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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.

Chekout Our Reviews

  •   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

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    5/28/2018

      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

      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
    11/06/2020
  •   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.


    8/14/2018

      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... read more

    avatar thumb Brian M
    4/24/2018

      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... read more

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    3/12/2018
  •   My dad and I went on an inshore/nearshore trip with Capt Mike. Had an excellent time. Kept our lines in the water and kept us on fish. Highly recommend.

    Trangel42
    8/23/2019

      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


    5/27/2018

      Hands down, our family's favorite part of the vacation! We booked a 2 hour catch and release as we weren't sure exactly how much time we wanted to spend fishing.... read more

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    3/25/2019
  •   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

      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

      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
    11/02/2020
  •   3 friends and I were looking for a nice day of fishing and we got exactly that. One of the guys I was with was a local of Pensacola so... read more

    Grant D
    3/28/2020

      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

    Jill L
    7/03/2019

      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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    7/09/2018
  •   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

    Chris O
    8/11/2019

      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!

    avatar thumb Marshall H
    7/16/2018

      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


    6/15/2018
  •   Captain Mike was great and we had fun and tried hard.

    truth is you have to fish Pensacola at the right time and those times are limited if... read more

    BRYANB150
    8/13/2019

      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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    4/13/2018

      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
  •   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


    7/19/2018

      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
    6/23/2019

      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

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    10/19/2017
  •   We had a great time with Captain Mike! We took 3 six year old boys and he was so helpful, making sure they felt included. When things got... read more

    ryanw863
    7/17/2020

      The overall experience was excellent. Capt Jarrod was so helpful and patient to a group of novic fishers. He worked hard to find just the right spot to... read more

    angeladI982JE
    6/12/2020

      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
    7/30/2019
  •   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... read more

    avatar thumb Lane I
    8/19/2017

      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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    5/06/2019

      This trip was a family trip with my wife and two 15 year olds. Our captain was Dillon.... He was so personable and fun. We left on time and reached... read more

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    4/07/2018

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

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.