Jacksonville Fishing

Jacksonville Fishing

Situated on the Atlantic coastline, Jacksonville is the most populous city in all of Florida. It was one of the first cities settled along the coast thanks to its deep-water port access. The city has been built around St. Johns River, which means that this is the ideal location for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. There are few other places that can match the range of Jacksonville fishing.

While there is plenty of variety for your Jacksonville fishing ventures, the area is best known for king mackerel. In fact, Jacksonville is actually the location of the biggest kingfish tournament in the entire region. The reason why is pretty obvious when you reel in your first fish. The waters around Jacksonville are full of mackerel. With such a robust population, many of the fish grow to be full-sized adults. Moreover, they feed quite prolifically. This makes a mackerel fishing adventure especially exhilarating. Mackerel are most often found on the many reefs and wrecks just off the shore in the Atlantic.

Beyond mackerel, there are many other options for Jacksonville fishing. The local population of cobia is plentiful, and many people like to snag a memorable red snapper. There are also many species of grouper and snapper that are caught nearshore. If you are looking for inshore fishing options, Jacksonville does not disappoint with black drum, flounder, sheepshead, spotted sea trout (speckled trout), and redfish as the prime targets.

Offshore of Jacksonville, anglers can encounter billfish such as blue marlin, sailfish, swordfish, and white marlin. Wahoo and the many dolphinfish (Mahi-mahi) that frequent these waters provide plenty of actions as well. In the deep on bottom there is also lots of tilefish and rosefish that keep anglers busy.

Top Jacksonville Fishing Spots

  1. Doctors Lake Park Fishing Pier ( Clay County )
    6/10/2012 3:37:01 AM -

  2. Bunnies Web Reef
    5/17/2014 1:29:48 AM - Bunnies Web Reef has lots of artificial reefs in close proximity of here. There are 500 reef balls, varying from the size of a basketball to the size of a sedan were de

  3. Bert Maxwell Fishing Pier
    6/10/2012 3:37:02 AM -

  4. Fish Haven SA
    2/5/2017 11:55:16 PM - Fish Haven SA

  5. SEAMAP Nearshore Hard Bottom
    6/5/2012 2:05:56 AM -

  6. Platform
    6/21/2019 12:34:32 PM -

    5/6/2011 11:53:05 PM - 29.945666666667 -81.183

  8. Reddie Point Preserve Fishing Pier
    6/10/2012 3:37:01 AM -

  9. BC
    6/10/2012 4:13:06 AM -

  10. KBY 90ft Barge 2
    4/26/2017 6:29:10 PM -

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Jacksonville Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Jacksonville, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Atlantic Croaker

  2. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 16.16% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 3983 Atlantic Croaker counted.

  3. Red Drum

  4. Red Drum

    There is a 10.45% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 2575 Red Drum counted.

  5. Spotted Seatrout

  6. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 10% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 2465 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  7. Striped Mullet

  8. Striped Mullet

    There is a 9.33% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 2299 Striped Mullet counted.

  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 4.41% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1087 Pinfish counted.

  11. Black Sea Bass

  12. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 4.4% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1085 Black Sea Bass counted.

  13. Whiting

  14. Whiting

    There is a 4.35% catch rate for Whiting, based on 1073 Whiting counted.

  15. Hardhead Catfish

  16. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 3.43% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 846 Hardhead Catfish counted.

  17. Flounder

  18. Flounder

    There is a 3.13% catch rate for Flounder, based on 772 Flounder counted.

  19. Gray Snapper

  20. Gray Snapper

    There is a 3.13% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 772 Gray Snapper counted.

Recommedations above based on 96 species of fish and 24641 fish counted for September around Jacksonville.

To date, there are 147 species of fish and a total of 229038 fish counted for Jacksonville and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1850 (172 years).

Last Update: 9/23/2022 4:33:48 PM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Jacksonville Fishing Reports

  • Reds and Trout at Amelia Island
    9/22/2022 4:54:00 PM -  I was out at Goffinsville Park as the sun came up this morning meeting John Raker and his friends Kurtand Melissa for a back country fishing trip here at Amelia Island. We m

  • Win Some Lose Some
    9/21/2022 4:38:00 PM - We had  a beautiful morning today when I met Bob Miller and his brother Dan down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. The tide was high here and just starting out but when we reach

  • One Big Slot
    9/20/2022 3:32:00 PM -  I was back to work today fishing with a father/daughter team Mark and Morgan Runyans. I met them  early down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and we made the run up the interco

  • Not In My House
    9/18/2022 1:14:00 PM -  I fished Friday with Mark Caldwell and his son-in-law a trip set up by Mark's wife Shelly - to get them out on the water and away from the day-to-day grind and boy did we ca

  • Copper Reds
    9/15/2022 3:37:00 PM - I fished this morning with Bob Blalock this time meeting him north up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp. Although forecasts called for some increasing winds it was very p

  • Monster Bait Monster Fish
    9/13/2022 5:14:00 PM -   When Lisa up at the Amelia Island Bait and Tackle shop this morning mentioned the mud minnows may be big she wasn't kidding! They were monsters! After getting bait I met Bo

  • Double Slot Redfish after Labor Day
    9/6/2022 7:59:00 PM -  The Graff's were in town for a long week of relaxation and they took in an Amelia Island Back Country fishing trip the day after Labor Day. I had met Jim Graff and his wife

  • Sunday Sept 4th 2022
    9/5/2022 10:45:51 PM -   We started our morning catching bait pretty easily and hopped offshore to put them out.  We picked up a king and a couple Spanish before hopping a little farther out where

  • Tulsa Time at Amelia Island
    8/30/2022 8:03:00 PM - The closest I've gotten to Tulsa Oklahoma is listening to Don Williams Tulsa Time but today I had a couple of anglers who had ties to the State and following it's motto paid

  • Ladyfish Overload
    8/25/2022 5:10:00 PM -  I wrapped my week up fishing with Jon Freund and his fishing buddy's Peter Sandy and Lewis - meeting them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. You could sum up the fishing tr

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Top Jacksonville Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. C&H Lures
    C&H Lures has been creating tournament winning, big game lures for over 30 years. We make proven lures that catch everything from wahoo, billfish and kingfish to grouper and snapper.

  2. Black Creek Outfitters
    We strive to bring you the best customer service and to provide the highest quality outdoor apparel and products we can get our hands on. We specialize in outdoor apparel and gear for, kayaking, camping, climbing, skiing, winter wear, backpacking, hi

  3. Strike-Zone Fishing
    Strike-Zone Fishing is a premier outdoors store in Jax, FL specializing in fishing, hunting, kayaking, marine, clothing, and more!

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Top Jacksonville Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Team Buck Rogers
    Offshore and Inshore fishing charters out of Jacksonville, FL offshore fishing charter deep sea fishing charter offshore charter capt

  2. Captain Bob's Fishing Charters
    Are you interested in going out with your family and friends on a saltwater adventure? Captain Bob’s Fishing Charters helps you do just that with our year-round fishing charter in Jacksonville, FL. There is no substitute for experience and Captain Bo

  3. Kat-Man-Tay Tours
    Kat-Man-Tayl Tours adventures include 1-4 person inshore fishing charters through tidal marsh creeks, intracoastal waterways and the St. Johns River and 1-4 person offshore fishing charters over local wrecks, reefs, and blue water ledge trips off the

  4. Enterprise Fishing Charters

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Top Jacksonville Marinas

  1. Fernandina Harbor Marina
    Oasis Marinas at Fernandina Harbor is your gateway to Amelia Island's rich history and attractions. Conveniently located on the Intra Coastal Waterway Fernandina Harbor Marina has the services and amenities you need when traveling the ICW.

  2. Tiger Point Marina
    Tiger Point Marina is a full service boat yard located on the north end of Amelia Island, Florida at the St. Mary’s River inlet from the Atlantic Ocean, providing water access to Egan’s Creek, the Florida Intracoastal Waterway, and Amelia River at ca

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Bouy Conditions

Station MYPF1 - 8720218 - Mayport (Bar Pilots Dock), FL
September 25, 2022 9:18 pm EDT
Location: 30.398N 81.428W
Wind Direction: SSE (160°)
Wind Speed: 2.9 knots
Wind Gust: 4.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.94 in (1013.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 78.6°F (25.9°C)
Water Temperature: 81.9°F (27.7°C)

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