Some of the most fertile estuaries in all of Florida! The Matanzas, Tolomato and Guana River basins around St Augustine form the largest and most pristine habitat for inshore and backwater fishing between Jacksonville and Cape Canaveral. These shallow rivers flow through many miles of rich, flat marshland north and south of Saint Augustine. Stretches of the rivers widen considerably as they meander through the marshes towards Saint Augustine and Matanzas Inlets forming bays with even more prime habitat for inshore species.
The “Northeast Florida Slam” The fertile estuarine waters of the Matanzas, Tolomato and Guana Rivers are home to a wide variety of saltwater species and offer great fishing year round. Summertime in St Augustine offers plenty of opportunities to accomplish a “Northeast Florida Slam” catching a Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout and Flounder in the same day.
In the summer, the waters of the creeks that feed these rivers and bays warm up. Redfish move into deeper water, schooling at the mouths of creeks where they empty into deeper, cooler water. Top water fishing at dawn is a great way to catch hungry, hard hitting redfish during the summer months.
By summer, large female flounder have returned to the rivers and creeks after spawning offshore during the winter. You may even catch one of the huge “doormat” size female flounder during a summer inshore fishing trip in St Augustine.
Spotted Sea Trout (aka Speckled Trout) like redfish, can be caught year round and there’s no shortage of these great tasting fish during the summer months. Spotted Sea Trout offer exciting top-water action all summer long and are easy catches for anglers of all ages.
Plenty More to Catch When Fishing Inshore in St Augustine! Other species may be caught in the summertime on inshore fishing trips in St Augustine. Although more commonly caught during cooler months, you may wind up hooking into a large Black Drum, the hard fighting cousin of the more famous Redfish (Red Drum) and like redfish, very good table fare.
There are sharks in the bays as well, especially Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks and Bonnethead or Shovelhead Sharks. Although smaller than their offshore counterparts, sharks caught on an inshore fishing charter are still lots of fun to catch for all ages!
You may even catch a Snook, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper or Spanish Mackerel while fishing inshore in Saint Augustine. Either way, there’s plenty of fish to catch inshore all summer long!
Make the most of your Summer visit to Saint Augustine with a Private Fishing Trip with Captain Danny and Long Line Fishing Charters!