Fishing Along The Forgotten Coast

Some of the best fishing along the Forgotten Coast is found right here in Gulf, Franklin, and Bay Counties.  Whether you are a saltwater or freshwater fishing enthusiast, our area offers both.  Our area is comprised of many bays, creeks, lakes, and rivers as well as the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s truly a fisherman’s paradise.  Some of the most popular saltwater fish species are Flounder, Grouper, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Trout.  For fresh water, some of the most popular are Bream, Catfish, and Shellcracker.   The best way to experience fishing in our area is to book a private charter with one our area licensed fishing guides. 

Lady J Charters
Captain Danny Tankersley and his son Jacob Tankersley grew up in Port St Joe and have been fishing the waters of St Joseph Bay and the Gulf of Mexico their entire lives.  The offer offshore trips on their 36’ fully equipped Yellowfin and can accommodate up to 6 plus the crew.  They also offer scalloping, flats fishing, and shark fishing on their 24’ Carolina Skiff.  For more information or to book your trip, call 850-227-1200.

Doghouse Charters
Whether you like fishing the bays and inlets, trolling inshore, offshore, or bottom fishing, Captain Kenny Lemieux is Coast Guard certified and has the knowledge and experience to put you on the fish.  He grew up on the waters of the Florida panhandle and has spent many years exploring its bays, inlets, and offshore fishing habitats.  Doghouse Charters also offers scalloping charters as well as sightseeing tours.
For more information or book a trip, call 850-527-9530.

Perfect Cast Charters
Captain Dan Van Treese is a local inshore fishing guide on the waters of Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, and Port St Joe Bay.   He has over 16 years of experience in the area and offers light tackle bay and inshore fishing charters for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Tarpon, Triple Tail, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks and more.  Your charter is fully furnished including tackle, ice, cooler and your fishing license.  Just bring your drinks, snacks, and oh yes, don’t forget your sunscreen!  For more information or to book your trip, call Captain Van Treese at 850-227-5149.

Bounty Bay PSJ Charters
Captain Pete Barwick offers inshore and offshore fishing trips as wells as shelling trips to Cape San Blas and sunset cruises.  Enjoy ½ day or full day adventures for your saltwater experience along the Forgotten Coast.  For more information or to book your trip, call Captain Pete @ 850-628-4528.

Charter Boat Miss Mary
Captain Chip Blackburn charters out of Mexico Beach offering six basic types of fishing charters from inshore and offshore trolling to drift and bottom fishing as well as shark and cobia fishing trips.  Trips vary between 4 to 12 hours and kids are always welcome aboard.  For more information or to book your next fishing adventure, give Capt. Chip Blackburn a call at 850-527-6272.

Apalachicola Fishing Company
Based out of the Scipio Creek Marina and just one block from the historic downtown Apalachicola, Florida.  Captain Ryan Kelley and his crew of expert guides offer both inshore and offshore fishing charters year around.  Specializing in catching a wide range of fish – from snapper, grouper, reef fish, wahoo, swordfish, and tuna offshore to redfish, speckled trout, flounder, tripletail, black drum, pompano and Spanish mackerel inshore.  For more information on their customized charters or to book your fishing adventure, give Captain Ryan a call at 850-508-8550.

Florida Cracker Charters
Experience the beauty of Old Florida that can be found on the local Bays, Lakes, and Rivers with Captain Mitch Fortner, a 5th generation Gulf County Floridian with a lifetime of fishing experience.  Captain Mitch offers 4 to 8 hours Bay Trips.  Also ask about Local River and Lake trips.  To book your trip with Captain Mitch, call 850-819-1674.

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