Hot Spots Charters operates a fleet of charter boats out of Pensacola Beach. The trips on each vessel are run by one of their experienced captains. They’ll make sure your adventure on these waters is as enjoyable as possible.

You’ll be fishing aboard one of their several 24’ center console boats. They’re all made by famous manufacturers such as Pathfinder, Ranger, Cape Horn, Blazer Bay, and Skeeter. Each boat can take up to 6 anglers fishing.

The charters are mainly geared towards inshore and nearshore fishing. Inshore, you can expect to reel in the likes of Redfish, Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Sheepshead. Nearshore, you’ll get the chance to reel in Spanish and King Mackerel, as well as Snapper, among others.

Each trip includes quality rods, reels, and bait. The captain will also cover you with his fishing license, so there’s no need to buy your own. You can keep all legal catch you reel in on your trip, and the crew will clean it for you at the end. The trips are kid-friendly and can make for a great introduction to fishing for your little ones.

Book your trip now and hit the Pensacola Beach waters with Hot Spots Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Catch & Release
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $450
    This trip is ideal for younger anglers or those who don’t have much time. You'll spend a couple hours exploring the waters close to shore, catching whatever bites and releasing the fish back into the water.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $650
    This trip is ideal for anyone looking to fish the inshore waters for Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, and Speckled Trout. All the rods and reels will be provided, so just pack a drink and a snack to keep you going throughout the trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $650
    This afternoon trip allows you to spend your time fishing the inshore waters for Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, and Redfish. Your captain will provide you with all the necessary equipment, and usually have the bait ready for you in advance.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $750
    On this trip, you'll spend 5 hours fishing inshore or in the nearshore Gulf waters. You'll target fish such as Snapper, Grouper, Mackerel, and Sharks.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $750
    Head out on a 5-hour afternoon adventure and either fish inshore or nearshore in the Gulf. Some of the species you could catch on this trip include Grouper, Snapper, Mackerel, Sharks, and more.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $850
    This six-hour morning trip allows you to try a little bit of everything. From targeting Speckled Trout and Redfish inshore to battling Grouper and Snapper nearshore, it's all within reach.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $850
    This is a six-hour afternoon trip that will take you fishing inshore and nearshore for Redfish, Snapper, and more. Your captain will provide you with all the gear you need, so just pack some drinks and snacks and you'll be good to go.
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FAQs about Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore II

Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore II offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $450 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 2 Hour Trip – Catch & Release (2 hours)
  • US $650 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $650 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $750 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $850 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $850 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (PM) (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore II, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore II include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Usually prepared in advance)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore II offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore II offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore II include:
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout

Meet the Charter Operator

Hot Spots Charters, LLC
Pensacola Beach, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & license verified
110 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2015
Hot Spots Charters is a team of professional anglers who own a fleet of sport fishing vessels. Led by Captain Matt Mcleod and Captain Chris Philips, who were among the first inshore guides in the area, the crew has gained a reputation hardly anyone can beat. They fish at the professional level and deliver great service and personable assistance. All the captains – Tyler, Andy, Travis, Bob, Matt, Chris, and Tanner – are native to Pensacola, born and raised mastering the local waters.

About this listing

Targeted species

Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark

Boat specs

Pathfinder, Ranger, Cape Horn, Blazer Bay, Skeeter (Center console) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Usually prepared in advance
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
At least 6 years old, life jackets supplied
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 28 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Angler rating
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
92%
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Chester R.
Midland City, AL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great morning on eth water

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) on July 24, 2023
  Met Capt. Luke Crooke that morning and we all headed out to first catch some bait fish. The grand kids really enjoyed catching...
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George F.
Helena, AL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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2-hour trip with Captain Evan

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Catch & Release on July 13, 2023
Our original charter was canceled and we booked this last minute so that we may get in some fishing on our vacation. Captain...
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Daniel L.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing trip in July

VERIFIED   6 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) on July 11, 2023
Daniel L. recommends Hot Spots Inshore/Nearshore II
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John S.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Chris

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) on July 2, 2023
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Rachel K.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great Family Experience

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Catch & Release on March 18, 2024
We had our fishing trip with Hot Spots on Monday, March 18.  We are a family of 4 with a 2 year old.  I was a little nervous...
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