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This stunning estuary on the Florida Gulf Coast is one of the richest, fish-filled bodies of water in the area. An Apalachicola Bay fishing trip will have you basking in the sun, sharing your day with its numerous inhabitants. Plants, birds, mammals, reptiles – the wildlife that inhabits these waters is astonishing! If you decide to visit, you’ll get to enjoy natural views rarely seen anywhere else.

Thanks to its convenient location, Apalachicola Bay can offer some of the best inshore angling in Florida, with a wide variety of fish species making it their permanent home. Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder are the most sought after, while you’ll also come face-to-gills with the likes of Sheepshead, Black Drum, and Jack Crevalle.

The trip you decide to go on will depend mostly on your wishes and ambitions. A half day trip is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to the fishing on offer here, as well as spend some family time relaxing on the water. If your goal is to fill the bags, consider booking a full day trip to cover more ground and maximize your chances of reeling in some big specimens.

The eponymous city of Apalachicola is where you’ll find the largest selection of fishing charters on the bay. However, St George Island, Eastpoint, and Indian Peninsula are also great places to visit for a charter fishing adventure.

Rules & Regulations

If you’re heading out on a fishing charter, you’ll be happy to know you won’t need to get your own fishing license, as it will be covered by the captain. Some of the fish species here have specific regulations, so the best way to ensure you’re fishing within the law is to head out with a reputable captain.

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January

At the beginning of the year, you should visit the backwaters where Redfish and Speckled Trout go to hide from the cold waters. Take your family out and show your kids how fun fishing can be!

February

As the temperatures are still fairly low, the best way to explore these waters in February is to look for big Sheepshead, as well as Redfish and Trout. 

March

With the beginning of spring, the fish start to wake up and they get a lot more active. This means that the bay will be filled with Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder, so you’ll have your hands full.

April

Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, and Redfish are all in the cards in April. Head out and enjoy a day of fishing in some of the best weather of the year.

May

The temperatures start rising, and so the fishing gets really hot. Cast a line in the rich waters of the bay and you’ll find that Redfish and Flounder are biting like crazy!

June

The coming of June means one thing in Apalachicola Bay – Tarpon! The Silver King starts arriving, and it’s a fishing frenzy in the bay at this time of the year.

July

While Redfish and Trout are in their low season at the beginning of summer, there’s still plenty of fish to keep you busy. Mackerel and Tarpon are biting hot right now!

August

Fishing for the Silver King isn’t over yet! Head out in search of the mighty Tarpon in August, and you’ll be rewarded with some of the largest specimens.

September

As summer comes to an end, the fishing opportunities are here to stay. Redfish and Speckled Trout start coming back to take your bait, while Flounder fishing is at its best.

October

One of the best ways to have fun in October is to head out on the water in search of some prized Redfish and Speckled Trout. Add to that some large Flounder, and it’s a slam!

November

You’ll find that November is very eventful, both on land and on the water! In the fall, you can expect to reel in some prized creatures, like Redfish, Trout, and Flounder.

December

With the year slowly coming to an end, use this time to squeeze in one more fishing adventure. Head out on the water and test your angling skills against the numerous Redfish and Speckled Trout in Apalachicola Bay.

Apalachicola Bay Fishing Calendar

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Michael M. fished with Xtreme Off The Beach Charters – St George on October 8, 2021
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Use cut pieces of live shrimp and small prices of fresh cut mullet.
Reef trip with Captain Terry. Great trip. If the fishing slowed down, he was ready to move. We were happy with the trip/results and enjoyed talking to our knowledgeable Captain. Captain Terry, we understood the challenges with the rain/fresh water influx
Robert A. fished with Gritwater Outfitters USA on September 3, 2021
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Call Captain Terry Martin in Carrablle, Fla
July fishing trip
Jamey G. fished with Chum Em Up Charters on July 29, 2021
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Tell the captain what you are looking for and want to catch. Captain Andy put us on the fish we was looking for.
Great day on the GoM
Chris M. fished with Liquid Addiction Charters on July 14, 2021
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If the weather is windy try looking for an inland charter.
Half day AM
Greg F. fished with Catch The Most Charters on June 16, 2021
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Half Day Trip with Captain Terry Martin
Chris B. fished with Gritwater Outfitters USA on June 10, 2021
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If you're fishing in Carrabelle in June, plan for hot sunny days. Be sure to pack plenty of water to rehydrate and lots of sunscreen.
Great time!
Greg M. fished with Fish King Charters - Red Snapper on May 30, 2021
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Check the season for start and end dates before booking.
2pm Half day 4 hour inshore trip with Captain Pete !
Thomas H. fished with Bounty Of The Bay Charters on May 11, 2021
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Book your next fishing charter with Bounty of the Bay - Captain Pete !!

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Apalachicola Bay

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Apalachicola Bay costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $466, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $913. 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 Apalachicola Bay is 24 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Captain Doug Chason, Gritwater Outfitters USA, and Dream On Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Apalachicola Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Apalachicola Bay.

Captain Doug Chason, Gritwater Outfitters USA, and Dream On Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Apalachicola Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in Apalachicola Bay 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 Apalachicola Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and bottom fishing. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

One of the best ways to have fun in October is to head out on the water in search of some prized Redfish and Speckled Trout. Add to that some large Flounder, and it’s a slam! Check availability for local fishing charters in Apalachicola Bay.