At the far northern tip of the coast of Florida lies the largest city proper in the state, Jacksonville.  Only about 25 miles away from the Georgia state line, this city has a lot to offer anglers in search of great deep sea fishing. With almost a million people in the area, there is no shortage of great things to do both in the city, and out in the waters. One of the nation’s largest deep-water ports makes this Florida city a mecca for deep sea fishers. Beaches and marinas here are plentiful, and what’s better is that they won’t be overcrowded like the ones you’ll find in the southern area of the peninsula.

Teeming waters

Like other parts of the Atlantic coast of Florida, you will find large numbers of king mackerels, a big fish with a wicked jump, but aside from that you can go after mahi mahi, cobia, shark, and tarpon. Charter boats for the whole day, half a day, or overnight sail out directly out of the beautiful downtown area.

Pro Angler tip: The Landing

A great deep sea fishing trip is more than just catching fish. You want to have the full vacation experience. Jacksonville is known for its beautiful waterfront, beaches, and culture, and this is all embodied in its beautiful downtown shopping district, The Landing. There are plenty of shops for everyone, and lots of great restaurant and nightlife. A hard day’s fight with a kingfish deserves some relaxing downtime.

If you are looking for a great spot to go on the East Coast of Florida, then a deep sea fishing trip to Jacksonville is right up your alley. The fish, water, and beaches of the city, not to mention the vibrant downtown all make this a big destination in the area. Head out into the water and go after big game, or head downtown and have a big night.