St. Marks is a unique angling location due to its geography, with outflows from four varying major systems, and its unique composition of sand and limestone in varying parts of the river mouth of Apalachee Bay. Almost every nook and cranny has a stream or creek, and several oyster bars can be found as well.
Our seasoned guides can guide you through the labyrinth of limestone rocks in the flats of Apalachee Bay safely, taking you to prime fishing locations for speckled trout and redfish. Whether you’re a local newly exploring the area, or a tourist discovering the wonders of St. Mark’s angling areas, having a professional captain on board will enhance your experience by suggesting the best bait or lure.
Chartered trips can take you to deeper bars to catch sheepshead or schools of sea trout. Over on the outskirts of the rivers, a seasoned captain can help to show you secret spots where redfish hide behind tall rock grass among the limestone. They will know the best approach to stalk these wary fish in the vast 200-acre spread of the rock garden, helping you snag the best catch.
Hooking tarpon is quite possibly on every angler’s bucket list, and St. Mark’s is the perfect place to check this one-off. Over by Alligator Point, your boat captain can back you up as you put up a fight with this prized game fish by making sure you get your license to fish these beautiful creatures.
St. Mark on Your Calendar
St. Mark’s is famous for its year-round bites, as redfish and trout are readily available throughout the seasons, even during the cooler months. You won’t have any trouble hooking black snappers, Mingo snappers, red snappers, white snappers, triggerfish, black drums, and redfish at any time during the year.
During spring, the migration of fish brings the inshore to life, and you’ll find king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, pompano, sailfish, bluefish, bluegill, bonito, and cobia. Three types of catfish also become abundant this time, namely blue catfish, channel catfish, and flathead catfish.
When angling for trophy fish like tarpon, the best catch will be from the summer months of June to September. However, don't be surprised if you see a variety of other species swimming around, such as Redear sunfish, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, and wahoo.
LIVE AND LEARN
When you’re taking a break from your bait and tackle, exploring the historical features and landscapes of St. Mark’s is a great way to enjoy the beautiful area and learn something at the same time.
The San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park can enlighten you on the Spanish roots of the area, with a museum that displays artifacts unearthed around the original fort. You can have an outdoor picnic with the family here, with a scenic view of the water’s edge at Tucker’s Point.
St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge features some amazing nature trails to go birdwatching and even see alligators. Within this site, you’ll find the infamous St. Mark’s Lighthouse, which is the second oldest lighthouse in Florida.
If you want to see Florida’s first railroad, you can explore the abandoned rail line of the Tallahassee-St. Mark’s Historic Railroad State Trail. This is a great place to enjoy the outdoors by biking, hiking, jogging, and even horseback riding.
Another landmark worth visiting is the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. You can view the world’s deepest and largest freshwater spring here and relax with the family on a grassy beach.