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Fishing charters in West Pensacola, FL

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West Pensacola is an excellent fishing destination for those who want to experience backcountry, fly fishing, and deep sea fishing.

There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near West Pensacola. These waters a home to Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Cobia, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in West Pensacola

West Pensacola is famous for its inshore fishing grounds. Anglers favorite West Pensacola for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

Local fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Cobia, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Gag Grouper, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in West Pensacola.

You can find more than 41 fishing charters in West Pensacola and nearby cities. You will have a variety of choices for your next fishing getaway.

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Best time for inshore fishing

September, August and July are the best months for inshore fishing near West Pensacola.

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Offshore fishing charters in West Pensacola

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If you're looking for an offshore fishing adventure, West Pensacola is the perfect place to go. With various fish waiting to be caught, you're sure to have a great time.

Local fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Cobia, and many more.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

$682 is the average base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in West Pensacola.

In West Pensacola and nearby cities, there are about 29 offshore fishing charters. It’s easy to find your next fishing getaway in West Pensacola.

Keep in mind that it takes time to get to the best offshore fishing spots. It’s better to take a 6-hour offshore fishing trip if you want more fishing action.

Standard tips are 15-20% of the price you paid for your charter if the crew did a good job.

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Best time for offshore fishing

The best months for offshore fishing near West Pensacola are September, August and July.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in West Pensacola

West Pensacola family-friendly fishing charters offer a great opportunity to build relationships with the members of your family. The Captain will show you and your family various fishing techniques and teach you about different fish species.

Inshore fishing takes place in calm waters like bays and creeks. Since the waters are calm, your family can focus on relaxing fishing.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

Take a short half-day inshore fishing trip. The kids will learn more about fish species and won’t get bored.

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra angler fee is $50. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

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Shark fishing charters in West Pensacola

One of the world’s most famous game fish, sharks, are plentiful in the waters near West Pensacola. You can target these famous ocean predators by hiring one of the West Pensacola shark fishing charters.

West Pensacola is home to many different shark species: Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Shortfin Mako Shark, Nurse Shark, and many more.

Note: some shark species are considered prohibited in Florida and cannot be kept as a trophy. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks inhabit nearshore waters around river mouths, bays, mangrove swamps, and shallow flats. Depending on the size, sharks could be found from the shallow grounds to the offshore waters.

Fresh bait is used for shark fishing. Ladyfish, Bonita, Mullet, and Blue Runner are the go-to bait for shark fishing. The Captain will prepare the bait depending on the type of shark that you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 2 guests. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

There are more than 13 fishing companies in West Pensacola and nearby cities. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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Best time for shark fishing in West Pensacola

Most of the non-prohibited shark species can be caught any time of the year. The best months for shark fishing in West Pensacola are March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in West Pensacola

Tarpon fishing is the most exciting fishing trip you can have in West Pensacola. Local fishing charters specialize in Tarpon fishing. They will show you various fishing methods and productive spots.

Tarpon are primarily found in coastal waters, bays, and shallows. The perfect bait for targeting the silver king could be crabs, shrimps, mullet, or pinfish.

Note: Tarpon are a protected catch-and-release-only species. Tarpon must remain in the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So be careful with your trophy, take a few photos, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra angler fee is $50.

In West Pensacola and nearby cities, there are about 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in West Pensacola

The best seasons for Tarpon fishing in West Pensacola are spring and summer. The peak months for Tarpon fishing are September, August, and July.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch with no additional payments.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. It covers all the anglers on the boat.

An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can reserve a trip with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel before the cancellation deadline. On average, a free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to West Pensacola?

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