Pensacola, Florida Fishing Overview

With multiple marinas, and one of the biggest charter fleets in Florida, it's not hard to see why anglers from all over flock to Pensacola. The moderate climate means something is always in bite. Whether you're fishing inshore backwaters, nearshore reefs, or offshore bluewater - fishing in Pensacola doesn't disappoint.

Everything You Need to Know About Pensacola, Florida Fishing

Pensacola Fishing Charters

Pensacola embodies the Florida panhandle perfectly: great beaches and great fishing. There are virtually endless charters to choose from, and finding the perfect one to fit your vacation schedule is easier than ever. For the more experienced anglers, extended day and multi-day trips produce pelagic beats and full freezers year round. For those just looking for a fun day on the water, nearshore and inshore trips are a guaranteed success.

Pensacola Deep Sea Fishing Charters

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!

Pensacola Nearshore Fishing Charters

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. Check out our (Red Snapper blog)[] to plan your Pensacola Red Snapper charter.

There is 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 taste just as good.

Pensacola Inshore Fishing Charters

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.

Stuff to do in Pensacola

The great thing about fishing in Pensacola is that when you're on the water, it can feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but you have access to all the amenities of a big city. There's plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from the (National Naval Aviation Museum)[], to any number of nature preserves ripe for exploring. It goes without saying, but the white sand beaches here are some of the best on the planet, and there are plenty of local seafood joints and watering holes to try out.

Pensacola Tides and Weather

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Places to Stay in Pensacola, Florida