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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  Very disappointed. 3 out of 4 hours we drove around the bay to numerous fishing spots, instead of just staying in a spot for a while longer. of course no... read more

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    May 28, 2019

    star rating  Great trip with Captain "Coach" Jerrod: Put us right on the Fish, kept us active with lots of action, reeling and fun. My wife and I are experienced... read more

    Savvyangler
    June 23, 2021

    star rating  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... read more

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    July 17, 2017
  • star rating  We went out with Captain Andy Arnold for a combined inshore/offshore 5 hour trip, and it was amazing. Andy went the distance to plan the trip with both our comfort... read more

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    April 13, 2018

    star rating  What Sgtfish said ! This trip exceeded expectations like you wouldn’t believe ! Capt Andy treated us to an awesome scenic boat ride out to what became a THE... read more

    LCPLfish
    November 6, 2020

    star rating  Captain Bob was fantastic. Our family of 6 had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The kids had not done or experienced this kind of fishing and they left wanting to do... read more

    dolsen1977
    August 3, 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

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    June 21, 2018

    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
    June 15, 2019

    star rating  Every time we travel to Pensacola Beach, we book a fishing trip. We have used Hot Spots the last several times and have NEVER been disappointed, even on the trips... read more

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    May 5, 2019
  • star rating  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... read more


    May 27, 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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    July 3, 2018

    star rating  It is to the point where we are actually planning our visits around the schedule of Capt. Andy Arnold. I absolutely love fishing with him. This was our 4th trip... read more

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    July 9, 2018
  • star rating  We went out with with Captain Andy yesterday, and honestly have to say that this was the absolute best charter I’ve ever been on. Prior to departure, Captain Andy said... read more

    sgtfish
    November 2, 2020

    star rating  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... read more

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    July 15, 2017

    star rating  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... read more

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    May 27, 2018
  • star rating  My wife and I were visiting Pensacola and went fishing with Hot Spot. Our captains Tyler&Travis were great, friendly and experienced and knew the area well. Every time we dropped... read more

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    May 6, 2019

    star rating  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!


    July 16, 2018

    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
    June 14, 2020
  • star rating  This is the third year I have booked with Hop Spots. I won’t book with any other fishing charter. They are head and shoulders above any others I... read more

    Jburk5354
    June 16, 2020

    star rating  My son and his friend fished with Captain Bradley on an afternoon 4 hour inshore/nearshore trip. They caught red snapper, triggerfish, and vermillion snapper. They had a blast and really... read more

    kpstephens1
    July 2, 2021

    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

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    April 24, 2018
  • star rating  We visit Pensacola a couple times a year and always fish with a local fishing charter. We fish this time with Bob @ Hot Spot Fishing Charters. What a great... read more

    OkieShugg
    June 18, 2019

    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
    March 19, 2021

    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... read more


    June 10, 2018
  • star rating  We took both our sons out with Captain Bob today. It was a fantastic day. Lots of Spanish Mackeral and dolphin sightings over the USS Massachusetts wreck. We... read more

    John M
    July 30, 2019

    star rating  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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    July 16, 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

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    June 10, 2018
  • star rating  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... read more

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    September 19, 2017

    star rating  You just could not ask for a better experience on the Bay than Hot Spots Fishing Charters. We went with Andy as our Captain and he put the whole... read more

    autowizard10
    March 25, 2020

    star rating  This was the 2nd trip we took with captain Mike! Absolutely wonderful experience and he put us right on fish every time! Couldn't ask for a better trip. I... read more

    653crystas
    June 18, 2021

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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