GEORGE CRADY BRIDGE FISHING PIER STATE PARK
Located northeast of Jacksonville, this mile-long, pedestrian-only fishing bridge spans Nassau Sound providing access to one of the best fishing areas in Florida. Fishermen catch a variety of fish, including whiting, jacks, drum, and tarpon. The fishing bridge is open twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. Primary access is on the north end through Amelia Island State Park. A small parking lot at the north end of Big Talbot Island State Park allows access to the southern end of the fishing bridge. The whole family (no pets) can enjoy a safe, fun day of fishing or give the fish a rest and take a leisurely walk along the beach of Amelia Island State Park. The George Crady Fishing Pier State Park is located seven miles north of Little Talbot Island State Park on State Road A1A.
The park was named after George Crady, a local politician and fishing enthusiast. It opened to the public as a state park in 1998. The bridge itself dates back to 1949 but was converted into a pier for recreational use following its decommissioning due to structural concerns. Today it is known for being one of the best places in Northeast Florida for saltwater fishing.
Annual Entrance Passes can be purchased at all park ranger stations and museums. If you require immediate use of your pass, this is the best option. Passes can be purchased during regular business hours 365 days a year. Please call the park in advance to ensure availability. Those who are eligible for discounted or free passes may use this method to receive their pass. Annual Entrance Passes may be purchased online by visiting the FLORIDA STATE PARKS ANNUALENTRANCE PASSES
Nassau Sound is one of the best fishing areas in northeast Florida and home to the state record flounder. Fishing is popular from the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier and along the shore of Amelia Island State Park. The fishing pier is closed to vehicle traffic and offers the bridge angler a mile of pier to wet their line in hopes of catching the next record fish or tonight's dinner. Many different species of fish can be caught in this area including redfish, whiting, flounder, speckled sea trout, jacks, and tarpon.
Redfish and speckled sea trout are available throughout the year, but higher numbers are available in the spring and fall. Popular baits, including mullet and shrimp, and can be caught along the shoreline using a cast-net. Artificial baits are also very popular. Along the south end of the fishing bridge, several small grass flats hold a wide variety of fish. Tarpon follow the fall mullet run into Nassau Sound and gorge themselves before continuing their migration to more southern waters.