Fishing spots near Matanzas River
South of St. Augustine, the Matanzas Inlet Bridge is a productive and popular spot, with lots of fish to be found in the fast-moving waters of the Matanzas Inlet.
JOHNS COUNTY – See you later, alligator ! People are being reminded to be safe while kayaking, boating and enjoying the Matanzas River after a St. Johns County woman spotted an alligator last week. Sarah Maguire Marston tells News4Jax she was boating with her husband and friends going south in the Matanzas River .
The Hammock Beach and Matanzas inlet area of the river is red hot for reds, flounder , jacks, tarpon, mangrove snapper, drum and trout .
The Matanzas River is a body of water in St. Johns and Flagler counties in the U.S. state of Florida. It is a narrow saltwater bar-bounded estuary sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by Anastasia Island.
While the depth of the river varies greatly depending on the tidal cycle, in the Fort Matanzas area lower spots within the river can reach as deep as twenty feet. The Matanzas Inlet is the only remaining un-dredged inlet on the east coast of Florida.
Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found anywhere there is standing water, state biologists say. It’s common to see alligators on the banks of the St . Johns River or its tributaries including Black Creek in Clay County. Alligators become more active during the spring when temperatures rise.
Currently, there is an alligator that hangs out on the rock jetty at Carolina Beach State Park in the Intracoastal Waterway .
Local experts say it is generally safe to eat fish and shrimp from the St . Johns River since Vibrio is usually found in salt or brackish water. But the recommendation is to always wash freshly caught fish with fresh water before cleaning them.
From that time, the inlet was called Matanzas — meaning “slaughters” in Spanish.
Tides in Fort Matanzas , ICWW, FL for Today & Tomorrow Next high tide is 9:51 pm. Next low tide is 4:20 am. Sunset today is 5:37 PM. Sun rise tomorrow is 7:18 AM.
This windswept estuary 14 miles south of the nation’s oldest city, at the mouth of the Matanzas River , sealed the Spanish heritage of Florida with the blood of 245 murdered French prisoners in 1565. The coquina watchtower of Fort Matanzas was built by the Spanish in 1742 to protect the back door to St.
NRHP reference No. The Fort Matanzas National Monument Headquarters and Visitor Center, located at 8635 A1A about 15 miles (24 km) south of St. Augustine, Florida, was built in 1936.
Matanzas has been “navigated” for centuries..that’s why the fort is there. It’s also the last “natural” inlet on the east coast of florida (well, Nassua sound, but it’s a different animal). The bar extends all along the mouth, and changes with each tide.
Beach Driving Vehicles are permitted on Vilano Beach , St . Augustine Beach , and Crescent Beach within designated areas. However, access may be limited dependent on weather, sand, or tides. From March 1 through September 30, there is a fee to drive on the beaches .
Ferry Pass The passenger ferry to Fort Matanzas runs every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The ferry is free, but guests must check in at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center for a pass to ensure seating on the boat.