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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. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 19.31% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 3905 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Jacksonville Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  3. Red Drum

  4. Red Drum

    There is a 13.7% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 2770 Red Drum counted.

    Jacksonville Red Drum Counts Chart


  5. Black Sea Bass

  6. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 13.6% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 2751 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Jacksonville Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  7. Sheepshead

  8. Sheepshead

    There is a 9.23% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 1866 Sheepshead counted.

    Jacksonville Sheepshead Counts Chart


  9. Whiting

  10. Whiting

    There is a 4.47% catch rate for Whiting, based on 904 Whiting counted.

    Jacksonville Whiting Counts Chart


  11. Weakfish

  12. Weakfish

    There is a 4.11% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 832 Weakfish counted.

    Jacksonville Weakfish Counts Chart


  13. Atlantic Croaker

  14. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 3.98% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 805 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Jacksonville Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  15. Red Snapper

  16. Red Snapper

    There is a 3.81% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 770 Red Snapper counted.

    Jacksonville Red Snapper Counts Chart


  17. Bluefish

  18. Bluefish

    There is a 3.46% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 700 Bluefish counted.

    Jacksonville Bluefish Counts Chart


  19. Black Drum

  20. Black Drum

    There is a 2.97% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 601 Black Drum counted.

    Jacksonville Black Drum Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 83 species of fish and 20225 fish counted for December around Jacksonville.

To date, there are 160 species of fish and a total of 268848 fish counted for Jacksonville and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1850 (173 years).

Last Update: 12/4/2023 7:57:00 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

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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

  • Last One Before Thanksgiving!
      I fished yesterday morning with Jim Russell and his dad Doug meeting them up down at the decrepit Sawpit Creek boat ramp. There was a front passing thru and the forecast ca

  • Recipe of the Month: Cast Iron Blueberry-Peach Cobbler
      From the Southern Cast Iron Magazine Summer 2016 Hoffman Media  6-8 Cups fresh peaches peeled and sliced (about 8 medium peaches) 1 1/2 Cups fresh blueberries 1/4 Cup bourb

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
     Have a great day tomorrow!

  • Casting and Catching
     I fished yesterday afternoon and even though the rain had passed us by we had a bit of wind to deal with. But Chris Bremer and his grandson Matteo were game to go fishing! W

  • From The Start
     Boy what a nasty start to a morning yesterday it was! It rained on me getting the boat ready picking up the bait and launching and was still raining when Dennis Adams and hi

  • Weakfish Made It A Slam
     Thanksgiving week and back to fishing!  I met Joey and Tanya Vasquez up at the Old Town Bait and Tackle boat ramp early on a tide that still had about an hour of going out t

  • From Roasting Oysters to Oyster Plates - we love our oysters!
     We finally got to kick back and roast our first batch of oysters last week...and a sneak look at my wife's Oyster Plate collection...

  • First and Last (spots)
     Hallelujah!  The bad weather finally let up and we were able to get out and do some fishing today!  I met Jason Ash and his buddy Tom up at the Old Town Bait and Tackle boat

  • Third Spot Pays Off
     Oh what a beautiful morning! If you've wondered where the reports have been my two trips from last week got canceled due to the high winds. But we were back at it today when

  • Bulldawgs Come To Town
     I fished with some of those Georgia Bulldogs who have come town - long time customers Bob and William Blalock and Bob's brother-in-law Tommy. We were scheduled to fish yeste

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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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Latest Fishing Spots

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Bouy Conditions

Station MYPF1 - 8720218 - Mayport (Bar Pilots Dock), FL
December 6, 2023 4:18 am EST
Location: 30.398N 81.428W
Wind Direction: WNW (290°)
Wind Speed: 9.9 knots
Wind Gust: 13.0 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.07 in (1018.2 mb)
Air Temperature: 53.2°F (11.8°C)
Water Temperature: 64.9°F (18.3°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Crescent Moon

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