FISHING ITINERARY: Backwater Fishing Weekend
Get ready for a fishing getaway unlike anywhere else in Florida!
DAY 1: Welcome to Jax!
EVENING: Ride into town on Friday night and park the boat, and your pillow, at one of our airport hotels so you can be close to the Northside waterways of the Timucuan Preserve. Enjoy dinner at the River City Marketplace, it offers dozens of options for every budget. If you need to rent a boat in Jax go HERE.
DAY 2: Timucuan Preserve
MORNING: Early in the morning, stock up on bait at White Shell Bait & Tackle on your way to the ramp. Launch your boat at The Joe Carlucci Sisters Creek Park and Boat Ramp off Heckscher Drive and venture up Sister’s Creek to Clapboard Creek for a day of backwater angling. This is some of the best fishing in the region. The creek cuts through the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and past the historic Kingsley Plantation.
AFTERNOON: Continue north on Ft. George River and hit the sandbars and beach for a picnic and swim to cool off in the Ft. George Inlet. Cruise towards the ocean and past Huguenot Memorial Park back to the St. Johns River.
DINNER: When you are ready for dinner cruise on to the Sandollar Restaurant for cocktails and dinner, you can dock there. If you are looking for something a little more causal, gun it across the river to Safe Harbor Seafood Market or Singleton’s Seafood Shack (so authentic they don’t even have a website, just go and enjoy the food!).
DAY 3: Cedar Point
MORNING: Are you exhausted? Day 2 was epic, and there is still so much fishing to do! Head to Cedar Point Boat Ramp to explore the unspoiled tidal creeks of Black Hammock Island and Cedar Point Park. Navigate Clapboard Creek South to Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park and Betz Tiger Point Preserve. The fish to be on the lookout for here are Redfish and Speckled Trout. While you are looking down at the water, take a moment to also look up, birdwatchers come to Cedar Point to see over 200 species of birds, including the beautiful painted bunting.
AFTERNOON: Once you are ready for food, go down Clapboard Creek, and you will find Palms Fish Camp, another great restaurant to enjoy a meal and a drink and watch an amazing sunset in Jax.
Remember to post your catch photos on social media with the hashtag #onlyinjax.