Amelia Island is one of the better Florida vacation destinations for those of you who like being out around the water. There are beautiful beaches, so many parks and so many areas to enjoy the water whether it be on the shore, in a small boat, canoe or kayak or out in a big boat to enjoy the boating and fishing in this area. There are plenty of amenities also to help make your trip a memorable one.
There are a variety of inshore and offshore saltwater fishing trips available in the Fernandina Beach / Amelia Island area. Deep sea fishing can be excellent for a variety of fish throughout the seasons. Amelia Island has 2 large inlets that offer some excellent bay, jetty and beach fishing. St. Mary’s and the Nassau provide some protected waters that anglers can take advantage of without worrying about getting sea sickness. The calmer waters offer tarpon, redfish, black drum, sharks, cobia, kingfish, jack crevalle, whiting, bluefish and more.
Anglers can fish the backwaters if they are more interested in the light tackle options that the flats, inlets and estuaries provide. Redfish, flounder, tarpon, jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel and bluefish are common in the backwaters of Amelia Island. The backwaters are where many of the saltwater fly anglers spend their time. Bass fishing is also an option with the St. Mary’s and Nassau rivers. Late January through May provides some of the best bass fishing with the spawn starting in January. Take a look at our Amelia Island fishing tips page for more fishing information.
See How It Ranks
|Amelia Island||Points||Points Possible|
|Ability to catch a lot of fish||1.75||2|
|Ability to catch trophy fish||1.75||2|
|Good for multiple species of fish||1||1|
|Accessibility to fish||1||1|
|Quality lodging options||1||1|
|Area businesses relating to boat storage, rentals, repair, etc.||1||1|
|Overly Crowded||0||Minus 1|
|Overly Expensive||0||Minus 1|
|Highest Score Possible||10|