PENSACOLA FISHING CHARTERS
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Inshore & Offshore Charters
COVID-19 Update (July 2020)
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 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.
Chekout Our Reviews
- Seth H
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
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
My son and I just completed a 4 hour inshore fishing trip with Captain Bob. A cold front had just moved in and the fishing wasn't optimal, but Captain Bob... read more
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... read more
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
The best day ever! Ask for captain Bradley if available, he was awesome with my two boys (13 and 11). He was very knowledgeable about what bait to use and... read more
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
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... read more
- Peter R
Last summer we went fishing with HotSpots and had such a great time we booked another trip during this years vacation week in Pensacola Beach. We requested Captain Mike again,... read more
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
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
- Jill L
We went out on a 5 hr trip and saw lots of dolphins! Captain Andy was awesome and so patient as most of us hadn't fished offshore! We caught some... read more
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... read more
Capt. Andy Arnold is truly one of the best I have ever fished with. This was my 5th trip with Andy and I am coming from over 12 hours... read more
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... read more
I took my son and 3 grandboys on the Hot Spot Fishing Charters on the 7 am to noon Inshore/Near Shore trip in Pensacola Bay on a Wednesday morning. ... read more
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,... read more
- Hunter B
We came to Pensacola for our honeymoon. A friend had recommended Hot Spots for a fishing trip and it did not disappoint! Such a wonderful experience for a great price.... read more
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
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
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.... read more
Had an awesome time fishing with Captain Bob and our children today. Caught at least 25 fish, one after another over just a few hours. Had a dolphin... read more
Highly recommend! Captain Bob took us to some great spots and he stayed busy unhooking and rebaiting our lines. We even got to meet Half Tail the dolphin! If we... read more
- Chris O
We have gone out with Andy and hotspots every August for several years. Every experience has been fantastic. We always come back with more fish than we can possibly eat....... read more
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... read more
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
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
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... read more
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.
Captain Chris Phillips
Captain Dylan Johnson
Captain Tyler Massey
Captain Luke Crooke
Captain Bob Potomski
Captain Jarrod Denmon
Captain Andy Arnold
Captain Mike Gasparino
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.
(850) 449-5555 Pensacola's largest charter service offering inshore, offshore, and walkon fishing charters. Give us a call today!