Everything You Need to Know About Fishing on Amelia Island

Fishing is an excellent practice in mindfulness. It’s the perfect opportunity to really be present. Spend quality time casting your line while fishing on Amelia Island and soak in beautiful natural surroundings. Relax and unwind under the warm Florida sun, patiently waiting for the thrill of the catch. Read on to learn more about what to expect from a fishing trip on Fernandina Beach. Then, take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide for local insight regarding the best outdoor adventures, dining experiences, and more. 

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3 of the Best Ways to Go Fishing on Amelia Island 

1. Surf Fishing at Fort Clinch State Park 

Visitors will find a variety of options for surf fishing at Fort Clinch State Park! Consider using shrimp, mud minnows, squid, finger mullet, or lures as bait here for the best chance to reel in a catch. 

2. Offshore Fishing Charters 

Offshore fishing charters are popular on Amelia Island. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at deep-sea fishing, make a day of it out on the Atlantic Ocean with professional guides. Amelia Island Guides Association and the Angler’s Mark offer great suggestions! 

3. Fishing From the Pier Over the Nassau Sound 

The George Crady Fishing Pier State Park is a one-mile-long pedestrian-only bridge. You only have to venture about eight miles south from Fernandina Beach to reach it. Not only is it the perfect place for you to spend your day fishing, but it’s also a fun opportunity to see what everyone else might be reeling in! 

Where to Find Tackle and Rod Rentals

If you’re going out with a tour company, chances are they’ll have you covered on bait and tackle. If you’re going to Fort Clinch State Park, check out the visitor center’s selection of bait! Otherwise, you can stop by Amelia Island Bait & Tackle for all your fishing needs. 

What’s the Catch of the Season? 

Winter 

Sea trout abound in the winter months! You might also encounter redfish, flounder, and sea bass as well. 

Spring

Depending on where you decide to fish, you can reel in anything from redfish, whiting, sheepshead, croaker, and spotted seatrout to black drum, bluefish, tarpon, cobia, and sharks. 

Summer 

In the summer, you might come across amberjack, grouper, dolphin, wahoo and cobia, redfish, sea trout, flounder, and sheepshead. 

Fall 

In the fall, you’ll have easier access to fish such as redfish, flounder, and sea trout without worrying about “bait stealers” such as pinfish, perch, croaker, bonnethead shark, stingrays. 

Where to Stay During Your Visit to Fernandina Beach

Maybe you’re planning to spend your entire trip fishing on Amelia Island. Perhaps you’re only interested in casting your line a couple of times. Regardless, rest assured that you’ll be in great hands when you stay with Fairbanks House. Stay in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach, near all the best restaurants, shopping, and things to do. We offer our guests a selection of rooms, suites, and cottages, each uniquely appointed with elegant decor, stylish furnishings, and comfortable bedding. 

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