Pensacola Inshore Fishing Charters

Pensacola Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Pensacola

Top Inshore Fishing Charters in Pensacola

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.
 
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What anglers said about Inshore Fishing in Pensacola

If you fish fresh water like I do in Michigan you are taught to set the hook you do not do that here you just reel in and sunblock.
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If you fish fresh water like I do in Michigan you are taught to set the hook you do not do that here you just reel in and sunblock.
Ezra  G.  I.
Ezra G. I. Brimley, MI
Be ready for anything! Our day was supposed to have perfect weather, but we still hit some major waves on our way to our spot! The fish are fun to catch and if you can keep them, they make for a great dinner!
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Be ready for anything! Our day was supposed to have perfect weather, but we still hit some major waves on our way to our spot! The fish are fun to catch and if you can keep them, they make for a great dinner!
Sarina  B.
Sarina B. Milton, FL
The designated dock we met our Captain was easily accessible. The people were polite and friendly.
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The designated dock we met our Captain was easily accessible. The people were polite and friendly.
Shawn  W.
Shawn W. Hernando, MS
Bring A LOT of water and ice! More than you think you need! Plus a lot of sunscreen.
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Bring A LOT of water and ice! More than you think you need! Plus a lot of sunscreen.
Lisa  C.
Lisa C. Belleville, IL
Compared to to fishing in Panama City, I would happily return and fish-in in the Pensacola area.
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Compared to to fishing in Panama City, I would happily return and fish-in in the Pensacola area.
Harold  S.
Harold S. Saint Charles, Missouri
Apparently, the deep sea ocean trips are the best way to go. We had fun fishing in the intracoastal area, but it seemed like the most and largest fish were on out a bit.
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Apparently, the deep sea ocean trips are the best way to go. We had fun fishing in the intracoastal area, but it seemed like the most and largest fish were on out a bit.
Robert  M.
Robert M. Franklin, KY
FInd Doug at Six Shooter Charters, go out for a day with he and John, and enjoy the ride.
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FInd Doug at Six Shooter Charters, go out for a day with he and John, and enjoy the ride.
Russell  N.
Russell N. Gulf Breeze, Florida
Red snapper season needs to be adjusted. Caught several and wasn’t allowed to keep
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Red snapper season needs to be adjusted. Caught several and wasn’t allowed to keep
Mike  B.
Mike B. Hillsboro, MO
Hope for good weather Very high seas Windy Not in control of the weather Tropical depression in the area
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Hope for good weather Very high seas Windy Not in control of the weather Tropical depression in the area
Ray  F.
Ray F. Greendale, IN
Several species we caught weren't in season so catch and release, so check seasons
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Several species we caught weren't in season so catch and release, so check seasons
Kim  G.
Kim G. Pensacola, FL
You can fish off the beach or off a pier for free, but if you really want an experience, get a charter! We used Captain Bryant Fields and his charter All Caught Up. Went well for everyone!
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You can fish off the beach or off a pier for free, but if you really want an experience, get a charter! We used Captain Bryant Fields and his charter All Caught Up. Went well for everyone!
James  H.
James H. Owensville, Missouri
Come with an open mind. Trust the skipper as to what species are targeted.
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Come with an open mind. Trust the skipper as to what species are targeted.
Carl  R.
Carl R. Meridian, ID
Patience as always. We did not see other boats in our area catching target species either.
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Patience as always. We did not see other boats in our area catching target species either.
Scott  R.
Scott R. Queensbury, NY
Fish with Capt Glenn. Watch the weather, we had to abort early to beat a huge storm.
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Fish with Capt Glenn. Watch the weather, we had to abort early to beat a huge storm.
Thomas  C.
Thomas C. United States
Gene Johnson with Keeping It Wet would be a good start if you want a good fishing experience in Pensacola
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Gene Johnson with Keeping It Wet would be a good start if you want a good fishing experience in Pensacola
Kenneth  W.
Kenneth W. Pensacola, Florida
Sometimes the powers-that-be put you in purgatory with what's in season and what's not in season. But the fishing is great all year and you can always keep some of the best tasting fish out there - Mingo!
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Sometimes the powers-that-be put you in purgatory with what's in season and what's not in season. But the fishing is great all year and you can always keep some of the best tasting fish out there - Mingo!
John  G.
John G. Jackson, TN
This is the trip to take the family. Orange Beach is good for couples & kids. There is plenty to do. The white beach sand is beautiful. This city has awesome restaurants. This is one of the cleanest beaches I have ever seen. I actually had 2 different charters booked & had to cancel the second one due to conditions in the Gulf. My wife being with me made the change of plans easy & we found plenty to do.
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This is the trip to take the family. Orange Beach is good for couples & kids. There is plenty to do. The white beach sand is beautiful. This city has awesome restaurants. This is one of the cleanest beaches I have ever seen. I actually had 2 different charters booked & had to cancel the second one due to conditions in the Gulf. My wife being with me made the change of plans easy & we found plenty to do.
Paul  H.
Paul H. Queen City, TX
I would recommend setting up an early morning trip with a knowledgeable Capt. that's grown up in those waters. Bring some sunscreen and snacks and enjoy some beautiful waters.
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I would recommend setting up an early morning trip with a knowledgeable Capt. that's grown up in those waters. Bring some sunscreen and snacks and enjoy some beautiful waters.
Jarret  P.  A.
Jarret P. A. Pensacola, Florida
Be alert and ready! Fish biting almost constantly! Bring sunblock, hats, water and camera!
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Be alert and ready! Fish biting almost constantly! Bring sunblock, hats, water and camera!
Amanda  F.
Amanda F. Pensacola, FL
The captain will call you and let you know what you need and if you bring small children have plenty of sun screen.
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The captain will call you and let you know what you need and if you bring small children have plenty of sun screen.
Weldon  J.
Weldon J. Lenoir City, TN

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