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Located at the western end of the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola is a prime angling destination. Within just a stone’s throw from downtown, you’ll find sheltered bays and grassy flats, with the reefs just on the other side of the long, sandy beaches. Add in access to the deep waters offshore, and it’s no surprise that Pensacola fishing charters have something for you.
 
We’ll start inshore, where a couple of hours can sometimes be enough to get you filling the boat. Bull Redfish and Gator (Spotted Sea) Trout promise to put up a fight, while Sheepshead and Flounder will make for delicious rewards. Come in summer and you can battle it out with a Tarpon, or go after Mackerel and Pompano by the mouth of the bay. 
 
When Red Snapper season hits, however, all attention shifts to the reefs. The action is good all summer, and you’ll want to spend 6–8 hours on the water getting your fish on. Go after these prized creatures along with other Snapper species, Groupers, Cobia, Amberjack, and Triggerfish, and head home with plenty of meat to feast on. 
 
And that’s not all! If you’ve got an extra few hours to spare, then an extended day trip can see you hit the deep seas offshore. Over 30 miles out, you’ll come into contact with some of the ocean’s most sought-after creatures. Get ready for the fight of your life as you go up against Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, and Marlin, on what promises to be a fishing voyage like no other!
 

Rules & Regulations

Pensacola fishing charters come with licenses included for all on board, meaning that you have one less thing to worry about. You’ll still need to keep an eye out for the strict fishing seasons and bag and size limits, but your professional guide will make sure you’re staying within the law. 
Pensacola
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January

January in Pensacola means gin-clear waters and some good fishing if you know where to look. Search for Speckled Trout and Flounder in the surf, Bull Reds off the beaches, and Sheepshead in the bay.

February

Pensacola inshore charters target Speckled Trout in the rivers and bayous, where the water can be very clear despite the chill in the air. Pompano roll into the surf as Spanish Mackerel appear in the bay.

March

Fishing conditions are on the up as spring threatens to break through. Fish for large female Trout in the shallow flats or sight fish the beaches for Redfish and Spanish Mackerel before the Cobia arrive. 

April

The Cobia migration starts for real, fiving you plenty of fun whether sight fishing or on the reeds. Speckled Trout work their way into the bay, Redfish can be found in the flats, while Pompano appear along the beach.

May

The big news in Pensacola this month is the arrival of King Mackerel in the bay. Hit the bouth of the bay for your best results, or head to the reefs to tackle Amberjac. Meanwhile, Redfish is still abundant inshore. 

June

Most people fishing in Pensacola are on the lookout for one thing: Red Snapper, as both state and federal waters open in June. Otherwise, King and Spanish Mackerel join Redfish in the inshore passes.

July

July means plenty of variety in Pensacola. Adventurous anglers will enjoy battling Sharks in shallow water. Cobia are caught around the reefs, while the big pelagic species arrive offshore to give you a bit of everything. 

August

School's out, the sun is shining, and the fishing is red hot. Catch a "Garbage Can Slam" inshore, as you go after Bluefish, Ladyfish, Mackerel, and Sharks. Meanwhile nearshore and offshore fishing is still strong!

September

With humid weather and consistent rain showers in the afternoons, most Pensacola fishing charters fish early in the day. Catch slot Redfish around the docks and small Mahi Mahi just beyond the nearshore reefs. 

October

October is all about giant schools of big Bull Redfish. At this time of year they arrive from the Gulf to spawn around the passes. Sight fish on calm sunny days to try some of the best fishing in the Panhandle.

November

The Running of the Bull Reds continues! Join the fun for unforgettable fishing and serious bragging rights. Combine your trip with going after Flounder in the bay, and you'll head home with a delicious treat, too. 

December

As the temperature drops, you'll begin to find large Speckled Trout in the bayous and rivers, while some huge Redfish remain around the beaches. Add Flounder to the mix, and you've got yourself a "Grand Slam!"

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If you fish fresh water like I do in Michigan you are taught to set the hook you do not do that here you just reel in and sunblock.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you fish fresh water like I do in Michigan you are taught to set the hook you do not do that here you just reel in and sunblock.
Ezra  G.  I.
Ezra G. I. Brimley, MI
Be ready for anything! Our day was supposed to have perfect weather, but we still hit some major waves on our way to our spot! The fish are fun to catch and if you can keep them, they make for a great dinner!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be ready for anything! Our day was supposed to have perfect weather, but we still hit some major waves on our way to our spot! The fish are fun to catch and if you can keep them, they make for a great dinner!
Sarina  B.
Sarina B. Milton, FL
The designated dock we met our Captain was easily accessible. The people were polite and friendly.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The designated dock we met our Captain was easily accessible. The people were polite and friendly.
Shawn  W.
Shawn W. Hernando, MS
Bring A LOT of water and ice! More than you think you need! Plus a lot of sunscreen.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring A LOT of water and ice! More than you think you need! Plus a lot of sunscreen.
Lisa  C.
Lisa C. Belleville, IL
Compared to to fishing in Panama City, I would happily return and fish-in in the Pensacola area.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Compared to to fishing in Panama City, I would happily return and fish-in in the Pensacola area.
Harold  S.
Harold S. Saint Charles, Missouri
Apparently, the deep sea ocean trips are the best way to go. We had fun fishing in the intracoastal area, but it seemed like the most and largest fish were on out a bit.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Apparently, the deep sea ocean trips are the best way to go. We had fun fishing in the intracoastal area, but it seemed like the most and largest fish were on out a bit.
Robert  M.
Robert M. Franklin, KY
FInd Doug at Six Shooter Charters, go out for a day with he and John, and enjoy the ride.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
FInd Doug at Six Shooter Charters, go out for a day with he and John, and enjoy the ride.
Russell  N.
Russell N. Gulf Breeze, Florida
Red snapper season needs to be adjusted. Caught several and wasn’t allowed to keep
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Red snapper season needs to be adjusted. Caught several and wasn’t allowed to keep
Mike  B.
Mike B. Hillsboro, MO
Hope for good weather Very high seas Windy Not in control of the weather Tropical depression in the area
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Hope for good weather Very high seas Windy Not in control of the weather Tropical depression in the area
Ray  F.
Ray F. Greendale, IN
Several species we caught weren't in season so catch and release, so check seasons
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Several species we caught weren't in season so catch and release, so check seasons
Kim  G.
Kim G. Pensacola, FL
You can fish off the beach or off a pier for free, but if you really want an experience, get a charter! We used Captain Bryant Fields and his charter All Caught Up. Went well for everyone!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You can fish off the beach or off a pier for free, but if you really want an experience, get a charter! We used Captain Bryant Fields and his charter All Caught Up. Went well for everyone!
James  H.
James H. Owensville, Missouri
Come with an open mind. Trust the skipper as to what species are targeted.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Come with an open mind. Trust the skipper as to what species are targeted.
Carl  R.
Carl R. Meridian, ID
Patience as always. We did not see other boats in our area catching target species either.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Patience as always. We did not see other boats in our area catching target species either.
Scott  R.
Scott R. Queensbury, NY
Fish with Capt Glenn. Watch the weather, we had to abort early to beat a huge storm.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fish with Capt Glenn. Watch the weather, we had to abort early to beat a huge storm.
Thomas  C.
Thomas C. United States
Gene Johnson with Keeping It Wet would be a good start if you want a good fishing experience in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Gene Johnson with Keeping It Wet would be a good start if you want a good fishing experience in Pensacola
Kenneth  W.
Kenneth W. Pensacola, Florida
Sometimes the powers-that-be put you in purgatory with what's in season and what's not in season. But the fishing is great all year and you can always keep some of the best tasting fish out there - Mingo!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sometimes the powers-that-be put you in purgatory with what's in season and what's not in season. But the fishing is great all year and you can always keep some of the best tasting fish out there - Mingo!
John  G.
John G. Jackson, TN
This is the trip to take the family. Orange Beach is good for couples & kids. There is plenty to do. The white beach sand is beautiful. This city has awesome restaurants. This is one of the cleanest beaches I have ever seen. I actually had 2 different charters booked & had to cancel the second one due to conditions in the Gulf. My wife being with me made the change of plans easy & we found plenty to do.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This is the trip to take the family. Orange Beach is good for couples & kids. There is plenty to do. The white beach sand is beautiful. This city has awesome restaurants. This is one of the cleanest beaches I have ever seen. I actually had 2 different charters booked & had to cancel the second one due to conditions in the Gulf. My wife being with me made the change of plans easy & we found plenty to do.
Paul  H.
Paul H. Queen City, TX
I would recommend setting up an early morning trip with a knowledgeable Capt. that's grown up in those waters. Bring some sunscreen and snacks and enjoy some beautiful waters.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would recommend setting up an early morning trip with a knowledgeable Capt. that's grown up in those waters. Bring some sunscreen and snacks and enjoy some beautiful waters.
Jarret  P.  A.
Jarret P. A. Pensacola, Florida
Be alert and ready! Fish biting almost constantly! Bring sunblock, hats, water and camera!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be alert and ready! Fish biting almost constantly! Bring sunblock, hats, water and camera!
Amanda  F.
Amanda F. Pensacola, FL
The captain will call you and let you know what you need and if you bring small children have plenty of sun screen.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The captain will call you and let you know what you need and if you bring small children have plenty of sun screen.
Weldon  J.
Weldon J. Lenoir City, TN

All Caught Up Fishing Charters
All Caught Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 89 reviews
Captain Bryant and his deckhand Blake were great! They taught us how to fish and moved around anytime the fish weren’t biting. Even if that just meant the right fish weren’t biting. We even moved a couple times to evade the dolphins trying to steal our fish. The trip was an all around great experience and we will absolutely be going back out with them!
Michael  B.
Michael B. Huntsville, AL
Able Body Charters/Native's Son
Able Body Charters/Native's Son
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 19 reviews
Friendly and helpful crew. Captain had to move us around a lot to get away from all the dolphin. He kept us busy and delivered great results. We would fish would them again.
Clint  K.
Clint K. Cantonment, FL
No Limit Charter And Guide
No Limit Charter And Guide
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 75 reviews
Don’t know where to begin!!! Jacob answered all my questions and had great communication until the day of. When we showed up it was not Jacob, we were told his motor in his boat went out! We got Alex 😁..Alex was great! We had a great time, caught fish and had lots of laughs!! Can’t really give a review on how fishing with Jacob was, but Alex was a blast, and worked very hard for us to make sure our trip was enjoyable!! Job well done Alex!!
Joy  S.
Joy S. Sedalia, MO
Keepin It Wet Charters
Keepin It Wet Charters
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 61 reviews
Gene put us on Redfish immediately. Had a successful and very enjoyable time. Great guy and guide! Thanks Captain!
Bradley  W.
Bradley W. Pendleton, IN
Miller Fishing Company – 26' (Pensacola)
Miller Fishing Company – 26' (Pensacola)
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
We had an absolutely great time. Capt. Alex was great and did an outstanding job keeping us catching fish. We will definitely book again when we come back to the area and would recommend him! Thanks Capt. Alex
Colby  S.
Colby S. United States
Able Body Charters/Native's Son
Able Body Charters/Native's Son
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 19 reviews
Crew was knowledgeable and very helpful, Boat was clean and very nice. All and all we had a great time and would use them again for a charter fishing trip.
Ken  W.
Ken W. Daphne, AL
No Limit Charter And Guide
No Limit Charter And Guide
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 75 reviews
We had an Awesome time. Captain Jacob knew just where to take us to get hooked up! We fished all day and can’t wait to do it again! We HIGHLY recommend Captain Jacob and his Charters.
Lisa  C.
Lisa C. Brenham, TX
Twistedpalms Salty Adventures
Twistedpalms Salty Adventures
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 42 reviews
Great trip fishing the bay. Wind was pretty rough and the seas a little choppy, but Larry handled it well. My step-son managed to hook and land a 30 pound Black Drum, and all of us caught our share of fish. Great experience and great captain and crew. Definitely recommend.
Charles  G.
Charles G. Westminster, CO
All Caught Up Fishing Charters
All Caught Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 89 reviews
We really enjoyed our experience out deep sea fishing. Caught plenty of fish to take home. Whole experience was very good stayed out longer than we booked and had a great time. We fished until we couldn’t. Looking forward to next time.
Michael  P.
Michael P. Rising Fawn, GA
Alpha Fishing Charters
Alpha Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
First time deep sea fishing and with our children 11 & 16. We were catching fish as soon as we got started, which made the kids very happy! No waiting to get more bait or to get a fish off the hook…these guys were ready. Great first time experience! We will do it again for sure!
Kristen  S.
Kristen S. Lascassas, TN
All Caught Up Fishing Charters
All Caught Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 89 reviews
We had the best time with Captain Bryant and Blake today! They were very knowledgeable, helpful, and great to fish with all day! We reeled in fish ALL day!! Very family friendly. Would recommend 10/10 to anyone. We will be back!!
Amy  B.
Amy B. Calvert City, KY
Keepin It Wet Charters
Keepin It Wet Charters
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 61 reviews
We had to change plans last minute due to tropical storm Nicholas coming into LA - so Cpt Gene was happy to accommodate a planned off shore trip into a bay trip. We fished every dock and rock formation imaginable to get a feel for all kinds of fishing. Black Snapper, red fish, pig fish, skipping jacks, speckled trout, flounder…. Thanks Cpt Gene - I now know the difference between a nibble and grass and promise not to cast over the docks next time! :-D
Sabine  C.
Sabine C. Pensacola, Florida
Able Body Charters/Native's Son
Able Body Charters/Native's Son
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 19 reviews
This trip was a blast!! Never were out of fish to be caught the while time fishing!! Would recommend to anyone in the Pensacola area!
John  D.
John D. Cantonment, Florida
USA Ultimate Shoreline Adventures
USA Ultimate Shoreline Adventures
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 38 reviews
Caught a couple nice redfish and black snapper. Had fun with Captain Mike. Would book another trip with him
Doug  Y.
Doug Y. Dawson Springs, KY
All Caught Up Fishing Charters
All Caught Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 89 reviews
We had a blast with these guys. They were very fun and very dedicated to catching some fish! Recommend these guys 100%! We will be going back with them!
Brandy  H.
Brandy H. Batesville, AR
Miller Fishing Company – 26' (Pensacola)
Miller Fishing Company – 26' (Pensacola)
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
Captain Alex was fantastic. He kept us on the fish all day. One of the best charters I’ve ever done and I’ve done MANY! HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Seth  S.
Seth S. Atlanta, GA
Keepin It Wet Charters
Keepin It Wet Charters
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 61 reviews
We had a great time fishing with Captain Gene. He's a pro, and we really enjoyed our outing with him! Can't wait for next time.
Jenna  M.
Jenna M. Lenoir City, TN
Miller Fishing Company – 26' (Pensacola)
Miller Fishing Company – 26' (Pensacola)
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
Captain Alex may look young to call a captain but he knew his shit. This guy made sure our arms got a work out reeling in fish. He was a bloodhound of the waters, when the scent went cold it wasn’t long before he found the fish. I never fished before, and he made me look like some pro. If I were you…I’d make sure it’s Captain Alex who’s behind the wheel or helm.
Gerald  G.
Gerald G. Milwaukee, WI
USA Ultimate Shoreline Adventures
USA Ultimate Shoreline Adventures
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 38 reviews
Had a wonderful fun and fish filled day! Captain Mike is wonderful, fun and polite. We caught lots of fish. Lost a couple to sharks or dolphins. But, I highly recommend Capt Mike especially for the inexperienced. Look forward to seeing him again soon.
Shawn  W.
Shawn W. Hernando, MS
Keepin It Wet Charters
Keepin It Wet Charters
Fishing charter in Pensacola
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 61 reviews
Gene knows his stuff enjoyable to visit with and know where to get the fish. We had a great time.
Daniel  B.
Daniel B. Grand Prairie, TX

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Pensacola

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Pensacola costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $554, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $941. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Pensacola is 26 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, All Caught Up Fishing Charters, Captain John Fishing Charters LLC, and Six Shooter Charters LLC are some of the most popular fishing charters in Pensacola, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Pensacola.

All Caught Up Fishing Charters, Captain John Fishing Charters LLC, and Six Shooter Charters LLC all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Pensacola.

The best way to experience fishing in Pensacola is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Pensacola, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snapper (Red), King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Snapper (Mangrove). Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, jigging, and heavy tackle. Nearshore fishing, wreck fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

As the temperature drops, you'll begin to find large Speckled Trout in the bayous and rivers, while some huge Redfish remain around the beaches. Add Flounder to the mix, and you've got yourself a "Grand Slam!" Check availability for local fishing charters in Pensacola.

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