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What are the best fishing charters in St. Augustine?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 66 trips in St. Augustine, and the most popular trips in the area are Jacksonville Close Offshore guided by Bill, Inshore Light Tackle Trip guided by Mike, and Jacksonville Flats on Light Tackle guided by David.

Our guides in St. Augustine are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 7329 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

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Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Palm Coast and Jacksonville Beach.

What types of fishing charters are common in St. Augustine?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in St. Augustine as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in St. Augustine are: 1. cobia, 2. redfish, 3. kingfish, and 4. speckled trout.

The most common fishing techniques in St. Augustine are live bait fishing, light tackle fishing, and artificial lure fishing but bottom fishing and trolling are popular as well.

How much do St. Augustine fishing charters cost?

in St. Augustine prices can range anywhere from $350 to $2,740, but the average price for a half day trip in St. Augustine is $591. The average price for a full day trip in St. Augustine is $1,132.

What month is best for fishing in St. Augustine?

The most popular season for fishing in St. Augustine is spring, and most anglers book their trips 11 days in advance.

Do I need a St. Augustine fishing license and what are the bag limits in St. Augustine?

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in St. Augustine don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in St. Augustine.

St. Augustine, Florida Fishing Overview

You'll really have everything at your fingertips in St. Augustine with both freshwater and saltwater fishing easily accessible. The best freshwater fishing is on the St. Johns River while saltwater action starts a the Matanzas River and goes all the way out to the offshore blue waters. With plenty of shoreline, nearshore structure, and offshore giants St. Augustine is an anglers paradise.

St. Augustine Freshwater Fishing

The St. Johns River is a short drive west of St. Augustine but it provides incredible and unique fishing opportunities. This river turns brackish as it nears the ocean and contains crappie and bass as well as many of the regular inshore species. The wide variety of species to target in the river means there is no shortage of fish to catch. If you want to get two birds with one stone then this is the fishing spot for you.

St. Augustine Inshore Fishing

Great inshore fishing opportunities can be found in the backwaters, rivers, inlets, and shoreline near St. Augustine especially when the tides change. The inshore species available include trout, redfish, snook, and black drum with an added bonus of tarpon depending on the time of year. Inshore fishing St. Augustine is divided between traditional tackle and fly fishing and both make for a rewarding day on the water.

St. Augustine Nearshore Fishing

With plenty of wrecks and reefs to explore looking for larger nearshore species, you will get all the action you can handle. Deep dropping bait near structure will be the best approach for catching various snapper and grouper species. Trolling will provide amazing opportunities to catch prized game fish like kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and tarpon which are plentiful off the Atlantic Coast of Florida. These nearshore fish species crush bait and fight hard which is the perfect recipe for an exciting day of fishing.

St. Augustine Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Head out to the offshore blue water to target the heavy-hitting pelagic species. The range of incredible species that patrol these waters include blackfin tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, kingfish, and sailfish. Many of these fish come through the area during their migration with tuna and sailfish coming in strong in the spring. Summer lends itself to a strong mahi-mahi and kingfish bite while huge wahoo are hot in the cooler months. Offshore trolling is exhilarating with long fights, huge blowups, and even bigger fish!

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Popular Types of Fishing In St. Augustine

St. Augustine fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in St. Augustine include inshore, offshore, and deep sea fishing.

Inshore fishing charters are perfect for those who want to stay close to shore and catch species such as redfish, trout, and flounder. Offshore fishing charters take you further out to sea and target species such as kingfish, mahi-mahi, and sailfish.

For the ultimate fishing adventure, deep sea fishing charters are the way to go. These charters take you miles offshore to catch big game fish such as tuna, marlin, and swordfish.

Some popular landmarks that St. Augustine fishing charters visit include the St. Augustine Lighthouse and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

No matter which type of fishing charter you choose, you're sure to have a great time and catch some amazing fish in the beautiful waters of St. Augustine.

The Best Places To Fish In St. Augustine

St. Augustine, Florida is a prime location for fishing enthusiasts. With its diverse waterways and abundant marine life, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Here are some of the best places to fish in St. Augustine, whether you're looking to fish on your own or book a fishing charter:

1. Matanzas Inlet - This inlet is known for its excellent redfish and flounder fishing, and is a popular spot for fishing charters.

2. Vilano Beach Pier - This pier is a great spot for catching a variety of fish, including pompano, whiting, and bluefish.

3. Guana River - This river is a prime location for catching redfish, trout, and flounder, and is a popular spot for fishing charters.

4. St. Augustine Beach Pier - This pier is a great spot for catching a variety of fish, including whiting, pompano, and bluefish.

5. Salt Run - This inlet is known for its excellent redfish and trout fishing, and is a popular spot for fishing charters.

6. Crescent Beach - This beach is a great spot for surf fishing, and is known for its excellent pompano and whiting fishing.

7. Intracoastal Waterway - This waterway is a prime location for catching a variety of fish, including redfish, trout, and flounder, and is a popular spot for fishing charters.

8. Matanzas River - This river is known for its excellent redfish and trout fishing, and is a popular spot for fishing charters.

9. Fort Matanzas - This historic fort is located on the Matanzas River and is a great spot for fishing, with plenty of redfish and trout to be caught.

10. Anastasia State Park - This park offers excellent surf fishing opportunities, with a variety of fish to be caught including pompano, whiting, and bluefish.

Other Things To Do In St. Augustine

While St. Augustine fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this historic city. Take a tour of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for stunning views and a glimpse into the city's seafaring history. For a unique experience, check out the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, where you can drink from the legendary spring and explore the site of the first Spanish settlement in the United States. If you're looking for a more leisurely activity, stroll through the charming streets of the historic district or relax on the beautiful beaches of Anastasia State Park.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Kevin was awsome, put us right were the keeper were.

    Mark H. with Kevin H. of St. Augustine, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great experience.

    Kevin R. with Kicen G. of Palm Coast, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Best fishing day ever! We told Captain Troy we were serious about getting "keeper" fish to eat, and he did not disappoint. A full 12-hour trip into the Atlantic got us 46 delicious keepers (variety of snapper species, Jacks, Cobia, trigger fish, and more) with plenty of non-stop action, thanks to Troy's laser-focus on the fish. He provided good coaching on the best methods to drop our lines and haul up the bounty. He kept the boat on top of fish continuously, and had us haul up our lines as the boat drifted off so he could reposition the boat back over the fish. We literally spent no time at all just hanging out waiting for bites in an empty ocean. He knows some good spots; for the most part we were the only boat on the water as far as the eye could see; we only noticed a couple of other boats wander over toward us in one location. Action also included fighting with one or two giant groupers (line snapped off before we could get them to the boat) and a couple of small sharks. It got exciting when we had to quickly haul in a snapper to save it from the jaws of an impressive 6-foot hammerhead. Overall an exciting, successful, exhausting day on the water from sunup to sundown. Enjoyed grilled Cobia and Jack kabobs for dinner that evening.

    Mary Lee F. with Troy J. of St. Augustine, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our 6-hour in-shore fishing trip with Captain Billy was such a great time! He's definitely done his fair share of charters and we were lucky enough to catch quite a few fish. He followed all sizing restrictions and made sure we were on fish at every spot we went to. After, he showed us the proper way to clean fish. We will most definitely do another charter with him in the future.

    ILEANA W. with Bill P. of Jacksonville, Florida

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