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Best 5 Fishing Charters in Jacksonville, Florida
Headed to Jacksonville, Florida, this year for a fishing trip? You may want to consider booking one of the fishing charters that operate in the area. Most are reasonably priced. Here's a brief look at five of the best ones:
1. Backwater Fishing Adventures
Backwater Fishing Adventures is a good choice for anglers looking to book a fly fishing or light tackle trip. Captain David Borries offers night fishing as well as full and half day charters. Prices vary and include the use of a 17 foot boat outfitted with a polling platform. You'll also get light refreshments, a fishing license, tackle and all the bait you'll need. Forget your camera? No worries. Captain David keeps a spare one of those on board too. He's also licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard.
2. North Florida Fishing Charters
North Florida Fishing Charters is another superlative choice for a light tackle or backcountry fishing trip. With Captain Ron Schurr at the helm of his 18 foot boat, there's an excellent chance of you reeling in photo worthy redfish. Prices vary and include a fishing license, bait, tackle and bottled water.
3. Big River Fishing Charters
If you are looking to do a little fishing on the St. Johns River for jumbo black drum or jetty fishing for spotted sea trout, give Big River Fishing Charters a try. Captain Rick Davis offers affordable inshore and freshwater charters that include guide service, the use of the boat, bait, tackle and a cooler filled with ice. Rates tend to start at $300 for a four hour fishing excursion. He's licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as well.
4. Mayport Princess
Prefer a party boat? The Mayport Princess may suit your needs. The boat belongs to Captain George Strate and it operates daily out of Mayport. Captain George specializes in providing deep sea fishing excursions. Cobia, mangrove snappers, amberjack and king mackerel are all just a cast away. Custom fishing trips are available and prices vary. Fishing gear, licenses and bait are provided as part of the charter.
5. First Coast Fly Fishing Unlimited
Looking for a fly fishing focused charter? First Coast Fly Fishing Unlimited is one of your best bets. Captain Rich Santos' charters offer tremendous value. He'll even photograph your trip and throw the photos in with the charter package. You have the option of booking a kayak or a flats skiff for your fishing excursion. Prices start at $300 for a four hour trip and include guide service, use of the boat, tackle and Gatorade.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family and has traveled extensively.
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