St Augustine Fishing is one of the most popular vacation activities, and there are tons of great spots, including piers and public beaches, to enjoy Fishing in St Augustine. Low tides in the morning allow for the perfect angling conditions, and huge schools of smaller fish arrive with each changing tide due to the Old City’s geographic location on Florida’s coastline. These smaller fish serve as bait for the larger oceanic predators that come near the coast’s shallow waters to hunt and wait. Fishing in St Augustine from one of the many Piers gives you a chance to catch not only large sport fish like tarpon and drum fish but also smaller baitfish as well. Shands Pier, the Vilano Beach Pier, and the St John’s County Pier are great Piers to enjoy Fishing, and the Vilano Pier is open free to the public. Day fishing passes, weekly, and monthly passes are available to those without a valid Florida State Fishing License. Salt Run, a narrow inlet waterway, is also a great place to catch redfish. Situated between Anastasia Island to the west and Conch Island to the east, Salt Run is a haven for fly fishermen looking to enjoy their time Fishing.
In addition to the local Fishing at the piers, the Old City is surrounded by several great freshwater rivers. South of the city, anglers can enjoy the Matanzas River which is fed by Moultrie, Moses and Pelicer Creeks, or venture north of the city and enjoy the Fishing in the Tolomato and Guana Rivers. Nearby to the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, these rivers are really fantastic naturally preserved regions that are renowned for freshwater Fishing.
The Old City is quite popular among anglers and annually the Southern Kingfish Association, headquartered in St. Augustine, hosts several great tournaments. During these events, those enjoying Fishing typically hook line-busting game fish like king mackerel, tarpon, and cobia. In addition to Fishing at the piers and onshore, the Old City is home to many Fishing Charters that will take you out to sea to catch enormous fish via deep sea fishing. Charter a Fishing Boat, or join one of the many Fishing Guides for a fun day out at sea with a group. Learn more about Fishing Tours and Fishing Charters in our information on St Augustine Tours.