No place in Florida is more beautiful than the Panhandle, located in the northwestern part of the state. With sun-drenched white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters, not only is the Panhandle breathtaking, but it’s also a fisherman’s paradise any time of year.
The gulf and bay waters surrounding Panama City Beach offer some of the finest sport fishing in the world. Whether fly casting for redfish in St. Andrews Bay, trolling the Gulf of Mexico for blue marlin or fishing the numerous wrecks and artificial reefs for red snapper, you’re sure to encounter a variety of different fish. While many fish are available year-round, boating Panama in the spring and fall offer the best angling. And, because this is the off-season in Panama City Beach, crowds and hotel rates are fisherman- friendly.
In the spring, Spanish mackerel, blue fish, trout, redfish, ladyfish, pompano, cobia, jack crevalle, smoker king mackerel, snapper, grouper, triggerfish and amberjack are all prevalent in the warm waters of the gulf. During the summer months fishing Pensacola, trout, pompano, whiting, lady fish, shark, king mackeral, mahi-mahi, bonito, dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, sailfish and marlin are what’s on the menu. Trout, reds, flounder, pompano, king mackerel, dolphin, blackfin tuna and cobia are added to the pot. And during the winter months, trout, redfish and whiting are what fishermen seek.
When you boat Pensacola, the westernmost city in Florida, you’re sure to encounter mild temperatures, fewer crowds and incredible deals in the fall and winter months. Known as the “Secret Season” in Pensacola, snowbirds return to the area year after year during this time period. But, no matter when you visit, you’re sure to find yourself relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Out on the boat, Pensacola feels like paradise.
Fishing Pensacola is the experience of a lifetime. From bottom fishing for underwater catches like amberjack and grouper to off-shore trolling to hook tuna, wahoo or sailfish, there is sure to be a memory in the making. For those wanting to stay a little closer to the shoreline, fly fishing or bottom fishing for redfish, cobia and pompano might be just the ticket.
Florida’s panhandle located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Alabama and Georgia state lines, is sometimes called "the other Florida." In addition to palm trees, magnolias, live oaks and loblolly, pines thrive. Whether boating Panama or fishing Pensacola, a trip to the Panhandle is a trip to remember.