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Old 01-10-2019, 04:20 PM
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Question Pensacola Beach Marina/Slip/Storage/Fishing

We are going on a big group vacation to Pensacola Beach this summer. We will be staying in a house that is not waterfront nor does it have access to a boat slip - I'm not even sure there will be boat trailer parking. I would like to bring my Pathfinder and have started Googling marinas etc in Pensacola Beach but thought I'd post up here to get some opinions. I'd love to have the option to leave the boat in the water someplace secure for a few days up to a week, but even trailer parking near a ramp would be nice. Any suggestions?

Also any suggestions on fishing/navigating Pensacola Beach in late June/early July would be appreciated. How bad is the pass over there? Should I even be considering bottom fishing in a 24' bay boat? I'm used to (and have tackle for) fishing the rigs within 15mi of Grand Isle on nice days for snapper/lemon fish. I would also really be into the idea of going after kings, tarpon, chicken dolphin etc. near-shore since that would be something I don't really get to do from my bay boat in LA.

Any tips welcome - even "don't waste your time". Guide recommendations welcome too!

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Old 01-10-2019, 09:04 PM
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Check with Santa Rosa Yacht Club. If they dont have a space, Ive had clients call a couple "boat storage" lots and ask for a weekly rate. There is a ramp nearby, Shoreline Park.

Your boat is just fine for nearshore fishing, in fact many guides, my self included at one time, run inshore/nearshore trips out of 24' Pathfinders.

You will be in the area for snapper season and at the peak of the beach tarpon run. Kings will, of course, be around as well. The dolphin are hit and miss and it really depends on what water is in at the time. Typically May and late September/October are best but if the water is good the occasional dolphin on the beach isnt unheard in the middle of the summer. The pass is wide and deep, other than the rare true ground swell (pretty much only happens if a tropical system is in the Gulf sending us swells) combined with a hard outgoing tide, youll be fine. If you are out and it gets a bit rough with an outgoing tide, avoid the slop by going down the beach a mile or so to the east and coming in that way. I do for hires myself but I generally dont that time of year as Im running my boat at least twice a day. However, getting a guide for your first day could set you up the rest of your week. Good luck and if you have any questions, check out my website and give me a call or shoot me an email!

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Old 01-11-2019, 10:16 AM
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Thanks for the info - Santa Rosa Yacht Club looks great. I was looking online at Laffite Cove (Behind Peg Leg Pete's) - any thoughts on whether you'd trust leaving your boat there? It is much closer to the rental house.

Thanks for the fishing info too - I may want to book you for a day. I'll give you a call.

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Check with Santa Rosa Yacht Club. If they dont have a space, Ive had clients call a couple "boat storage" lots and ask for a weekly rate. There is a ramp nearby, Shoreline Park.

Your boat is just fine for nearshore fishing, in fact many guides, my self included at one time, run inshore/nearshore trips out of 24' Pathfinders.

You will be in the area for snapper season and at the peak of the beach tarpon run. Kings will, of course, be around as well. The dolphin are hit and miss and it really depends on what water is in at the time. Typically May and late September/October are best but if the water is good the occasional dolphin on the beach isnt unheard in the middle of the summer. The pass is wide and deep, other than the rare true ground swell (pretty much only happens if a tropical system is in the Gulf sending us swells) combined with a hard outgoing tide, youll be fine. If you are out and it gets a bit rough with an outgoing tide, avoid the slop by going down the beach a mile or so to the east and coming in that way. I do for hires myself but I generally dont that time of year as Im running my boat at least twice a day. However, getting a guide for your first day could set you up the rest of your week. Good luck and if you have any questions, check out my website and give me a call or shoot me an email!

Pensacola & Navarre Deep Sea Fishing Charters (850)810-2548 BiteBack Fishing Charters

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Old 01-11-2019, 01:07 PM
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Its not a bad area, granted the bar crowd could get a little rowdy but I havent heard of anything too bad. I wouldnt leave anything that could easily be taken off the boat. I didnt know they had rental slips either.

Give me a call and if I cant help you out, I can put you in the right direction! Pensacola is a nice place, short runs to reef fish and nice clean water (usually). I think youll have a blast and be glad you brought your boat down!
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