Best Places to Fish in Destin, Gulf Shores, Pensacola Beach, and More ~ Southern Vacation Rentals

Nothing says summer like fishing out on our beautiful blue waters. Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama’s beaches are a fisherman’s paradise since the waters are teeming with cobia, tuna, marlin, snapper, and more. Scheduling a fishing charter during a summer vacation is one of our favorite activities. No matter which of our areas you’re vacationing in, the opportunities for great fishing are endless! Read on below to discover some of the best places to fish in Destin, Orange Beach, Panama City Beach, and more.


Destin is known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for a good reason! Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay, the abundant waters are a fisherman’s paradise. With a number of fishing rodeos, tournaments, and more throughout the area, anglers are sure to be “hooked” after just one experience fishing in Destin’s waters! Here you’ll find cobia, grouper, amberjack, and more. Meanwhile, June is red snapper season, making summer the perfect time to fish in Destin! Hop aboard a charter boat to search for sailfish, blue marlin, and wahoo. Check out our Destin Gulf Coast Guide for some of our personal favorite fishing charters, too.

Panama City Beach

Fishermen of all skills will love exploring Panama City Beach’s abundant waters. Like 30A, Destin, and Fort Walton Beach, Panama City Beach is surrounded by the Gulf and Bay waters, offering you a variety of options whether you want to go fish from the shore or venture out a little further. Here, you’ll find the waters teeming with pompano, cobia, red snapper, blue marlin, Spanish mackerel, and trout. The area also hosts over 10 fishing tournaments annually, bringing in anglers from all over.

Pensacola Beach

Are you a beginner fisherman? Then you’re in luck, as the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier is the perfect place to start! Cast your line from the pier, which stretches out to nearly 1,500 feet long, and watch as the fish come to you! Some even say the largest cobia they’ve ever caught has been in Pensacola Beach. In addition, the Gulf Pier hosts and participates in multiple fishing tournaments throughout the year. This is a fun way to spend a day on the beach with the whole family! Several fishing charters in Pensacola Beach also offer you a variety of options for scouring the waters for fish. Don’t miss out!

Orange Beach & Gulf Shores

Meanwhile, the fish are just as abundant in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Cast your line in the Gulf of Mexico or any of the three nearby lakes and get ready to reel in your catch. Anglers love the waters here for the cobia, king mackerel, and even coveted red snapper in June.  Then, climb aboard a fishing charter to go deepsea fishing and bring in some fresh tuna or marlin. Just be sure to pick up the correct fishing license before you arrive!

For the best fishing charters in each area, be sure to visit our Gulf Coast Guide. Simply scroll over to “Reel in Fun,” select your area, and click the link to visit each business’s website!

Then, for your summer vacation, reserve your spot with Southern in one of our vacation rentals across Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama. Choose I’d Rather Be Gulfing in Pensacola Beach for your perfect summer vacation! This six bedroom home sleeps a whopping 23 guests and features over 3,000 square feet, luxury amenities, and breathtaking views of the Gulf. This beach home is perfect for large families traveling together! Call or book online now to make your vacation a dream come true.