Fishing on Florida’s Gulf Coast is some of the best in the world and every season offers unique opportunities and challenges. In the late fall, temperatures start to cool and the water gets too nippy for swimming, however this is good news for anglers.
This time of year, bait fish migrate inland and the sport fish follow close behind. It’s the best time to catch Flounder, Speckled Trout, Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Tuna and Bull Redfish.
In fact, October and November are when Bull Redfish are most plentiful.
Redfish are one of the most challenging local species to catch. They prefer inland coastal habitats especially around dock pilings and in grass beds. They also migrate up coastal river systems.
Captain Chris Williams, owner of Fish Happens Charters, is Pensacola’s resident Redfish expert. He spent years working with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife tagging Redfish in an effort to ensure their survival. Chris says, “Whether in tournaments or on guided trips, Redfish are one of the best local species to fish.”
Captain Williams started saltwater fishing when he was three. He competes in Redfish fishing tournaments throughout the south and is one of the best inshore fishing guides on the Gulf Coast.
His fishing charter company specializes in inshore and near shore fishing adventures. Fish Happens mission is to “give you a fishing adventure you’ll never forget.” If reviews from his clients are any indication, this charter company lives up to their ambitious motto.
Chris’s guests experience a first class fishing adventures and almost always leave with ample fish for their freezer. Everything is included from baiting the hooks to cleaning the catch.
Fish Happens Charters offers several different types of trips including inshore, near shore, shark fishing, Cobia/Ling fishing, tournament experiences, and family sight seeing charters.
Inshore trips explore Pensacola Bay in search of Redfish, Trout and Flounder. Near shore trips troll the Gulf of Mexico with light tackle suitable for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel and Barracuda. Chris will also guide his guests offshore if they’re interested in catching Red Snapper, Grouper and Trigger Fish.
Adrenaline junkies can try shark fishing. The waters off Pensacola offer habitat for several different species of sharks including Bull, Tiger, Hammerheads and record class Mako.
This year Fish Happens Charters introduced guided Cobia/Ling fishing trips, enabling their guests to chase Cobia from Gulf Shores Alabama to Destin, Florida.
If you want to try your hand at tournament fishing, the crew at Fish Happens will sign you up, take you out, and set you up to win a trophy for your mantle.
The tour options are unique and fun but one of the best things about a Fish Happens Charters is the time spent with its passionate Captain. Every minute you spend on the water will make it evident that Chris loves what he does. He says, “There isn’t much better than watching a client’s face when that reel’s start to drag, and it’s so fun to listen to the screams, laughs and cheers that inevitably follow.”
To make a reservation or for more information click here to visit Fish Happens Charter’s Website.