Offshore Amelia Island hosts hundreds of square miles of natural reefs and ledges as well as hundreds of artificial reef sites that are inhabited by many species of bottom and bait fish. These fish communities attract numerous species of pelagic fish beginning in the spring and lasting well into the fall. Baitfish also gather along our beaches in huge schools during the spring and many offshore species migrate in to feed on them all the way up into the surf. While fishing easily in sight of land or “beach fishing” you can catch king mackeral, cobia, tarpon, barracuda, bonita, bull redfish, jack crevelle, and numerous species of shark. On the offshore reefs and ledges from 8 to 50 miles out these same species are available along with amberjacks, sailfish, african pompano, and wahoo. Bottom fishing on these natural live bottom areas is excellent year around for grouper, red snapper, vermillion snapper, mangrove snapper, black seabass, triggerfish, and many other reef fish. The edge of the continental shelf is 70 miles off of Amelia Island and offers excellent fishing for dolphin, wahoo, tuna, sailfish, and an occasional blue marlin.