I will be in Florida soon, what should I know about deep sea fishing in Pensacola?

The word “Deep Sea Fishing” means different things to different anglers. Each Captain has their own type of deep sea fishing that they specialize in. Two varieties of deep sea fishing are more common than other in the Pensacola area. Since this is the Gulf of Mexico and not the Atlantic Ocean you have different parameter than other parts of Florida. The most common form of deep sea fishing is locating a ship wreck, coral reef or other form of natural structure and anchoring your boat above the structure. The water can be as shallow as twenty to thirty feet or as deep as one hundred or more feet. Captains know that these kinds of structure attract the entire food chain to the area; small fish use it as a hideout from predation. Clams, barnacles and other shell fish attach themselves to the structure in an attempt to feed from it. Medium size fish eat the smaller fish and larger fish in turn eat whatever they can catch. Typically you will fish on the bottom using live or cut fish for bait. You are liable to catch a variety of different species in this situation. Snappers, Grouper and Sharks will be your most common catches. You will also find many charter boats that go further out into the deeper water and troll for much larger species. There is a variety of different fish to catch in the Pensacola area. While not as popular as many fishing hot spots in Southern Florida it is nonetheless a great place to fish.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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