Fishing In Palm Coast

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Complete Guide to Fishing in Palm Coast

About Palm Coast Fishing

Palm Coast is located on the northern Atlantic Coast of Florida, an hour south of Jacksonville and a part of the metropolitan area of Daytona Beach. Palm Coast Fl is conveniently located between St Augustine and Daytona on the East Coast of Florida. Palm Coast has a plethora of waterways to explore, and all regions along the Intracoastal and inland tributaries between St Augustine to Flager Beach make for excellent fishing.

Palm Coast is the perfect area for visitors to meander through marshlands and creeks for a day of relaxation and fishing with a captain. A diversity of sport fishes awaits you with ample coastline for surf fishing. Palm Coast Fl has various lakes, rivers, estuaries, and the continental shelf for excellent fresh water and saltwater fishing charters. 

Palm Coast, Fl is very scenic, visitors onboard a Palm Coast fishing charter will likely see some of the remarkable sights and wildlife the area has to offer, such as dolphins, osprey, and manatees. Palm Coast is the most popular beach destination in Flagler County. You will find several historical sites, tropical beaches, and beautiful wildlife.

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Saltwater Fishing

Inshore Fishing

When you fish in Palm Coast, you will find some of the most beautiful marsh and wetlands. Palm Coast offers a wide range of species to fish. Palm Coast Fishing Charters provides inshore angling contracts for spotted Sea trout, redfish, snook, wallow, black drum, jack crevalle, flounder, sharks, tarpon, and cobia. You can experience Flagler Beach, the Matanzas River, and Ormond Beach magnificence with the fishing charters. The Matanzas River and Ormond Beach’s thriving estuary also holds some thriving sport fish, making it so there is always a spot to go to regardless of the season. One of the best parts about Palm coast inshore fishing charters is that there are always spots protected from the strong winds present once in a while.

There are a few state parks and protected land that surround the waterways. So, it is common for visitors to see all types of wildlife while on the water, such as a bald eagle, sea turtles, manatees, and porpoises. Palm Coast is home to some of the most productive waters in the state, and the town’s sections along the Intracoastal Waterway are perfect for inshore trips. Anglers on a Palm Coast fishing charter inshore can reach the best spots within minutes of leaving the dock.

Inshore Seasons

Palm Coast fishing trips along the coast are excellent all year, with many resident fish around throughout all the seasons, but there are some times when a particular species may be most abundant or active.

Winter is the best time for sight-casting in the backcountry waters, especially for redfish, while the waters here are extra clear. Spring is prime time for almost every popular inshore fish because of the excellent weather. While inshore fishing in Palm Coast,Fl in the Spring, expect to catch Redfish, Spotted Sea trout, Jack Crevalle, Black Drum, Flounder, and Tarpon. Palm Coast fishing trips in the Summer have some excellent tarpon action. In Fall, the waters continue to clear back up, creating perfect sight casting conditions for redfish and other species.

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Offshore Fishing

Offshore fishing, or deep-sea fishing, is anything further than 9 miles from the coastline. Deep-sea fishing charters are often more than 20 or 30 miles out in waters hundreds to thousands of feet deep. Palm Coast, Fl has the luxury of the nearby continental shelf, which is rich in sea life and holds thrilling fishing action relatively close to shore. The most popular targeted fish on Palm Coast fishing trips offshore are Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish. On nearshore fishing charters, anglers will catch Grouper, Kingfish, and Snapper along the reefs. It is always a good time for a Palm Coast fishing trip offshore, with different seasons offering something unique.

Offshore Seasons

The Winter months are best for reef fishing, especially for Wahoo and Kingfish, as well as Blackfin Tuna fishing offshore. Palm Coast fishing trips in Spring are best for Mahi Mahi and Blue Marlin in the offshore waters. The Summer is best for Marlin, especially in June. The sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Amberjack are also prevalent offshore in the Summer. Fall is excellent for the billfish.

 

Freshwater Fishing

Palm Coast Fl is nearby some of the best Florida bass fishing locations in the country, offering excellent largemouth bass fishing action throughout the year. The top bass fisheries for Palm Coast charters are Crescent lake, St Johns River, and Lake George. Crescent lake is a 15,960-acre scenic lake and tributary to the St Johns River.

Lake George and St Johns are the most popular fisheries for Palm Coast fishing trips when hunting trophy largemouth bass. Lake George is connected to the legendary St John’s and contributes to why North Florida is known for its large trophy bass. St. Johns and Lake George are both known as the top spots to catch a bass of a lifetime. Aside from the fantastic bass fishing done in these waters, they are also abundant in popular panfish like Crappie and Bluegill.

Bass Fishing Seasons

Florida bass fishing is excellent year-round, with the top fishing seasons for trophies being during the spawn, which goes from late November through May. The peak months for North Florida bass fishing are February through April. Palm Coast fishing trips for crappie are best in January and February. Charters for bluegill are best from April through July.

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Fishing Charters In Palm Coast Florida

All Palm Coast fishing charters are guided by an experienced licensed captain who will have quality gear, tackle, and knowledge of the fishery, taking you straight to the best spots. Fishing Charters provide a guided visit that will give you the whole experience of this incredibly wonderful region. Inshore and freshwater Palm Coast fishing trips are usually best for kids. Nonresidents over 16 going on freshwater fishing charters and residents between 16 and 65 require a fishing license. A fishing license is not needed for saltwater trips, as the captain covers you.

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Fishing License Requirements on Fishing Charters

You don’t need to purchase a fishing license for saltwater fishing charters as the captain’s license covers you. This goes for both inshore and offshore fishing charters. For freshwater fishing charters, all non-residents over age 16 need a freshwater license, and residents between 16 and 65 need a freshwater license.

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Fishing Piers In Palm Coast

Palm Coast provides access to great fishing piers that will get you closer to the more productive and deeper coastal water along inlets and beaches. The melodic wave, salty breezes, and scenic angling deliver a great ambient appeal to add to this. Pier fishing can be a laid-back and straightforward experience. Popular public piers are Flagler Beach Fishing Pier, Waterfront Park, and Herschel King. No matter where you are fishing, it’s best to carry at least two general-purpose outfits, a rod and matching reel that is light enough to cast and retrieve lures, and a medium-heavy action combo that can manage rougher water and bigger fish.

Palm Coast Fl Things To Do

Moody Homestead Park

Located in Bunnell’s Briarwood Drive, the Moody Homestead Park is a premier historical destination on the Palm Coast. This spot is relatively small, picturesque, and quaint. The park is home to several oak trees, many more than 400 years old. There are not many amenities, but that makes it alluring since it doesn’t draw crowds, making it the ideal place to relax.

Graham Swamp Preserve

The Graham Swamp covers an area of more than 3000 acres. It protects wilderness, but much of it is open to public viewing. The park is mainly known for its 7-mile long mountain bike trail and has been called The Swamp. You will find manmade and natural obstacles that make the trail challenging and beautiful. The swamp preserve supports an extensive range of animal and plant species. In case you love wildlife photography or are a naturalist, you are going to love it. Hiking, fishing, and cycling are the popular activities here.

River to Sea Preserve

Even though Florida is known for its coastline and beautiful beaches, it is also home to an extensive range of lakes and rivers. River to Sea Preserve is co-owned by two local municipalities and covers 100 acres. This preserve, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, is a critical habitat and features an Ocean Broadwalk, public beach access, and many other recreational activities. 

Tomoka Marsh State Aquatic Preserve

The Tomoka Marsh State Aquatic Preserve covers 400 acres of estuary and river environment, is one of the essential manatee habitats in Florida. You will find several outdoor recreation options such as fishing, kayaking, and boating at the preserve. There are many public ramps for visitors looking to launch their boats and do some fishing or cruising.

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