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Pensacola Bay Fishing Pier, steeped in history and nestled along the scenic coastline of Pensacola, Florida, holds a special place in the hearts of anglers and locals alike. Built over the remnants of the original bridge that connected Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, this iconic pier has a storied past that dates back to the early 20th century.The original bridge, which opened in June of 1931, served as a vital link between the two coastal communities, facilitating travel and commerce across the bay. However, as time passed, the bridge’s significance transcended its primary purpose, becoming a cherished spot for recreational fishing enthusiasts. Anglers flocked to the bridge to cast their lines into the waters of Pensacola Bay, drawn by the promise of abundant fish and breathtaking views.In 2004, Hurricane Ivan ravaged the Gulf Coast, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The original bridge, built in 1931, suffered extensive damage, rendering it unfit for vehicular traffic. However, rather than letting the remnants go to waste, local authorities seized the opportunity to repurpose the bridge’s footprint for a new purpose: a fishing pier.Thus, the Pensacola Bay Fishing Pier was born, rising from the ashes of the old bridge to become a beacon of hope and resilience for the community. Spanning the tranquil waters of Pensacola Bay, the pier offers anglers a prime location to reel in a variety of saltwater species while basking in the beauty of the surrounding coastline.Anglers visiting Pensacola Bay Fishing Pier have the opportunity to target a diverse range of fish species, each requiring different techniques and baits. Here are some common fish caught at the pier and how to catch them:Redfish: Redfish are often found near the pier’s structure, especially during the warmer months. Anglers can target them using live bait such as mullet or pinfish, as well as artificial lures like soft plastics or spoons.Speckled Trout: Speckled trout are abundant in the waters around the pier, particularly in the early morning or late evening. Anglers can catch them using live shrimp or artificial lures such as topwater plugs or soft plastics.Spanish Mackerel: Spanish mackerel are fast-swimming predators that can be targeted using shiny spoons, jigs, or live baitfish retrieved at a fast pace. They are often found feeding near the surface, especially when baitfish are present.Flounder: Flounder are commonly caught around the pier’s pilings and sandy areas, especially during the summer months. Anglers can target flounder using live bait such as finger mullet or mud minnows, as well as artificial lures like jigs or soft plastics bounced along the bottom.Today, the Pensacola Bay Fishing Pier stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of Pensacola and its residents. As part of the $400 million Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement project to rebuild the full driving bridge, the fishing pier continues to serve as a cherished gathering place for anglers and visitors alike, offering a glimpse into the area’s rich maritime heritage.Access to the pier is available for a nominal fee of $2 for pedestrians or $5 for vehicles, with fees collected in a box at the front of the bridge. Additionally, annual bridge passes are available for purchase through the county, providing anglers with convenient access to this beloved fishing destination.


1401 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502, USA


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Open 24 Hours A Day
7 Days A Week

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Please Note: From mid October through mid March our hours are daily 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Daily Fees:
$2/walk-on angler or vehicle passenger
$5/vehicle (includes driver)
Seniors 62 and up – 50% off
Children 15 and younger – Free
Non-fishing pedestrian (jogger, bird watcher, observer) – Free
Annual Passes (Available at 1651 E. Nine Mile Road)
$50/walk-on angler or vehicle passenger
$75/vehicle (includes driver)
Seniors 62 and up – 50% off

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1401 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502, USA

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