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The road may now be just 25 miles long, but locals still refer to pretty much the whole Panhandle as “just off the 30A.” From Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach, this road is the life and soul of the Emerald Coast. Renowned for its angling opportunities, it’s no surprise that you’ll find plenty of 30A fishing charters waiting to take you away – try not to lose concentration if you’re driving!
 
Wherever you go off the road, you’ll find the best the Panhandle has to offer. From the East Bay, through the Choctawhatchee, down to St. Andrew’s and the St. Joseph Bay, there’s no shortage of inshore fishing. Redfish, Trout, and Flounder can be found everywhere, while Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Sheepshead, and even Tarpon come at different times of the year. Head further south, and a scalloping or oystering trip may be in store.
 
All along the road, you’ll find charters ready to take you beyond the bays to the reefs and deep waters offshore. You’ll find the closest fishing grounds out of Mexico Beach but, no matter where you go, you’ll find a range of Snappers, Cobia, Kingfish, Amberjack, and many more. Head further out, and you can target Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and even Tuna and Billfish in the deep!
 
There’s something for everyone when fishing along the 30A, with trips as short as two hours to the nearshore fishing grounds and as long as a few days offshore. Beginners and families can take advantage of half days, while keener anglers can get their fish on all day. 

 

Rules & Regulations

When fishing with a charter along the 30A, your fishing license will be covered, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Your professional captain will also be up to date with all the latest seasons and bag limits, so you can sit back and enjoy the fishing.
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January
Inshore fishing can be great this time of year. Stay close to the coast and target smaller Redfish and Trout or head out a bit farther for some Triggerfish and Flounder. 
 
February
February can get really cold, but that doesn't mean that fishing can't be hot! Focus on Redfish and Trout in the bay, or venture out offshore for some Bonito and Mackerel. 
 
March
Spring is almost here, and that means that it's all about sight fishing for Cobia. You can also go for Vermillion Snapper and Mackerel nearshore, or try and catch some Bonito and Sheepshead in the bays.
 
April
Trolling for Kingfish offshore is a must in April, while bottom fishing for Vermillion Snapper and Amberjack in the Gulf can also be unforgettable. Go out with an experienced guide and make the most of it! 
May
Get ready for action, as May is the month of the abundance. Go after anything from Vermillion Snapper to Mahi Mahi, Triggerfish, Kingfish, and even Red Snapper, depending on the year's open season. 
 
June
Summer is all about targeting the biggest offshore A-listers! Go for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Kingfish, Bonito, and even Sailfish, if you're extra lucky. Vermillion and Lane Snapper are also abundant nearshore for a tasty treat.
 
July
The weather is hot, and so is the fishing action! You can target Trout inshore or venture out farther from the coast for some incredible offshore action. The sky's the limit wherever you go, so get your fish on! 
 
August
Reef fishing is amazing this time of the year, as you can pursue Amberjack and Kingfish, among many more nearshore. Beginners can stay on the calmer waters, however, where the Redfish bite is as good as ever.
September
Summer is going nowehere, with Ladyfish, Flounder, and Spanish Mackerel being caught close to shore, while Mahi Mahi are abundant in deeper waters. Prolong your summer with a 30A adventure!
 
October
October can bring winds on occasion, though Redfish, Trout, and Snapper fishing is still great inshore. You can also target Grouper, Mahi Mahi, and Flounder a bit farther from the coast, so there's always something biting!
 
November
Attention shifts inshore come November, with Redfish, Trout, and Flounder in the bays. You can also go for Sheepshead and other delicious fish without having to worry about bumping elbows with other anglers.
 
December
The weather can get cold, but that doesn't mean the fishing can't be great! Try exciting bottom fishing for Grouper, or stay inshore and target Redfish. Whatever you go after, you'll have plenty to keep you on your toes.
 

30a Fishing Calendar

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6 Hr PM Bottom Fishing Charter
Larry K. fished with Sheila Marie Charters on April 7, 2021
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Absolutely —- and highly recommend the Shiela Marie!
3 hr trolling with Captain Eric and Chris
BRIAN S. fished with Too Hot 2 Handle Charters on April 7, 2021
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Bring a sweatshirt in April. Get there early. We were, and we were the only ones going on the charter so we got to leave a little early and get a little extra time out fishing
Such a memorable day!!!!
Shelly G. fished with We’re on Charters on April 7, 2021
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This was my first time so I had no idea what to expect. Be patient, at one time we had three fishing reels busy with fish, then they were moments of no catch.
4 hour trip, starting at 6am
Erin M. fished with Miss Kelley Fishing Charters on April 6, 2021
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Plan to have fun, get excited if you catch some fish, and tip the boat staff.
Fishing with the boys
RICHARD K. fished with Double W Charters on April 2, 2021
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Be prepared for the weather, and bring a bucket or a cooler to take your fish home if you choose to.
8hr Trip with Captain Brandon and First Mate Brent
Kristi J. fished with Blue Water Connection – Billistic on March 31, 2021
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If you want to catch fish - it can and will be done. The fish that are caught may not be the expected "ocean fish" like a marlin or tuna but the fish that are caught are catch worthy -- can put up a fight and taste amazing, too!
Morning Trip with Captain Jason
Dale S. fished with Adrenaline On H2O Charters on March 30, 2021
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I recommend getting out there with captain Jason. He knows the waters and fish and is an excellent guide...we had lots of fun.
Half Day with Captain Sully
Luke T. fished with Capt. Sully Charters on March 28, 2021
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Get in touch with Captain Sully. He's honest about what's available, and worked his butt off for us.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in 30a

According to customer reviews, Beaver’s Guide Service, Complete Inshore Charters, and Florida Boy Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in 30a. Full list of top fishing charters in 30a.

Beaver’s Guide Service, Complete Inshore Charters, and Florida Boy Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in 30a.

The best way to experience fishing in 30a 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 30a.

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Trolling for Kingfish offshore is a must in April, while bottom fishing for Vermillion Snapper and Amberjack in the Gulf can also be unforgettable. Go out with an experienced guide and make the most of it!  Check availability for local fishing charters in 30a.