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Welcome to the Hot Spots Fishing Charters website. We take great pride in being one of Pensacola’s most successful fishing charter businesses and greatly appreciate each and every customer who has fished with us over the past fifteen years. Having six full time captains and operating over eight hundred fishing trips a year gives us a huge advantage over our competition, there is no substitute for time spent on the water in the fishing charter industry. We offer both inshore / nearshore trips and offshore trips for people who live in or are visiting Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Gulf Breeze, and Navarre.

Pensacola Fishing Charters

Hot Spots Charters is the largest fishing charter operation from New Orleans to Jacksonville with many years of combined experience and thousands and thousands of successful fishing trips both inshore and offshore.

They operate charters in Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Gulf Breeze, and Navarre. They leave from Pensacola Beach most of the time, but may leave from other destinations in some situations depending on your location.

While on a fishing charter with Hot Spots Charters you may visit several different bodies of water including Pensacola Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Sound, Big Lagoon, East Bay, and Escambia Bay.

A long list of species can be caught with Pensacola Fishing Charters, but on any given day catches may include red snapper, sharks, gag grouper, amberjack, triggerfish, mingo snapper, scamp, king mackerel, redfish, speckled trout, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, wahoo, or marlin.

The captains at Hot Spots Charters are simply the best in the business, being led by Captains Matt Mcleod and Captain Chris Phillips, who were some of the first fulltime inshore guides in the Pensacola market and have fished at the professional level.

Now day’s Hot Spots Charters offers inshore, offshore, and walkon fishing trips. In addition to booking their own fleet of boats they also have a booking service with an office that is located on Pensacola Beach where they book for the majority of the charters boats in the area.

With that being said there is no group to large or two small. If Hot Spots Charters is not available or cannot accommodate what you’re looking for they will discuss sending you with another boat who have proven themselves.

All of Hot Spots Charters captains are born and raised in beautiful Pensacola, where you will find the whitest beaches in the world and quite often get a chance to catch a glimpse of the Blue Angels flying over Pensacola Bay while at home practicing at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

  •   My wife and I have been bringing our 3 daughters (12,11,8 yrs) to Pensacola on vacation every year and each year we have gone out with Captain Bob for our family fishing trip. We just went out on 4/19 and had a blast! Captain Bob...More

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    4/24/2018

      Booked a trip with Hot Spot Charters Oct. 11th for my family (wife, daughter and step son). Arrived at 7 AM, 6 mile boat run to our first spot and we were immediately on nice redfish. Moved on to a second fast current spot near...More

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    10/19/2017

      Our second trip with Captain Andy. Was a good day with a cooler full of Spanish Mackerel and a limit of Red Snapper. A good family adventure!

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    7/16/2018
  •   Great fishing trip! Capt. Andy had us on fish the whole day, even catching fish when nobody else was. His boat is beautiful and comfortable. Capt Andy is a great captain for everyone from novice to experienced fishermen, he is such a nice person and...More

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    3/25/2018

      Captain Chaz took us on an awesome excursion for snapper. We had a great time and we will be back for more soon!

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    6/10/2018

      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 time and caught so many fish that we lost count. Most memorable for us were...More

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    5/28/2018
  •   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 storm but we still caught enough for dinner. Would definitely book with him again!

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    8/10/2018

      We have been on Charters before, but we took our two grandsons on the inshore 4 hour trip. We were battling the weather all week long, but Captain Bob would move us as the weather chased us around. His concern was always the safety of...More

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    7/17/2017

      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 the snappers weren't biting, we had fun with the mackerel. The captain was fun and...More

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    7/03/2018
  •   Captain Chaz took us on an awesome excursion for snapper. We had a great time and we will be back for more soon!

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    6/10/2018

      My son and I went on an inland fishing trip with Captain Bob for the 2nd year in a row. Captain Bob is a great guide and put us on the fish in hurry. He also introduced us to his dolphin friend, Half-tail. It was...More

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    3/12/2018

      In Pensacola from Texas with our teenagers for spring break and captain Tyler took us out on a 4hr inshore nearshore trip. Can’t say enough great things. Was on time, ready to go with everything as advertised and even loaned a few extra jackets since...More

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    3/15/2018
  •   The over all experience was exellent. The booking was quick. Our Captain Andy Arnold called the night prior to see if we had any special needs or requests. All we really wanted was to be on the hottest bite. Whatever that was. We caught Spanish...More

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    7/29/2017

      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 storm but we still caught enough for dinner. Would definitely book with him again!

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    8/10/2018

      We booked a trip with Captain Andy based on a personal recommendation. It was, by far, the BEST fishing trip we have ever had! He let us participate from the start by gathering bait, both in the bay with a net, and then out in...More

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    5/27/2018
  •   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 then went out deeper for red snapper. Caught many really nice red snapper, plus trigger...More

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    6/10/2018

      I'm gonna make this short and sweet, Hands down this was the best trip I have ever had fishing on the Gulf. 1st. Capt. Chaz was the greatest, he was great with the kids. Ours were older so he challenged them alot and they learned...More

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    7/15/2017

      Went out with Captain Andy on 7/9/18 for our first ever Gulf fishing trip. It was my wife and I and our two grown daughters on the 6 hour trip. Captain Andy was fantastic! He was easy to talk to and made us feel comfortable...More

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    7/14/2018
  •   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 of our stay. Capt. Bob put us on the fish, right off the bat. Red...More

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    7/19/2018

      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 up at 8AM. We quickly left the dock shortly after arriving. The first spot we...More

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    4/24/2018

      I was in Pensacola Beach for the week leading up to July 4th. I had booked a different charter for the Thursday before the holiday weekend and as happens the winds and waves put the brakes on that plan. As it was a busy weekend,...More

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    7/17/2017
  •   Chartered a boat with Captain Bob to take our boys fishing on our last week before school started in August. Was a bit concerned about storms in the area, but we were one of the few boats that morning to get out in time and...More

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    9/19/2017

      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 Charters! Andy takes great care to make sure everyone on board has fun.He knows the"hot spots"to...More

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    5/08/2018

      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 for spanish mackerel and king mackerel which were fun to catch. Andy knew where to...More

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    6/21/2018
  •   Captain Andy is the best charter around. Put us on the fish early caught are limit of snapper in 15 min at most. Then caught some more for fun. Then went to have a little fun catching some big amberjack. This man knows where the...More

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    8/19/2017

      I want you to know that when you book a trip with Hot Spot you are fishing with the best professional charter captains in the area. Capt’n Andy Arnold knows where they live! Thank you for a great trip! Your knowledge and experience were why...More

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    6/15/2018

      Great experience. Captain Bob went out of his way to make sure we were catching fish and even showed us some wild dolphins and other cool things on our trip. Definitely recommend and we will be going back!

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    9/25/2017
  •   Our second trip with Captain Andy. Was a good day with a cooler full of Spanish Mackerel and a limit of Red Snapper. A good family adventure!

    thumb Marshall H
    7/16/2018

      Captain Bob was very professional and put us on great fish. As a local, this charter was an excellent choice and we will go again.

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    8/14/2018

      Great time on a 4 hour afternoon trip. Lots of Mahi Mahi, Vermillion and Lane Snapper. Even found a few Redfish. My 10 yr old son brough in a 28.5 in red that we had to throw back. All in all, it was a great...More

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    7/29/2018