Perdido Key covers a 16-mile stretch from near Pensacola to Alabama, and was actually a peninsula until it became an island in 1933. Outdoor enthusiasts love the miles of protected preserves in Perdido Key, especially for hiking, kayaking, and bird watching. The waters off Perdido Key are popular for sailing, dolphin watching, and of course, for fishing. The fishing in and around Perdido Key is some of the best along the Gulf Coast, whether you charter a boat or cast a line from the beach. There are several charter companies in the area to choose from, all of which have a wealth of knowledge and experience.
What Makes It Great
Perdido Key is well-known as a launching point for chartering a fishing boat and for good reason. Depending on the season, deep-sea fisherman can expect to find redfish, skipjack, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, speckled trout, red snapper, grouper, cobia, jack crevalle, triggerfish, or amberjack in the nearby waters. Night fishing is best in the back bay areas near the piers with artificial lighting, where speckled trout, redfish, and flounder can be found. Even beach fishing can yield some big catches of king mackerel, amberjack, cobia, flounder, bluefish, tarpon, and tuna. This article on BeachGuide.com is a great overview of what to expect month-to-month and for planning a trip.
There are several charter companies in the area, each offering a different experience. Captain Wes Rozier, for example, is a well-known local fisherman who offers trips with a max of four passengers. Other companies, such as AquaVenture Charters or Native Sons can take up to 21-22 passengers on their air-conditioned vessels.
After a day out on the boat, you'll want to kick back and relax on the beautiful sand beach in the area and take in a sunset over the water. It's a dream vacation for someone who loves fishing and loves the beach!
Who is Going to Love It
Perdido Key has something for just about every fisherman (or woman!). It's easy to charter a fishing boat or cast a line from the beach or pier. There are more than 20 varieties of fish to catch throughout the year, and it's some of the best fishing on the Gulf Coast.
Besides the fishing, the beach itself is gorgeous and protected, so many people enjoy walking and swimming at Perdido Key, too.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
See individual charter companies for specific directions and regulations.
If you go out on your own in the Perdido Key State Recreation Area, a saltwater fishing license is required.