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PENSACOLA FISHING CHARTERS

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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  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  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.

    avatar thumb Patrick Y
    August 14, 2018

    star rating  Took my grandson and buddy out on thier first salt water fishing trip . Captain Bob did a great job of teaching the boys how to reel and land the... read more

    Tripdog10
    June 18, 2021
  • star rating  This was my wife and I first time charter fishing, everything from the call to book it till the trip was a good experience. Once we went out a storm... read more

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    June 4, 2019

    star rating  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

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    May 24, 2019

    star rating  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

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    July 17, 2017
  • 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  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  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  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


    August 10, 2018

    star rating  Capt.Andy took me and two friends out for a awesome day of fishing. We limited out on red snapper and added a big grouper to the pile. We had another... read more

    RAndrew1916
    June 28, 2019

    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  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!... read more

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    May 8, 2018

    star rating  Went out on an 8 hour morning trip with Captain Trevor and Mick. It was pretty rough, 5 foot seas, but we stuck it out and had a great... read more

    Marianna7977
    July 13, 2021

    star rating  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

    avatar thumb Trish K
    March 25, 2018
  • star rating  We vacation to Pensacola often, but this was our first charter experience. It was the best decision ever! The company made everything very easy. Captain Bob was amazing to work... read more

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    October 19, 2017

    star rating  My wife and I booked the 5 hour charter for a visit with our son and his friend. We were looking for fun, not serious fishing but we got both.... read more

    avatar thumb Steven F
    April 29, 2019

    star rating  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... read more

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    June 15, 2018
  • star rating  Captain Mike was great, and we will definitely ask for him next time! We caught a lot of sheepshead in a short amount of time, with Captain Mike quickly... read more

    loris621
    March 21, 2021

    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
    August 5, 2020

    star rating  10 of us went on the 6 hour offshore fishing excursion on the boat Total Package and had a great time. Captain Sean knew exactly where to go to... read more

    jasonw934
    July 11, 2020
  • star rating  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

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    March 13, 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
    June 15, 2019

    star rating  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

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    March 15, 2018
  • star rating  Got out into the gulf with Captain Bob for a few hours on the last day of snapper season. Water was fairly smooth and Bob knew where all the spots... read more

    stevedA2343II
    August 3, 2021

    star rating  Highly recommend Capt.Andy for any offshore & inshore fishing you would want to do. One of the best there is. This was our 3rd time booking with Andy and we... read more

    hump22
    June 23, 2019

    star rating  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

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    September 25, 2017
  • 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

    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  My son loves fishing and we wanted to make sure he had a great first deep sea fishing trip and Hot Spots did not disappoint! Captain Luke was very... read more

    April G
    August 3, 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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