Amelia Island is the northernmost island on the Atlantic coast of Florida. We have both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal waterway along with many creeks and rivers that are accessible to the shore fisherman. On the north end of the island is the St. Mary’s River. This inlet is dredged biennial to allow submarines to enter from the ocean bound for Kings Bay Submarine Base in southern Georgia. The intracostal waterway is referred to as the Amelia River. To the south is the confluence of the Nassau River and the Amelia River where they enter the Atlantic Ocean. Trout and redfish are present year round. Tides are strong with about a 5-6 foot change in 6 hours. Tides should be considered when planning any fishing trip. Generally, the two hours before or after a tide change are the best times.
High temperatures from late December to early February average in the lower 60’s. It is not unusual to reach the mid 70′ or the mid 50’s this time of year as well. Summer months are usually around 90. Like most of Florida afternoon rain is common in the summer and early fall.
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Unlike most of Florida, the beaches are not overly crowded. There are many activities that will keep you busy between fishing trips. Fort Clinch State Park is on the northern tip of the island only about a half mile from Georgia’s Cumberland Island. Centre Street downtown Fernandina Beach has thirty plus restaurants, the oldest bar in Florida and about thirty shops in six blocks. Amelia Bites has reviews for over 100 restaurants in the area check them out. There are horse drawn carriages which will take you on a tour of historic homes and buildings. You can learn about the eight flags that have flown over Amelia Island. Literally, dozens of events on the island from the Concours d’Elegance in March to world class music will keep you entertained. The largest Pétanque Tournament in the US is held in Fernandina Beach in mid-November. Shrimp Fest is in early May. Check Search Amelia for a schedule. The southern end of the island is anchored by the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and Ritz-Carlton, and Amelia Island State Park. There are almost twenty restaurants on the south end as well. Golfing is a big part of the island life. There are five golf courses. Miniature golf also draws people to the island. The 2015 PPA National Championship was held on the island. In between all these actives, you will want to find time for the great fishing action in the area.