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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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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 !!
Full day trip with Brad
Vicky R. fished with Adventures Aboard The C-ScouT on October 13, 2020
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Yes the C scout is awesome. Best fishing trip ever.
Half day trip, full day of fun
Kenny S. fished with Xtreme Off The Beach Charters – Cape San Blas on July 1, 2020
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Be ready for anything. When the water is clear you must use a fluorocarbon leader if you want to catch anything.
Apalachicola Bay fishing
Mike G. fished with Catch The Most Charters on June 13, 2020
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Great time of year for Redfish, Pompano, speckled trout,
Half Day Trip with Captain Stan
Michael C. fished with Anchors Aweigh Fishing Charter – 25' on July 17, 2019
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Hydrate for several days before your trip. Enjoy the many varieties of fish available.
4 hours trip with Captain Terry
Michelle W. fished with Gritwater Outfitters USA on July 3, 2019
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Bring water and a waterproof bag. I recommend good shoes -not flip flops!
Morning trip in rough conditions
Robert C. fished with Shallow Seas Charters on July 2, 2019
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Get a guide. The water is too similar and wide open to know where fish hold
Half trip, bayside
Andrew H. fished with Capt JB’s Charters on June 27, 2019
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Patience, find the shoals and trust your Capt.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Apalachicola Bay

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

Gritwater Outfitters USA, Dream On Fishing Charters, and Captain Doug Chason 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 top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Apalachicola Bay are:

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! Check availability for local fishing charters in Apalachicola Bay.