Fish offshore for big game fish, or stay close to land and explore the jetties, the St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the endless lakes, ponds and marshes for inshore saltwater and freshwater fare. Mix that with great weather year-round and easy access to the water and you get an unforgettable fishing experience unlike anywhere else.
Park your car, unload and use any of the dozens of free and public beach access ramps along the 22 miles of beaches in Jacksonville.
While you can kayak fish all year, it is during the summer that our beaches come alive as big pods of pogies move in and with them tarpon, cobia, kingfish, red drum, Spanish mackerel and jacks.
Top Offshore Launching Spots:
Some of the best locations in Jacksonville to launch and enjoy ocean kayak fishing include Mayport, Hanna Park, Jacksonville Beach Pier, and Huguenot Park.
For a more family oriented fishing trip there are plenty of options for coastal fishing, as opposed to offshore fishing at a distance that might get a little intense for younger seafarers. Read up on the inshore fishing opportunities in the region.
Beware of the changing tides, but once you have a handle on those, there are hundreds of fantastic inshore fishing spots to enjoy along the St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). In Jacksonville’s brackish inshore waters, you will find redfish, spotted sea trout, flounder, sheepshead, black drum, stripers, and snook.
Dutton Island Preserve, Castaway Island Preserve, Little Jetties Park, Sister’s Creek, Fort George and Timucuan Preserve all provide great places to launch that aren't too far from the shore.
Learn more about launching sites and tide information.