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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 13.35% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 3173 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Jacksonville Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 12.26% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 2912 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Jacksonville Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  5. Whiting

  6. Whiting

    There is a 7.96% catch rate for Whiting, based on 1892 Whiting counted.

    Jacksonville Whiting Counts Chart


  7. Red Drum

  8. Red Drum

    There is a 5.78% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1374 Red Drum counted.

    Jacksonville Red Drum Counts Chart


  9. Spotted Seatrout

  10. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 5.61% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1332 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Jacksonville Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  11. Spot Croaker

  12. Spot Croaker

    There is a 5.41% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 1286 Spot Croaker counted.

    Jacksonville Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  13. Hardhead Catfish

  14. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 5.06% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1202 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Jacksonville Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart


  15. Red Snapper

  16. Red Snapper

    There is a 3.77% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 895 Red Snapper counted.

    Jacksonville Red Snapper Counts Chart


  17. Bluefish

  18. Bluefish

    There is a 3.7% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 878 Bluefish counted.

    Jacksonville Bluefish Counts Chart


  19. Ladyfish

  20. Ladyfish

    There is a 2.93% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 696 Ladyfish counted.

    Jacksonville Ladyfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 110 species of fish and 23760 fish counted for May around Jacksonville.

To date, there are 164 species of fish and a total of 271619 fish counted for Jacksonville and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1850 (174 years).

Last Update: 5/20/2024 9:57:35 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

    29.945666666667 -81.183

  8. Reddie Point Preserve Fishing Pier

  9. KBY 90ft Barge 2

  10. BC

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Latest Jacksonville Fishing Reports

  • Oversized Reds in the Backwater
     I've probably mentioned it dad when we would be passing thru a rural area that had cows  he said his grandfather(my great grandfather) would say the cows are la

  • Uptick In Redfish Bite
      We waited to go until the top of the tide today meeting at 9am out at Goffinsville Park.  John Raker and Kenny King met me at the dock and where we were the tide was still

  • High Tides and Rising Winds
      Back to fishing!  After being out of town for a week I was back fishing today with newlyweds Jeff and Elizabeth Parr. After meeting them early up at Old Town Bait and Tackl

  • Temperature Drop Helps
     I fished today after we had a slight temperature drop over the weekend one that caused the water temps to fall too. We didn't tear them up today but we had a little better a

  • Mangroves and Manatee
     We must be in a faze right now not seeing Seatrout or Redfish or Flounder in the backwater. Water temps are hovering right around 80 degrees and even though we're getting so

  • Slow But Beautiful Day of Fishing
      We had a three boat party today set up by Tom Klien fishing with friends after they caravaned in boats up from Central Florida. We all met at Old Town Bait and Tackle and d

  • Shrimp Fest Kick Off at Amelia Island
      I finished my week and kicked off Shrimp Fest weekend by fishing with David Vice his son Nathaniel and friend Seth meeting them yesterday morning out at Goffinsville Park b

  • Pretty Good Species Count at Amelia Island
    Redfish Bonnethead Shark Seatrout Flounder Mangrove Snapper Black Sea Bass and Silver Perch - not bad if we were in a species tournament!  But the ones that counted were a co

  • Recipe of the Month: Grilled Bluefish on Cedar Plank
      Bluefish get a bad rap in that they are a bit fishy but if you know how to prepare them they can be delicious! Here's an age-old recipe for grilling Bluefish. The key is to

  • My Plan for Sawpit Redesign
    It's just plain crazy how our public officials seem to disregard the tax paying boating public. City of Fernandina commissioners are moving ahead with a Waterfront Park that

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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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Black Seabass

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Bouy Conditions

Station MYPF1 - 8720218 - Mayport (Bar Pilots Dock), FL
May 26, 2024 2:18 am EDT
Location: 30.398N 81.428W
Wind Direction: WSW (240°)
Wind Speed: 4.1 knots
Wind Gust: 4.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.93 in (1013.7 mb)
Air Temperature: 74.3°F (23.5°C)
Water Temperature: 79.0°F (26.1°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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