Bottom Fishing and Trolling
Captain Kenny provides anglers opportunities for both
bottom fishing and trolling on his Pensacola offshore and nearshore fishing charters.
Trolling in the Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola offers great opportunities for trolling when fishing offshore with Captain Kenny and Panhandle Charters and Guide Service. This is the closest thing to a deep sea fishing experience without having to book a full day (and expensive) fishing trip far out into the Gulf.
There is a wide variety of species we can target including Bonita (Little Tunny), Blackfin Tuna, Tarpon, Cobia, Kingfish (King Mackerel), Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks and the occasional Wahoo and Dolphinfish (Mahi-Mahi).
Bottom Fishing Pensacola's Offshore Artificial Reefs.
Every saltwater angler loves to bottom fish for Grouper, Snapper, Triggerfish and other bottom dwelling species when fishing offshore. Amberjacks can also be caught when fishing over the reefs. These hard fishing fish inhabit the waters over the reefs. Also known as reef donkeys due to their stubborn fighting nature, amberjacks are a favorite catch for anglers who love a good fight! Many other species inhabit these reefs including Sharks and Cobia!
Florida leads the nation in the creation of artificial reefs for great bottom fishing off its shores.
This system of artificial reefs has proven to be a huge success for recreational fishing across the state of Florida. Artificial reefs can be found off the shores of nearly every Florida county that borders the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Escambia and Santa Rosa counties (home to Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach and Perdido Key) have developed their own extensive systems of these highly productive man made reefs.
The reefs consist primarily of ship wrecks and discarded, long lasting concrete structures such as culverts, pilings and bridge platforms. They are delivered to carefully selected sites by the barge load from anywhere from less than a mile to over 30 miles off the Florida coast. The hard, irregular surfaces of these discarded structures and ship wrecks provide outstanding habitat for tiny, bottom dwelling sea creatures such as coral, shellfish and crustaceans all the way up the food chain to highly prized species such as the many varieties of grouper and snapper and even sharks, barracudas, cobia and amberjacks.
Not counting the accidental sinking of countless ships off the coast of Florida going back to Spanish colonial days, the purposeful sinking of ships off the coast of Florida began over 70 years ago with the sinking of US Navy target ships during World War II. In the 1970s, the creation of artificial reefs for fishing and diving began in earnest with the sinking of old barges and tugboats and even the sinking of the decommissioned US Naval Air Craft Carrier the USS Oriskany in 2006. The Oriskany is the world's largest intentionally created artificial reef and lies 22 miles off the coast of Pensacola.
The coastal waters near Pensacola, including the waters off the coasts of Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach and Perdido Key, are home to abundant sea life and highly desirable fish species living on these man-made reefs.
Captain Kenny Lewis has been fishing these artificial reefs near Pensacola for many years and is intimately familiar with the reefs and the many fish species that inhabit them. When bottom fishing on an offshore or nearshore charter with Captain Kenny, these reefs provide the best opportunities for great catches of everyone's favorite bottom dwelling species.