Gulf Gray Triggerfish Fall Season Dates

Gray triggerfish will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters Sept. 1 through 4, Sept. 9 and 10, Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 14 and 15 for recreational harvest. During this season opening, the Gulf state waters minimum size limit is 14 inches fork length and the daily bag limit is two per person, per day.
“The FWC has heard from many anglers who are seeing more and bigger gray triggerfish, and we have listened to their requests for additional and sustainable fishing opportunities,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Chairman Brian Yablonski.  “We are pleased to announce new triggerfish fishing days in state waters, especially the Sept. 1 through 4 season dates, which are also when the popular red snapper season is open in state and federal Gulf waters.”
At its July meeting in Orlando, the Commission directed staff to implement a limited fall season for 2017 via an executive order.
Earlier this year, the Gulf recreational gray triggerfish season was closed in both state and federal waters for all of 2017 due to the 2016 federal quota being exceeded. The Commission decided to open Gulf state waters for a limited harvest opportunity this fall after considering public testimony on gray triggerfish.
The Commission also approved several other management changes at the July meeting that should go into effect sometime in 2018. These changes will not be in effect during the 2017 season opening. These changes are consistent with pending changes in federal waters and include:

These federal consistency measures should help maintain fishing opportunities for gray triggerfish in state and federal waters for 2018 and beyond.
More information about Gulf gray triggerfish regulations may be found on Triggerfish Regulations Page.

Red Snapper Season is Extended!

You heard that right! Red Snapper season has been extended and is now the longest it has been extended since 2013. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced an expanded 39 day recreational Red Snapper season for private private anglers fishing in Gulf federal waters. The season will start Friday, June 16, and go through Monday, September 4th; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Also included will be Monday and Tuesday July 3 and 4, and Monday, September 4.

Keep in mind that there are certain guidelines that you have to follow when fishing Red Snapper. The minimum size limit is 16″ TL. The reason that this is the size limit is because one 24-inch female Red Snapper can produce as many eggs as 212 17-inch female Red Snapper. So the more larger and older Red snapper we have out in the wild, the more Red Snapper we can catch and maximize the number of younger fish coming into the fishery.

This is really great news being able to fish more than just the 3 days of June 1-3. We can now fish every weekend up to September 4 and take advantage of this great opportunity. There is a limit to how many you can catch a day but this means that you can fish for more Red Snapper over a span of a few months! Let’s get out there and catch Red Snapper.

Follow Fish Flat Out on Social Media

Summer is in full swing! The water is perfect, the kids are thoroughly enjoying their summer break and best of all – the fish are biting! Summer is the perfect time to create some family memories and document all of your adventures. Fortunately, this day and age makes capturing moments so easy. From documenting your big catch of the day to snapping candid pictures of you reeling them in, Flat Out Fish wants you to share your pictures with us. Document your fun in the sun this summer. Follow Fish Flat Out on Instagram, Like our Facebook page and tag us in your pictures. Here are some pictures we’ve shared on our social media this summer:

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Use the hashtag #FISHFLATOUT and #FLATOUTCHARTERS on social media and fora chance to be featured in our June round-up! Here are some bonus hashtags you can also use on your posts: #fishing #nevarre #florida #nevarrefishing #perdidofishing #lighttackle #backwater #inshore #redsnapper #kingmackerel #triggerfish

What to Bring

Flat Out Fishing Charter’s mission is to show you a great time out on the water, experiencing the emerald waters of the gulf coast and catching fish. Included in your Perdido Key fishing trip is:

A few things we recommend you bring are:

Our captains are always here to help you and want you to have a great fishing trip. If you have any questions, give us a call!

Bradley’s Tarpon Fight

Do you ever wonder what to expect on an inshore fishing trip with Flat Out Fishing Charter? Sometimes we grab the largest fish on the smallest rod. After an hour and 15 minute fight with this tarpon, we had to cut him loose.

Had an awesome fishing trip with Capt. Tyler! He put us on fish all day! My arms are like jello from reeling in the fish!!! Will definitely be back next year!!
– Bradley I.

If you’re located or visiting Pensacola and would like a fun fishing trip, give us a call!

Red Snapper Season is Open!

red snapper season

Red Snapper season started earlier this week on May 7th and will continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 27th. The dates will continue from May 28th to July 10th and change to Friday, Saturday and Sundays in September and October.

Book Your Fishing Charter!

We offer half day and full day fishing trips in Pensacola, Perdido Key and Navarre. Check our Fishing Charter Rates and book now!

Pensacola Bay Fishing Charter – Book Now for Spring!



If you’re planning a vacation to the Emerald Coast, or you’re a local who wants an expert fishing guide, a Pensacola Bay fishing charter should be top on your list and it’s never too early to book one.  There is never a better time to plan ahead for the busy season that hits Pensacola, Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Destin and more starting in March.  Having an experienced Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay fishing guide can help you avoid the tourists and get to some of the secret and secluded fishing spots that the other fishing charters just don’t know about.  If it’s a monster redfish you’re after, sheepshead, flounder, trout, black drums or even a shark… our fishing guides will find ’em!

We Know Pensacola Bay Fishing!

Our Pensacola Bay fishing charter guides are here to help you navigate the Northwest Florida waters to find the best fishing holes and hot spots the area has to offer.   Book now to secure your spot on our Pensacola Bay charter fishing boats and get hooked on charter fishing at its finest.  At Flat Out Charters, we will work to make sure you get to enjoy some of the best fishing the gulf shores have to offer, and we know the best spots around.
Give us a call now or shoot us an email and let Flat Out Charters make sure that you have an amazing time out on the water and land some of the biggest fish you can find in Pensacola Bay! 


Red Snapper Season is Here Again!

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The Florida Red Snapper season is coming soon and Captain Tyler and his crew do not want you to miss out!

The 2015 season will resume for all of Labor Day weekend (September 5-7) and will then be Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September, October, and the last day being November 1st.

Don’t miss out on a great chance to experience the Gulf waters and bring in a beautiful Red Snapper catch. Book your charter trip with Captain Tyler and his crew today!

Want more information on how to enjoy the Red Snapper season? Read more about our charters or contact us to book your trip.

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Reef fishing is on fire!

The offshore bite on our Pensacola fishing charters has been phenomenal. We have been boating plenty of amberjacks, cobia, black snapper, and king mackerel lately. The near-shore reefs are holding plenty of reef fish so we are not having to go very far to fill the fish box. The inshore bite on our Pensacola fishing charters and our Navarre fishing charters has been great as well. The flats are loaded with plenty of speckled trout and redfish, and the flounder are moving back into the pass in good numbers. Red snapper season is right around the corner and spots are filling up fast so if you would like to book one of our Pensacola fishing charters to load the box with snapper, amberjacks, or other reef fish be sure to call, email, or book online as soon as possible.

Amberjack fishing on a Pensacola fishing charter

Amberjack fishing on a Pensacola fishing charter

Cobia being caught on one of our Pensacola fishing charters

Cobia being caught on one of our Pensacola fishing charters

Red Snapper Season

The 2015 Red Snapper season has been announced. It will run from May 23rd to July 12th and reopen on the weekends in September, October, and November 1st. The Red Snapper season in the Gulf is as healthy as its ever been. The most common trip is the 5 hour offshore trip but more time can be added for the angler who would like to target other species after getting their limit of red snapper. The inshore trips also have the possibility of producing some nice sized snapper however not as big or as many as the offshore trip. These dates will likely fill fast so if you want to book a red snapper trip on a Pensacola fishing charter or a Navarre fishing charter give us a call or email.

Pensacola fishing charter red snapper trip

Pensacola fishing charter red snapper trip