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Summertime Bottom Fishing

75% (4) 1 - 6 People 6 - 12 Hours From $1,800

Pricing Matrix

12 Hours 10 Hours 8 Hours 6 Hours
6 People
$3,600.00
$3,000.00
$2,400.00
$1,800.00
5 People
$3,600.00
$3,000.00
$2,400.00
$1,800.00
4 People
$3,600.00
$3,000.00
$2,400.00
$1,800.00
3 People
$3,600.00
$3,000.00
$2,400.00
$1,800.00
2 People
$3,600.00
$3,000.00
$2,400.00
$1,800.00
1 Person
$3,600.00
$3,000.00
$2,400.00
$1,800.00
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About Your Trip

Water Type

Deep Sea

Skill Levels

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

Come have some serious fun and explore some of the most prolific waters in the area with Captain Joe! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Joe's 41-foot Infiniti sportfisher, a luxury vessel equipped with air conditioning, GPS, fishfinder, live bait well, refrigerator, multimedia system, and an ice box, among other amenities. Regardless of the trip option you choose (6, 8, 10, or 12-hour), you’ll be bottom fishing for some of the biggest species that call these...

About Your Trip

Come have some serious fun and explore some of the most prolific waters in the area with Captain Joe!
You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Joe's 41-foot Infiniti sportfisher, a luxury vessel equipped with air conditioning, GPS, fishfinder, live bait well, refrigerator, multimedia system, and an ice box, among other amenities.
Regardless of the trip option you choose (6, 8, 10, or 12-hour), you’ll be bottom fishing for some of the biggest species that call these
waters home.

**6-Hour Trip**

This is a bottom fishing trip 10-15 miles offshore targeting a variety of different reef species. Target species include a variety of different Snappers, Triggerfish, Red Porgy, and occasionally a Shark. This is a great trip for the novice angler, kids, and families.

**8-Hour Trip**

Experience deep sea fishing like never before and join us on this offshore excursion off of the Florida Panhandle coast! You'll be going up to 20–25 miles from shore to bottom fish for various species.

**10-Hour Trip**

This trip is perfect for anglers who love fishing the deep sea! Go 25–35 miles from the coast to bottom fish for various reef species.

**12-Hour Trip**

On this trip, you'll travel 25–40 miles from shore to target a range of species.

Captain Joe will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, a first mate, and dead bait. Live bait is available for purchase in a cash only transaction from the local bait company on the way out of the Lagoon. Remember to bring food and drinks for the day, a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch, , (fish processing at the dockside market is available for an added fee.)

Bring your kids or your angling buddies and head out to a fishing adventure to remember with Captain Joe!
Amenities

Water Type

Deep Sea

Skill Levels

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for an additional fee.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Music

You can play your own bluetooth music.

Boat Restroom

This boat has a restroom.

Air Conditioning

This boat has air conditioning.

Live Bait

Live bait is provided for an additional fee.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

Federal Permit

This boat is federally permitted to go deep offshore.

Kid Friendly

This trip can cater to kids.

Flexible Cancelation

This trip can be canceled for a refund up to 7 days before the trip.

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

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About Your Guide

Captain Kelia

Outfitter 12 yrs of exp.
Aftergrowing up right here in Panama City Beach, learning from a young age all about fishing on these beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters, Captain Alicia started the business back in 2011. She has enjoyed taking people out, introducing them to the local fisheries and what she has loved her entire life. Beginning with the 2022 season, Capt. Alicia transitioned to the new boat of the fleet, the Big Shot, and Capt. Joe took over the...

About Your Guide

Captain Kelia

Outfitter 12 yrs of exp.
Aftergrowing up right here in Panama City Beach, learning from a young age all about fishing on these beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters, Captain Alicia started the business back in 2011. She has enjoyed taking people out, introducing them to the local fisheries and what she has loved her entire life. Beginning with the 2022 season, Capt. Alicia transitioned to the new boat of the fleet, the Big Shot, and Capt. Joe took over the helm of the Long Shot. Capt. Joe has been Capt. Alicia's first mate since the beginning and knows both the boat and industry like the back of his hand. Capt. Joe was born in Panama City and moved away as a kid but the Gulf of Mexico and his passion for fishing drew him back in his teens. Once you go fishing with Capt. Alicia aboard the Big Shot or Capt. Joe aboard the Long Shot you’ll want to return to Panama City Beach for another excursion.
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Start Location

5550 N Lagoon Dr Panama City Beach, FL 32408

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Sportfisher
Boat Manufacturer
Infinity
Boat Length
41'
Engine Manufacturer
Caterpillar

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Sportfisher
Boat Manufacturer
Infinity
Boat Length
41'
Engine Manufacturer
Caterpillar
Total Horsepower
650
Number of Engines
2
Additional Amenities
Air Conditioning, GPS, Fishfinder, Bed, Flybridge, Live Bait Well, Refrigerator, Multimedia System, Ice Box
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Trip Details & Amenities

Water Type

Deep Sea

Skill Levels

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for an additional fee.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Music

You can play your own bluetooth music.

Boat Restroom

This boat has a restroom.

Air Conditioning

This boat has air conditioning.

Live Bait

Live bait is provided for an additional fee.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Federal Permit

This boat is federally permitted to go deep offshore.

Kid Friendly

This trip can cater to kids.

Flexible Cancelation

This trip can be canceled for a refund up to 7 days before the trip.

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

Potential Target Species

  • Bonito
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Kingfish
  • Lane Snapper
  • False Albacore
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Mangrove Snapper
  • Pink Snapper
  • Red Grouper
  • Red Snapper
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Vermillion Snapper
  • Wahoo

Techniques

  • Bottom Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Heavy Tackle Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Live Bait Fishing

Everything Else to Know

Snacks and Drinks, Weather Appropriate Gear, Sun Protection, Camera. Note: No Spray Sunscreen. Rods, Reels, Tackle, Dead Bait, Fishing License included. Live bait is available for up from the local bait company on the way out, cash only transaction.
You're all set! You don't need to buy a license for this trip.
This trip is managed by an outfitter. Kelia will be your point of contact and you will go out with one of their guides.
We use a cashless autopay system. We'll send you a boarding pass, and on the day of the trip, your guide will scan your boarding pass to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is to tip your guide (we recommend 20%).
Cancel for free up to 7 days before the trip and receive credit back to your account.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate you’ll be covered by our 100% weather guarantee and you won’t lose your deposit.

Reviews

4.0
based on 4 reviews

Jason

Verified Review

June 7

This was a HS Sr graduation fishing trip. They caught 6 fish on a 6 hr trip. This was an extremely disappointing booking. I would not recommend.

Crew was polite but for the money this was not something I’d be proud of as a Captain. “They couldn’t get away from the Dolphins for 6 hours” was the reason we were given for the meager returns.

Our feeling is the crew just didn’t want to deal

Jason

Verified Review

June 7

This was a HS Sr graduation fishing trip. They caught 6 fish on a 6 hr trip. This was an extremely disappointing booking. I would not recommend.

Crew was polite but for the money this was not something I’d be proud of as a Captain. “They couldn’t get away from the Dolphins for 6 hours” was the reason we were given for the meager returns.

Our feeling is the crew just didn’t want to deal
with a group of High Schoolers and just mailed this trip in. Really disappointed for these young men who looked forward to this trip all year.
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Response from Kelia:
As the owners we want to respond to the innate amount of the inaccuracies of this review. First, those boys caught over a dozen fish as the picture you posted proves. 2nd, when you first booked with us you tried to book the 4 hour trolling trip which Captain Experiences working directly with us, advised you we could not offer as they are not productive this time of year. Which is why we switched you...

Response from Kelia:

As the owners we want to respond to the innate amount of the inaccuracies of this review. First, those boys caught over a dozen fish as the picture you posted proves. 2nd, when you first booked with us you tried to book the 4 hour trolling trip which Captain Experiences working directly with us, advised you we could not offer as they are not productive this time of year. Which is why we switched you to a 6 hour bottom fishing trip as we wanted to ensure these kids the most opportunity to catch fish.

3rd, as the reviewer you were not aboard the boat and the ones aboard advised the crew to stop bottom fishing for snapper and wanted to "big game fish." Despite the advice we gave you at booking, before the rest of them left the dock that morning you pushed the crew to King Fish, to which they advised you that King Mackerel had not shown up yet and their best bet was to bottom fish.

During the bottom fishing the dolphins, which are a protected Marine Mammal were not allowing many fish to be harvested as they were taking them right off the hooks. The Captain made a 5 mile run to get away from them in attempt to harvest more fish. Unfortunately, they followed. (They do have tails and swim fast.) The Crew gave them the option to spend the last hour and a half attempting to troll and the group agreed, this was after the Crew reminded them that King Fishing was not productive but since that's what they wanted to do they would switch styles and give it a go. They did catch two Bonita during that time (the silver fish in your picture.)

The Crew absolutely did not dismiss or not want "to deal with" these kids, that is not how we run our business. On the contrary, they wanted them to have the best option at catching fish and tried to dissuade them from switching to a style that they knew would be unproductive. If they would have of allowed the Crew to continue bottom fishing they could have of mitigated some of the dolphin loss, which is a protected Marine Mammal and we have no control over.

Also--sir you booked this trip a month ago not a year. You booked our shortest bottom fishing trip and were advised multiple times that all this trip allowed time for was to bottom fish for snapper and that King Mackerel, Red Grouper and Cobia were not options on this trip. You also booked a lower rate as it shows in the review title it was at our Spring rate, but we honored it and ran for a lower price than we normally would have of. We hope next time you book with any operator, you heed the information they give you at booking and what is possible rather than holding them to impossible standards especially when you weren't even aboard the boat yourself. It's somewhat insulting to make an assumption about how the Crew handled things when you weren't there to witness it. We always strive to produce the most fish possible as well as the best experience possible for all of our guests, but we also always listen to them even when it's against our better judgement. Unfortunately, that can sometimes cause the "meager returns" as you stated. Which resulted in a ZERO gratuity for the Crew which you advised was "polite and nice," unfortunate for them they took the direction of the guests and it cost them part of their wages for the day.

Also I want to be super clear that I as the Owner was on the dock when this trip backed in and heard your wife and YOURSELF when you were picking the boys up, both say things to the sentiment of "great catch," "what a haul," "you guys look like you had fun," etc. If there had been any breath of negativity I would have of intervened and spoken to you directly however everyone was all smiles and taking pictures and yet you chose to slam us on the internet. I wish you would have of expressed any issues so that you could have of spoken to the Crew directly which would have of allowed you to have the Crew's actual actions rather than taking one side of the story to base an inaccurate 1 star review on when you weren't there to witness it.
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Response from Captain Experiences:
Hey Jason - thanks for your feedback, and I’m sorry to hear that the trip did not live up to your expectations, especially since the team worked with you personally over the last few weeks to get this trip scheduled (and gave you a few hundred dollars off the rate). Dealing with dolphins is always tough, but from your photo, it does look like they caught a dozen or so fish, so I’m glad the...

Response from Captain Experiences:

Hey Jason - thanks for your feedback, and I’m sorry to hear that the trip did not live up to your expectations, especially since the team worked with you personally over the last few weeks to get this trip scheduled (and gave you a few hundred dollars off the rate). Dealing with dolphins is always tough, but from your photo, it does look like they caught a dozen or so fish, so I’m glad the boys didn’t come home empty handed. We’ve worked with Kelia and her team for over two years because of their pristine reputation for hospitable, productive, and fun charters; hearing this feedback was certainly a shock. We have offered you a discount towards any of our other 3,000+ trips around the world and hope you will take us up on the offer and get back on the water.
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Joshua

Verified Review

October 3

My brother and I had a great time with Captain Joe and his first mate, Dusty. They were a lot of fun, knowledgeable, and it was a great experience. Thanks for the good time; oh, and we caught so many fish, around 20 Bonita, 4 Spanish, and even one mahi! We took the Spanish and Mahi to J Michael’s after and that was also delicious; thanks for the recommendation Joe and Dusty!

Joshua

Verified Review

October 3

My brother and I had a great time with Captain Joe and his first mate, Dusty. They were a lot of fun, knowledgeable, and it was a great experience. Thanks for the good time; oh, and we caught so many fish, around 20 Bonita, 4 Spanish, and even one mahi! We took the Spanish and Mahi to J Michael’s after and that was also delicious; thanks for the recommendation Joe and Dusty!
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Trip: Summer Time Trolling Trip

Dylan

Verified Review

August 10

Had an amazing trip. AJ was the man and kept everyone baited and entertained. Captain Joe also did an amazing job keeping us on fish. Did the 6 hr morning bottom trip and caught bonito, red snapper, vermillion. Even added a bonus spanish from the bottom. Caught 7 different species, overall great trip and definitely recommend.

Dylan

Verified Review

August 10

Had an amazing trip. AJ was the man and kept everyone baited and entertained. Captain Joe also did an amazing job keeping us on fish. Did the 6 hr morning bottom trip and caught bonito, red snapper, vermillion. Even added a bonus spanish from the bottom. Caught 7 different species, overall great trip and definitely recommend.
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William

Verified Review

March 1

Captain was great ,deckhand was even better! Weather was not with us still caught a few fish a lot of time looking, boat needs maintenance

William

Verified Review

March 1

Captain was great ,deckhand was even better! Weather was not with us still caught a few fish a lot of time looking, boat needs maintenance
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Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a boarding pass. Just show your guide your boarding pass on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to get out there. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a credit for the full deposit of the trip to be used on any of our trips across the country. Your safety is our top concern.
Each trip’s price is set by the guide and factors in all of their costs. A big determinant of cost is often the type of boat and associated fuel costs, but other guide costs include leases, marina / slip fees, bait costs, and the cost to provide and maintain all of the gear you’ll need on your trip.
Once you book the trip, we will connect you directly with the guide to go over any additional details. In the meantime, our team is always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!