George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier is home to one of Florida’s most unique state parks. Part of the Talbot Islands State Park that comprises of seven other state parks, the fishing bridge is an all pedestrian fishing pier that spans Nassau Sound. It provides anglers with access to some of Florida’s top fishing grounds. Further up the sound, the state record flounder was caught. Whether you plan on breaking the record or just to get your tackle wet, George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier is the top of the line north Florida fishing spot.
To access the fishing pier, you have to spend the $2 entrance fee to get into Amelia Island State Park, located on A1A just north of Jacksonville, Florida. Camping, swimming, hiking and biking are all just right down the road at Little Talbot Island State Park. Several historical forts are in the area as well, so once you’re done fishing, you can visit the nearby state and national parks in the area.
The mile long pier at the park allows for plenty of room to fish Nassau Sound and the surrounding waters. Redfish and speckled trout are common game fish found throughout the year in the Sound. Bait fish like mullet and shrimp can be caught right near the shoreline using a cast net or dip net. The southern end of George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier contains some grass flats. This spot is the perfect place to catch bait fish. Artificial lures work well in the grass flats when tarpon follow the fall mullet run through the area.
There is a bait shop at the beginning of the pier, but it is now closed and not expected to open anytime soon. Bring your own bait or you’ll have to fish for it at the south end of the pier. Contact (941)251-2320 for more information on the availability of bait and other angler supplies. Nearby on A1A, several private bait shops are open year-round and offer fishing supplies as well.
Fishing at night at George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier is welcome to all. It is open 24/7/365, quite rare for a Florida State Park. Grab a lantern and pole for some of the best shrimping and nighttime fishing in the state.
For more information on directions to the park, fees and other questions, visit the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier website here.