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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.



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 -


  7. NATURAL BOTTOM & DUMPSTERS
    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. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 20.63% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1792 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Jacksonville Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

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  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 15.25% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1325 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Jacksonville Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  5. Whiting

  6. Whiting

    There is a 13.16% catch rate for Whiting, based on 1143 Whiting counted.

    Jacksonville Whiting Counts Chart
    Whiting

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  7. Red Drum

  8. Red Drum

    There is a 12.41% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1078 Red Drum counted.

    Jacksonville Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

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  9. Sheepshead

  10. Sheepshead

    There is a 8.76% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 761 Sheepshead counted.

    Jacksonville Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

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  11. Silver Perch

  12. Silver Perch

    There is a 2.95% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 256 Silver Perch counted.

    Jacksonville Silver Perch Counts Chart
    Silver

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  13. Weakfish

  14. Weakfish

    There is a 2.82% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 245 Weakfish counted.

    Jacksonville Weakfish Counts Chart
    Weakfish

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  15. Vermilion Snapper

  16. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 2.56% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 222 Vermilion Snapper counted.

    Jacksonville Vermilion Snapper Counts Chart
    Vermilion

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  17. Black Drum

  18. Black Drum

    There is a 2.39% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 208 Black Drum counted.

    Jacksonville Black Drum Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE JACKSONVILLE BLACK DRUM COUNTS CHART


  19. Pinfish

  20. Pinfish

    There is a 2.16% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 188 Pinfish counted.

    Jacksonville Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

    ENLARGE JACKSONVILLE PINFISH COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 73 species of fish and 8687 fish counted for February around Jacksonville.

To date, there are 148 species of fish and a total of 215335 fish counted for Jacksonville and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1850 (173 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 12:15:42 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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.

View full Jacksonville Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Jacksonville Fishing Reports

  • Right Off The Bat
    1/28/2023 5:58:00 PM -  I wrapped my week up fishing with Frank Wytiaz and his long time buddy and fellow Vietnam veteran Brad meeting them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning. We


  • New Spots
    1/27/2023 5:35:00 PM - I was meeting Steve Locke and  his brother Mike down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and rather than making my usual run up the Nassau we decided to fish the area a bit before


  • The Final Fish
    1/26/2023 5:18:00 PM -  When I talked to Glenn Langford last evening he indicated he'd like to target Sheepshead on our trip this morning. So when I met him and his wife Patti down at the Sawpit Cr


  • Re-Connecting Fishing Buddies
    1/21/2023 12:32:00 PM -   Yesterday I fished with Carmen Santamaria who had his old time fishing buddy Tony with him when we met up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp. There was just a slight bre


  • Cool and Clear For Trout and Redfish
    1/16/2023 7:35:00 PM -  We fished out of Dee Dee Bartels Park today when I met Mark Averbuch and his son Cutler and grandson Harvey early this morning. It was still in the 30's but there were clear


  • Recipe of the Month: Oyster Stew
    1/14/2023 6:21:00 PM - Finally! We stopped by Houston's Meat Market on the way home and picked up a bushel of oysters - they were from Virginia - the York River. Coincidently we had oysters at a pa


  • Beautiful Day for a Birthday
    1/10/2023 8:35:00 PM -  We had a beautiful morning greet us when I met Bob Kossman down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp with plans to make a morning of fishing on his birth day! We eased around to th


  • New Year - Great Fishing
    1/6/2023 5:51:00 PM -  I kicked off the new year yesterday fishing with Allen and Lavern Webb meeting them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early on a clear sunny morning - and just a small bit


  • Split Trip – Jan 1st 2023 – Happy New Year!!
    1/1/2023 1:02:00 PM - On Jan 1 2023 the forecast was beautiful and the Cape Horn was available so we opened a “split trip”. A “split trip” is where we basically turn a private charter boat into a


  • Book Ended By Trout
    12/31/2022 10:30:00 AM -  I wrapped up my week and my year fishing with the Averbuch's -Mark his son Jared and his 8yo grandson Max meeting them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning.


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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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Latest Fishing Spots

Cubera Snapper 13462

Graysby 16266

Gag Grouper 14087

Gag Grouper 14080

Gag Grouper 14051

Gag Grouper 14043

Gag Grouper 14037

Black Grouper 15437

Goliath Grouper 15373

Warsaw Grouper 101

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Bouy Conditions

Station MYPF1 - 8720218 - Mayport (Bar Pilots Dock), FL
February 2, 2023 10:30 am EST
Location: 30.398N 81.428W
Wind Direction: WNW (290°)
Wind Speed: 2.9 knots
Wind Gust: 4.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.19 in (1022.5 mb)
Air Temperature: 68.4°F (20.2°C)
Water Temperature: 62.2°F (16.8°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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