Reel Adventures: A Quick Guide to Fishing St. Augustine

The area’s waterways are a great catch for anyone wanting to drop a line.

October 31, 2016
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Famous Florida angler Ernest Hemingway once wrote “anyone can be a fisherman in May.” But on Florida’s Historic Coast, every month brings great fishing that anyone with the desire to drop a line in the water can enjoy.

Surf Fishing

Anglers who want to mix fishing with an inspiring dose of sunrise solitude or evening enchantment can do so anywhere along 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beach on Florida’s Historic Coast. The gentle swish of the surf accompanies fishermen casting beyond the breakers where, depending on the season, whiting, redfish, pompano, bluefish and maybe even a tarpon are searching for food – including the bait on the end of your line!

Pier and Bridge Fishing

No boat? No problem. There are a variety of fishing spots in St. Augustine to suit every angler. Florida’s Historic Coast has fishing piers located on waterways ranging from secluded creeks to the deep blue sea. Extending 687 feet into the Atlantic, the St. Johns County Ocean Pier is the area’s longest and is ideal for out-of-state fishermen because a Florida fishing license is not required – it’s included for the day with the $6 angler admission.

Other popular piers are at Lighthouse Park, Vilano Beach and along the St. Johns River at the Shands Bridge and Alpine Groves Park. Get close to the big ones at several bridges – try A1A’s Matanzas Inlet Bridge 12 miles south of St. Augustine and the May Street Bridge on the way to Vilano.

Go with the Pros

To experience some of the best fishing in St. Augustine, get offshore or on the flats with professional guides like Sea Love or Drum Man Charters. They know all the hot spots and can get you there and back.

There are also a variety of great kayaking spots for anglers to enjoy, so get out there and enjoy some great fishing in St. Augustine!

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