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Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Pensacola

Deep Sea Fishing in Pensacola

The deep sea fishing Pensacola has access to is some of the best on the entire Gulf Coast. There’s a reason the first Blue Water fishing competition in the region was held out of this very port in 1962. Yes, you’ve probably heard about the legendary fishing available out of Destin and Orange Beach. But neither of these two big names in sportfishing have quite such impressive access to big game as Pensacola.

What to expect

Leave Pensacola Pass behind you, and you might think that the sea floor is never going to drop. It takes 25 miles or so for it to do so, but once it does, you’ll find that it’s well worth the wait. On the way out, you’ll find King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and Cobia, and maybe the very occasional Mahi Mahi. But once you’ve gone beyond the 30 mile mark, you’ll find the fishing pressure gets lighter just at the time that you start coming into contact with the deep sea pelagics over the edge of the continental shelf.
The Gulf Coast is famous for its offshore oil rigs, which are an unexpected paradise for offshore anglers. These hulking giants are the perfect Fish Aggregating Devices, creating a sheltered sanctuary for a range of baitfish and—in turn—the predatory pelagics that like to call them dinner. 
If you want to find out what offshore oil rig fishing is all about, you’re going to need to head 60+ miles offshore from Pensacola. Here, the offshore rigs (known as ‘floaters’) are located in waters over 1000 ft deep. This is where the action really begins. Big Yellowfin Tuna, Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo all hunt around these parts. Yes, you will need to take a 14+ hour trip, but oh my, is it worth it. 
But that’s not all. These waters may have good populations of all the big name game fish in the Gulf of Mexico, but they’re also home to bottom fish that would put the local specialty of Red Snapper to shame. Combine blue water sportfishing with deep dropping, and you could be coming home with a dinner of Tilefish, Barrelfish, Scamp Grouper, and maybe even Swordfish.
Many deep sea fishing charters in Pensacola advise that you take 24 hours or so to get the most out of these waters. Usually, you’ll head out of the dock in the evening, and sleep through all the boring stuff close to shore. Then, by the time you wake up, you’ll be in the deep seas, ready to troll, chunk, and jig for huge Yellowfins and anything else that decides to show its head. Take a rest to deep drop, and you’ll get the best of both worlds. This type of trip is a once in a lifetime Gulf of Mexico experience. Try it if you dare!


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