Top Fishing Spots in St. Augustine, Florida
What better way to spend a few days in the Sunshine State than fishing in St. Augustine. Fishing in St. Augustine is a very popular activity for both avid fishers as well as those new to the activity. The city’s unique location, surrounded by many waterways, makes it an ideal place to set up a fishing pole. In fact, with so many places to fish in St. Augustine, it can be a little overwhelming choosing just one spot. To help our fellow fishermen, we’ve composed this list of hot fishing spots in St. Augustine.
Before you start on your fishing adventure, be sure you obtain the necessary licensing. You can find everything you need to know about getting a fishing license here. Whether you are a Florida resident or a visitor, obtaining a license for both freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing is required. If you don’t know if you’re exempt from obtaining a fishing license, you can check here.
How to purchase a fishing license in St. Augustine:
Here are a few fishing piers in the St. Augustine area.
It’s important to remember that both residents and locals need a fishing license to fish from a pier. The only exception is if you plan to fish from a pier with a saltwater fishing license. The only pier in the St. Augustine area that meets this credential is the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier. To fish at the other piers listed below, please obtain a license.
- St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier: Amenities include picnic tables, free parking, beach access, restroom facility, playground, splash park, outdoor showers, benches, and cleaning tables. Note: No fishing license required.
- Vaill Point Park Fishing Pier: Amenities include a picnic area, children’s park, grills, and restroom facility.
- Vilano Beach Fishing Pier: Amenities include benches, cleaning tables, picnic tables, and restroom facility.
Remember, surf fishing is always an option!
Going to the beach for the day? Don’t forget your fishing pole and line! One of the best fishing spots in St. Augustine is right on our beachy shores. Worried about swimmers scaring away your dinner? Don’t worry, there is plenty of fish in the sea. North Beach, Vilano Beach, and St. Augustine Beach are popular surf fishing spots for catching cobia, tarpon, pompano, whiting fish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and more.
Charters for Inshore and Offshore Fishing
Note: Most charter companies in St. Augustine hold a Charter Captain or Boat License; in these cases, you do not need to obtain a Florida Fishing License yourself. Call your charter service ahead of time for more details.
Inshore fishing charters will allow you to explore our Intracoastal waterways.
The many Intracoastal waterways in the area also provide great fishing in St. Augustine. In fact, you’d be surprised at how fruitful a trip into these waterways can be. You’ll find an abundance of redfish, flounder, speckled trout, jacks, bluefish, and sea trout. A few of the best Intracoastal waterways to explore on a charter include Tolomato River, Matanzas River, Guana River, and Salt Run. For freshwater, inshore fishing, explore the St. Johns River.
Offshore fishing takes place 10 to 30 miles off the coast.
If you’re interested in saltwater fishing in the great Atlantic Ocean, St. Augustine boasts multiple charter services that will be happy to take you on your adventure. Additionally, if you’re looking for true hot fishing spots, the captain of your charter will surely know where to go. Here is a short list of what you can find offshore on our coast: large red snapper, mahi-mahi, sailfish, marlin, tuna, grouper, yellowtail snapper, African pompano, barracuda, amberjack, cobia, king mackerel, redfish, mutton, sea bass, kingfish, swordfish, bluefish, triggerfish, Spanish mackerel and more.
In conclusion, whether your an avid fisher or a newbie you’re bound to enjoy fishing in St. Augustine. Fish and fun are plentiful in our waterways. We hope you enjoyed this list of the best fishing spots in our area. Remember, when you stay with the St. Augustine Historic Inns, the innkeeper will have a wealth of information about our waterways as well.
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