Good Sports: Jacksonville’s George Crady Fishing Bridge

By: Gary McKechnie


Last week I drove up to Jacksonville to explore some new areas and time after time my choices turned out to be great.

I’ll write more about some of those later but here’s a quick note about the George Crady Fishing Bridge.

It’s a state park.

Yes a bridge that serves double duty as a fishing pier is part of the state park system.

I found it as I was driving north of Little Talbot Island State Park and while crossing Nassau Sound on Highway A1A I looked to the right to see Amelia Island State Park and then to the left and saw several dozen people dropping one line or two (or 10) into the waters below.

I took a long walk along the mile-long bridge and it seemed almost like a party; some anglers had tents up coolers packed and music playing.

I don’t fish but according the Florida State Parks website this is one of the best fishing spots in northeast Florida because swimming in the waters beneath the bridge are whiting jack drum and tarpon.

When can you go? Anytime. The mile-long George Crady Fishing Bridge is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. You’ll find it seven miles north of Little Talbot Island State Park.

Footnote: The bridge is named after George A. Crady a Florida state representative and a champion of the state park system.

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