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Best Fishing Charters in Perdido Key

Top Fishing Charters in Perdido Key

Fishing in Perdido Key

Perdido Key, FL is a small stretch of land with big water attitude. It offers some of the finest nearshore angling in the Gulf, and numerous fishing charters to hire. One of the last bastions of protected wildlife in the Panhandle, the “Lost Key” boasts an array of outdoor activities.

Anglers wishing to fish Perdido Key will find ample pelagic and bottom dwellers here. Perdido Key charter fishing offers rich bits of both worlds - the mainlands of Florida and Alabama lie just across Perdido Bay. The other side of the Key gazes towards the Gulf of Mexico, and these waters purvey enviable catch.

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Perdido Key has cotton-candy soft sand, warm waters, and smells like summer. This ex-peninsula became an island in 1930s, and has preserved most of its unspoilt nature. You can rent one of numerous condos, go for a walk, sit on a beach, watch dolphins, fish from the coast or aboard a boat.

Fishing here is diverse, fun and year-round. Some months are better than others, but anglers can always find something that bites. These fisheries are packed with Redfish, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Speckled Seatrout, Red Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Triggerfish, or Spanish and King Mackerel.

Home to the endangered tiny Perdido Key beach mouse and sea turtles, this barrier island is a true haven for nature lovers. You can stroll down the coast, or visit the Big Lagoon State park. Both sides of the Big Lagoon waters offer loads of Specks, Reds, and Flounder.

The nearshore waters are superb, and there are many experienced charters that can take you out, even in colder months. Perdido Key is linked to Florida mainland and Alabama with bridges - which is another fertile ground for fish that like to live around objects.

If you want to try something unusual, sign up for the Annual Interstate Mullet Toss. It’s not fishing, but it’s every bit as interesting. The last full weekend of April welcomes scores of people who stop by the local Flora-Bama bar, lying at the very line of Alabama-Florida border. Visitors compete to see who can throw a dead mullet over the border farthest over to the Alabama side.

Rules & Regulations

You don't need to purchase a permit when fishing aboard Perdido Key fishing charters. The charter operator should have a vessel licence which covers all recreational anglers fishing aboard.

If you want to go fishing on your own, you will need to have a permit, whether fishing in state or federal waters. However, kids under the age of 16 and citizens above the age of 65 do not need the licence, but someone might ask for the proof of age.

Special regulations apply to harvesting Red Snapper, Snook, and Grouper species. Check with your charter captain before fishing if you want to keep any of them - they will advise you on the most recent regulations.

Types of Fishing

Perdido Key fishing is as rich in techniques as its waters are buoyant in fish. Heavy tackle is an all-around weapon of choice, and will likely yield Red Snapper, Redfish, Speckled Seatrout, and Sheepshead. Black Drum and Flounder are good on light tackle.
Want to try something new? How about Flounder gigging at night? Bring a lamp to first locate the fish in shallow waters, and then use a spear.

Bottom fishing can be truly lucrative if you want to get Red Snapper, Amberjack, Triggerfish, and Grouper. You will find them feeding near the floor around reefs and wrecks, so find underwater objects and drop your bait or lure.

Night fishing in Perdido Key is a treat in itself. When the sun sets, fishermen are likely to catch Redfish, Speckled Seatrout and Flounder. They will gather around places with artificial lightning, so find piers and other lit spots. You can also head to the Old River waters, and find a dock. If the night is not too windy, you will likely catch Specks and Reds.

Cobia might also be tempted to come close, but just might. First you need to spot them, as they love to hide below floatsam and jetsam. Vessels with a tower might have a better chance. You can sight fish for them when they come to shallower waters or around objects. Bottom fishing and trolling also works well. Use their migration in spring and fall to land sizeable ones.

Some anglers swear that popping a cork when fishing the Big Lagoon does the trick. Others claim that early mornings in the lagoon are best used when wade fishing for Reds as the waters get crystal clear. Insider’s tip: Specks hide in the grass flats.

Anglers report that Perdido Pass jetty offers Spanish Mackerel and occasional Speckled Seatrout. Fishing under the nearby bridge sounds promising as well, while fishermen go to the east side of the Pass to catch Pompano.

If you are super hyped to get a Yellowfin Tuna, you would need to go over 70 miles out to get hold of them. They will be feeding on smaller fish around oil rigs. Use heavy tackle, and hold your harness tight.

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Perdido Key Fishing Seasons

Warm waters attract Redfish, Flounder, Specks and Sheepshead. Around reefs and wrecks find Red Snapper, Amberjack, and Triggerfish. Head far off the coast, and you might even get a sizeable Tuna.

Water gets colder, fishing stays hot. Sheepshead galore. You will encounter Redfish, Speckled Seatrout, Black Drum. Bottom dwellers lurk around shipwrecks and objects, so head there.

Reap Sheepshead and Redfish. As the spring starts coming back, Cobia and Jack Crevalle follow near, not far from the shore. Pier fishing gets mighty - dozens of Mackerels, both King and Spanish.

Warm weather is here to stay. Cobia are abundant, and if you’re up for some action. Don’t forget Mackerel - they stick around, so take your rod and line, and land them.

Spring breakers are going away, the fish are back in the game. Cobia and Mackerel are around, pelagic are homecoming. Head to the bays for Specks and Reds, of far offshore for big game.

Red Snapper season is in full swing. Mackerel are around, Cobia are more timid. Mahi Mahi and Tuna are far offshore. Don’t miss the Bill Hargreaves Fishing Rodeo, or the Annual Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo.

Fishing Perdido Key is so good you likely won’t know what to catch first. Big game tournaments are for adrenaline lovers. Those who stay nearshore, enjoy Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, Mackerel. Tarpon peaks. 

Near the piers, Mackerels are just fun to reel in. This time of the year is the legal season for nearly all fish, so your ice chest will be full, inshore or offshore. Amberjack rebound, and there are Bluefish and Bonito.

Visitors return home, and bottom fish come back to Perdido Key. Trolling makes sense now, use those downriggers to get yourself a proper catch. Blackfin Tuna is rumored to come close to the shore, why not go for it? 

Big game are in abundance, but bays are ridiculously filled with fish. Boatloads of Red Snapper, Grouper and Triggerfish can easily be caught, so mind the limits. Off the piers, Redfish, Flounder and Mackerel galore.

Waters get colder, but the game is still on. Flounder are literally everywhere, and the same goes for Redfish. Passes, bridges, flats and docks - swarmed by these fish. 

Perdido Key fishing still stays a treasure trove. Those who brave the temper of the weather might find Amberjack, Grouper, Vermillion Snapper. Inshore, net Specks, Reds, Black Drums. 

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What People Are Saying About Perdido Key

"Fishing with Craig "

Allison T. fished with Emerald "C" Fishing Charters on October 19, 2018

It was a little windy and we had to rearrange our time and captain - we had a wonderful experience, though, and caught 4 sizeable red fish and cooked them for dinner that night!

Top Fishing Techniques in Perdido Key

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Perdido Key





Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)



Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Gag)



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