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 Prediction

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. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 14.45% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 2802 Black Sea Bass counted.

  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 13.4% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 2598 Atlantic Croaker counted.

  5. Whiting

  6. Whiting

    There is a 9.52% catch rate for Whiting, based on 1846 Whiting counted.

  7. Spotted Seatrout

  8. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 7.48% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1450 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  9. Red Drum

  10. Red Drum

    There is a 5.78% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1120 Red Drum counted.

  11. Hardhead Catfish

  12. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 5.56% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1078 Hardhead Catfish counted.

  13. Striped Mullet

  14. Striped Mullet

    There is a 4.15% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 805 Striped Mullet counted.

  15. Vermilion Snapper

  16. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 3.09% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 599 Vermilion Snapper counted.

  17. Flounder

  18. Flounder

    There is a 2.96% catch rate for Flounder, based on 574 Flounder counted.

  19. Oyster Toadfish

  20. Oyster Toadfish

    There is a 2.87% catch rate for Oyster Toadfish, based on 557 Oyster Toadfish counted.

Recommedations above based on 85 species of fish and 19389 fish counted for May around Jacksonville.

To date, there are 127 species of fish and a total of 209536 fish counted for Jacksonville and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

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 1939..

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Latest Jacksonville Fishing Reports

  • Eventful Day
    5/17/2022 4:04:00 PM - We had another gorgeous fishing day out on the water here at Amelia Island. I had met Bob Blalock and his fishing team made up of brother and sister-in-law Tom and Martha up

  • From Big To Bigger
    5/16/2022 7:36:00 PM -   What a great morning to start the week with! We had beautiful weather that greeted us out at Goffinsville Park when I met  Bob Blalock and his fishing crew - brother and si

  • They Ought To Call It Iron Man!
    5/14/2022 7:23:00 PM - I just sent off a couple of Osprey CE Florida Fishing Products reels back for repair refurbishment and cleaning and I got to thinking I'm still using one of the original Ospr

  • Surf Fishing Tip's Welcomed
    5/13/2022 8:23:00 PM -  We had the best non windy day today when I fished with Eddie Byrd Bob Kossman and David Beauchamp. We all met down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp after pealing off shoes to w

  • It Had To Have Been The Green Bobber
    5/12/2022 5:50:00 PM - Of  the three float rigs 2 had orange bobbers and one had a green.  The green bobber caught the fish today. I had picked up Henry Ross and his neighbor and fishing buddy Rex

  • We Had a Nice Back Country Slam
    5/10/2022 6:28:00 PM -  It was a a prettier day today than yesterday but the winds were still forecasted to grow to 16-17mph by late morning. But the skies were clear the sun was out and we had a w

  • Movement on the Bragging Rights Board
    5/9/2022 5:15:00 PM -   There was forecasted winds for today but not so much early so we decided to try and squeeze a morning of fishing in. I had met Steve Locke and his fishing buddy Jason out a

  • Fishing Charter Jacksonville FL Sunday May 8 2022
    5/8/2022 6:35:00 PM - I’ll be honest I was concerned with the weather today. Looking at the forecasts and wind maps it felt fishable and with the upcoming forecast I knew today was our only shot t

  • Recipe of the Month: Belly Meat Chowder
    5/8/2022 10:12:00 AM -  My friend and  fishing buddy Daniel Rhodes chastised me one day while I was cleaning fish. Normally I filet them then cut the rib and belly meat out and toss it to the Seagu

  • Flatties and a Slam
    5/6/2022 8:30:00 PM -  I wrapped my week up today fishing south after launching at Goffinsville and meeting John Raker and his fishing buddy Kenny early. We made a quick run over to Spanish Drop w

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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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Buoy Conditions

Station MYPF1 - 8720218 - Mayport (Bar Pilots Dock), FL
May 20, 2022 1:18 am EDT
Location: 30.398N 81.428W
Wind Direction: SSW (200°)
Wind Speed: 4.1 knots
Wind Gust: 5.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.97 in (1014.9 mb)
Air Temperature: 77.5°F (25.3°C)
Water Temperature: 77.5°F (25.3°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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