Hook, Line and Sinker!

Posted By: Katie Fri, November 01, 2013

Related Subjects: Adventure & Sports Beaches & Waterways Family Fun Outdoors & Nature

Get Hooked on Fishing at Mayport! There’s no better way to see the beauty of Jacksonville’s beaches than to fish its waters – and no lack of opportunities to do it, either.

If you’re a first-timer to fishing like I was, you have a lot of choices in Mayport that will get you out on the water and, hopefully, some fresh fish to boot!  If you’re interested in ocean fishing, check out a charter or party boat.  One of those is Captain George Strate’s Mayport Princess that heads out about 20 miles offshore every morning at 7 am and returns to port around 4 pm.  George and his crew provide help when (or if) you need it, supplying reels, bait, fishing license, and mates who will store your fish on ice and clean it for you when you’re back on land.  They’ll even give you cooking advice if you ask for it. 

I’ve been out on the Princess many times since I moved to Jacksonville and I’ve always had a great time. 

The typical catch includes snapper, grouper, amberjack, sea bass, triggerfish, cobia, kingfish, and dolphin.  Captain Strate (not related to country singer George Strait, but it sounds the same…and he actually took Strait’s roadies out on a charter once) has fished the area for 40 years, so you’re in good hands.  

And don’t forget the camera to catch some great shots of the St. Johns River inlet and some coastline on the way out.

If you want to stay closer to shore, the jetties at Mayport may be more your speed.  Year in and year out, probably more fish are caught by locals here than anywhere else. Redfish, sheepshead, tarpon, sharks, croakers, sea bass or bluefish – if it swims in our area, it can be found at the jetties.   There are several bait shots along A1A in Mayport who can set you up with bait and equipment to rent for a day – and a fishing license and advice on the most popular fishing areas. 

Check here for more info on licenses, recreational fishing and the ‘official fishing stuff.’ 

Happy angling!


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