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On the Water

Fish on a beach, bridge or boat!

Whether you are a novice or a veteran, Nassau County FL is the place to come and cast a line. Its abundance of rivers, inlets and ocean offers more than 100 species of fish.

Local charter fishing captains are eager to help you plan your perfect fishing adventure and coach you on landing the big fish of your dreams.

Redfish, trout and flounder may be found in the salt marshes and oyster beds along riverbeds and run year round. The St. Marys and Nassau river systems offer great bass fishing. Kingfish, cobia, barracuda, king mackerel, wahoo and amberjacks are just a few of the sport fish found while trolling in the waters off Amelia Island FL.

The Nassau Sport Fishing Association annually sponsors drum and trout tournaments as well as the Southern Kingfish Association-sanctioned Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo.

Please don't discard monofilament line, hooks or any other litter into the water. Manatees and other wildlife may ingest or become entangled in this debris and can become injured or even die.

 

A boaters’ paradise

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Approximately 10 percent of Nassau County FL is water: streams, creeks, rivers and wetlands, making it a haven for wildlife and a bonanza for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

The ocean is within easy reach from local marinas,[#category] while inshore waters are deep and provide plenty of protected areas.

Fort Clinch State Park is the eastern end of the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. The abundant waterways in Nassau County FL also are ideal places to fish and watch wildlife.

When boating, remember there must be one life jacket on the boat for every person aboard. Children under 6 must wear a life jacket at all times while on a boat.

West Indian manatees are frequently found in the Intracoastal Waterway bordering Amelia Island FL. sadly more than 25 percent of manatee deaths statewide are attributed to watercraft.

Please be alert to the presence of these slow-moving, gentle giants. Remain at least 50 feet away from a manatee when operating a powerboat. Avoid boating over seagrass beds and shallow areas and try to stay in deep-water channels when possible.

Obey all posted speed zone signs while in areas known to be used by manatees or when observations indicate manatees might be present. Wearing polarized sunglasses will reduce glare on the surface of the water and enable you to see manatees more easily.

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