Light Tackle BackCountry Redfish

Light Tackle BackCountry For Redfish is a fishing charter dedicated to Jacksonville’s incredible backcountry creek fishing! Captain Brennan Merrell has been fishing the local waters since 1983, and is an avid Redfish angler. Come hook your very own Bull as you cast a line alongside him!

Capt. Brennan loves nothing more than showing his guests a great time, as well as taking kids out on the water. As his vessel is built to navigate the shallowest inshore waters, it can hold one adult and one child up to 75 pounds, to ensure comfort for everyone on board.

Capt. Brennan’s vessell is a 13’ Duranautic aluminum fishing boat, originally built in 2015. She’s powered by a 9.9 HP Yamaha engine with a maximum cruising speed of 14 knots. This makes her ideal for backcountry creek fishing, as she’s able to reach the hidden spots easily and without making too much noise. The boat contains a GPS system, life jackets, and a live bait tank to keep the bait fresh.

When it comes to what you’ll be targeting on your trip, the number one species is obvious Redfish – but it doesn’t end there! Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Black Drum, and Sheepshead, as well as Blue Crabs, are all on offer to increase the action.

Capt. Brennan will have you using live bait, fresh bait, or artificial bait, depending on the fish you want to hook. Taking into consideration the weather and seasonality during your trip, he’ll have you exploring Heckscher Drive by the Timucuan preserve, Clapboard Creek, and Brown’s Creek for your target catch.

Rods, reels, tackle, and baits are included in every trip, as well as your fishing license. Your captain can also clean and fillet your fish upon request. All that’s left is to come aboard Light Tackle BackCountry Redfish charters – you’ll have a blast, hook some great fish, and experience the hidden beauty of Jacksonville!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    up to 1 person
    If you can think of nothing better than exploring Jacksonville's backcountry creek for a whole day, join your captain on this adventure. You'll take in the area's stunning scenery and cast your line for Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead or Redfish. Captain Brennan can also put you on Blue Crabs to increase the action! Fishing licenses are provided, as well as top-quality fishing gear.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $235
    up to 1 person
    If you're looking for an action-packed morning on the water, this is the trip for you! You'll cruise Jacksonville backcountry creek, casting your line for Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, and Sheepshead. You can also target Blue Crabs to increase the action! You'll fish using live bait, fresh bait, or artificial, depending on the fish. Licenses are included.
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About the Captain

Brennan Merrell
Jacksonville, Florida, Estados Unidos
Angler's Choice
31 Fishing Reports
10 Customer Reviews
Response time 7 hours
Member since Octubre 2016
Brennan is an avid angler of anything that swims, especially Redfish, Sheepshead, Flounder, and Trout. He is keen on showing his guests a great time and loves taking kids out on the water. Captain Brennan says: "I have worked as an offshore captain running charters off Jacksonville for over a decade and I even worked in the Florida Keys as a fishing/snorkeling captain for the Boy Scouts high adventure camp called Sea Base during 2007. I know how to find the fish and will show you an awesome time! I am a proud father who plans on teaching his child everything he knows about fishing."

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Duranautic (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 9.9HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 14 knots.

Length
13 ft
Capacity
1 person

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash

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Customer Reviews

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4.87
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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James G.
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VERIFIED   Diciembre 11, 2019
Captain Merrell worked very hard. Used live bait for Redfish and Speckled Trout. Overall very good experience. Caught many...
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Timothy H.
Jacksonville, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   Diciembre 8, 2019
Captain Merrell knows how to catch them reds! Provided an excellent outing! Highly recommend to anyone looking to get on the...
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Gerald G.
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Great trip on a slow day

VERIFIED   Julio 26, 2018
Brennan was very personable and made every effort to make it a pleasant day.  His smaller boat and one on one operation...
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Half Day Trip with Brennan

VERIFIED   Febrero 21, 2018
I had a great day on the water! Brennan was very knowledgeable about his key fishing spots, he explained the points where the...
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VERIFIED   Enero 14, 2019
Excellent trip due to a Captain that knows his craft. Would recommend to anyone. Looking forward to more trips with this Captreeain.
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