King Mackerel (aka Kingfish or just Kings) are one of the most targeted offshore game fish during the long Summer months in St Augustine. That’s because Kingfish are perhaps the most abundant of the large pelagic species you’ll encounter on an offshore fishing charter in St Augustine, they can be found close to shore and are a lot of fun to catch on light tackle.
During the Summer, they can be caught in water as shallow as 20 feet or less, feeding on schools of pogies (Atlantic menhaden) that travel along the St Augustine beaches. Kingfish can also be found near the many reefs, ledges and shipwrecks off the coast of St Augustine.
Summer is the Best Time for Tarpon Fishing in St Augustine. During the late summer, big Tarpon begin showing up within 5 miles of shore. Tarpon, also known as the Silver King, are perhaps the toughest fighting fish in the world and are well known for their high flying leaps when hooked.
As long as the water is warm, usually June through September, big Tarpon, up to over 150 pounds and from five to seven feet in length, can be caught just off the coast of St Augustine. However, the later in the summer you fish for Tarpon, the closer you’ll find the big boys to shore, especially near the inlets. August is considered the best month for Tarpon Fishing in Saint Augustine.