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Fishing charters in Jacksonville, FL

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Whether you are looking for a fly fishing trip or a nearshore fishing adventure, Jacksonville fishing will give you an experience of a lifetime.

Jacksonville fishing charters target variety of fish including species like Redfish, Southern Flounder, Cobia, King Mackerel, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Jacksonville

Jacksonville inshore fishing charters offer easy access to some of the best fishing grounds. Bays, intels, and shallow flats provide excellent fishing opportunities for a great trip. Anglers favorite Jacksonville for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

Local fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Redfish, Southern Flounder, Cobia, King Mackerel, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are good for families with kids, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

The most affordable 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Jacksonville costs $200 for 2 anglers.

In Jacksonville and nearby cities, there are about 41 inshore fishing charters. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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Best time for inshore fishing

June, September and July will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Jacksonville.

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Offshore fishing charters in Jacksonville

While it might be famous for its inshore fishing trips, Jacksonville offshore fishing charters have plenty to offer offshore anglers.

There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near Jacksonville. These waters a home to Cobia, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Amberjack, and many more.

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 base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter is $682 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

The cheapest rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Jacksonville.

There are more than 29 fishing companies in Jacksonville and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

Tip: It’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience. Offshore fishing spots are away from the coast, so you will need some time to get there.

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

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Best time for offshore fishing

June, September and July are the best months for offshore fishing near Jacksonville.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Jacksonville

Jacksonville family-friendly fishing charters provide trips for anglers of all ages. Local Captains will educate you and your family on how to use the tackle and catch various fish species.

The beautiful inshore waters of Tampa allow for a great amount of fishing and fun. If an unexpected weather change comes along with inshore fishing, getting to safety is generally minutes away.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

Take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing trip. Your family won’t get tired during a short outing.

On average, the price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip is $436 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional person. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

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Shark fishing charters in Jacksonville

Jacksonville waters are home to an abundant population of various shark species. Jacksonville shark fishing charters provide safe and fun adventures for anglers looking to try their hands at shark fishing.

Jacksonville shark fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Blacktip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Bull Shark, Nurse Shark, and many more.

Note: you can keep certain Florida shark species, but most sharks are off-limits for harvesting. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

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.

Using dead bait is the most consistent way to catch sharks. Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner would be the ideal bait for shark fishing. Your Captain will provide the proper bait for your shark fishing trip.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

In Jacksonville and nearby cities, there are about 13 shark fishing charters. It’s easy to book your next fishing break in Jacksonville.

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Best time for shark fishing in Jacksonville

Sharks are active all year round. March through October is the best time for shark fishing in Jacksonville.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Jacksonville

Tarpon is one of the most desired trophy fish in Jacksonville. Local charters will help you to find the best fishing locations. They will show you the best spots and fishing methods.

Tarpon live in bays, lagoons, and even rivers. You can catch it on live bait with crabs, pinfish, or mullet.

Note: Tarpon are a protected catch-and-release-only species. It is illegal to lift Tarpon out of the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So be careful with your trophy, take a photo of a lifetime, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

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

In Jacksonville and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing guides specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Jacksonville

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to catch Tarpon in Jacksonville. September, August, and July are the best months.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. You will have everything you need for a fishing trip: rods, reels, tackle, lures, and cooler with ice. Usually, catch cleaning is free of charge.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. This license covers all the anglers on the vessel.

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 reserve a trip with a 10-30% deposit.

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

The majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel 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 Jacksonville?

There are several boat ramps and marinas near Jacksonville. Most of the fishing charters launch from:

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