Pensacola Inshore Fishing Charters

Pensacola Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Pensacola

Pensacola: 178 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Pensacola
Trips from US $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(141 reviews)
Pensacola
Trips from US $950
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(131 reviews)
Pensacola
Trips from US $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Pensacola
Trips from US $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(166 reviews)
Pensacola
Trips from US $550
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(77 reviews)
Pensacola
Trips from US $375
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(31 reviews)
Pensacola
Trips from US $450

Inshore Fishing in Pensacola

Pensacola inshore fishing offers anglers the chance to explore a quintessential Florida fishery without having to deal with strong waves or seasickness. Whether you want to get immersed in the middle of one of the state’s most exciting Bull Redfish runs or look for an iconic Red Snapper, you don’t need to travel far for an colorful experience fishing in Pensacola.  

What You Can Catch

The 144 square mile expanse of the Pensacola Bay estuarine system has ample space for fish of all shapes and sizes. This is the fourth largest waterway of its type in Florida, and the numerous rivers that feed into the Pensacola Bay system create a rich ecosystem that is enough to tempt most discerning of fish inside.
 
The star of the show in Pensacola’s inshore waters is the Bull Redfish, without a doubt. This is the only natural pass in the local area, meaning these bruisers are instinctively drawn to these waters when time comes for them to spawn. In the winter, they are joined by ‘Gator Trout’ — huge Speckled Trout that don’t only put up a heck of a fight, but also taste fantastic. With Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Bluefish, and a wide range of Sharks joining them throughout the year, there really is never a dull moment for Pensacola inshore fishing charters. 

Pensacola Bay Fishing Spots

  • Brackish waters in estuarine marshes. Pensacola Bay is fed into by the Blackwater, Yellow, East, Escambia, and Simpson Rivers, so there are plenty of places to get out the light tackle and explore.
  • Pensacola Pass. This narrow waterway by Fort Pickens is where the Pensacola Bay system meets the Gulf of Mexico. This can be an incredibly productive place to fish, but it’s important to do so with an experienced guide who can navigate the traffic and strong currents.
  • Any type of structure. Bridges, docks, seawalls, oyster bars, rock piles… they all have one thing in common: they make the perfect habitat for local inshore fish. 
  • Deep water wrecks. You might be surprised that Pensacola Bay has access to some bottom fishing that can rival anywhere offshore in the Panhandle. Big Red Snapper and Gag Grouper have been found here in 60 ft of water, and require the type of heavy tackle that you would never expect to see on an inshore fishing charter. These spots are very heavily guarded, though, so look for a guide who knows their way around!

When To Go

It might sound corny, but there really isn’t a low season for inshore fishing in Pensacola. Here’s what you can expect:
 
Spring (February to May): Keeper Redfish and Speckled Trout will keep you busy on artificials or bait. If you’re after some variety, look around bridges and docks for Sheepshead, who will love a bit of live crab.
 
Summer (June to August): As the weather gets warmer, the inshore sportfish can be found in the shallows. The main excitement at this time of year is the huge run of Spanish Mackerel that make their way into the Bay.
 
Fall (September to October): There’s only one thing Pensacola inshore guides are talking about at this time of year, and that’s Bull Redfish. Come fishing now and see if you can catch the biggest fish of your life on light tackle.
 
Winter (November to January): The excitement of the Bull Redfish run may calm down slightly, but you will still see plenty of big Reds around at this time of year. In December, they are joined by Gator Trout.
 
Pensacola
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 29,146 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Inshore Fishing in Pensacola

It was hot as hell! But 5 stars because of a successful and safe trip with a good captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was hot as hell! But 5 stars because of a successful and safe trip with a good captain
Bout Time Charters
Bout Time Charters
Be prepared to have a good time. Ask for captain Bill. He was very good with our 2 youngsters we had.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to have a good time. Ask for captain Bill. He was very good with our 2 youngsters we had.
It's A Good Day Charters
It's A Good Day Charters
Listen to your captain and crew and follow their tips and instructions to catch more and bigger fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your captain and crew and follow their tips and instructions to catch more and bigger fish.
Alpha Fishing Charters
Alpha Fishing Charters United States
wear UV protective shirt and hat or sunscreen considering you'll be on a boat in the sun for approx. 4-6 hrs.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
wear UV protective shirt and hat or sunscreen considering you'll be on a boat in the sun for approx. 4-6 hrs.
Keepin It Wet Charters
Keepin It Wet Charters
Swim shirt for the sun, plenty of water and sunscreen, the earlier the start the better.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Swim shirt for the sun, plenty of water and sunscreen, the earlier the start the better.
Fin Addicts Guide Service
Fin Addicts Guide Service
Pay attention to time of year. Storms can disrupt your trip but not much you can do about that.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay attention to time of year. Storms can disrupt your trip but not much you can do about that.
Gulf Coast Water & Woods Guide Ser.
Gulf Coast Water & Woods Guide Ser.
Just enjoy the experience-in one of Gods great creations and remember to thank him for it-
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy the experience-in one of Gods great creations and remember to thank him for it-
Emerald
Emerald "C" Fishing Charters
Captain Bill was amazing and made sure everyone on the boat had the best time. He was patient with the teens and spent time explaining things to them. They even caught a stingray!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Bill was amazing and made sure everyone on the boat had the best time. He was patient with the teens and spent time explaining things to them. They even caught a stingray!
It's A Good Day Charters
It's A Good Day Charters
Bring drinks in an ice chest and extra ice for your catch. You’re gonna catch some! Bring some snacks and a couple towels to dry your face. The water splashes but it’s awesome! If you tend to get motion sickness, take Dramamine an hour before you set out on the boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring drinks in an ice chest and extra ice for your catch. You’re gonna catch some! Bring some snacks and a couple towels to dry your face. The water splashes but it’s awesome! If you tend to get motion sickness, take Dramamine an hour before you set out on the boat.
Emerald
Emerald "C" Fishing Charters
Definitely find a charter with the weather always changing it’s hard to surf fish unless you have a boat then just fish the docks in the bay side
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely find a charter with the weather always changing it’s hard to surf fish unless you have a boat then just fish the docks in the bay side
Water Walker Fishing
Water Walker Fishing
Don't waste money on the crappy zoom gum stink bait. Frozen squid and shrimp for pier fishing. Avoid mid day fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't waste money on the crappy zoom gum stink bait. Frozen squid and shrimp for pier fishing. Avoid mid day fishing
It's A Good Day Charters
It's A Good Day Charters
We will definitely be recommending anyone we know, coming to Pensacola, to go to captain Alex! We had an absolute blast and will be using him again in the future!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We will definitely be recommending anyone we know, coming to Pensacola, to go to captain Alex! We had an absolute blast and will be using him again in the future!
Bandit Fishing Charters
Bandit Fishing Charters
We had a great experience fishing here. We were on fish all day with Captain Bill from It’s a Good Day Charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great experience fishing here. We were on fish all day with Captain Bill from It’s a Good Day Charters.
It's A Good Day Charters
It's A Good Day Charters
Let the captain be your guide. They probably know better than you what’s going to work the best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Let the captain be your guide. They probably know better than you what’s going to work the best.
All Caught Up Fishing Charters
All Caught Up Fishing Charters
I was hoping to hook up on some Cobia but I heard it had been a bad few years for Cobia in Pensacola. But other than that the fishing was great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I was hoping to hook up on some Cobia but I heard it had been a bad few years for Cobia in Pensacola. But other than that the fishing was great!
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters
Sunscreen, layers incase the breeze moves in, snacks drinks, hat, sunglasses
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen, layers incase the breeze moves in, snacks drinks, hat, sunglasses
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters
Wear light colored clothing, dress in layers, sunscreen, motion sickness meds at least 1 hour before, and some really grippy shoes that are waterproof. Water will get inside the boat. You might want a bottle of water, and storage is limited so think small bag. Otherwise try to focus on the experience. Watch for wildlife it's all around you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear light colored clothing, dress in layers, sunscreen, motion sickness meds at least 1 hour before, and some really grippy shoes that are waterproof. Water will get inside the boat. You might want a bottle of water, and storage is limited so think small bag. Otherwise try to focus on the experience. Watch for wildlife it's all around you.
Tradition Fishing Charters – 24'
Tradition Fishing Charters – 24'
Spring time you need to get a charter boat for sure and get on the sheepshead. Very tough fish to catch but lot of fun when you get ahold of one.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spring time you need to get a charter boat for sure and get on the sheepshead. Very tough fish to catch but lot of fun when you get ahold of one.
Emerald
Emerald "C" Fishing Charters
We limited out of two species, as well as caught a lot of morning season fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We limited out of two species, as well as caught a lot of morning season fish
Able Body Charters/Native Son's.
Able Body Charters/Native Son's.
Winter trips - keep in mind you can still get a sunburn even when it’s cold. It’s at least 15 degrees colder on the water than on shore, so be sure to dress accordingly- especially for wind!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Winter trips - keep in mind you can still get a sunburn even when it’s cold. It’s at least 15 degrees colder on the water than on shore, so be sure to dress accordingly- especially for wind!
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters
Emerald “C” Fishing Charters

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in Pensacola