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PENSACOLA FISHING CHARTERS

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We are currently open for business with no restrictions or additional regulation. Our boats are cleaned with bleach regularly to provide a safe environment for our customers. Join us to soak up some salt air and catch some fish!

PENSACOLA FISHING CHARTERS

At Hot Spots Charters, we offer inshore and offshore fishing trips, year around, from Pensacola Beach, Florida. Pensacola is located in the Panhandle of Florida and year after year is voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with our sugar white sand and emerald colored waters.

We take great pride in being Pensacola’s largest and one of the most successful fishing charter businesses from Jacksonville to New Orleans. We greatly appreciate each and every customer who has fished with us over the past sixteen years, we’ve literally watched people’s kids grow up.

Having eight full time captains and operating over a thousand fishing trips a year gives us a huge advantage over our competition. There’s no substitute for time spent on the water in the fishing charter business. Our network of information allows us to always know what’s biting when and where.

INSHORE / NEARSHORE CHARTERS

Inshore / nearshore charters are an excellent option for families or small groups of friends. They’re affordable and a great choice for anyone from an experienced angler to a first timer. On these trips you will fish in either Pensacola Bay or the Gulf of Mexico, just depending on the weather conditions.

These trips are operated on twenty-two to twenty-four-foot bay boats with only a captain. Fishing equipment, licenses, bait, ice, and fish cleaning are all included. Possible catches include speckled trout, redfish, flounder, sheepshead, mackerel, snapper, sharks, and much more.

OFFSHORE CHARTERS

Offshore 6-pack charters are operated on thirty-one to thirty-four-foot center console boats and you’ll fish approximately 15 to 30 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico on the very popular 6- and 8-hour trips. Fishing equipment, licenses, bait, ice, and fish cleaning are all included.

Possible catches on the 6- and 8-hour deep sea fishing trips include snapper, grouper, amberjack, triggerfish, mackerel, sharks, and much more. We can also coordinate larger groups on larger boats, so don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have a group larger than six people.

For more than 15 years, the Hook, Line, & Sinker Seminar Series, has been a staple for anglers and fisherman in the Pensacola fishing community. Each month the captains from Hot Spots Charters give a when, where, and how hour long seminar on a different fish species or type of fishing.

The seminars are held at Flounders Chowder House on Pensacola Beach at 7 p.m., typically the first Monday of each month. At 6:30 p.m. Flounders provides a free fish dinner buffet to all seminar attendees. Click here to see our current Hook, Line, & Sinker Seminar schedule.

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  • star rating  I have never written a review before, I will be. Unfortunately I will not be giving a good review. My husband and sons were on a trip yesterday morning with... read more

    Navigate624118
    8/02/2021

    star rating  I took 5 nephews out fishing yesterday with captain Andy. I highly recommend him. We were able to catch our limit of red snapper in an hour and then went... read more

    avatar thumb Brian_Granger
    6/21/2018

    star rating  We opted for a shorter inshore trip due to taking my 6 year old grandson. He loved every minute of it - the faster the boat went the better. While... read more

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    7/03/2018
  • star rating  For THE BEST fishing experience for you, your family and friends on Pensacola Beach and the Gulf of Mexico, I highly recommend Captain Andy Arnold and Hot Spot Fishing... read more


    5/08/2018

    star rating  My name is Seth from Oklahoma. My wife and I booked this trip a day before completing. I was lucky enough to have Bob Potomski as my guide. We met... read more

    avatar thumb Seth H
    4/24/2018

    star rating  Had a great time fishing with Capt Andy. He was knowledgeable and made sure it was a successful trip. We ended up coming back a little early due... read more

    avatar thumb Okiegal97
    8/10/2018
  • star rating  We opted for a shorter inshore trip due to taking my 6 year old grandson. He loved every minute of it - the faster the boat went the better.... read more


    7/03/2018

    star rating  Dylan was by far the best guide we could have asked for! We are already planning or next trip. Highly recommend Hot Spots Charters! He managed to keep the 3... read more

    Branch318
    7/31/2019

    star rating  Most terrible charter I've ever been on. Boats are super small, no shade and we spent more time driving than fishing. Did not catch a single fish and they still... read more

    Jared123456710
    6/14/2020
  • star rating  The weather wasn’t great, very windy & we tried to head into the Gulf, captain Bob did his best to get us on some fish. We headed back into... read more

    568pata
    6/29/2021

    star rating  We charter with Hot Spots every year and it's always GREAT! This year we chartered 4 trips in a week with Captains Andy, Bob and Tyler. We had a terrific... read more

    avatar thumb mbenveniste
    5/28/2018

    star rating  My wife, daughter, grandson, granddaughter and I fished with Captain Mike Gasparino. We expressed interest in catching Red Snapper first. The first spot produced fish too small to keep. Mike... read more

    LeoMCyr
    6/27/2019
  • star rating  Me and a buddy of mine took out boys out for a graduation fishing trip. We went on an afternoon 5 hour with Captain Dylan and man did we have... read more

    Paul V
    6/15/2019

    star rating  We wanted our seven year old son to have his first bay fishing experience, and we couldn’t have been happier with our trip! Captain Bob was highly attentive to our... read more

    avatar thumb Carrie W
    5/25/2019

    star rating  Great time with Captain Tyler and Mic, they put us on fish from the get go, gave us great entertainment, helped fellow boater and all, great guys and great trip,... read more

    Fishlife81
    8/05/2020
  • star rating  We had an amazing day! Water was a little rough and we caught (and released) several snappers that were between 10 and 11 lbs. Brad was our captain and... read more

    JessicaJ3375
    5/18/2020

    star rating  I took 5 nephews out fishing yesterday with captain Andy. I highly recommend him. We were able to catch our limit of red snapper in an hour and then went... read more


    6/21/2018

    star rating  Best Fishing Trip of my life!!! Captain Andy was awesome!!! He put us on fish, taught me a lot about fishing, and was extremely engaging. I'm still... read more

    MikeJKane
    6/18/2020
  • star rating  Second trip with Capt Andy and it was AWESOME! Last time we did bay fishing for redfish and last week it was deep sea for red snapper. Caught... read more

    JohnSuzEmLu
    6/14/2020

    star rating  On 15 March we took a Spring Break fishing trip with Captain Bob. We’ve been fishing with Hot Spots 8 years now, and this was our first trip with Capt... read more

    777nataliej
    3/19/2021

    star rating  Had a great time fishing with Capt Andy. He was knowledgeable and made sure it was a successful trip. We ended up coming back a little early due to impending... read more

    avatar thumb Kim C
    8/10/2018
  • star rating  Another great day fishing with Captain Bob. My husband, two kids and I went out and had an incredible morning. We caught 5 Mackerel within the first 30 minutes and... read more

    avatar thumb TJaneP
    6/10/2018

    star rating  This was our third trip fishing Pensacola with Hot spots and Capt Andy Arnold. Andy is very personal and has always made me and my family feel welcome. ... read more

    avatar thumb Marshall H
    6/06/2019

    star rating  My name is Seth from Oklahoma. My wife and I booked this trip a day before completing. I was lucky enough to have Bob Potomski as... read more


    4/24/2018
  • star rating  Went out snapper fishing with Captain JD and oh boy did we have a great time. Captain put us on the fish within the first hour on the boat. Once... read more

    kwallace5051
    6/08/2021

    star rating  While vacationing in Navarre Beach, I booked a nearshore trip with Capt. Bob, at Hot Spots Charters. It was the wife, teenage daughter and myself. The trip was the highlight... read more

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    7/19/2018

    star rating  Captain did not have bait so we spent the entire 4 hours driving from spot to spot trolling with only 2 lines out to try to catch bait. Caught 2... read more

    AshleyBrooke81
    6/04/2021
  • star rating  Awesome time out on the water!! Went out with Captain Andy Arnold. We stayed in the bay because of weather and were able to catch lots of... read more

    BillyMcC72
    11/09/2020

    star rating  Went took an 8 hours morning with captain Tyler and deckhand Mick. Both were very kind, provided clear communication, and they knew what they were doing. The boat was kept... read more

    Q3NFjackc
    8/09/2020

    star rating  Me and my friend spent the whole day with captain Bob. He took us out and put us on some great kingfish first thing. Hooked about 8 of them and... read more

    avatar thumb Jesse S
    5/25/2019

Our story

Hot Spots Charters was started in 2003 by Captain Chris Phillips. Within the first year or two he joined forces with well-known tournament fisherman Captain Matt McLeod to create the first multi-boat inshore / nearshore charter company in the Pensacola area.

Captain Chris covered fishing for the Pensacola News Journal for over 15 years including the weekly Hook, Line, & Sinker section that was a fishing report, news, and a column. This is where the “Hot Spots” name came from, that was the title of his weekly fishing report.

Today, inshore / nearshore charters are extremely popular and likely makeup about 80% of the charters operated in Pensacola, Perdido Key, and Pensacola Beach. Although back then it was fairly new to the area with only a handful of guys running charters out of small bay style boats.

Captain Matt practically single handily changed inshore / nearshore charters to what they are known as today. Back then they were true inshore charters and strictly fished for speckled trout, redfish, flounder, sheepshead, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and other species exclusively in Pensacola Bay.

He started fishing for red snapper and gag grouper in Pensacola Bay and before long was taking his bay boat into the Gulf of Mexico in search of snapper, grouper, amberjack, triggerfish, and king mackerel. Fishing in the Gulf quickly became the new norm for Hot Spots Charters.

It didn’t take long, and other local captains began following suit and started fishing for a wider variety of species and going in the Gulf to fish. Now days bay boats have taken over the boating market for both captains and recreational fisherman and everyone fishes in the Gulf.

Captain Chris and Captain Matt spent years working on fishing regulations and fighting for fair seasons. They played a significant role in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation going non-compliant with the federal governments National Marine Fisheries Service and giving Florida anglers longer seasons.

The business continued to grow over the years adding captain by captain, in 2010, fresh out of college Captain Tyler Massey joined the team and today, he plays a very big role in the company. With Captain Matt out of the fishing business and Captain Chris no longer running charters daily, Captain Tyler has become the leader on the water.

Another vital member of the Hot Spots crew is Clay White, who you’ll talk to when you call to book a trip. He’s the best in the business when it comes to the logistics of managing a lot of trips and helping you pick the right trip for you and your family or friends.

These days Hot Spots operates around a thousand trips a year and has a great team of captains including Captain Bob Potomski, Captain Andy Anrold, Captain Mike Gasparino, Captain Jarrod Denmon, Captain Dylan Johnson, Captain Brad Gundersen, and Captain Luke Crooke.

Our Crew

Captain Chris Phillips

chris@hotspotscharters.com

Captain Dylan Johnson

dylan@hotspotscharters.com

Captain Tyler Massey

tyler@hotspotscharters.com

Captain Brad Gundersen

brad@hotspotscharters.com

Captain Luke Crooke

luke@hotspotscharters.com

Clay White

clay@hotspotscharters.com

Captain Bob Potomski

bob@hotspotscharters.com

Captain Jarrod Denmon

jarrod@hotspotscharters.com

Captain Andy Arnold

andy@hotspotscharters.com

Captain Mike Gasparino

mike@hotspotscharters.com

CATCH AND COOK

The term “fresh fish” is used way too much these days in restaurants, but at Hot Spots you can get the real thing. With catch and cook you literally walk right from the cleaning table up the stairs to Shaggy’s Bar and Grill and they will cook your catch.

A number of different restaurants in Pensacola and on Pensacola Beach offer catch and cook and it usually costs $12-$15 and includes sides such as cole slaw, french fries, and hush puppies. All you have to do is hand the waiter your ziplock bag of fish.

One cool thing about the catch and cook is that most restaurants will cook your catch a variety of ways so your family will get to enjoy fried, grilled, and blackened fish. Many of our clients find this a much better option than taking it home and sticking it in the freezer only to be thrown away months later.

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