Perdido Key

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Fishing in Perdido Key

Stretching 16 miles across the Gulf Coast to Florida’s border with Alabama, it’s difficult to imagine why Perdido Key got its name that translates into "lost key" from Spanish. With its rich bays and access to the Gulf of Mexico, this is an angler’s paradise. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of Perdido Key fishing charters waiting to take you on an unforgettable adventure.
 
This barrier island lies just a stone’s throw from Pensacola Bay, bordering the Big Lagoon to the north. That means one thing – excellent inshore fishing. Year-round, you can get your fill of exciting action and delicious fish, with Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Jack Crevalle, Black Drum, and many more prized fish calling these waters home.
 
From the jetty, you can cast out for Mackerel and Pompano, while you’re also just a few miles from the productive reefs nearshore. These prime fishing grounds are home to Groupers, Cobia, Amberjack, and a whole host of Snappers, including the famed Red Snapper, that will keep even the most professional angler on their toes. 
 
When looking for a Perdido Key fishing charter, there are plenty of options for all kinds of anglers. Inshore, you’ll find trips as short as two hours going up to a full day on the water, with night trips possible, too. Meanwhile, 3/4 day trips are popular nearshore. There’s also the option of going offshore to hunt Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and Billfish, but you’ll need at least 10 hours for that.
 

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing aboard a charter in Perdido Key, your license will be covered by your captain. Not only that, but they’ll also keep you abreast of all the latest bag and size limits, and they’ll make sure that you don’t stray into Alabamian waters without a permit. 
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Perdido Key Fishing Seasons

Start the year as you mean to go on, with an inshore fishing adventure. Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Sheepshead, and Flounder are in abundance, so you can hook yourself a hearty dinner for the winter night. 

The water starts to get colder come February, but that doesn't dissuade some of the prized inshore fish. Get ready to cast your line in the shallows, with any kind of structure attracting the hungry fish.

As spring is promising to break through, a whole host of new lifes shines upon Perdido Key, with Cobia, Jack Crevalle, and Mackerel biting nearside, with plenty of action in the lagoons, too. 

 

 

The season really gets going in April, with an abundance of Cobia giving you the chance for a hefty battle offshore. Add Mackrel to your target list, and you'll fill up on delicious fish and exciting action.

With the warm weather here to stay, the fishing scene gets going in earnest, with the pelagic fish raising the stakes in the deep. Hit the inshore, nearshore, and offshore waters, and there's no end to what you can catch.

It's the time of year everyone has been waiting for – Red Snapper season. Florida's Gulf Coast comes alive with anglers rushing out to land this prized creature, with the annual Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo nearby, too.

Peak season has arrived Perdido Key, and you won't know where to look. Big game tournaments tempt adrenaline lovers, while Snappers and Groupers fill the reefs. Tarpon arrive inshore, so it really is a who's who!

School's out and there's never been a better time to get the little ones hooked on fishing. Almost all fish can be caught legally, so get ready for anything from Bluefish and Bonito to Mahi Mahi and Wahoo.

As the tourists head home, there's a feeling that things may be coming to an end in Perdido Key. That's certainly not the case, as the summer favorites stay around and monsters like Blackfin Tuna come close by.

The warm waters still attract a whole load of exiting and delicious fish, so get ready to hit those lofty heights. Get ready for inshore action, reef action, and big game fishing in the deep, and you're in for a real treat.

As the waters begin to cool down, attention turns inshore again, with Flounder to be found all over the place. Hit the structures around the bays and lagoons and get your fill of delicious fish to take home.

Fishing is a 365-day-a-year business in Perdido Key, so you can make the most of the holiday season by getting your fish on. Target Amberjack, Grouper, Vermillion Trout, Reds, Black Drum, and many more. 

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Top Fishing Techniques in Perdido Key

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Perdido Key

Amberjack

Amberjack

Cobia

Cobia

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)

Redfish

Redfish

Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Gag)

Flounder

Flounder