Pensacola Fishing Forum


Pensacola Fishing Forum offers the perfect environment for anglers looking to hook all sorts of species, such as Red Snapper, Grouper, King Mackerel, and Amberjack.

May is an excellent month for inshore fishing, especially around grass flats, oyster bars, mangrove shorelines, and mangrove swamps. Sheepshead are easily caught from piers or bridges using live shrimp or jigs.


Pensacola boasts three bays and an expansive Gulf of Mexico coastline that provide anglers with ample opportunities for fishing. Rivers, bays, and direct access to the gulf make Pensacola an excellent place for targeting Red Snapper, Cobia, and Wahoo and productive inshore fishing spots for flounders, pompanoes, and sheepsheads.

Recently, coastal trout and redfish fishing has been intense. Docks with underwater lights have proven incredibly productive; fishing live shrimp or finger mullet near such structures has proven successful; soft plastics have also established an effective targeting of these fish species.

People looking for their bait should look for pinfish and pilchards in bays and along shorelines; you might also spot Spanish Mackerel there. Recently, Pensacola Beach Pier has seen some excellent flounder catches at night!

Offshore anglers are experiencing success fishing for Amberjack on reefs. Additionally, some Grouper action has been reported. Jigging in 90-150 feet of water with cut or live bait could yield success when targeting these species.

Cobia fisherman have caught several Cobia on wrecks this week, an excellent year-round target. Off Pensacola’s deep waters, anglers have also targeted numerous snapper and grouper species from innumerable wrecks and reefs to catch Cobia.

Pensacola and the Gulf Coast are widely known for their red snapper fishing, with Pensacola boasting some outstanding reef fishing opportunities. Here, you will find both artificial and natural reefs suitable for trolling or bottom fishing; many different species, such as Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, and King Mackerel, can often be found around these reefs as well as beyond 100-fathom line in blue water areas.


With water temperatures dropping, anglers can access a wide variety of inshore and offshore species. Sheepshead fishing remains vital from Pensacola Pass to jetties – live shrimp or cut bait provide excellent results. Meanwhile, inshore Redfish and Speckled Trout Bites remain strong around Santa Rosa Sound beaches and the Pompano Beach area, which has proven invaluable when targeting large Pompano.

At different depths, inshore, various reef fish species can be found. Depending on the time of year and their respective depths, this might include Snapper (Vermillion, Porgy Black, and Mangrove), Triggerfish Grouper, and Cobia. Offshore reefs near Pensacola offer superb fishing for Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, and Yellowfin Tuna when conditions allow.

At this time of the year, King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel bites are influential in the bay and Gulf waters. Offshore, snapper fishing remains strong, with anglers landing Mangrove Red Vermilion snapper along with triggerfish, black sea bass, and Gag Grouper being caught regularly. Amberjack season kicks off in May; now is an excellent opportunity to target these aggressive feeders!

Deeper waters offer abundant opportunities for both spotted seattun and tripletail fishing. Both species are plentiful locally and can be caught using various techniques; live bait such as shrimp or pinfish is best utilized when targeting these species, while cut bait may work better for targeting tripletail.

The spotted seatrout can be found inshore and offshore around structures like rock piles, docks, and other human-made structures, often feeding on small sardines, anchovies, and mullets. Triple tails inhabit nearshore and offshore waters and can be caught using various lures, including soft plastics and metal spoons; their name comes from their long dorsal and anal fins, which give the impression of three tails.

Reefs & Wrecks

Pensacola boasts natural and artificial reefs that offer exceptional bottom fishing opportunities for Grouper, Snapper, Triggerfish, King Mackerel, Sheepshead and Jacks. Trolling around these reefs may also produce dolphin or Wahoo fish catches.

March marks the beginning of Spring and brings warmer waters to our area, resulting in Sheepshead, Pompano, and Drum’s debut appearances in our surf. They can be caught using either a dragger or single hook jigs. In addition, Cobia is starting to appear around deeper wrecks and structures in our bay.

Offshore fishing off Pensacola’s many artificial and natural reefs has been fantastic, especially on its many artificial reefs. You can locate these locations using your electronic chart, offering excellent bottom fishing and trolling opportunities. Popular species targeted include Snapper, Grouper, and Triggerfish, which can be caught using various baits, but live cigar minnows have proven especially fruitful. Finding lee side wreck or reef, which usually offers wind protection, can be essential.

Speckled Trout and Redfish fishing should be fruitful on grass flats, oyster bars, and mangrove shorelines near mangrove trees. Inshore fishing should produce results on shrimp, mud minnows, and artificial lures such as artificial lures. Riggs and docks in the bay will likely witness Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, and King Mackerel being caught, too!

Amberjacks are popular with local anglers and can often be found near underwater wrecks 50 to 400 feet. Amberjack prefers significant impacts over smaller ones and usually sits atop their structure before striking at lures fished on Carolina rigs such as jigs or butterfly jigs when fished on Carolina rigs.

One of the area’s most famous wrecks, USS Massachusetts (BB-2), sunk on May 8, 1921, during gunnery training for World War I, is considered one of its oldest battleships and can be reached via site #20 diving.

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May is an ideal month for fishing in the area, as the weather tends to be warm, and the fishing conditions can be excellent. Both inshore and offshore anglers can target various species, including red snapper, spotted seatrout, tarpon, flounder, and speckled trout. May is also an excellent time for first-time anglers looking to book a charter experience they won’t soon forget; you can discuss charters on the FishingUnited Forum as well as receive related news updates!

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