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Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Pensacola

Top Offshore Fishing Charters in Pensacola

Offshore Fishing in Pensacola

If you’re after a fish tale to tell your grandkids, Pensacola offshore fishing could well do the job. Whether you’re persistent about pelagics or bonkers about bottom fish, the rich array of local reefs and wrecks will put you in touch with your angling alter ego. These waters are famous for their fish-filled bottom structure, and the ominously-named ‘edge’ brings some of the Gulf of Mexico’s most prestigious pelagics relatively close to shore. And while the fishery may not quite rival Key West in terms of variety, it comes close in terms of experience.

What to expect

You don’t need to go far from the coast to experience the offshore fishing Pensacola Florida is famous for. Even within state waters (9 miles from shore), a trolling trip will see you catching species such as King and Spanish Mackerel, as well as Cobia (in season) and the occasional Mahi Mahi and Sailfish. While these charters are strictly ‘nearshore,’ they are the perfect introduction to sea fishing without requiring you to go too far from land. 
Take a full day trip, and you’ll be able to experience what Pensacola does really well: bottom fish. Usually, fishing charters will troll towards the bottom fishing spot, then anchor up and drop the lines until you get to reel in a beautiful Red Snapper, Triggerfish, or Gag Grouper. Who cares about Mahi Mahi when you could have an enormous Snapper on the end of your line?
With more artificial reefs on the local seabed than anywhere else in Florida, there are plenty of places to find these coveted fish. 22 miles out of Pensacola you’ll find yourself fishing over the largest intentionally-created artificial reef in the world — the Oriskany, an old US Navy boat used in World War II. Fish around here, and you’re not only going to be getting some wholesome exercise, you’ll also be learning about history (kids — tell your mom!).

When to go

Pensacola offshore fishing is usually best in the summer. The seas are calmer then, and the fishing season is open for everyone’s favorite local fish—the Red Snapper. Make sure to check the seasonal regulations when booking your trip. And don’t forget to make your reservation in plenty of time. Charter trips book up very quickly in peak season!


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What People Are Saying About Offshore Fishing in Pensacola

"Fishing with Doug"

Cody Fricks fished with Six Shooter Charters LLC on November 29, 2019

Even for half a day we had an amazing trip with captain Doug! He was very attentive and took us to all the spots to make sure we all was able to catch something! Absolutely recommend this place. We will be back

"4hour inshore FISH OOOOON"

Ernie Williams fished with Emerald “C” Fishing Charters on October 27, 2019

Most fun Ever. Captain Craig put us right on top of the big ones. We think he and Emerald C are the best!!

"Half day with Capt. Bryant"

Aaron Winborne fished with All Caught Up Fishing Charters on October 13, 2019

Had an awesome time! Definitely will go again with Capt. Bryant he did an awesome job.

"Half day trip with Capt Mike and Crew Wayne"

Jim Adair fished with Sure Shot Fishing Charters - FL on October 18, 2019

Great experience. The weather wasn't great, but the crew was. Mike put us on the fish and we had a great day.

"Full day trip"

Michael Vaughn fished with Capt.Glenn Flowers Pensacola Fishing Charters on October 2, 2019

Had an awesome day with Capt. Glenn! We appreciate his hospitality. My kids enjoyed fishing with Capt. Glenn. I highly recommend Capt. Glenn

"Half day trip with Captain Bryant"

Andrew Rountree fished with All Caught Up Fishing Charters on September 29, 2019

Captain Bryant is first class. Great communication to us before the trip. Very informative through the entire journey. We can't wait to book our next trip and bring more friends. It was a beautiful day to catch fish, have fun and experience the gulf coast on a whole new level. Thank you Captain Bryant!

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in Pensacola

Snapper (Red)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)



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