For the angler, St. Augustine offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy time on the water including offshore adventures for big game fish, inshore charters for species like sea trout, redfish and snook, SUP or kayak fishing adventures on St. Augustine’s waterways, or even a relaxing day pier fishing on St. Augustine Beach. The resort’s Adventure Coordinator will get you “hooked up” with the right guide or adventure depending on your level of expertise or interest.
St. Augustine has excellent offshore fishing for big game fish. Typically charters travel 10 to 30 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean fishing reefs and ledges for a variety of species including cobia, amberjack and sea bass. Farther out, you’ll find more trolling action, especially in the spring, as pelagic species like sailfish, blackfin tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi, and kingfish come through this area when they migrate. Offshore charters include ½ day, ¾ day, and full day charters. Charter fishing captains provide everything, from the boat itself to all the fishing equipment, including bait, and, most importantly, the expertise.
Endless Summer Charters is the ultimate charter fishing experience in North Florida. Based in St. Augustine out of the Conch House Marina, Endless Summer has three charter boats to provide you the best sportfishing experience. They have been charter fishing for 20 years with two generations of captains still fishing including Captain Billy, who has broken 13 world records and is on the Sunshine Network’s Florida Fishing Report. Call (904) 501-7374 to book.
Captain Robert Johnson has over 30 years of experience in offshore and deep-sea fishing. He and his wife, Jodie Lynn, have been in the fishing charter business since 1990, offering charters for family fishing as well as several options for groups, including overnight trips, all departing from the Conch House Marina. (904) 794-2628
Sea Love Charters offers full and half-day charters, departing daily from the Cat’s Paw Marina. Of their three vessels, the largest can accommodate up to 67 passengers. They specialize in Gulf Stream trolling, where guests can catch anything from snapper to wahoo, cobia, amberjack or billfish. (904) 824-3328
Matanzas Bay and the Guana and Tolomato Rivers are among the most fertile estuarine waters in the state of Florida crating a great inshore fishery for St. Augustine. Anglers will have an exciting day fishing for sea trout with light tackle or sight fishing for redfish during a flood tide. You do not have to travel far as Salt Run is known as one of the more popular spots on the northern part of Anastasia Island.
St. Augustine also boasts a large tarpon fishery, especially from June through September. One of the most spectacular fighting fish around, tarpon can be found just outside area inlets and in nearshore waters along the beaches. Live bait is normally used, but in the right conditions, some fishermen can catch tarpon on a lure and even on a fly. Charters offer ½ day charters, 6 hours and full day excursions.
Drum Man Charters excels at light tackle fishing on the flats. Captain James Dumas is one of the most well-respected fishing guides in northeast Florida. Depending on the season and the weather, he may also suggest sight fishing or fly fishing for those who wish to tackle that challenge! (904) 687-9498
Captain Tommy Derringer is a staff writer for Coastal Angler, a redfish tour professional, and an all-round expert in inshore and nearshore fishing. Captain Tommy is featured as the Northeast Florida Expert on the Chevy Insider Fishing Report TV Show. (904) 377-3734
St. Augustine is a popular kayak fishing destination and the perfect way to escape all the noise with some time on the water. Artificial lures and a spinning rod are all a vacationing fisherman needs to bring to be able to hunt redfish like a pro.
Captain Bart Swab charters throughout the intracoastal waters. All the essentials are included on his tours, which are customized to all individual skills or level of adventure desired. (904) 325-0344
A great spot for visitors to enjoy fishing without a big commitment of time or money is the St. Johns County Ocean Pier on St. Augustine Beach less than a ½ mile away from our resort. The pier itself maintains a fishing license with the state, so it is not necessary to purchase a separate license when fishing here — the license is included in the fishing fees. Fishermen can bring their own equipment or rent a pole at the bait and tackle shop. Fishing fees for non-residents are $3.00/adults and $1.50/children
The pier is open daily from 6AM through 10PM. Restrooms and outdoor showers are available at the pier, and there’s also a playground, a splash park, bocce courts, and a farmer’s market on Wednesday mornings. There’s plenty for the whole family to do.
Serious anglers who bring their boats with them on vacation can find a complete list of all St. Johns County boat ramps by visiting here. The closest marina to the resort is the Conch House Marina if you need to dock your boat while staying in St. Augustine Beach.
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