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.”

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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.

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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 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.