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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.

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. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 11.42% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 2384 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Jacksonville Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 10.05% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 2099 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Jacksonville Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  5. Spot Croaker

  6. Spot Croaker

    There is a 8.06% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 1684 Spot Croaker counted.

    Jacksonville Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  7. Whiting

  8. Whiting

    There is a 7.3% catch rate for Whiting, based on 1524 Whiting counted.

    Jacksonville Whiting Counts Chart


  9. Red Drum

  10. Red Drum

    There is a 6.31% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1317 Red Drum counted.

    Jacksonville Red Drum Counts Chart


  11. Hardhead Catfish

  12. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 5.79% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1209 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Jacksonville Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart


  13. Spotted Seatrout

  14. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 5.24% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1094 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Jacksonville Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  15. Red Snapper

  16. Red Snapper

    There is a 3.68% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 768 Red Snapper counted.

    Jacksonville Red Snapper Counts Chart


  17. Oyster Toadfish

  18. Oyster Toadfish

    There is a 3.02% catch rate for Oyster Toadfish, based on 631 Oyster Toadfish counted.

    Jacksonville Oyster Toadfish Counts Chart


  19. Striped Mullet

  20. Striped Mullet

    There is a 3.01% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 628 Striped Mullet counted.

    Jacksonville Striped Mullet Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 102 species of fish and 20881 fish counted for June around Jacksonville.

To date, there are 158 species of fish and a total of 260638 fish counted for Jacksonville and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1850 (173 years).

Last Update: 6/5/2023 3:26:53 AM

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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Top Jacksonville Fishing Spots

The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Jacksonville are the following:

  1. Doctors Lake Park Fishing Pier ( Clay County )

  2. Bunnies Web Reef
    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

  4. Fish Haven SA
    Fish Haven SA

  5. SEAMAP Nearshore Hard Bottom

  6. Platform

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  8. Reddie Point Preserve Fishing Pier

  9. BC

  10. KBY 90ft Barge 2

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Latest Jacksonville Fishing Reports

  • Grassberg Sightings!
     I fished south today meeting Allen Richardson and his grandson Walker early at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. We made the run up the intercoastal and around to Poteat Cut to fi

  • Shark Battles
    I did a quick trip this afternoon with Tom Pool and his wife Terri meeting them up at the Old Town Bait and Tackle ramp. We ran over to the outside of Tyger and fished with f

  • Hot Off The Stern
     I fished this morning with the Keller group- Tom Keller and his son-in-law Andrew and grandson Bryson. After meeting them up at the Old Town Bait and Tackle boat ramp we mad

  • Wrapping Up With a Slam
    I finished my week up fishing with Howard McClure and his fishing buddy Joe. I met them early this morning down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and even though we had some fore

  • A Few Nice Surprises
      Today was one of those windy dreary days when you just hope you catch a fish with the tough conditions considered. I had met Brian Roach and his son Michael and friend Lee

  • Neck and Neck
      I fished today with Don Bickel and  his brother-in-law Doc meeting them out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp. The tide was still coming in for  just a few minutes so we m

  • 12hr Charter May 29th – Drew and Luke Rippin Lips
    On Monday May 29th 2023 aka known as Memorial Day **Never Forget** we ran a 12hr charter with a multi-return customer (Dr. Nic) out of Mayport. Dr. Nic brought his 2 boys Dre

  • Tripletail Surprise
      After a long weekend off with the Memorial Day holiday I was back at it today when I met Tom Jenkins with his son Braden and friend Steve with his son Zach. We met early up

  • Mutton and Mangrove Snapper on a 12HR
    Well since the troll only yielded us a mahi a wahoo a few short strikes and some pulled hooks we took our frustrations out on the bottom fish! Capt. JD assisted me today with

  • Squeezin in a Trip
     We've had rain and wind all week and trips had to be cancelled or rescheduled but we were able to squeeze in a trip today before tomorrows expected high winds (again).  I me

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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!

  4. Reel 'em Up Lures
    From weekend fun to tournament fishing, trolling lures for every fisherman.

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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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