Florida Lionfish Hunting Trips


Learn to hunt lionfish in Pensacola, Florida with Ocean Strike Team!  Known as the best place to hunt lionfish in Florida, Pensacola is often called the “Lionfish Capital of the World”. Our lionfish hunting eco-tourism trips are designed for the diver that is ready to make their diving mean something.  No lionfish hunting experience necessary.  You dont even need a fishing license to hunt! OST will take you out and show you how to safely hunt and remove invasive lionfish out of our waters. 

No Lionfish Hunting Experience Needed

We Provide Lionfish Specific Hunting Gear

No license or certification required

Hunting Guides in the Water to Help You

We Train You How to Hunt

Individual or Group Trips Available

Details & Itinerary

All of our lionfish hunting trips include 3 days of 2 tank guided lionfish hunting dives, Nitrox tanks/weights, use of polespears and zookeepers, snacks/drinks on the boat each day, chef-prepared lionfish dinner on Sat. night, and an amazing time on a great trip!


Our lionfish hunting eco-trips are typically three days of diving over a long weekend.  You will need to be in Pensacola, Florida before 5pm on Thursday of the trip to sign waivers, pick up any rental gear or last minute items you need, and show Nitrox cards for Nitrox. We will then typically meet at The Oar House (home of the best Mahi fish tacos in the world) for a trip meet-and-greet and dinner. Then it’s off to the rack for a good nights sleep.

Diving will consist of two tank dives on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will typically start out at an easier shallow dive (60-80 feet) so we can evaluate all the divers skill levels, and get everyone used to diving in the ocean again.  Most dives are typically around 80-120 feet.  Depending on conditions and skill level, we prefer to do “live boat” diving, where we do not use an anchor, but the boat follows us and picks us up when we are finished hunting. This alleviates the “where’s the anchor?” problem.

What Should I Bring

All you need is your personal dive gear (you can rent from the dive shop if you do not own your gear), transportation to and around Pensacola, and a great attitude. We provide all lionfish specific hunting gear, including a zookeeper and polespear. You might want to get some gloves with nitrite palms. This gives you a better grip on the polespear underwater.

Where do we stay

Accommodations are encouraged at the Cottages on the Green, which has amazing 4 bedroom cottages. Each room has 2 queen sized beds, private full bath, desk, tv, coffee maker, microwave and mini-fridge. The rooms have a lockable door to the common area which includes a large kitchen, living room and covered patio. Pensacola is a resort destination, so the closer to busy season, the harder the rooms get to book.

Can I bring lionfish home?

We will make every effort to let you take lionfish home with you. This depends on the number of lionfish we remove. If there is extra after the lionfish dinner, you are more than welcome to bring some home with you. Please provide your own cooler for this. 

2023 Lionfish Hunting Trip Dates

Coming Soon! Ocean Strike Team has purchaed a boat for our non-profit operations, including lionfish hunting. We will have it operational very soon, and will update the schedule once she is in service! We look foward to having you come out and learn to hunt. If you have a group of at least 4 and a maximum of 24, we can set up a private lionfish guided hunt on one of our amazing dive charters based in Pensacola.

Private Group Lionfish Hunting Trips Available

Are you a dive shop, dive club, or group of divers?

Interested in running a group trip to Pensacola, Florida to hunt lionfish? Ocean Strike Team has been setting up lionfish hunts for dive shops and dive clubs across the country for over 6 years.  We can set up private dive trips for groups as small as 4 and up to 20 divers.  OST will plan and arrange a trip around your dates and itinerary. Easy deposit schedule. We make it easy to book lionfish hunting trips with Ocean Strike Team. Contact Us for more information or to book your private trip today.