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Pensacola's Emerald Waters

Pensacola Beach

Pensacola is a laid-back city on the coast of the Florida Panhandle known for its beautiful white beaches that overlook the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While tourists visit the city’s world-famous Pensacola Beach during the summer, anglers come in droves for the city’s bountiful waters, which has been dubbed the "Red Snapper Capital of the World".

Pensacola is one of the oldest and busiest ports in the United States, situated along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Hiring one of our seasoned guides to explore this strip of saltwater is a great way to discover the best angling pockets that can extend all the way up to nearby Santa Rosa Sound. 

If you’re looking for something a bit closer to the shore, Pensacola has you covered. Its diverse bodies of water include inshore bays, marshlands, flowing rivers, and grassy flats that are spread throughout the city. If you don’t find what you’re looking for inland or nearshore, our veteran captains can take you offshore in the Gulf. 

Pensacola has something for everyone. 

Go Fish!

Inshore fishing is unique in this part of the state since Santa Rosa Island acts as a boundary between the bays and deepwater. For inshore action, check out Pensacola Bay, Pensacola Pass, East Bay, Escambia Bay, and Santa Rosa Sound. Our charters can take you to the shallow flats, docks, reefs, ledges, and estuaries for redfish, speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead, mackerel, and black drum. If the timing is right, you will even be able to sight cast the legendary tarpon from the surf, where you will find them in large aggregations. 

One red snapper on the surface of the water

In Pensacola, you can find reefs or ledges just within the boundaries of inshore and offshore fishing. This is a perfect spot to hook some mackerel, bonito, vermilion snapper, and triggerfish

When summer hits in June, tourists and anglers zip toward the reefs for the best spots to hook the red snapper. Having one of our experienced guides by your side will take you to the secret rocky structures away from the crowds. You might even get a chance to snag grouper, triggerfish, amberjack, or cobia in the process. July and August will see the most variety of species in Pensacola waters with the addition of bluefish, ladyfish, and even sharks coming up close to the shore.

But if bigger is the way you like it, our guides can take you out deep into the Gulf for the monsters. Out there you can have a shot at mahi-mahi, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, sailfish, and marlin. You might get lucky and even bag a swordfish

During the spring, you can go pier fishing in Pensacola and you can take your pick between Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier, Fort Pickens Fishing Pier, and Pensacola's Catwalk, just to name a few. You can even surf cast right off the beaches in Pensacola such as Big Lagoon State Park, Perdido Key State Recreation Area, and Johnson Beach. Anglers should have no problem finding a place to fish here in Pensacola, regardless of experience.

Fish species
Redfish

Habitat: Onshore, Flats, Backcountry, Nearshore

Weight: 10 - 45 Pounds

Length: 30" - 61"

Pacific Bonito

Habitat: Inshore, offshore

Weight: 0 - 25 Pounds

Length: 0" - 40"

Red Snapper 

Habitat: Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 5 - 20 Pounds

Length: 19" - 39"

Queen Triggerfish

Habitat: Onshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 6 - 12 Pounds

Length: 11" - 24"

Explore Pensacola

Archways at Fort Pickens, Pensacola, FL

1.Kayaking and Nature Trails

The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail starts in the Pensacola Bay Area which offers kayakers the chance to paddle the entire state of Florida. This city is also where the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail begins. 

2.Historic Pensacola

Pensacola is rich in history, so visiting downtown and heading to the Historic Pensacola Village and Palafox Street should be on your list of things to do. 

3.Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island is an award-winning white beach, known for snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving, and its lively Pensacola Beach Pier. 

Fishing Techniques
Fly Fishing
Surf Casting