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Fly Fishing Pensacola, Perdido Bay and Pensacola Bay

03/03/19 Fishing Report for Pensacola, Florida: (See Fishing Report Archive
at bottom of page)
The weather and water temperature is getting a little warmer. Speckled trout and
redfish have moved out of the channels, and intracoastal into the bays. We had
two good reports within the past week. Some were caught on surface flies. There
are still some pompano on the beach and Sheepshead on the jetties.

Description of the Inshore waters:
Pensacola, Florida, is located in the panhandle of the northern Gulf of Mexico.
This is a part of the area known as Florida’s Emerald Coast because of sugar-
white sandy beaches and emerald green waters. It includes the waters of
Pensacola and Perdido Bay, and the Intracoastal waterway from the Alabama,
state line to near Destin, Florida.

Speckled trout (Spotted trout)
King Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel
Jack Crevalle

The fishing season is year-round.
There are several species of fish that migrate  along the beaches that are great
for fly fishers – cobia, spanish mackerel and pompano will be in the area.

King mackerel and bonita migrate along the cost in the emerald waters right off the

Many species of fish can be caught on the fly during the fall months including most
all of the resident inshore species and some along the beaches like bonita.

Big sow redfish come into the passes and into the bays to spawn during the early
winter and provide great fly fishing opportunity. Speckled trout, bay redfish and
flounder can be caught during the colder month of the year.

Tide Charts: Pensacola

Weather:  Pensacola Naval Station  

Recommended Flies For :
Redfish, Speckled Trout), Ladyfish:

Inland Water Flies:
Baby Crab
Baby Crab
White Shrimp
Yellow Shrimp
Coral Marabou Shrimp
White Marabou Shrimp
Backcounty Baitfish
Olive Baitfish:
White Minnow

Green Tarpon Baitfish
Brown Prawn  
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 5 to 10 weight, depending on species

Saltwater Hand-tied Leaders

Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly SS Series: 7 through 10 weight
(depending on species)

Fly Reels:

Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses

Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
Fishing Report Archives:
12/19/18 The cold north wind comes through the area every few days with the
passing cold fronts dropping the water temperature of the inland waters as well
as that near the beaches. Speckled trout and redfish tend to congregate in the
canals and deeper water of the bays and intracoastal waterway. They can be
caught from the bank and small boats throughout the winter.

02/01/19 Speckled trout and redfish are being caught in the deeper sections of
the bay, intracoastal waterway and canals. The canals and Intracoastal
waterways are best when it is windy because you have some bank protection.
Work the fly deep (3 to 6 feet) and slow. You can do that with a floating or
sinking tip line.