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

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

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

Bert Maxwell Fishing Pier
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Latest Jacksonville Fishing Reports

In Search of Trout
10/21/2021 4:08:00 PM -   Boy those beautiful mornings just keep rolling in! Today I met Garland Clark and his fishing buddy Dennis up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp - it was clear with only

October 20 2021 – Vermilion Snapper
10/20/2021 9:46:11 PM - I know this will come as a surprise to most (sarcasm) but the ocean was not as forecast nor was the wind as forecast. Today I was happy to have the Blood Line to beat the wav

October 19th 2021 – Amberjack
10/20/2021 9:20:51 PM - On Tuesday we ran a 10hr trip out of Jacksonville and the fish were waiting on us! We had a limit of vermilion snapper amberjack cobia triggerfish and a king mackerel! What a

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Jacksonville Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 7 - 11 AM on Sunday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in Jacksonville, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Red Drum - 33.77% Catch Rate
    Red Drum

  2. Spotted Seatrout - 20.53% Catch Rate
    Spotted Seatrout

  3. Flounder - 16.23% Catch Rate

  4. Mangrove Snapper - 5.96% Catch Rate
    Mangrove Snapper

  5. Snook - 3.64% Catch Rate

  6. Black Drum - 3.31% Catch Rate
    Black Drum

  7. Recommedations above based on 132 local reports and 24 species of fish for October in Jacksonville.

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Top Jacksonville Fishing Charters & Guides

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

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

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

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Top Jacksonville Bait & Tackle Stores

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.

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

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 Marinas

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

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.

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Bouy Conditions

Station MYPF1 - 8720218 - Mayport (Bar Pilots Dock), FL
October 23, 2021 11:30 am EDT
Location: 30.398N 81.428W
Wind Direction: NNE (30°)
Wind Speed: 5.1 knots
Wind Gust: 6.0 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.09 in (1018.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 76.5°F (24.7°C)
Water Temperature: 78.6°F (25.9°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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