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.

Top Pensacola Fishing Spots

  1. Trysler Grounds
    4/13/2011 4:18:33 PM - The Trysler Grounds consist of natural hard/live bottom and streches across a large area. 

  2. Old Bob Sikes Bridge Fishing Pier - North
    6/9/2012 11:50:19 PM -

  3. Underwater Cypress Forest Hole
    7/10/2013 6:41:17 PM - 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. Three Mile Barge
    5/6/2011 11:54:21 PM - Flat Deck Steel Barge 25'W x 66' L

    4/22/2011 5:17:08 PM - 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. Navarre Barge
    4/11/2013 6:27:26 AM - Navarre Barge  

  7. Perdido Pass Farewell Buoy
    5/6/2011 11:53:20 PM - Perdido Pass Farewell Buoy

  8. Rookie Barge
    3/13/2015 11:59:01 PM - "Rookie" Barge Reef Type Alabama Nearshore Public Reef Zone South of Perdido Pass Reef Name "Rookie" Barge Year 2013 Material

  9. Perdido Pass Barge
    4/13/2011 4:18:15 PM - Perdido Pass Barge
    30.265233333 -87.558316667

    4/17/2012 10:41:45 AM - Attributes RECRD 6954 VESSLTERMS KAWLIQAH FEATURE_TYPE Wreck - Submerged, dangerous to surface navigation LATDEC 30.246633 LONDEC -87.549839 GP_QUALITY High DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_T

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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. Vermilion Snapper

  2. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 16.75% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 7629 Vermilion Snapper counted.

  3. Pinfish

  4. Pinfish

    There is a 9.77% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 4448 Pinfish counted.

  5. Red Snapper

  6. Red Snapper

    There is a 9.74% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 4438 Red Snapper counted.

  7. Spanish Mackerel

  8. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 7.18% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 3269 Spanish Mackerel counted.

  9. Blue Runner

  10. Blue Runner

    There is a 5.56% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 2530 Blue Runner counted.

  11. Grey Triggerfish

  12. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 5.1% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 2321 Grey Triggerfish counted.

  13. Striped Mullet

  14. Striped Mullet

    There is a 4.33% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 1972 Striped Mullet counted.

  15. Atlantic Croaker

  16. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 3.16% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1439 Atlantic Croaker counted.

  17. Spotted Seatrout

  18. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 2.95% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1342 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  19. Red Drum

  20. Red Drum

    There is a 2.38% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1086 Red Drum counted.

Recommedations above based on 99 species of fish and 45542 fish counted for September around Pensacola.

To date, there are 150 species of fish and a total of 551040 fish counted for Pensacola and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (169 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 5:47:43 AM

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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Latest Pensacola Fishing Reports

  • Red Snapper 2022
    7/6/2022 8:42:32 PM -

  • June Fishing Forecast 2022
    6/14/2022 10:56:44 AM - Inshore Spanish mackerel are typically a popular species to target throughout the month of June. They can be found in Pensacola Bay and out in the Gulf of Mexico along the bea

  • Offshore 3 day trips is it the fish or the fun?
    4/30/2022 6:26:57 PM - The 3 day trips have gained popularity over the past couple of years and photos like this when everything goes just right are a great way to showcase what it’s about. These de

  • Fuel prices effective March 8 2022
    3/8/2022 5:37:23 PM - It’s no big secret that fuel cost are up all over the country and Orange Beach Marina is no exception. The cost of a deep sea fishing trip with us includes fuel gratuity and f

  • Fuel surcharge on charter fishing trips 2022
    2/24/2022 8:26:21 AM - This time of year I always try to answer the telephone as it could be a potential charter fishing trip which is kind of a no brainer. However yesterday in discussing the trip

  • Boat yard 2022 is under way
    2/6/2022 6:08:37 PM - If you don’t think this boat is big look at this.. Charterboat Intimidator!

  • Winter time work continues
    1/24/2022 2:47:07 PM - The wintertime work continues on the charter boat intimidator. I have been working on the fish box over the last month basically rebuilding all of the lids replacing the hinge

  • Charter Boat Intimidator
    1/21/2022 5:00:33 PM - The morning time is my favorite time of the day. This is what it’s all about to me

  • 2022 fishing season is getting close!
    1/19/2022 6:39:22 PM - We are in full swing of getting ready for the 22 fishing season. We are working on the fish boxes and the lids with new foam and new fiberglass to make sure the seal and keep

  • January fishing forecast
    1/3/2022 2:34:40 PM - Inshore White trout fishing around the Pensacola Bay Bridge has been decent lately and should remain that way through at least January and February. A variety of baits will wo

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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. Aqua Venture Charters

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

  8. Capt Wes Rozier's

  9. All Jack'd Up Fishing Charters

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

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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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Latest Fishing Spots

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Bouy Conditions

Station PCLF1 - 8729840 - Pensacola, FL
September 25, 2022 8:18 am CDT
Location: 30.404N 87.211W
Wind Direction: ENE (60°)
Wind Speed: 1.0 knots
Wind Gust: 4.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.97 in (1015.0 mb)
Air Temperature: 78.6°F (25.9°C)
Water Temperature: 84.7°F (29.3°C)

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