Cast a line in Jax!
In Jacksonville, anglers will find water, water everywhere.
- Convenient access to water, both fresh and salt, is the primary reason the city of Jacksonville exists where it does. The first European explorers to happen upon Northeast Florida sailed into the St. Johns River looking for safe harbor. And early settlers used the mighty river as a source for food as well as a watery passageway to venture deep into Florida’s untamed interior.
- With so many miles of riverfront shoreline in Jacksonville, boaters find marinas stretched from Orange Park to Jacksonville Beach. And if it’s a deep-sea adventure you seek, the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway are an easy 30-minute cruise from Downtown Jacksonville.
- Off the coast of Jacksonville, the list of saltwater sportfish to be caught includes bonito, tuna, sea bass, wahoo, cobia and barracuda—just to name a few.
- The fishing is great inland as well, where the St. Johns—the longest navigable waterway and one of the few northward-flowing rivers in the world—has been one of Florida’s most productive sportfishing habitats for decades.
- The Nassau Sound Fishing Bridge provides fishermen access to one of the best fishing areas in Jacksonville. The mile-long fishing bridge spans Nassau Sound. Entrance to the fishing bridge is through the entrance to Amelia Island State Park. Whiting, jack, drum and tarpon are some of the many species that can be caught from the bridge.
- Flounder and king mackerel become strong in May and usually last well into the summer. Guana River State Park has good surf fishing but also boasts a brackish lake noted for flounder and trout. And that’s just the tip of the hook when it comes to fishing in Northeast Florida.
- Read up on our Local Fishing Expert, Captain Dave Sipler's fishing blog.
License To Fish
- The law says anyone who takes, attempts to take, or possesses marine fish for non-commercial purposes must have a license. However, you don’t need a license if you’re a Florida resident 65 years of age or older; if you’re under 16 years of age; if you’re fishing from a boat that has a valid recreational vessel saltwater fishing license; or if you’re a Florida resident fishing from land or a structure fixed to the land.
- For saltwater fishing regulations in our area, contact the Florida Marine Patrol field office at (904) 270-2500.
- Backwater Fishing Adventures
- North Florida Fishing Charters
- Capt. Dave Sipler Sportfishing
- Mayport Princess
- First Coast Fly Fishing Unlimited
For more information about Fishing in Jacksonville, click here.
Capt Dave Sipler has been a Northeast Florida, full-time, 12-months-a-year, fishing guide and captain since 1996 and specializes in inlet, river, and near-coastal sport fishing for one-to-four persons aboard the 26' Jettywolf -- the only all-welded p