The Northeast Florida
Fishing Guide


Welcome to our northeast Florida fishing guide! What will you discover here? This page provides an overview of what fishing is available, and reviews a few of the best fishing destinations in the northeast Florida region.

The fishing opportunities of northeastern Florida are as varied and plentiful as in any other area of Florida, known as the Fishing Capital of the World!

We'll explore top fishing destinations for recreational, light tackle, deep sea, and surf fishing you'll find in northeastern Florida.

We'll also talk a little about what you can expect to catch - whether fresh water fishing, salt water angling, inshore, offshore, or deep sea fishing.

Ready? Let's go fishing!

Northeast Florida fishing guide: Destinations

Below are a few of the top fishing vacation havens in the northeast Florida area that anglers return to again and again. From miles of beaches, roomy fishing piers, to a peaceful out-of-the-way river town, you'll find it in northeast Florida.


Photo credit: Florida State Parks
Father and son fishing on Amelia Island
Dad and son surf fishing near Jacksonville.

Jacksonville is one of Florida's largest cities, with plenty of the city's focus on both saltwater and freshwater fishing. One of the longest fishing piers in Florida is found at Jacksonville Beach, reaching out over 900 feet into the Atlantic Ocean; an even longer fishing pier is found at nearby George Crady Fishing Bridge State Park.

Pick from a dozen oceanfront and riverfront parks in the Jacksonville area to provide many hours of great angling enjoyment....

St. Augustine

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Vilano Beach
Sparkling white sand at Vilano Beach

If you like to surf fish in an oceanside beach chair, pole firm in the grip of a holder next to your chair, cooler nearby, then you'll love the 42 miles of clean white-sand beaches that surround the coastal town of St. Augustine.

One of the many beaches, Vilano Beach (pictured), is a peaceful, often overlooked, area not far from historic downtown St. Augustine. The slow pace attracts anglers who appreciate the quiet atmosphere...

Green Cove Springs

Photo credit: City of Green Cove Springs
City Fishing Pier
Green Cove Springs, Florida, fishing pier

A short distance south of Jacksonville, and west of St. Augustine, the cozy little town of Green Cove Springs, nestled on the western bank of the St. Johns River, is a favorite point of departure for anglers in search of largemouth bass and other freshwater fish.

Waterfront parks and fishing piers give easy access to the river. Boaters can put in at St Johns or several smaller tributaries and lakes....

Northeast Florida fishing guide: The fish

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Nice dolphin catch

Freshwater fish native to Florida, in addition to the largemouth bass (also referred to as black bass), include catfish, striped bass, shellcracker, sunfish, and bluegill.

If your Florida fishing vacations take you away from the northeast region, check out our review of Florida's Top Fresh Water Fishing Lakes and Rivers. You never know where you'll end up fishing in Florida.

Some of the many varities of saltwater fish routinely landed in the Atlantic waters near Jacksonville are tarpon, red drum and snapper, spotted sea trout, and barracuda. Anglers fishing inshore at St. Augustine catch crevalle jack, red snapper, and king mackerel; wahoo, dolphin, shark, and sailfish can be landed offshore.

The St. Johns River, as it nears the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville, becomes essentially an estuary (or mix of salt and fresh waters) and you'll find a few places, like Little Talbot Island State Park, where both types of fish can be caught within a relatively short distance.

To learn more about some of the popular gamefish in the Atlantic waters surrounding Florida, download a free PDF copy of Florida Fish and Wildlife' saltwater fish identification magazine.

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