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From the serene glide on an in-shore outing shaded by overhanging oaks to the high drama of an offshore battle on the open seas, fishing in the Golden Isles offers a fascinating variety of experiences for all anglers. Surrounded by salt marshes, tidal creeks, gently winding rivers, sounds and the Atlantic Ocean, our area enjoys a dynamic and ever-changing ecosystem that nurtures a wide range of species.

What You Can Catch in the Golden Isles

If you like fishing, crabbing or seining, there are many options for you in Georgia’s Golden Isles. Charter a fishing boat and head for deep water in search of kingfish, cobia or snapper. Enjoy surf-casting from the beach, or crab and fish from one of the many piers throughout the area. Try your hand at fly fishing the coastal marshes for “redfish” and “skipjacks.”  

Unfamiliar with the area? Contact one of our highly experienced coastal Georgia charter captains who know the secrets of success in our fresh and salt waters.

Where to Fish in the Golden Isles

There are many places throughout the Golden Isles where fishing is permitted. Here are some of the top locations to fish in the Golden Isles:

Mackay River Fishing Pier 

Head into the Mackay River area through the Morningstar Marina entrance, where you'll be able to access a boat launch and the Mackay River Fishing Pier.

Back River Fishing Pier

A little more difficult to get to than some other locations, Back River Fishing Pier is a great place for crabbing.

St. Simons Island Pier

As one of only three fishing piers on the Georgia Coast, St. Simons Island Pier is a great place for fishing and crabbing, and it's located close to a bait & tackle shop for those last-minute supplies needs. In addition, there are plenty of cleaning stations for fishermen to use.

Jekyll Island Pier

The second of only three fishing piers on the Georgia Coast, Jekyll Island Pier is also great for fishing or crabbing. It is located next to Clam Creek Picnic Area, a family-friendly area for visitors and locals to relax.

Gascoigne Bluff

Gascoigne Bluff is a popular place for visitors and locals alike to meet for many coastal activities, including fishing on the pier. The area is home to annual fishing tournaments as well.

Little River Catwalk

Fish and crab from this area flat bridge with pristine views of the Georgia Coast marshland.

Jekyll Island Beach

Try your hand at surf fishing at Jekyll Island Beach.

East Beach

Find unbeatable surf fishing on St. Simons Island at East Beach. Visit during low tide for the best fishing experience. View the Golden Isles tide table.

Bait & Tackle Shops 

Throughout the Golden Isles, there are plenty of bait and tackle shops. Whether you want to fish in the St. Simons Island surf, off a Jekyll Island pier, in the port city of Brunswick, or  if you want to find private fishing on Sea Island or Little St. Simons Island, there are plenty of Bait and Tackle shops to help you get ready for the experience. 

Fishing Regulations

View up-to-date information about area freshwater and saltwater fishing in Georgia on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website. Please consult fishing regulations carefully before you head out since regulations may vary on different bodies of water.

In addition to the state rules, there might be different rules in federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore). Please visit the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council website for the latest federal fishing regulations if you plan to fish more than 3 miles offshore.

For additional information on fishing along coastal Georgia, please visit www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing .

Georgia Fishing License Information

Anyone who fishes, crabs or seines in Georgia waters and is 16 years old or older must possess a valid fishing license. Licenses purchased anywhere in the state of Georgia are also valid in Glynn County and the Golden Isles, allowing the licensee to fish in both fresh and saltwater. In many cases, licenses held by chartered vessels cover their guests, but it is a good idea to inquire whether you will need a Georgia Fishing license or if it will be covered under the charter's fishing license. 

Where do I purchase a Georgia fishing license?

Find more information on the types of licenses available and where to purchase a fishing license on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division website.

You can also contact the Department of Natural Resources, located on U.S. Highway 17 at Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, GA by calling 912-264-7218.

Charter Fishing Captains

Each Charter Captain/Outfitter shown below is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and operates a charter fishing service departing from a marina in Glynn County. The listings on our website are not an endorsement, and no guarantees are implied or expressed concerning the outcome of the fishing endeavor. Find a complete listing of charter fishing captains located in Glynn County below.

Outfitters & Rentals: 

Captain Mark Noble Charter Fishing

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912-634-1219

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104 Marina Drive,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Captain Mark Noble grew up on St. Simons Island and spent many of his early years exploring and fishing the vast estuary system that engulfs these Islands. He has devoted his life to fishing and anyone who has fished around here knows that he has the best reputation for catching fish....

Hook and Knife Fishing Charters

912-399-3813

Fishing has many aspects that are all fun in their own unique way while on the water in the Golden Isles. Scouting, searching, finding, stalking, baiting, fooling, reeling, landing, releasing, fileting, cooking, and eating each are great parts of a fun day.

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters - Brunswick

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912-638-6732

Address:

1200 Glynn Avenue, Hwy 17,
Brunswick, GA 31520
United States

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters is coastal Georgia's outdoor headquarters. Kayak tours, boating, fishing, and exploring the beautiful Golden Isles with visitors and residents is their passion and specialty.

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters - St. Simons Island

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912-638-6732

Address:

313 Mallery Street,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters is coastal Georgia's outdoor headquarters. Kayak tours, boating, fishing, and exploring the beautiful Golden Isles with visitors and residents is their passion and specialty.

Billy Bee's Kids Charters

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912-269-9983

Coastal Georgia Charter Fishing

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912-617-5577

Address:

St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Coastal Georgia Inshore Charters

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912-230-1814

Address:

213 Villager Dr.,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Creekside Charters

912-571-6322

Address:

211 N. Deerfield Drive,
Brunswick, GA 31525
United States

Kennedy Outfitters - St. Simons Island

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912-634-3474

Address:

10 Airport Plaza,
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Mad Shark Charters

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912-223-1066

Address:

Brunswick, GA 31525
United States

Offshore Charters

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912-270-7474

Address:

10 Clam Creek Road, Jekyll fishing Center,
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States

Reel Stoked Charter Fishing

912-269-9041

Address:

1 Gascoigne Pier Drive,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Southeastern Angling

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912-270-7300

Address:

St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

St. Simons Dolphin & Fishing Tours

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912-638-3333

Address:

100 Marina Drive, PO Box 21119,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

St. Simons Outfitters (Bedford Sportsman)

912-638-5454

Address:

3405 Frederica Road,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

The Tackle Shack

912-264-4665

Address:

3737 Community Road,
Brunswick, GA 31520
United States
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Mackay River Fishing Pier & Launch

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F.J. Torras Causeway,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

The Mackay River Fishing Pier is on the south side of the Torras Causeway just before the Morningstar Marina.  You can access this pier from either side of the Mackay River when traveling east from the mainland towards St.

Back River Fishing Pier

Address:

St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Back River is the second river you cross from the mainland on the F.J. Torras Causeway toward St. Simons Island. There is no fishing off of the first bridge.

St. Simons Island Pier

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Mallery Street,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Located in Pier Village at the end of Mallery Street, the St. Simons Island Pier provides outdoor lighting along the full length of the pier thus making it a great location for an evening stroll after dinner.  The pier overlooks St.

Jekyll Island Pier

Jekyll Island Pier

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Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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Jekyll Island Pier is located in the Clam Creek Picnic Area on Jekyll Island.

Gascoigne Bluff Park on St. Simons Island

Gascoigne Bluff

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100 Arthur J. Moore Drive, Next to Epworth By The Sea,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

Historically, Gascoigne Bluff was the first possible landing area for a ship entering the harbor.  The site of an Indian settlement long before the Wesleys landed here with James Oglethorpe, Gascoigne Bluff has been headquarters for a military invasion, a Sea Island cotton plantation, the site of

Little River Catwalk

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Torras Causeway,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
United States

The Little River Catwalk can only be accessed along the Torras Causeway when heading east toward St. Simons Island from the mainland, Brunswick. This catwalk is along one of the only flat bridges on the causeway and is a good location for fishing and crabbing.

Jekyll Island Beach access

Jekyll Island Beach

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Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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Jekyll Island beach is made up of many numbered access points and smaller beaches including: Driftwood Beach, Glory Beach, and St.

East Beach

East Beach

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St. Simons Island, GA 31522
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“East Beach” is the name given to St. Simons Island Beach, the stretch of beach along the Oceanside of St. Simons Island.