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Pensacola Fishing

Pensacola Fishing

Pensacola or “The City of Five Flag” on the Emerald Coast makes a top fishing destination for many anglers. It was once known as the Red Snapper Capital of the World, only to be surpassed by its neighbor to the West. However, Pensacola is not only an excellent location to target Red Snapper, but many other species of fish with its river, 3 bays, and quick access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Inshore fishing around Pensacola provides excellent Bluefish, Flounder, Ladyfish, Pompano, Sheepshead, and Red Drum (Redfish). In the spring, Pensacola offers good Cobia fishing inshore and nearshore. June through early September, you can find good numbers of Tarpon as well.

Pensacola offers some of the best reef fishing with the enormous number of artificial and natural reefs just off the coast. Bottom fishing and trolling around these reefs will produce good catches of a variety of reef fish, including Grouper, Snapper, Triggerfish, King Mackerel, Jacks, and Sharks.

Fishing offshore of Pensacola in the Gulf of Mexico can provide excellent fishing, especially out on the “edge” near Desoto Canyon. Wahoo fishing can be excellent much of the year. Lots of Blackfin Tuna and some Yellowfin Tuna can be caught as well. There is also decent Blue Marlin fishing past the 100 fathom line.

Pensacola Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Pensacola, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Red Snapper

  2. Red Snapper

    There is a 20.23% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 15420 Red Snapper counted.

    Pensacola Red Snapper Counts Chart


  3. Vermilion Snapper

  4. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 11.34% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 8645 Vermilion Snapper counted.

    Pensacola Vermilion Snapper Counts Chart


  5. Spot Croaker

  6. Spot Croaker

    There is a 8.29% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 6316 Spot Croaker counted.

    Pensacola Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  7. Pinfish

  8. Pinfish

    There is a 6.99% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 5324 Pinfish counted.

    Pensacola Pinfish Counts Chart


  9. Atlantic Croaker

  10. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 6.66% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 5078 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Pensacola Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  11. Grey Triggerfish

  12. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 6.42% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 4894 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Pensacola Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart


  13. Anchovy

  14. Anchovy

    There is a 5% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 3814 Anchovy counted.

    Pensacola Anchovy Counts Chart


  15. Sand Seatrout

  16. Sand Seatrout

    There is a 2.84% catch rate for Sand Seatrout, based on 2165 Sand Seatrout counted.

    Pensacola Sand Seatrout Counts Chart


  17. Hardhead Catfish

  18. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 2.28% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1738 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Pensacola Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart


  19. Red Porgy

  20. Red Porgy

    There is a 2.15% catch rate for Red Porgy, based on 1635 Red Porgy counted.

    Pensacola Red Porgy Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 128 species of fish and 76217 fish counted for May around Pensacola.

To date, there are 179 species of fish and a total of 925444 fish counted for Pensacola and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 5/23/2024 5:27:23 PM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Pensacola are the following:

  1. Trysler Grounds
    The Trysler Grounds consist of natural hard/live bottom and streches across a large area. 

  2. Unknown Wreck
    Unknown Wreck

  3. Underwater Cypress Forest Hole
    This underwater cypress forest is estimated to be 52,000 years old. They were buried in sediment, but were likely uncovered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.   The

  4. Ocean Wind
    The Ocean Wind is an 87 foot, 141-ton tug boat that was sunk in January 2016 about 10 miles offshore of Pensacola, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship now rest in 87 fee

    Name ORISKANY MEMORIAL REEF County ESCAMBIA Depth (in feet) 212 Relief (in feet) 134 Description "NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER EX-USS ORISKANY 888 FEET LONG 135 FEET DEEP TO" Date of

  6. live bottom
    30º 11' 17" .64 N, 87º 09' 27" .83 W

  7. Fish Haven
    Fish Haven

  8. Bama 51

  9. Rookie Barge
    "Rookie" Barge Reef Type Alabama Nearshore Public Reef Zone South of Perdido Pass Reef Name "Rookie" Barge Year 2013 Material

  10. CAIS.#1 - REMOVED
    CAIS.#1 (299) is a gas/oil platform built by Fieldwood Energy SP LLC and installed on 11/24/1998. The structure was removed on 08/29/2015 and verified as clear on 09/12/2015.

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Top Pensacola Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle
    We are a full line tackle shop with over 30 years of experience in assisting all your saltwater angling needs."We are the Fisherman's Candy Store" est. 1981 A Florida Family Fishing Tradition!

  2. Outcast Tackle and Marine
    Outcast Tackle and Marine was founded in March of 1987 as a saltwater only bait and tackle store. We have experienced considerable growth over the years and in 2014 we entered the marine business. We are known for our knowledge of all aspects of the

  3. Catch Live Bait

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Top Pensacola Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Hot Spots Fishing Charters
    We are a full service charter business with both offshore and inshore boats. A variety of different species are targeted on our inshore trips including redfish, trout, flounder, sharks, and mackerel, but our specialty is fishing for red snapper and g

  2. Redfish University
    Redfish University is a unique opportunity for beginner, intermediate and advanced level anglers to improve their skills in the art of shallow water fishing for redfish, speckled trout, pompano and flounder. Redfish U. specializes in the challenging

  3. Got'm fishing charters
    Got’m Fishing Charters is located in beautiful Pensacola, Florida, home of the Blue Angles and sugar white sand beaches. If you’ve never visited Pensacola Beach before then you’re really missing the boat.

  4. A Reel Eazy Charter Services

  5. Fat Jax
    Deep Sea SHARK Fishing Charters! Reserve the Fat Jax for Sharkin at its best! Located in Pensacola Florida, just a short drive from Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Alabama!

  6. Chulamar Charter Boat
    Come fish the beautiful Gulf of Mexico with Captain Bubba Thorsen on the Charter Boat Chulamar or Charter Boat Katelyn.

  7. All Jack'd Up Fishing Charters

  8. Capt Wes Rozier's

  9. Bout Time Charters
    The original 'Bout Time Charters on the gulf coast. Located in Pensacola FL.

  10. Lively's Gulf Charters
    Trolling, Bottom Fishing, Bill Fishing, Boat Rides, Moonlight Cruises, Parties, Weddings and more!

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Top Pensacola Marinas

  1. Palm Harbor Marina
    In 2005 Palm Harbor Marina replaced Mahogany Landing Marina which was built in 1985. Mahogany Landing was severely damaged during hurricane Ivan in 2004. Palm Harbor was built using the most advanced modern dock building techniques. The docks are flo

  2. Island Cove Marina
    Island Cove Marina was built in 1984 and was originally called the Bayou Chico Marina. The name Island Cove was devised from its geographic features. The marina lies in a half moon cove protected by land behind it which is over 20' above sea le

  3. Zeke's Landing Marina
    Zeke’s Landing Marina is a six-acre complex located on Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach, Alabama, less than 10 minutes by boat from the Gulf of Mexico. The complex features complete marine facilities and is home of Zeke’s Charters, which has the Gulf Coa

  4. Romar Marina
    From boat lifts, wet slips to 60 feet and inside and outside dry storage, a dock store, a marine fuel dock with competitive pricing and in-house repairs and maintenance. What more could you ask for? Stop by and visit Romar Marina and let us show you

  5. Hudson Marina & Watersports
    Your one-stop spot for affordable water sport entertainment

  6. SanRoc Cay Marina
    Whether you enjoy unique courtyard events, shopping, dining, learning, pampering, dolphin cruises, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, diving, parasailing, jet-skiing, or simply spending a day on our beautiful Gulf water… Everything you need and more is ri

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Bouy Conditions

Station PCLF1 - 8729840 - Pensacola, FL
May 26, 2024 12:18 pm CDT
Location: 30.404N 87.211W
Wind Direction: SSW (200°)
Wind Speed: 11.1 knots
Wind Gust: 12.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.95 in (1014.3 mb)
Air Temperature: 84.4°F (29.1°C)

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Waning Gibbous Moon

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