Saltwater fishing is as much about the adventure as it is about the fish. Many sport fish species are big and mean, and the water is sometimes big and bad.
The Gulf Coast of Florida offers an outlandish variety of opportunities to wet your line. Gulf Coast anglers chase everything from dainty speckled trout, to massive blue marlin in environments that range from shallow saltwater flats to deep off shore seas. The Gulf of Mexico has the most artificial reefs in the world and the bays and bayous just add to the variety of fishing options.
The inshore trolling season (just off the beaches) starts in the early spring and continues through the fall into November; likely catches include Cobia, Spanish Mackrel, King Mackrel and Biting Big. May to October the inshore waters also bring in Bonito, Jack Crevalle and Dolphin Fish. Or hit the high seas and chase the elusive Blue Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Amberjack, Cobia and Red Snapper.
Saltwater fishing can be simple or complex. You can start on the beach with basic tackle and a handful of saltwater rigs, or you can rent high tech gear and a powerful fishing boat. Read about beach fishing for Pompano on Toes in the Sand Blog.
One of the most fun economical local fishing opportunities is the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier. They have everything you need including rod rentals, bait and tackle shop and a restaurant. The pier is a great place to view marine life such as dolphins, manatees, brown and cow rays and sharks. Fish often caught from the pier include King & Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Pompano, Mahi Mahi, Flounder, Whiting, White & Speckle Trout, Blue Fish, Tarpon, Bonito and Red Fish.
If you are looking to join a conversation to get advice from local fisherman then be sure to check out the Pensacola Fishing Forum.
Below are some resources for charter companies.
Fish Happens Charters
The owner of Fish Happens Charters, Captain Chris Williams, is Pensacola’s resident Redfish expert. He competes in Redfish fishing tournaments throughout the south and is one of the best inshore fishing guides on the Gulf Coast. His fishing charter company specializes in inshore and near shore fishing adventures. Read about Chris Williams and Fish Happens Charters on Toes in the Sand Blog.
Emerald Coast In Shore ChartersJoin Captain Toni Eddins and his crew for fun inshore and off shore charter fishing tours.
Bud Light King Mackerel/Cobia Tournament
See some of the biggest king mackerel and cobia caught at the largest two-day boat event in the Gulf of Mexico.
Annual Pensacola International Billfish Tournament
The Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club hosts one of the country’s largest billfish tournaments at NAS Pensacola, which attracts around 600 anglers from all over the Southeast.