Gulf Bay Charters

Gulf Bay Charters is set on a safe and friendly experience, all while chasing the targeted fish. Captain Johnathan Willis and his business partner grew up fishing in Pensacola, which gave them a powerful advantage on knowing where the fish are and where they’re going to next. They have the experience, knowledge, and confidence to offer a catch guarantee or your next trip is free.

Your adventure starts in the Southwind Marina, as soon as you onboard your captain’s 23’ Skeeter bay boat. She’s been newly built in 2018 and comfortably accommodates up to 4 guests. Powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine, the boat also features navigational electronics, safety equipment, and a live bait tank.

Your fishing spots depend on weather conditions and fish activity. You can go all the way from Pensacola to Gulf Shores, visit local backrivers, and pass along the beach, bays, and nearby reefs and wrecks. You’re most likely to catch Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, and Jack Crevalle.

Your captain will provide you with brand new fishing equipment and prepare cold water and sodas. Feel free to bring your own cooler for more drinks and some snacks. You can keep the fish you catch if it’s within legal limits and Capt. Johnathan will gladly clean and fillet it for you.

If you’re looking for a laid-back family fishing trip or an intense slam-packed day of chasing trophy fish – Gulf Bay Charters will accommodate to each customer individually. They look forward to meeting you and giving you a trip full of memories!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Offshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    6 hours are too long and 4 hours seem to be too short? Book this 5 hour trip and make memories all the way from Pensacola to Gulf Shores!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Offshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    Book this 6 hour trip and join Capt. Johnatan Willis on his offshore adventure! Brand new fishing equipment and cold water and sodas are included. Bring your own cooler for more drinks and some snacks and you are ready!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $550
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this trip, you will target Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Grouper, and Jack Crevalle. Your captain will provide you with new fishing equipment and fresh water, but feel free to bring a cooler with other beverages and snacks. As the catch is guaranteed, get ready to reel in your next meal!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $475
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you decide to book this inshore trip, you will be able to target Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Grouper, and Jack Crevalle. Don't forget that this charter is special – they offer a catch guarantee or your next trip is free!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Inshore Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    You can go to inshore or nearshore waters around Pensacola, visit reefs, flats, or wrecks – it all depends on what you want to catch and what's biting best. Your main targets will be Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Grouper, and Triggerfish.
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About the Captain

Johnathan Willis
Pensacola, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
15 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2019
Captain Johnathan has been fishing since he was in diapers. In 2018 he decided to start his own business with a partner. They bought a Skeeter because he spent his youth fishing on that type of the boat. He accommodates all kinds of customers, regardless of experience or skill as he loves to teach people how to fish. The most important thing is that everyone catches a lot of fish and has a good time.

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Targeted Species

Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Redfish Redfish
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Skeeter (Bay boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Checks
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.51
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
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3 hour am trip
3 hour am trip
3 Hour Fishing trip went Great
+6
Angler Rating
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1
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
86%
Friendly captain
93%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
93%
Catch intended fish
71%
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Garon I.
Piscataway, New Jersey
 4.67
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5 Hour Trip with Capt John

VERIFIED   February 29, 2020
The captain was great, relating very well to the nine-year-old on board, helping her to feel comfortable as she caught her...
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Mark S.
Panama City, FL
 5.00
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3 hour am trip

VERIFIED   December 31, 2019
Wow, what an awesome experience!  We hoped for a fishing trip, but was New Years Eve and who new being December. ...
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David W.
Franklin, TN
 5.00
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Great Day on the water

VERIFIED   July 19, 2019
It was a beautiful day on the water with Gulf Bay Charters. Capt. Johnny was great.. My sons and I had a blast. We caught a...
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George S.
San Juan
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VERIFIED   NEW  March 13, 2020
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Colby H.
Smyrna, TN
 4.67
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3 Hour Fishing trip went Great

VERIFIED   September 13, 2019
Had a wonderful experience with gulf bay charters, the crew was friendly and put us on some good spots, we caught several fish...
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