I am visitng relatives, 11/15 thru 11/24, would like to do some fishing. Do I need a license ? Some good spots ? Types of bait ? etc. Relatives just moved to the Island. Can someone help ? Thank you in advance for any help.
There are two piers on Amelia Island, one private and one open to the public at Ft. Clinch State Park. The bridge at the south end of the island has been replaced, and the old bridge has been converted to a fishing pier.
One can fish along the Amelia River on the west side of the island, along the Cumberland Sound where finger jetties provide excellent haven for game fish, or off the half-mile long fishing pier that divides the Cumberland Sound from the Atlantic Ocean. Surf fishing in the Atlantic Ocean is also quite popular.
Nassau Sound is one of the best fishing areas in northeast Florida and home to the state record Flounder. The park's mile long fishing bridge spans Nassau Sound. The bridge/pier is closed to vehicle traffic and offers the bridge angler ample room to wet his hook. Many different species of fish, such as whiting, jacksd and tarpon, can be caught.
Redfish and speckled sea trout are in the sound year round, but high numbers of them are caught in the spring and fall. You can use either mullet or live or dead shrimp for bait. Both mullet and shrimp can be caught with a cast-net along the shore of Amelia Island. Jigs and artificial baits are also effective ways to land the big one. Towards the south end of the fishing bridge, there are several small grass flats that hold a wide variety of fish. The fall mullet run brings in the tarpon, which prey on the mullet before their voyage down to more southern waters.
Charter Fishing - a number of charter fishing boats are available at the Fernandina Beach marina for offshore and inshore charters.
Thirteen miles of pristine beach make Amelia Island a treasure for the surf fisherman.
If you will be fishing from the beach you will need a saltwater license.
If you are fishing from a charter vessel or a private pier, the vessel or the pier may already have a license that covers everyone - check with the charter captain or the pier owner.
If you are fishing from the pier at Ft. Clinch State Park, you will need a saltwater fishing license.
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