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Captain Chris Phillips has spent his entire life fishing the waters of Pensacola and the Gulf of Mexico. Right out of school he began making a career in the fishing industry by taking a job at a local tackle store and acquiring his United States Coast Guard Captains License.

He then started his inshore guide business “Hot Spots Fishing Charters” and also took a job with the Pensacola News Journal covering fishing. You can still find his articles and fishing reports every Thursday in the sports page.

Soon after he joined forces with Captain Matt McLeod, one of Pensacola’s top captains, to compete at the top level of competitive redfish tournaments. They fished all over the southeast finding both success and tough times, but being one of the youngest teams on tour made their success even sweeter.

The duo has now has their inshore guide business, an offshore charter boat “Hot Spots”, and one of area’s premier tackle shops. Hot Spots Bait & Tackle is located in Gulf Breeze and you can usually catch one of the captains in there to answer any questions you may have.