Between the Apalachicola and Mississippi Rivers you can find some of the best offshore fishing anywhere in the southern United States, and Pensacola is dead center of this action. For over a century the Pensacola area has been known for their large populations of red snapper, although anglers visiting this area will find great fishing for other species, also.
From white trout, flounder, and sheepshead in the upper bay, to redfish, speckled trout, and gray snapper in the lower bay, fishing in Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound is very rewarding. There are numerous inshore charters found in the two county area as well as excellent public fishing piers. There are plenty of bait and tackle shops with all the supplies you need, along with good advice for what is biting different times of the year.
On Santa Rosa Island, fishermen will find surf fishing for pompano and whiting a fun challenge, as well as good eating. Both Santa Rosa and Escambia County have municipal fishing piers where anglers often catch mackerel and, in season, cobia. On the west end of the island is the Ft. Pickens section of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. There is an entry fee to the park but there is also good fishing from a public pier, along the rock jetties, and off the beach once you enter the park.
As many already know, the offshore charter fishing in the Florida panhandle is some of the best anywhere. Pensacola offers many offshore charters that seek a variety of reef and bottom species. Snapper and grouper are the big draws but triggerfish, mackerel, jack, and many other species are waiting for the angler ready to snag what they can. All of our charter captains are seasoned veterans and provide everything you need for a great day on the Gulf of Mexico. There are many reefs and hard bottom features in the area so that fishermen are not crowding each other. So bring your sunscreen and a big cooler and enjoy a day on the water.