St. George Island has fabulous fishing. This narrow barrier island sits four miles off the mainland with the Apalachicola Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. The bay is home to more than 100 species of fish which reside among the grassy flats, channels, oyster bars, sand bars, and small islands, while the Gulf provides surf and offshore fishing along 25 miles of beautiful uncongested white sand beach.
Bay fishing offers speckled trout, redfish, flounder, sheephead and black drum year-round, with Spanish mackerel, pompano, tripletail, bluefish, ladyfish and sharks abundant between March and November. Surf fishing provides whiting, flounder and redfish year-round; speckled trout, pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and sharks when the water is 70 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. Red snapper, grouper, amberjack, cobia, jack crevalle, kingfish, mahi-mahi and more can be caught offshore. June, July and August are tarpon times.
Island bait and tackle shops have whatever you need to start fishing, including licenses, nautical charts and rental boats. A new island boat ramp should be available by July. Expert local guides are available for hire by the half day or full day for all types of fishing. Charters include the required licenses, rods, reels, bait and tackle. Many welcome children and some are for children only!
On the north side of the island, a fishing pier juts out 600 feet into the water, affording easy access (with no fee) to all Bay species. And kayak fishing on the Bay is a special treat. Bring your own kayak or rent one on the island, then shove off and cast a lure. A big redfish may take you for a memorable SGI sleigh ride.
If you catch enough for dinner and want to cook it yourself, a bait and tackle shop may agree to clean your haul. If you prefer to have it prepared for you, some local restaurants will cook your catch.
This is the Florida fishing you’ve heard and read about. It doesn’t get any better than this.
St. George Island
APALACHICOLA BAY SERENITY CHARTERS IslandAdventures@beachvillage.net www.sgIslandAventures.com Capt. Cletis Anderson. Bay fishing, ecological tours, oystering. ½ & full days. 850-653-3483 or 850-927-3655, 850-323-0091 cell.
BIG FISH SGI at 1743 Kingfisher Ct. cell 850-370-6631, home: 850-927-4668. Offshore charter fishing with Capt. Clint Taylor.
CHARLIE’S CHARTER at 320 Marks St. 850-927-3351 or cell 850-899-3651
Offshore fishing, half and full day trips. CharlesLogue@hotmail.com
FISHERMAN’S HEADQUARTERS at 40 W. Bayshore Dr. 850-927-9817
Offering in-shore charters, both full and ½ day and off-shore charters, both full and ½ day. Live & frozen bait, tackle, boat & kayak rentals, many types of reels, marine batteries, trailer repairs, sandblasting. Larry Stone, owner. www.fishheadssgi.com
ISLAND OUTFITTERS at 235 E. Gulf Beach Drive. 850-927-2604. Pro tackle shop with bait & tackle for flats, surf, bay and offshore fishing. Kayaks equipped for fishing. Fishing charters. Free fishing advice.
JOLLY ROGERS at 139-A W. Gorrie Dr. 850-927-2999
½ and full day bay fishing, shark fishing, half and full day fly fishing, flounder gigging, oystering trips. Boat, glass bottom kayak, and fishing pole rentals. www.jollyrogersgi.com
JOURNEYS FISHING HOLE at 240 E. Third St. 850-927-3259
Bait, tackle, & charters. 5 or 8 hour bay fishing trips. 5 or 8 hour tarpon or flats fishing trips. 6 or 9 hour deep sea fishing charters. Family trips include shark fishing, bounty of the bay tours with oystering, cast netting, and pulling in crab traps, and a 3 hour fun fishing (catch & release) outing. 3 hour kids fishing adventure. Motor boat and kayak rentals. www.sgislandjourneys.com
SURVIVORS BAIT & TACKLE at 28 W. Pine Ave. 850-927-3113
Complete line of fishing supplies, live bait, tackle, men’s and women’s shoes and apparel. Ron Valentine, email@example.com
Eastpoint & Apalachicola
APALACHICOLA MARITIME MUSEUM at 103 Water Street in Apalachicola 850-653-2500 The Maritime Museum offers educational tours which include; 1-7 day trips into the Gulf and along the barrier islands, island and river trips, canoes, kayaks, rowing shells and sailing dories which depart from the Museum docks and we also offer airboat trips. AMM also offers full moon cruises. Book your cruise on the museum’s 40’ catamaran, Starfish Enterprise, with tables and bench seats, or set sail on the classic 52’ Gaff Rigged Schooner Gitana. Cruise past the historic waterfront and up the scenic Apalachicola river as the sun sets, then take in the magic of the moon rise over the water. www.ammfl.org
BOOK ME A CHARTER in Apalachicola. 850-653-2622. Charters can be booked for the Apalachicola Bay, St. Joseph Bay, Apalachicola River & the gulf off of St. George Island. Featuring Oyster/Cultural tours, water tours, bay/river fishing & gulf fishing. Full & 1/2 days, several boats fitting 4-6 passengers. www.BookMeACharter.com
Deep Sea fishing aboard a 45’ charter boat or light tackle bay fishing aboard a 23’ center console. Owner/operator Captain Dennis Crosby. www.bosscharters.com
CAPT. TODD BRACKIN 850-499-4650. USCG licensed. Fishing / Scalloping / Eco-Tours. Knowledgeable & experienced in nearshore waters between Indian Pass & Alligator Point. firstname.lastname@example.org www.EagleRayCharters.com
DARRELL WARD at 280 Prado in Apalachicola. 850-653-8159
Half and full day trips. cell: 850-381-9949
ECO EXPLORER CRUISES at the Scipio Creek Marina docks, Apalachicola. 850-653-1666. Experience the natural beauty & the marine & bird wildlife of the Forgotten Coast's inland & coastal waterways. Capt. Ed Daniel. www.EcoExplorerCruises.com
FISHERMAN’S CHOICE at 330 Hwy. 98 in Eastpoint. 850-270-8808
Bait, tackle, seafood. Charles Pennycuff & Rex Pennycuff. email@example.com
ISLAND VIEW ADVENTURES GUIDE SERVICE 850-670-5762 or cell 850-323-0528. Capt. Patrick Millender. Fishing licenses, tackle, bait & cooler with ice provided.
REEL TIME CHARTERS, LLC. 850-899-3020. Capt. Bruce Millender at 183 North Bayshore Drive. Eastpoint, FL 32328. Offshore and inshore. www.reeltimechartersFL.com email: info@reeltimechartersFL.com Additional phone number: 850-670-8876.
ROBINSON BROTHERS GUIDE SERVICE at 44 Avenue E. in Apalachicola. 850-653-8896 Flats, bay & offshore trips. Captain Tommy Robinson, Captain Chris Robinson, and other guides. Loft apartment available overnight for fishing clients. www.FloridaRedfish.com
SCIPIO CREEK MARINA at 301 Market St. in Apalachicola. 850-653-8030. Carrying Evinrude, Johnson. Charles & Thelma Creamer, ownter. Shane & Marie Lee, managers. www.ScipioCreekMarina.com
WHEELHOUSE ADVENTURE TOURS leave from the Water Street Hotel and Marina at 329 Water Street in Apalachicola. Capt. Larry welcomes all level of fishermen, specializes in family fishing. The Pegasus is a 28' long, twin 115 Yamaha with 18' of open deck and a 10' canopy for shade. 850-653-6032. www.wheelhousetours.com firstname.lastname@example.org
FISH'N XPRESS at the Port St. Joe Marina. 850-227-8200. Party Boat Fish'n on a 49 paggenger party boat. Bottom Fish'n year round, Shark Fish'n seasonal. Sunset cruises, private parties, weddings, meetings, memorials. Rods, licenses & bait included. Deckhand assistance, 2 clean restrooms, wheelchair accessible, snack bar, salon area. Beer & wine available. Group rates for 12 or more. www.TightLinesGoodtimes.com
ST. VINCENT ISLAND SHUTTLE & FISHING CHARTERS at C-30B & Indian Pass Boat Launch. 850-229-1065. St. Vincent Island shuttle services. Daily island boat trips. Day fishing charters for 2 1/2 hours with Captain Joey. Tarpon, shark, kings, oystering, and other trips seasonally. Night sharking trips. www.StVincentIsland.com info@StVincentIsland.com