Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

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2.39 miles away

Pensacola, FL

Dukes Fishing Co Llc

Trips start at $350.00

Max guests: 4

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Pensacola, FL

Rooster Tail Fishing Charters

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No Limit Charter And Guide

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Panhandle Charters And Guide Service

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Strickly Fishing Charters

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Bite Back Charters, Llc

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Pensacola Fishing Charters

On the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida you’ll find Pensacola, the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle and the start of great Florida fishing adventures. Not to be confused with Pensacola Beach, another great Florida fishing destination, the city of Pensacola is more inland and right off Pensacola Bay and Escambia Bay. It’s known as the “Red Snapper Capital of the World” because the species migrates to the bay area when the temperature drops.

This migration of red snappers to the bays near Pensacola draws anglers from near and far. FWC conservation efforts have created a red snapper season in the summer, running from June 1 – August 1, and a mini season in the fall (usually weekends only in October). Red Snapper are a magnet to fishermen and women because they are relatively easy to catch while still putting up a good fight, and they are delicious table fare. Anytime a red snapper is caught out of season it’s catch-and-release only. Hire a local Pensacola fishing guide to help with all the regulations.

Red Snapper are bottom dwellers. So no matter if you’re fishing 30 feet of water or 200 feet, make sure you have enough line to drop your bait to the bottom. They are usually hiding out near structures such as reefs, rocks, wrecks, or oil platforms. Live bait is the best option, but some will bite on a vertical jig. Your gear weight will depend on water levels. For those deep sea trips make sure you have heavy tackle. But in the bay light or medium tackle will work just fine.

Pensacola Inshore Fishing

Believe it or not, there are other species in Pensacola other than red snapper. Spotted seatrout (or speckled trout) is another favorite. Trout are typically found near grassy, muddy, or sandy areas near the shore. When the weather is cold they are closer to the shore, while summer temperatures draw them to deeper waters. Live shrimp or baitfish under a popping cork is another great way to get them to your hook. The popping cork makes a noise imitating the sound of crab, shrimp, or baitfish and immediately gets a trout’s attention. This technique is also great for luring snook and redfish.

Redfish, or red drum, are part of the drum family. Redfish are easily identified by the black dot at the beginning of their tail and are typically bottom dwellers. Pensacola Bay is a fantastic place for fishing bull reds, female redfish that are typically over 30”. Slot reds are typically 20”-28” and are also found in abundance in Pensacola. Again, get that popping cork ready and bottom fish, very similar to trout fishing. When redfish are migrating you can see the school of fish move in mass, and sometimes see that famous tail on the topwater. Make sure you have a really good pair of polarized sunglasses when sight fishing for reds.

Even if you don’t have a boat, there’s still plenty of opportunity to catch a nice load of inshore fish species. Whether you fish from the surf or pier, you’re bound to get a good harvest. To access Pensacola Bay without a boat check out the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge. This 2,500 foot “bridge” runs parallel to the bigger Pensacola Bay Bridge. Anglers can either walk or drive the bridge to their fishing spot (just no RVs or motor-homes allowed on the bridge). Even though the big bridge is currently under construction, Pensacola residents are still taking rods and reels to their favorite fishing spot. There is a small fee to fish from the bridge, but a fishing license is not required.

Pensacola Offshore Fishing

When running offshore from Pensacola you’ll be going to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Here you’ll find a variety of offshore species, and even a few inshore species who have made their way to the Gulf. Amberjack, snapper, grouper, mahi mahi, cobia, and tuna are just a few of the notable offshore species. If your group travels to the deeper seas of the Gulf, you’ll also see some marlin. Marlin, part of the billfish group, are very popular in Pensacola’s fishing community. There’s even a club that hosts the Pensacola International Billfish Tournament every summer.

Fishing for white marlin and blue marlin are really fantastic deep sea excursions. If you don’t have an offshore vessel, hire a professional Pensacola captain that does. If the boat has outriggers and downriggers this makes trolling for marlin much easier. The outriggers and downriggers will keep the bait in the right place to attract your target. Trolling is a technique where the bait is dragged behind the speeding boat. The speed of the boat makes a huge difference for a successful outing. Too fast and the fish may not see it, too slow and they may not be interested. This is another plus to hiring a professional offshore captain, they’ll have the experience to know the right speed for a successful catch.

A favorite Pensacola offshore destination is the largest artificial reef in the world, the sunken aircraft carrier USS Oriskany. Created in 2006, the 44,000 ton aircraft was purposefully sunk to promote marine life in the area. Anglers fishing the area should keep an eye out for divers, as this is a hotspot for those wanting a fantastic dive experience. It’s known as the “Great Carrier Reef” and is a great spot to grab snapper, grouper, and amberjack, to name a few.

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Fishing in Pensacola is a great way to spend your day. Whether it’s inshore on the Pensacola Bay or offshore chasing billfish, you’ll have memories to last a lifetime. Find your next fishing charter in Pensacola here.

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