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What are the best fishing charters in Pensacola?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 69 trips in Pensacola, and the most popular trips in the area are Inshore Trip - 24’ Hydra-Sports guided by Justin, Bay Fishing Bonanza guided by Jake, and Nearshore Fishing Combo guided by Jacob.

Our guides in Pensacola are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 7327 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Orange Beach, Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze.

What types of fishing charters are common in Pensacola?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Pensacola as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Pensacola are: 1. red snapper, 2. kingfish, 3. triggerfish, and 4. mahi mahi.

The most common fishing techniques in Pensacola are bottom fishing, trolling, and heavy tackle fishing but light tackle fishing and jigging are popular as well.

How much do Pensacola fishing charters cost?

in Pensacola prices can range anywhere from $325 to $3,000, but the average price for a half day trip in Pensacola is $683. The average price for a full day trip in Pensacola is $1,292.

What month is best for fishing in Pensacola?

The most popular season for fishing in Pensacola is summer, and most anglers book their trips 15 days in advance.

Do I need a Pensacola fishing license and what are the bag limits in Pensacola?

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Pensacola don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Pensacola.

Pensacola Fishing Overview

Pensacola, located in the western end of the Florida Panhandle, is a highly sought-after destination for anglers. The area offers a variety of fishing opportunities, including sheltered bays, grassy flats, and deep offshore waters. Pensacola fishing charters provide access to these diverse fishing grounds, making it an ideal location for fishing enthusiasts.

Inshore fishing in Pensacola is a popular activity, with Bull Redfish and Gator Trout being the primary targets. Sheepshead and Flounder are also abundant in the area and make for delicious rewards. During the summer months, Tarpon, Mackerel, and Pompano can be found near the mouth of the bay.

When Red Snapper season arrives, the focus shifts to the reefs. Fishing for these prized creatures, along with other Snapper species, Groupers, Cobia, Amberjack, and Triggerfish, can provide a full day of action and a bountiful catch.

For those seeking a more extended fishing experience, an offshore trip can provide access to some of the ocean's most sought-after creatures. Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, and Marlin can be found over 30 miles out, providing a thrilling and unforgettable fishing experience.

Pensacola fishing charters come with licenses included, ensuring that all on board are fishing within the law. However, it is essential to keep an eye on the strict fishing seasons and bag and size limits, which your professional guide will help you navigate.

Deep Sea Fishing in Pensacola

Getting to the prime offshore fishing waters from Pensacola is a breeze. Modern sportfishing boats have all the amenities and technology to keep you comfortable on the ride out. Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna are popular targets, with shots at Sailfish, Blue and White Marlin, and Swordfish way out in the gulf.

With multiple marinas, there is no shortage of long-range sportfishing boats to choose from. Deepwater trips tend to begin at 10 hours, and can go up to multiple days. Equipped with couches, beds, and sometimes kitchens, even taking a break from the fishing is fun. If you get tired of reeling all day, kick back and cook your catch - or eat it raw!

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Nearshore Fishing in Pensacola

As far as nearshore fishing is concerned, it doesn't get better than the Red Snapper Capital of the World. One of the best tasting fish in the sea and a formidable fighter, red snapper charters rule the nearshore waters during the season.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council manages the red snapper fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, which extends from 9 nautical miles off the coast of Florida out to 200 nautical miles.

The red snapper fishing season in Pensacola usually begins in early June and lasts for about two months, ending in early August. However, the exact dates of the season can vary from year to year and are subject to change based on the results of annual stock assessments and other factors. You can stay up to date with the latest red snapper regulations here.

There are plenty of fish to go around when it's not Red Snapper season. Nearshore reefs hold tasty Triggerfish, Cobia, and Amberjack year round. Other snapper variations hold up on bottom structure too, from Mangrove Snapper to local favorite Vermillion Snapper, or as they're known around here—Mingo. The smaller cousin of the Red Snapper may not fight as hard, but tastes just as good.

Inshore Fishing in Pensacola

The party doesn't stop when you start heading inshore. Pensacola has access to a massive bay complex, complete with river mouths, coves, and backwaters. Everything you could want is right at your fingertips: shark fishing in the bay, fly fishing in the backwaters, or battling massive Tarpon.

The inshore bite in Pensacola is on year round. In the winter, Redfish, Speckled Trout and delicious Gulf Flounder are always around. In the heat of summer, the Silver King (Tarpon) is the target. They stop by on their migration around the gulf to gorge themselves on baitfish. Pompano, the Permit's bigger and stronger cousin, cruise the shorelines in the surf.

Popular Types of Fishing In Pensacola

Pensacola fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in Pensacola include inshore, offshore, and deep-sea fishing.

Inshore fishing charters are perfect for those who want to stay close to shore and catch fish like redfish, trout, and flounder. Offshore fishing charters take you further out to sea and target species like snapper, grouper, and amberjack.

For the ultimate fishing adventure, deep-sea fishing charters are the way to go. These charters take you miles offshore to catch big game fish like marlin, tuna, and swordfish.

Some popular landmarks that Pensacola fishing charters visit include the Pensacola Bay Bridge and the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

No matter which type of Pensacola fishing charter you choose, you're sure to have a great time and catch some amazing fish. So grab your gear and get ready for an unforgettable fishing experience!

The Best Places To Fish In Pensacola

Pensacola, Florida is a prime location for fishing enthusiasts. With its clear waters and diverse marine life, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Whether you're looking for a peaceful day of fishing or a thrilling adventure on a fishing charter, here are some of the best places to fish in Pensacola:

1. Pensacola Bay - This large bay is home to a variety of fish species, including redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the deeper waters.

2. Gulf of Mexico - Just a short boat ride from Pensacola, the Gulf of Mexico offers some of the best deep sea fishing in the area. Fishing charters can take you to hotspots for snapper, grouper, and more.

3. Perdido Key - This barrier island is a popular spot for surf fishing, with plenty of opportunities to catch pompano, redfish, and other species. Fishing charters are also available for those who want to venture further out.

4. Pensacola Beach Pier - This iconic pier is a great spot for both novice and experienced anglers. You can catch a variety of fish here, including Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and tarpon.

5. Fort Pickens - This historic fort is also a great place to fish, with plenty of opportunities to catch redfish, flounder, and more. Fishing charters can take you to nearby wrecks and reefs for even more action.

No matter where you choose to fish in Pensacola, you're sure to have a memorable experience. Book a fishing charter for the ultimate adventure, or simply cast a line from shore and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Other Things To Do In Pensacola

While Pensacola fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant city. Take a stroll through the historic downtown area and visit the Pensacola Museum of Art or the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum. For a fun day out with the family, head to the Gulf Breeze Zoo or the Pensacola Children's Museum. If you're looking for some outdoor adventure, explore the Gulf Islands National Seashore or take a hike through the beautiful Perdido Key State Park. And don't forget to indulge in some delicious seafood at one of Pensacola's many waterfront restaurants.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Jake was great. He put us on fish the whole time. No dull moment and no sitting in one spot hoping for the best. Even recommended a place to take our fish to be cooked for us.

    greg M. with Jake D. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Jason was such a pleasure to be around and very knowledgeable about the fish we were looking for. He made sure we had the best experience possible!

    HEATHER G. with Jason Y. of Shalimar, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I know fishing trips can be hit or miss but wow 10/10. Captain Robert was an excellent guide who had us catching a variety of fish the entire time. Highly recommend and will definitely be booking more trips in the future

    Tyler S. with Robert F. of Shalimar, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time! We caught lots of fish and loved Jacob. He is an awesome captain and we will be returning again! Thanks man!

    Jessica C. with Jacob M. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an amazing time!!! Captain Zack and the deck man were great. We will definitely come back and recommend to our other friends.

    Celso M. with Zachary S. of Gulf Breeze, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a blast, dealt with little weather, Capt Phil made sure we got some fish. Perfect size boat for open water. He had everything ready for us when we got to the dock.

    shannon B. with Philip R. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent in shore trip! Capt Jake was knowledgeable, personable, and just plain old fashioned fun. 10/10 I would run with him for all my Pensacola trips. I mean, you can’t complain to hook up on 27” and a 29” red fish!!

    Matthew B. with Jake D. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My son and I had an amazing time they were very attentive and patient as well as courteous when above and beyond I would highly recommend captain Devin again

    Derek M. with Devin C. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Jake and Logan were the best! We had a great time and caught lots of fish. They are great with kids as well as adults new to fishing. I would highly recommend these guys!

    Pam D. with Jake D. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time out on the water caught tons of fish. Was a great trip for the kids they had tons of fun and got worn out from reeling in the fish and even took a nap.

    Erich B. with Robert F. of Shalimar, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    What a wonderful experience! Jake and his partner were both kind and professional. They went above and beyond to make sure we all had a great time. We’ll book again for sure.

    Mary . with Jake D. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Worth every penny. Cory put us right on a hot spot and kept our polls baited. We caught fish right until the end. Super friendly with our family of 5 and kept the kids laughing. Would totally do it again!

    Jeff P. with Ryan M. of Pensacola Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My college aged son and his two friends had a fantastic trip with Jacob and his mate Alex. Despite the poor weather conditions, we caught enough to feed eight adults grilled fish tacos that same night. It was a great bonding experience!

    Sean M. with Jacob M. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt John was absolutely amazing and we will be contacting him again when we come back for another great adventure. The weather was cold, windy, rough and going in was never suggested. He did anything and everything he could to make this trip a success and man did he deliver. Thank you Capt John for an unforgetable day on the water. Can't wait for round two!!

    Joey W. with Jonathan R. of Shalimar, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our trip was fantastic! We caught more fish than expected. The Captain and his second mate were so friendly, helpful, and patient with us. We will use them again.

    Sandra S. with Jacob M. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Lance did a Great job n a less than perfect environment. Wind was up and we just missed our limit. Knowledge is everything and Captain Lance has it. My son and I will definitely be back soon. Thanks Captain Lance. Whit and Griff

    Kevin G. with Lance P. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We booked a trip with Captain Corey, through Captain Experiences, on short notice while we were in Pensacola the first week of October. Captain Experiences was very responsive and worked hard to find a good charter that was available for the type of fishing we were interested in doing. It took a few tries but they got it arranged for the following afternoon. We had a great fishing trip with Captain Corey. He was very knowledgeable, easy going, and worked hard to get us fish. We ended up with a number of mackerel, grey snapper, and a black bass, as we as releasing some flounder, red snapper, and a nice size shark. We then went to look for redfish but they didn’t cooperate. All in all a great experience. Would definitely use both again.

    Harvey R. with Corey M. of Pensacola Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    The trip turned out awesome! Captain Robert and Captain Jason who assisted for the day were awesome all the way around! Great experience for my Girlfriend and her daughter who have never been on a trip like this. We had a blast and put us on some great fighting fish. Definitely wanting to do it again!

    Michael R. with Robert F. of Shalimar, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Was first time going out deep-sea the captain and his deckhand well good me and my family had a great time

    Thomas E M. with Rick D. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    The captain was wonderful dec marvelous had a great time will definitely book you guys when we come back to Pensacola

    Angela D. with Jacob M. of Pensacola, Florida

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