3 Reasons To Head Offshore This Summer

We put our smart hats on and developed the top 3 reasons to get on the water and head offshore this summer. Let’s dive in:

1. Being Exposed to Nature

There are millions of reasons to get outside. Our society is based on hard-working individuals, working long hours, and excessive use of technology. This creates increased stress which affects our physical and mental health. Getting out into nature and disconnecting from our daily stressors even for a short while can improve your physical and mental health. Nature can improve our physical health in the following ways: Our bodies need Vitamin D which we can get from being in the sun. Being outside improves our immune systems and helps build a natural resistance to bacteria and infections. Some research has shown that being outdoors can improve your vision and reduce body inflammation. Mental health effects of being outdoors include decreased stress and mental clarity. Improved self-esteem has been reported. These are just a few of the benefits to getting back to nature and outside. Different studies have shown that taking time to disconnect from our busy lives and get outside leads to increased production and resilience when dealing with our day to day tasks.

2. Being on the water

Being on the water has added benefits to being outside. Feeling the sun on your face and skin, the wind in your hair and the smell of the water can regenerate you. Being on the water engages all of your senses. Wallace Nichols, a marine biologist and author of the 2014 book Blue Mind, says “contact with water induces a meditative state that makes us happier, healthier, calmer, more reactive and more capable of awe.” He also stated “Water is considered the elixir and source of life. It covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, makes up nearly 70% of our bodies, and constitutes over 70% of our heart and brains. This deep biological connection has been shown to trigger an immediate response in our brains when we’re near water. In fact, the mere sight and sound of water can induce a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increase blood flow to the brain and heart and induce relaxation. Thanks to science, we’re now able to connect the dots to the full range of emotional benefits being on, in, or near the water can bring.” It was also shown that individuals prefer nature with water versus just nature.

3. Fishing (Food for Your Soul)

So now that you are aware of the benefits of being in nature and on the water what should you do? Fishing on the water connects you to individuals who fish with you and can refuel your soul. Taking your spouse, kids, or friends creates positive memories and bonding moments. Whether fishing with someone or alone, it can be good for your soul. Being on the water, looking for fish, listening to the sounds of the water and wildlife. Even preparing to fish, getting your gear together, your rod, real, hook, bait/ lures puts you in a mindset of relaxation and anticipation for what’s to come. The act of fishing, casting, watching the bait land in the water, waiting for a nibble on your line… are all apart of the enjoyment and calming effects of fishing.

Let’s Do This!

Fish Flat Out offers many different types of fishing trips to suit anyone; whether it’s a family outing, fishing with friends, corporate groups, or a solo trip. We can be stalking redfish and trout on the flats, or pulling up snapper, grouper, and Aj’s on the wrecks- Captain Tyler will do his best to make sure you have a great time on your Pensacola fishing charter!! **No experience necessary!

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Pensacola Shark Fishing

Pensacola is the destination of choice for Shark fishing. The city boasts some of Florida’s most pristine beaches, nightlife, a sunken archaeological museum and a wealth of fish. It’s no wonder the region is called the Emerald Coast.

Pensacola’s Pier, surprisingly a home to many Shark, has recently undergone remodeling. This 1,471 foot long pier was widened and reinforced with concrete. The pier provides shade, round the clock access, amazing views, some of the region’s best Shark fishing and the occasional flyby from the Blue Angels! 

Shark lurk beneath Pensacola’s waters. It’s true, many species of Shark dwell among shallow inshore waters. Social Media outlets and video sharing platforms offer endless examples of anglers and swimmers as they encounter the brine’s most feared hunter. “Sharks can be found in every body of water that has access from the ocean,” Shark not only dwell inshore and offshore, but also in deltas and brackish pools, ”[however Shark] are most commonly found along the beaches, within deep channels inside inlets and estuaries.”

shark fishing in pensacola

Expect to reel-in common Bonnethead Shark from Pensacola’s placid waters. These shark are caught year round, you might consider the Bonnethead a Pensacola local. Moreover, during the cooler months, Blacktip and Spinner Shark gather among the region’s inshore waters, the Blacktip and Spinner Migrate to Florida’s to avoid Winter’s bite. Hammerhead and Bull Shark are often reeled-in along Pensacola’s coast.

shark in pensacola

It’s essential to deploy heavy tackle to reel-in the ocean’s most revered hunter, the Shark. Light tackle makes for an exhausted angler and a dead Shark. 

Many species of Shark call the waters that surround Pensacola home. Hammerhead and Tiger Shark feast upon the fish schools that spawn in the area. Moreover, inshore Shark anglers must be intuitive to the Shark’s struggle, along the coast the Shark fights parallel with the sea line. If you want to experience shark fishing in Pensacola with a local pro (with all of your needs covered), give Captain Tyler here at Fish Flat Out a call (850.393.9055), an email, or reserve right here to get started. 

Pensacola Inshore Fishing 101

Pensacola is the destination of choice for inland anglers. The city boasts some of Florida’s most pristine beaches, nightlife, a sunken archaeological museum and a wealth of fish. It’s no wonder the region is called the Emerald Coast.

Inshore fishing is done in waters up to 30 feet deep; deeper water is called offshore fishing. Inshore fishing can be done from a pier or boat. According to Fishermansoutfitter.com, shallow water, or inland, fishing requires much less equipment than fishing in deeper waters – watercraft may be small and basic. The angler merely requires a simple vessel and light rod to reel-in the great variety of fish Pensacola offers. Those without watercraft may fish directly from the pier.

Pensacola’s Pier has recently undergone remodeling. According to Thepierlife.com, this 1,471 foot long pier was widened and reinforced with concrete. The pier offers shade, round the clock access, amazing views, the region’s best pier fishing and the occasional flyby from the Blue Angels. Most impressively, adults may fish for $7.50. Additionally, the pier is conveniently located nearby other attractions.

Summer is the best time for fishing Florida’s Emerald Coast. Fish seem to jump out of the water! According to Visitpensacolabeach.com, Tarpon, Bluefish, Pompano, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Gulf Whiting, Ladyfish, and Bonito fish are easily retrieved from a pier or boat.

The shallow shores of Pensacola make for a superb inshore fishing experience. One Angler, on Pensacolafishingforum.com, precisely describes Pensacola’s inland fishing: “[Tarpon] start showing up in June and can be caught through early September. You can catch them all over the bay as well. Those hot, humid days with no wind seem to be the best.” Pensacola offers a wide variety of fish for the inland angler, in addition to Tarpon, Cobia and Sheephead are easily retrieved from the water.

Pensacola, and the Emerald Coast, is an ideal place for fishing. The angler is surrounded by blue skies, clear ocean and shallow water; fish and are abundant and easily caught. While in Pensacola, don’t forget to take a break from fishing to take in the nightlife and submerged archaeological site. A Spanish-American War era battleship lies beneath the sea. The ship, according to Musueminthesea.com, was once used to test experimental artillery, it’s now an artificial reef.

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 MyFWC.com Triggerfish Regulations Page.