Pensacola Fishing Charters
Pensacola, known for white sand beaches and Emerald colored waters is also known for some of the most versatile fishing in America. With both great inshore fishing and offshore fishing out of Pensacola, it’s literally up to you what kind of trip you want to do. If you’re looking to get in on some offshore action bottom fishing is our bread and butter, but we also do some offshore trolling and tuna fishing. The Gulf of Mexico has a lot to offer day in and day out, but some of it can be seasonal like a lot of other types of fishing. As you might already know red snapper are by far our most popular species, but they are currently highly regulated by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Over the last few years our seasons have been short with usually only a month or two to fish for them each year.
The good news is that we can always catch and release them, so what we do a lot of the times is fish for other species that we can catch and take home for dinner. Then, we spend a little time fishing for trophy size red snapper that you can take photos of that will last a lifetime.
Amberjack, triggerfish, vermillion snapper, gag grouper, and scamp are other species we catch when offshore fishing. Typically, we fish for these species on six- and eight-hour offshore trips. Each of them have open and closed season, so our plans are built around open seasons and what’s biting.
If you’re looking to go offshore trolling for marlin, wahoo, dolphin, or tuna you’ll need to book a minimum of a ten-hour trips and sometimes even longer depending on where the bluewater is located at that time. Our best tuna fishing takes place about a hundred miles from Pensacola Pass.
King mackerel are another popular target for us and we just about always fish for them on the six and eight hour trips. They are caught both nearshore and offshore out around the Edge. Most of the time the best way to target them is slow trolling with live baits like hardtails or cigar minnows.
A lot of these species we also target on our inshore / nearshore trips, but the weather has to cooperate considering these trips are operated on 22 to 24 foot bay boats. These trips are available in four, five, or six hours in both the morning and afternoon.
In addition to the offshore species we also fish for redfish, speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and Spanish mackerel on the inshore / nearshore charters. All of these species can be caught in Pensacola Bay or around Pensacola Pass that connects Pensacola Bay to the Gulf.
Sheepshead are a very popular and great tasting fish, but we only catch them in February, March, and April. They are caught by fishing around structure like bridge pilings or rock piles using light tackle and live bait like shrimp or fiddler crabs.
If you aren’t sure what kind of trip is best for you and your group feel free to give us a call and we’ll point you in the right direction. If you have small kids or first time anglers in your group you might want to consider the inshore / nearshore trips, it’s a great trip.
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