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Have you been wanting to take a vacation? Somewhere far from the noisy environment you're used to waking up in every single day? Well, the secret paradise in Amelia Island might just be the trip you are looking for. 

Lying in Nassau County, Florida, Amelia Island is part of the Sea Island Chains that stretches along the East Coast from South Carolina to Florida. The 12 mile-long and 4 mile-wide (at its widest point) island holds the communities of Fernandina Beach, Amalia City, and American Beach.

Over the course of history, the island was taken over by different colonies. History claims that eight flags have flown over the island. These are the French, Spanish, British, Floridian/Patriot/ Green Cross, Mexican, Confederate, and the United States. 

Today, the island is known for hosting different events and is also a hotspot for people who love outdoor activities such as kayaking and canoeing, sunset boat cruises, and different light trails. It also has different angling opportunities that attract both local and tourist anglers.

Fish in the Island's Hidden Gems

Not only does Amelia Island possess great beauty and rich history, but it is also made up of a rich marine ecosystem where different species of animals and plants thrive. This gives an angler different angling opportunities, such as surf fishing to deep-sea or offshore fishing to Party Boat Fishing. One could create an angling experience based on how they want it, any time of the year and day. 

Amelia Islands hold different hotspots for angling and here are some of those. 

Fort Clinch

Fort Clinch is a 3-mile long stretch of Atlantic beach that anglers go to for surf fishing. Popular catches here include redfish, black drum, whiting, flounder, mullet, sheepshead, sea trout, and grouper. However, the best-targeted species here in Fort Clinch is the flounder. Flounder fishing has made the area rise to fame due to its abundance in number and weight and size.

George Crady Fishing State Park

George Crady Fishing State Park is a mile-long pedestrian bridge where fishing is abundant. Originally constructed for carrying automobile traffic to and from Amelia Island, it is now known as an area good for catching whiting, jack, drum, and tarpon. Another common catch here is the redfish and the speckled sea trout which are available year-round. Their number significantly increases during the spring and fall season, as they migrate to southern waters. 

Continental Shelf

The Continental Shelf is a good location if you are looking for a deep sea fishing experience. This area of the water is a rich mix of plant, fish, and marine species due to the sunlight that penetrates the water and provides essential nutrients for microscopic organisms. Kelp makes it a thriving environment for amberjack, grouper, dolphin, wahoo, and cobia. Some can also experience the best tolling actions here, especially beginning the month of March, as large schools of cobia, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, blackfin tuna, and bonito migrate into waters offshore. Bottom fishing in this area may also give you a good catch of some red snapper, gag grouper, tigerfish, sea bass, and mutton snapper.

All these you can do upon your visit to Amelia Island. However, the fishing experience may vary depending on the day and the weather. So make sure to plan your trip ahead of time to get the angling experience you are looking for. 

Fish species
Wahoo  fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Offshore, Reef

Weight: 15 - 35 Pounds

Length: 8" - 100"

Sheepshead  fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 1 - 8 Pounds

Length: 14" - 20"

Mutton Snapper

Habitat: Onshore, Reef, Nearshore, Backcountry

Weight: 5 - 15 Pounds

Length: 0" - 20"

Black Drum 

Habitat: Brackish Waters, Onshore

Weight: 15 - 90 Pounds

Length: 0" - "

Cobia fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 10 - 80 Pounds

Length: 24" - 79"

Sea Trout 
Sea Trout  fish

Habitat: Inshore, Nearshore, Covered River

Weight: 1 - 6 Pounds

Length: 20" - 55"

Atlantic Bonito 
Atlantic Bonito  fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Reef

Weight: 10 - 12 Pounds

Length: 8" - 36"

Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel fish

Habitat: offshore, onshore, nearshore

Weight: 8 - 120 Pounds

Length: 20" - 72"

Exploring the Secrets of Amelia Island

1.Set Out on a Sunset Sail

Cruise along the salt marshes and secluded, unspoiled beaches of Amelia Island while watching the sunset with your special someone and have the most romantic and astonishing view ever. In addition, it is uncommon for one to spot some dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles along the way. 

2. Go see Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance

Your visit to Amelia Island will not be complete without experiencing the events they host each year. If you are a car enthusiast, Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance might be something that will interest you. Not only does it give you an opportunity to view displayed cars, but it also gives you a venue to interact with automobile enthusiasts and collectors all over the world.

Fishing Techniques
Surf Casting
Surf Casting
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing