Fishing in Pensacola

Anyone will tell you fishing the Panhandle is unique, and nowhere is that more evident than places like Pensacola. Surrounded not only by the Gulf of Mexico and the prolific Pensacola bay, but also an endless chorus of flats, sounds, inlets, bayous, rivers as well as the Intercoastal Waterway, you’d be hard pressed not to find a decent place to wet a line around here. The bay is rich with anything from bragging-size Reds to Spanish Mackerel and the notoriously elusive Gator Trout, while Snappers, Groupers, Mullets and plenty others are commonly caught any day of the year. Drift a bit further, and you’ll find the hotspots brimming with Cobia, Dorado, Tuna, Grouper, Jacks and even an occasional Sailfish, with any day you failed to limit out on Red Snapper immediately considered a loss. Flathead Catfish is one of the area’s most revered freshwater targets, with no shortage of Bass, Bream, Sunfish or Stripers either. For diving and spearfishing enthusiasts, popular sites such as the USS Oriskany (world’s largest artificial reef), USS Massachusets and the 400-foot freighter Antares host a vivid variety of marine life and feisty game fish, including the likes of Cobia, Moray Eels, Red Snapper, Amberjack, Grouper and many other popular species. And it doesn’t get much more unique than that.

Known For

Palafox Historic District, Fort San Carlos de Barrancas, Historic Pensacola Village, St. Michael’s Cemetery, Pensacola Lighthouse, Vietnam Memorial, National Naval Aviation Museum, Fiesta Days Parade, Johnson Beach, Saenger Theatre

Rules & Regulations A fishing permit is not required for fishing on board a guided charter or other for-hire vessel in possession of a valid charter or captain license