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Fishing charters in Garden Cove, FL

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Whether you are planning an inshore fishing trip or a reef fishing, you’ll easily find a fishing charter in Garden Cove.

Garden Cove fishing charters will put you on Mahi Mahi, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, Barracuda, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Garden Cove

Garden Cove is popular with anglers, who come to explore the calm inshore waters. From the fishing on the flats to the Founder gigging, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and budgets.

There are a variety of options for your next fishing trip near Garden Cove. These waters are filled with Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip and 2 people. An extra person fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

The cheapest rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Garden Cove.

In Garden Cove and nearby cities, there are more than 41 inshore fishing charters. It’s easy to find your next fishing getaway in Garden Cove.

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Best time for inshore fishing

May, March and October will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Garden Cove.

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Offshore fishing charters in Garden Cove

This is your chance to get away from it all and experience some of the best offshore fishing in the world. You’ll be heading out to the open waters searching for the big ones. Garden Cove offshore fishing charters will show you the perfect fishing grounds in the area.

Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Sailfish, King Mackerel, and Wahoo can be your next trophy.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip is $682 for 2 people. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

The most affordable rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Garden Cove.

You can find 29 fishing charters in Garden Cove and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

Tip: It takes some time to get to the offshore fishing spots. So it’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience.

The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.

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Best time for offshore fishing

The best time to go offshore fishing in Garden Cove are considered to be May, March and October.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Garden Cove

Garden Cove family-friendly fishing charters offer a great opportunity to bring your family together and have a fun fishing trip. The fishing charter Captain will teach you about different species of fish and show you various fishing techniques.

Inshore fishing takes place in calm waters like bays and creeks. Your family can focus on peaceful fishing, thanks to the clear inshore waters.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

A half-day inshore fishing trip is a perfect trip for a family. Your children will learn more about fish and won’t feel exhausted after a quick adventure.

$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Garden Cove

Sharks are plentiful all year round, from the shallow flats to the offshore waters near Garden Cove. Garden Cove shark fishing charters are experienced in targeting various species of sharks.

Garden Cove shark fishing charters can help you reel in Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Nurse Shark, Bonnethead Shark, and many more.

Note: not all shark species can be caught or landed in Florida. Some species are considered prohibited. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Coastal, shelf, and island waters are home to various species of sharks. Shallows are a playground for juveniles, while deep waters are home to adult sharks.

Fresh bait is used for shark fishing. Mullet, Little Tunny, Blue Runner, and Ladyfish would be the perfect bait for shark fishing. The type of bait depends on the shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter is $522 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for each additional person. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

You can find about 13 fishing charters in Garden Cove and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

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Best time for shark fishing in Garden Cove

Sharks are active all year round in Garden Cove, though they are more plentiful from March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Garden Cove

Tarpon fishing is the most exciting fishing trip you can have in Garden Cove. You can experience Tarpon fishing by hiring one of the local guides. They will show you how to use the proper fishing method in the right spot and at the right time.

Tarpon live in bays, lagoons, and even rivers. Shrimp, pinfish, mullet, and crabs would be the ideal fishing bait.

Note: You won’t be able to land your catch because Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery. You can’t lift Tarpon out of the water if its length is over 40 inches. So be careful with your trophy, take a photo of a lifetime, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra guest fee is $50.

You can find 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing in Garden Cove and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Garden Cove

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to catch Tarpon in Garden Cove. October, September, and June are the ideal months.

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What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch with no additional payments.

Captains provide a saltwater fishing license. It covers all the anglers on the boat.

A Fishing charter has to have a federal permit if you are planning to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can book a trip with a 10-20% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. The cancellation deadline is usually 2-14 days before your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Garden Cove?

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near Garden Cove are:

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