Inshore Charters are Perfect for
Familes and First Timers!
Since the protected waters of Pensacola Bay are significantly calmer than the Gulf of Mexico, our inshore fishing charters are more relaxing, especially for first time saltwater anglers and families. If anyone on your party is especially vulnerable to sea sickness, an inshore fishing trip with Captain Kenny is the perfect alternative to an offshore fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico!
The complex system of bays, rivers, creeks and marshes that make up the Pensacola Bay estuarine system offers plenty of prime habitat for the species we love to catch. Depending on the season, the species we are targeting and where the fish are biting on any given day, we may be fishing shorelines, the mouth of a river or creek, grassy or sandy bottoms or just about anywhere there is a structure. Inshore structures that attract fish include docks, bridge piles, oyster bars, rock piles, seawalls and buoy markers.
Sharks in Pensacola Bay?
Yes, you just might catch a shark on an inshore fishing trip with Captain Kenny in Pensacola Bay! Sharks are everywhere in Florida, both inshore and offshore and some like the bull shark can even be found in freshwater rivers. Captain Kenny offers special Shark Fishing Trips but we do catch an occasional shark on our inshore charters. The Gulf of Mexico is home to more than a dozen different species of sharks, many of which will venture into inshore waters to breed or to follow prey. Smaller sharks such as Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks and Bonnethead Sharks are more common but the occasional Bull Shark, Blacktip Shark or Hammerhead may also enter Pensacola Bay.
An Explorer’s First Impression of Pensacola Bay!
Named after the local Panzacola Indians, the first European explorer to discover Pensacola Bay was Diego Miruelo of Spain in 1516. Miruelo wrote: "This bay is the largest I have ever seen! All the ships of all the navies of Europe can fit within its protected waters!" Ships were a lot smaller then but it still says something about the sheer size of Pensacola Bay!
Captain Kenny of Panhandle Charters and Guide Service offers 4 hour Inshore Fishing Trips for up to 6 anglers.
Longer Inshore Trips and Inshore Night Fishing Trips are Available!
Please see our Charter Rates page for more information and prices!