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Fishing at Big Talbot Island

For fishing and boating enthusiasts, Big Talbot's boat ramp is the gateway to bountiful fishing grounds. The deep-water ramp has a floating dock that provides easy access to the Intercoastal Waterway, Nassau Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean. The ramp is located on the north end of Big Talbot. There is a $4.00 launch fee per boat. Remember to file a float plan and ALWAYS carry proper communication and safety equipment!

With the large tracts of saltwater marsh that surrounds Big Talbot Island, this is unquestionably a prime area for fishing. With a little luck and skill whiting, redfish and speckled sea trout are just a cast away all year long. During the spring and fall, fishers can catch baitfish and shrimp in many of the creeks and along the shoreline. A morning canoe trip through the marsh can easily result in an evening fish-fry. Fly-fishing has become very popular throughout the islands as “tailing” reds venture onto the flats during the fall and spring flood tides. The Little Talbot Island State Park Ranger Station carries a map of Big Talbot and its marshes.

Access to the south end of the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier is available from the boat ramp parking lot. There is a $2.00 per person fee for pedestrians to fish off the bridge.

Launch a boat from the north end of the island to fish and tour the salt marsh or rent a kayak and take a guided paddle tour with Kayak Amelia, (888) 30-KAYAK (305-2925). Kayak tours require advanced reservation.<

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Drive Time:

  • Jacksonville 45 min
  • St Augustine 1 hr 30 min
  • Savannah 2 hrs
  • Orlando 3 hrs
  • Tampa 4 hrs
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