Floridaís Emerald Coast west of Pensacola Beach includes twenty miles of pristine sugar-white beaches along Santa Rosa Island and Perdido Key.† The Gulf of Mexico along this shoreline takes on an emerald green color that gives the area its name.† From March through mid-January, gamefish migrate along this coast following schools of bait.† Gamefish include pompano, cobia, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, false albacore, bluefish, redfish, sheepshead, jack crevalle, tarpon, ladyfish, flounder, and sharks.
On the inland side of Santa Rosa Island and Perdido Key are the waters of Santa Rosa Sound, the Big Lagoon, and Pensacola Bay. Santa Rosa Sound and the Big Lagoon are included in the Intracoastal Waterway.†† Pensacola Bay covers approximately 100 square miles and is fed by four rivers.† The waters of the bay and Intracoastal Waterway are rich in seagrasses.† Baitfish, crabs and shrimp flourish in these waters and attract gamefish from the gulf.† In addition to the migrating gamefish mentioned above, the bay maintains a resident population of speckled trout, tripletail, redfish and striped bass.
Tides in our area are diurnal with one high and one low per day.† Tidal range averages about two feet.
There are many times of the year when our local waters are as clear as the Bahamas, and sight fishing is spectacular.† Unfortunately, there are also times when conditions deteriorate due to wind and rain.† Itís a good idea to check with us a week or so before your arrival date to get the lowdown on conditions so we can plan your trip accordingly. The diversity of our area provides us fishing options in all but the most extreme conditions.
Itís always a great day on the water with Gulf Breeze Guide Service!
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