as river fishing and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Jacksonville Beach are: 1. black drum, 2. flounder, 3. redfish, 4. speckled trout / spotted seatrout, and 5. tarpon.

The most common fishing techniques in Jacksonville Beach are light tackle fishing, fly fishing, and artificial lure fishing but live bait fishing is popular as well.

How much do Jacksonville Beach fishing charters cost?

in Jacksonville Beach prices can range anywhere from $400 to $700, but the average price for a half day in Jacksonville Beach is $513. The average price for a full day in Jacksonville Beach is $600.

When is the best time to go fishing in Jacksonville Beach?

The most popular season for fishing in Jacksonville Beach is summer, and most anglers book their trips 1 days in advance.

Where can I get a Jacksonville Beach fishing license and what are the bag limits in Jacksonville Beach?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Jacksonville Beach, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Jacksonville Beach. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Jacksonville Beach.

Jacksonville Beach Fishing Charters

Jacksonville is located on both banks of the St Johns River which empties into the Atlantic 20 miles from downtown. Fishing in Jacksonville Beach 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 Beach has plenty of options to cast a line no matter what type of fishing you choose.

Jacksonville Beach 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 in close proximity to Jacksonville Beach, 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 Beach is a great place to take a freshwater fishing trip.

Jacksonville Beach 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 Beach 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 are caught in the spring when they pour into the inlets. The warmer summer water bring 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 Beach.

Jacksonville Beach Offshore Fishing

Offshore fishing out of Jacksonville Beach 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 Beach 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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How are fishing conditions in Jacksonville Beach?

Jacksonville Beach Fishing Reports from Our Damn Good Guides. See more reports for Jacksonville Beach.

    Legal size redfish are spotty but still in good numbers. With the shrimp run ramping up, it can be a little testy getting a consistent bite. But flounder are starting to show in great numbers- fish are still on the smaller side but great action. Tarpon fishing continues to be red hot in northeast Florida with fish ranging from 40 to 100 lbs. Bull reds are showing in good numbers in the St Johns river as well with the average fish in the 40in range!
    Legal size redfish are spotty but still in good numbers. With the shrimp run ramping up, it can be a little testy getting a consistent bite. But flounder are starting to show in great numbers- fish are still on the smaller side but great action. Tarpon fishing continues to be red hot in northeast Florida with fish ranging from 40 to 100 lbs. Bull reds are showing in good numbers in the St Johns river as well with the average fish in the 40in range!
    Legal size redfish are spotty but still in good numbers. With the shrimp run ramping up, it can be a little testy getting a consistent bite. But flounder are starting to show in great numbers- fish are still on the smaller side but great action. Tarpon fishing continues to be red hot in northeast Florida with fish ranging from 40 to 100 lbs. Bull reds are showing in good numbers in the St Johns river as well with the average fish in the 40in range!

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