Recent Reviews

This was without a doubt the best fishing trip I have been on. Justin was the best captain because he went well above and beyond anything he had to do to give us an incredible experience. I got to fight a shark for over 45 minutes and he was there in every way to help. You can tell anyone who asks they need to go out with Captain Justin! I assure you that everyone I know will have his information and I will be back as soon as I can. Thanks Captain Justin for an amazing trip!

Jeffery R. with Justin Simmons of Pensacola Beach, Florida

Had a great time! Nice and helpful dude!

chassidy s. with Justin Simmons of Pensacola Beach, Florida

Our trip with Gulf Bay charters with Captain Rick and his first rate deckhand Logan was fantastic. They put us on multiple fish of different types and we tried different methods, some trolling, a lot of bottom fishing and some deep water with electric reels. We caught a lot of large triggerfish, three King mackerels and enough Mingo (vermillion) snapper that we had far too much fish to eat over the next two days. The boat was fantastic, offering the six of us more than enough space to spread out and all fish at once, and Logan was knowledgeable and efficient at everything. I really enjoyed catching a small shark and we had a larger one steal some of our fish to add a little excitement. Near the end of the day we had a large amberjack up to the boat but unfortunately he got off. We played with a few barracuda as well, caught a few snapper and small groupers that we couldn't keep and in between spots, we could chat and I enjoyed learning about the local waters and the trade. I personally caught 22 fish and my son got 21 so we were busy. The weather was near perfect and Rick adeptly steered us around a small storm, where we got to see a waterspout. I would highly recommend Gulf Bay - we had a blast and really enjoyed getting to learn from a couple of true professionals. Thank you Captain Rick, thank you Logan!

mike c. with Rick Durant of Pensacola, Florida

Captain Justin was phenomenal! Made our trip one I will never forget!

Kevin R. with Justin Simmons of Pensacola Beach, Florida

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 easy. For the more experienced anglers, extended day and multi-day trips produce pelagic giants and full freezers year round. For those just looking for a fun day on the water, nearshore and inshore trips are 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 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 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

View Pensacola tide times and charts here and Pensacola weather forecasts here.

Places to Stay in Pensacola, Florida