If you love to fish and are looking for a great deep sea fishing experience, Jacksonville. Florida offers ample opportunity. There are numerous boats you can charter either alone or with a group of friends for as little as a few hours to a full day.
The charters leave from many ports giving you a wide variety to choose from, among which are Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Mayport, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra, Sawgrass and St. Augustine Beach. All boats include rod, reels, live, dead and artificial bait, tackle, fishing licenses and cleaning and bagging the fish upon request. Some offer ice, drinks and/or food (either included in the price or for purchase) and some go even as far as to give customers “no fish no pay’ guarantee.
Some boats are smaller and more open, thus exposing customers to weather elements but possibly offering more of a ‘real’ deep sea fishing experience. If you prefer to fish in style, however, you will find larger boats that offer such amenities as temperature controlled cabins, smooth ride, sun deck, snack bar, ample seating inside and outside, latest in electronics etc. You can also find boats that are family friendly so you can take your kiddos along for the adventure.
Among the fish you can catch deep sea fishing are dolphin fish (Mahi Mahi), tuna, a few types of sharks, king mackerel, grouper, red snapper, grey snapper, sailfish, cobia, bonita, barracuda, tarpan, amberjack, sea bass, vermillion snapper, mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, wahoo, atlantic sharpnose, marlin, pompano, redfish, flounder and triggerfish.
The fishing methods most frequently used are deep jigging, drifting, kite fishing, blue water trolling, light tackle spin and plug fishing, artificial lures and live bait.
Typical bottom dwellers, e.g. some varieties of snapper, grouper, amberjack, sea bass, cobia, king mackerel are caught year round. Red snapper, however, is a catch-and-release only. All other fish are yours to keep as long as they are within the legal size limit, bag limits and open season.