Panama City Beach Fishing Charters

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Recently Booked Fishing Charters Near Panama City Beach, Fl

Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

PCB Light Tackle Fishing

100% (6)
22 ft 1 - 4 People From $175 / person

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach Nearshore Run

100% (5)
25 ft 1 - 6 People From $150 / person

Inshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

2-Hour Kids Trip - 24' SeaPro

100% (11)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $100 / person
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Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Panama City Trolling Thrills

100% (8)
53 ft 1 - 15 People From $104 / person

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

PCB Reefs And Trolling

100% (9)
34 ft 1 - 6 People From $212 / person
Damn Good

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Grand PCB Offshore Trip- 45'

100% (9)
45 ft 1 - 15 People From $156 / person

Most Popular Types of Trips in Panama City Beach

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Fishing Charters Near Panama City Beach, Fl

When you step on board with Captain Terry, you're in for the fishing adventure of a lifetime! Whether you're an old hand or a total greenhorn, he'll make sure to get you on the fish and give you the opportunity to hook a lunker! On this trip, you'll focus on the nearshore waters around Panama City Beach, FL. This rich fishery is home to a huge variety of sportfish, including Blacktip Sharks, Bluefish, King Mackerel, Bonito (super fun on light tackle!), Mahi Mahi, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, and more. To get bites, you'll run trolling gear in combination with drift fishing on light tackle—both really fun ways to get fish hooked! Once a fish is on, hang on for the fight of your life, especially if you hook a shark. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Terry's 24' SeaPro center console, which is equipped with a 250-HP Yamaha outboard to give you a smooth, fast ride. She's also fully kitted out with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor, Ice Box, and Life Jackets for all passengers. Captain Terry will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. Come on down to Panama City Beach and make some lifelong memories! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Half Day PCB Trip - 24' SeaPro

100% (7)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $213 / person

Come have some serious fun and explore some of the most prolific waters in the area with Captain Alicia! You’ll be fishing on board her 55' Defender walkaround, a huge vessel that can take groups of more then twenty! She's equipped with a complete complement of amenities and equipment, including air conditioning, GPS, live wells, refrigerators, and bunkrooms, among other comforts. Regardless of the trip option you choose, you’ll be bottom fishing for some of the biggest species that call these waters home. **8-Hour Trip** Experience deep sea fishing like never before 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 Alicia will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, a first mate, and live bait (which you will spend the first 20-30 minutes catching). 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 Alicia! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

"Big Shot" Bottom Fishing

100% (3)
55 ft 1 - 22 People From $172 / person

Join Captain Billy out of Panama City Beach, FL for a big day of bottomfishing! On this trip, you'll be dropping lines deep to hook up a variety of nearshore reef species, including Snapper, Grouper, and even Goliath Grouper, one of the heaviest fish in Gulf! To attract bites, you'll be fishing a bunch of different lures and bait, jigging and bottomfishing where the big lunkers like to hang out. Captain Billy has tons of tips and tricks to help you hook a monster, and there's no better opportunity for a personal best than this trip! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Billy's 22' Cape Horn center console, which is equipped with a 200-HP Yamaha outboard for a smooth, fast ride. She's also fully kitted out with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box for your catches! Captain Billy will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. Come on down to Panama City Beach and make some lifelong memories! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Targeting The Reefs

100% (8)
22 ft 1 - 4 People From $213 / person

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 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 or Grouper. This is a great trip for the novice angler, kids, and families. **8-Hour Trip** Experience deep sea fishing like never before 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 live bait (which you will spend the first 20-30 minutes catching). 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! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

PCB Bottom Fishing

100% (5)
41 ft 1 - 6 People From $250 / person

An inshore fishing charter on St. Andrew's Bay, FL is a thrilling fishing adventure! You'll be cruising the shallow waters and estuaries, casting your line in search of a variety of popular fish species. On this trip, you'll be on board Captain Alan's 24' Blazer Bay center console, an ideal vessel for this type of inshore fishing. Once you're out on the water, Alan will take you to hit the best fishing spots for your target species. He knows some real "honey holes" where you'll have a great shot at big numbers, a trophy fish, or both! Although there any many species here, Redfish are definitely the most common target for anglers. Redfish are a top saltwater sportfish in the U.S., and for good reason—they're common, give a great fight, and provide a challenge for every level of angler! Overall, an inshore fishing charter on St. Andrew's Bay, FL is a fun and exhilarating experience that you'll never forget. So, grab your friends and family, and get ready for a day filled with laughter, excitement, and plenty of fish tales to tell! Read More

Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Half Day On St. Andrews Bay

100% (8)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $175 / person

If you're looking for a truly epic shark-fishing adventure, come on down to Panama City Beach and get out there with Captain Billy! Because of their speed, strength, and size, sharks are definitely a step above regular inshore and nearshore species. On this trip, you'll be able to hook a couple different types, including Blacktips, Bullsharks, Hammerheads, Nurse Sharks, and even Tiger Sharks! You'll draw bites with cut bait, which sharks love. When a big one takes the hook, hold on—these fish can strip a reel in minutes, and they have incredible endurance as well. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Billy's 22' Cape Horn center console, which is equipped with a 200-HP Yamaha outboard for a smooth, fast ride. She's also fully kitted out with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box for your catches! Captain Billy will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. Come on down to Panama City Beach and make some lifelong memories! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Half Day Shark Trip - 22’ Cape Horn

100% (8)
22 ft 1 - 4 People From $175 / person

Join Captain Billy out of Panama City Beach, FL for an epic trip focused on catching one of the biggest, baddest, heaviest fish in the Gulf! On this trip, you'll be dropping lines on heavy tackle to attract Goliath Grouper, an absolutely monste species that lurks in nearshore waters all around Florida. The largest Goliath Grouper can grow up to eight feet long and nearly 800 pounds! Although there are record fish out there, you're more likely to see Goliaths in the 100-200 pound range—still nothing to scoff at! To attract bites, you'll be fishing a bunch of different lures and bait, jigging and bottomfishing where the big lunkers like to hang out. Captain Billy has tons of tips and tricks to help you hook a monster, and there's no better opportunity for a personal best than this trip! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Billy's 22' Cape Horn center console, which is equipped with a 200-HP Yamaha outboard for a smooth, fast ride. She's also fully kitted out with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box for your catches! Captain Billy will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. Come on down to Panama City Beach and make some lifelong memories! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Goliath Grouper Special

100% (7)
22 ft 1 - 4 People From $250 / person

When you step on board with Captain Billy, you're in for the fishing adventure of a lifetime! Whether you're an old hand or a total greenhorn, he'll make sure to get you on the fish and give you the opportunity to hook a lunker. On this trip, you'll focus on the inshore waters around Panama City Beach, FL. This rich fishery is home to a huge variety of sportfish, including Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Trout, and more. To get bites, you'll run trolling gear in combination with drift fishing on light tackle—both really fun ways to get fish hooked! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Billy's 22' Cape Horn center console, which is equipped with a 200-HP Yamaha outboard to give you a smooth, fast ride. She's also fully kitted out with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box for your keepers! Captain Billy will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catches. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Half Day Inshore Trip

100% (7)
22 ft 1 - 4 People From $188 / person
Damn Good

Experience the thrill of fishing like never before with Captain Dustin's Fishing Trips in Panama City Beach, Florida! Whether you're a seasoned angler or a curious beginner, we have the perfect adventure for you. 4 Hour Trip: Ideal for families with children or those new to fishing, our 4-hour trip offers a taste of the Gulf of Mexico's incredible waters. It's a great way to dip your toes into the world of fishing and discover if it's your passion. 6 Hour Trip: Ready to take your fishing skills to the next level? Our 6-hour trip is designed for you. Get up close and personal with Captain Dustin as he shares his local expertise, offering tips and techniques to transform you into a master angler. With more time on the water, Captain Dustin will guide you to where the quality fish are biting, ensuring an unforgettable experience. 8 Hour Trip: For the seasoned pro looking for the ultimate fishing adventure, our 8-hour trip is the way to go. Dive deep into the Gulf of Mexico's waters, and let your expertise shine. This extended journey is perfect for those who crave the challenge and excitement that only a full day on the water can provide. Join us on Captain Dustin's Fishing Trips, and embark on a fishing expedition tailored to your experience and interests. Discover the beauty of Panama City Beach while reeling in fantastic catches with the guidance of a knowledgeable captain. Book your trip today and let the adventure begin! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Laid Back

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $150 / person

If you want a fun day out on the water in Panama City Beach, Captain Nathan is your man! For this 8 hour adventure, you will spend the first part of your trip fishing for 5 hours. You can hit the reefs to catch tasty fish like snapper and grouper, or hit it a little further offshore to troll for pelagic species like Wahoo, Mahi, Mackerel, and much more. After fishing has run its course. Captain Nathan will turn the boat back inshore and then travel to Shell Island to spend the remaining 3 hours lounging around in the sun! This can be a great time to explore the beaches, swim in the surf, and relax! Captain Nathan provides all the bait, top-of-the-line rods and reels, tackle, ice, and fishing licenses you will need for a successful day out on the water. All you'll need to bring is a cooler with food and drinks for yourselves and plenty of sunscreen! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Panama City Custom Fishing Trip

100% (7)
34 ft 1 - 6 People From $325 / person
Damn Good

There's simply no better way to enjoy the summer than going fishing with Captain Jeremy! He is a native to this area and has over 15 years of experience commercial and charter fishing in our local waters Depending on time of year and length of trip the methods of fishing and types of fish vary. The Captain will suggest what the best option for the day which could be redfish and Trout in our bay and backwaters to fishing our many inshore wrecks and live bottom for Snappers Triggerfish and many other reef fish the Gulf holds.These species are perfect inshore/nearshore opponents that fight hard and love to bite on a range of lures and baits. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Jeremy's 25' Sea Hunt boat. This comes equipped with a powerful 300hp Yamaha outboard, plus a range of amenities to enhance your experience. This boat is perfect for a family fishing trip, with a T-Top for shade, the latest electronics, and multiple live wells for bait. Captain Jeremy will provide you with all the equipment, tackle, and bait you need, plus ice for your food, drinks & fish. He'll also clean and bag your fish for you at the end of the day! All you need to bring is your sunscreen, sun-protective clothing, sunglasses, any food & drinks you'd like to enjoy onboard. Beer is welcome, but please—no hard liquor or wine, and no glass containers. If you've got Captain Jeremy at the wheel, your fishing adventure will surely be one to remember! Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach Inshore Fishing

100% (5)
25 ft 1 - 4 People From $194 / person
Damn Good

Hop aboard with Captain Harry and gear up for an exciting day of fishing along the Florida coast! Departing from Port St. Joe, you'll explore the rich inshore waters of this pristine area, offering fantastic fishing opportunities without the need for long journeys. During this 4-hour excursion, Captain Harry will guide you through the beautiful bays and estuaries near Port St. Joe, where you'll target Redfish and Speckled Trout. Using classic light tackle and live bait, you'll have the chance to hook these prized catches. Whether you're an experienced angler or a beginner, Captain Harry is here to provide expert guidance and share valuable tips to help you reel in a memorable catch. For your adventure, you'll board Captain Harry's 18' Maverick skiff, an ideal vessel for navigating shallow waters and pursuing Redfish up onto the flats. While this skiff is most comfortable for two anglers, it can accommodate three if needed. While we encourage catch and release, Captain Harry is more than happy to clean and package any fish you choose to keep. He'll supply all the necessary fishing gear, including rods, reels, and tackle, as well as providing ice, water, bait, and fishing licenses. Feel free to bring along any additional food or drinks you'd like for your trip. Please note that spray sunscreen is not permitted onboard. Secure your booking today and prepare for an unforgettable fishing experience in Port St. Joe! Read More

Deep Sea, Flats, Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

PCB Slammin’ - 22’ Pathfinder And 24’ Epic

100% (5)
127 ft 1 - 3 People From $250 / person

Get ready for a thrilling day out as you go after a range of exciting and delicious fish that call the waters of Panama City Beach home. There’s no better Captain to take you on the adventure than Captain Eric! On this 4-hour adventure, expect to target a plethora of species, including Bonito, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, and more! No matter if you want to fish inshore or offshore, Captain Eric is more than happy to accommodate! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Eric’s 32-foot center console with two 275 HP Mercury engines. This boat is equipped with a GPS, fishfinder, and an Icebox. She can accommodate up to four people. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, a cooler to take home your day’s catch, sunscreen, and a hat. Captain Eric will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and live bait. Come visit Panama City Beach and have an action-packed day on the water! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

4 Hour Trip - 32' Scarab

100% (3)
32 ft 1 - 6 People From $138 / person
Damn Good

Hop on board with Captain Harry and prepare for an action-packed day of fishing the Florida coast! The inshore waters of Panama City Beach are perfect for catching some picture-worthy fish without going too far from the dock! On this 4-hour trip, Captain Harry will take you to some of the Panama City bays and estuaries where you'll be fishing for Redfish and Speckled Trout. All you need to use for these fish is classic light tackle and live bait. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, Captain Harry will show you some expert tips to help get one on the line! On the day of your trip, you'll be fishing aboard Captain Harry's 18' Maverick. This skiff is best fished with 2 ppl, but 3 can be managed. This boat is ideal for exploring shallow water and stalking tailing reds up onto the flats! While "catch & release" is encouraged, Captain Harry will clean and package any fish you choose to keep! Captain Harry will provide all rods, reels, and tackle as well as ice, water, bait and fishing licenses. All you need to pack are any extra food or drinks you might need. He asks that you kindly do not bring any spray sunscreen on board. Book your trip today and get ready to catch some fish! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Inshore Slammin' - 22' Pathfinder

100% (4)
18 ft 1 - 3 People From $250 / person

"Surf fishing off of Panama City Beach is what Max has done most of his 34 years of life. He takes pride in it and this shows by the fish he‘s been able to produce over the years. He provides his customers with top notch gear, the best tackle, an iced down fish cooler with bottled water, beach chairs & everything else needed for a successful day of fishing. For bait, we will be using live sand fleas, fresh cut mullet and shrimp. We will set out four surf rods and have a spinning rod on standby to site fish big fish that swim bye. I will personally clean your fish right there on the beach and have gallon Ziploc bags to put the fillets in. Surf fishing is fun for all ages so bring the kiddos with you. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

After Work/School Surf Fishing

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1 - 8 People From $63 / person

If you're looking for the fishing experience of a lifetime, come on down to Panama City Beach and get out there with Captain Terry on this epic shark-fishing trip! Sharks are a blast to catch, and are the pound-for-pound hardest fighters on this side of the Atlantic. On this trip, you'll be able to hook a couple different types, including Blacktips and Nurse Sharks. You'll draw bites with cut bait, which sharks love. When a big one takes the hook, hold on! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Terry's 24' SeaPro center console, which is equipped with a 250-HP Yamaha outboard to give you a smooth, fast ride. She's also fully kitted out with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor, Ice Box, and Life Jackets for all passengers. Captain Terry will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. Come on down to Panama City Beach and make some lifelong memories! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Shark Trip - 24' SeaPro

100% (7)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $213 / person

Come and explore the productive waters of Panama City Beach, Florida with Captain Eric! On this 8-hour adventure, you can expect to find a bunch of species, including Bonito, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, and more. No matter what you want to target, Captain Eric is more than happy to accommodate! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Eric’s 32-foot center console with two 275 HP Mercury engines. This boat is equipped with a GPS, fishfinder, and an Icebox. She can accommodate up to four people. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, a cooler to take home your day’s catch, sunscreen, and a hat. Captain Eric will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and live bait. Come visit Panama City Beach and have a super fun time on the water! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

PCB Full Day Trip - 32' Scarab

100% (3)
32 ft 1 - 4 People From $390 / person

If you're looking for a truly epic shark-fishing adventure, come on down to Panama City Beach and get out there with Captain Billy! Because of their speed, strength, and size, sharks are definitely a step above regular inshore and nearshore species. On this trip, you'll be able to hook a couple different types, including Blacktips, Bullsharks, Hammerheads, Nurse Sharks, and even Tiger Sharks! You'll draw bites with cut bait, which sharks love. When a big one takes the hook, hold on—these fish can strip a reel in minutes, and they have incredible endurance as well. At night, sharks are highly active and are in "hunting mode", making this an ideal time to catch them. Fishing on the ocean at night is also a unique experience—it's quiet, cool, and there's less traffic, plus, no need for sun protection! If you've never been on a night trip, let Captain Billy be your guide. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Billy's 22' Cape Horn center console, which is equipped with a 200-HP Yamaha outboard for a smooth, fast ride. She's also fully kitted out with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box for your catches! Captain Billy will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. Come on down to Panama City Beach and make some lifelong memories! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

Nighttime Shark Expedition

100% (7)
22 ft 1 - 4 People From $213 / person
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach

What are the best fishing charters in Panama City Beach?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 86 trips in Panama City Beach, and the most popular trips in the area are PCB Light Tackle Fishing guided by Will, Panama City Beach Nearshore Run guided by Jim, and 2-Hour Kids Trip - 24' SeaPro guided by Terry.

Our guides in Panama City Beach are rated a 4.77 out of 5 based on 2203 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Panama City, Santa Rosa Beach and Freeport.

Looking for kid friendly charters in Panama City Beach? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Panama City Beach.

What types of fishing charters are common in Panama City Beach?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Panama City Beach as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Panama City Beach are: 1. redfish, 2. red snapper, 3. kingfish, and 4. gag grouper.

The most common fishing techniques in Panama City Beach are light tackle fishing, bottom fishing, and trolling but live bait fishing and artificial lure fishing are popular as well.

How much do Panama City Beach fishing charters cost?

in Panama City Beach prices can range anywhere from an affordable $150 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip in Panama City Beach is $1,000. The average price for a full day trip in Panama City Beach is $2,915.

What month is best for fishing in Panama City Beach?

The most popular season for fishing in Panama City Beach is summer, and most anglers book their trips 63 days in advance.

Do I need a Panama City Beach fishing license and what are the bag limits in Panama City Beach?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Panama City Beach don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in Panama City Beach. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Panama City Beach Fishing Charter Overview

Panama City, FL is a year-round resort town that offers a variety of watersports activities, including fishing. The town is surrounded by water, with North Bay, Saint Andrew Bay, and Grand Lagoon providing inshore fishing opportunities. Anglers can target Floridian favorites such as Redfish and Spotted Seatrout year-round, as well as Flounder and Sheepshead. In the summer, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, and Bonito are also prevalent.

For those seeking offshore fishing, charters are readily available to take anglers out into the Gulf, where productive reefs are swarming with prized fish such as Amberjacks, Kingfish, Snappers, Groupers, and Cobia. Deep water enthusiasts can also find charters that cater to them, with opportunities to catch monster Snappers, Groupers, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Billfish.

Panama City offers fishing opportunities for all levels of experience, with trips ranging from two hours inshore for beginners to full-day offshore adventures for angling fiends. Fishing licenses and regulations are covered by the professional captains, allowing anglers to focus on the fishing experience.

Panama City Beach Inshore Fishing

If you're an inshore angler, taking a look at a map of Panama City and the surrounding bays, sounds, and backwaters will get your adrenaline pumping. The inshore waters around Panama City provide anglers a unique opportunity to fish pristine, untouched mangrove shorelines just minutes away from a big city. Panama City has redfish, flounder, speckled trout, and sheepshead that can all be caught year-round. A diverse catch is expected in these productive inshore waters unless you want to target that one trophy that's been keeping you up at night.

In the heat of summer, the Silver King, or Tarpon invade the bays in search of their favorite baitfish. These fickle eaters can be difficult to fool at times, but all you need is one bite and they will go on a leaping run. Fishing for tarpon in Panama City Beach is incredible. Even more incredible is the opportunity to catch a tarpon on a fly and if you like a challenge this is the trip for you!

If you love catching speckled trout then Panama City in May and June is your opportunity to catch a trophy. To target big bull redfish head out in late summer to early fall during their annual migration. Fishing for specks and reds is productive outside of these seasonal windows as well. If you want to mix it up a bit then book a fly fishing guide and see if you can fool these inshore icons.

Panama City Beach Nearshore Fishing

Much like the inshore waters, the nearshore fishing grounds off of PCB are full of a variety of fish that can be caught year-round. The warm weather and location on the Northern Gulf Coast mean something is always biting. With plenty of manmade and natural reefs, wrecks, and other bottom structures, you'll be hard pressed to find better fishing for snapper, groupers, cobia, and amberjack.

If you want to fill up the freezer with tasty red snapper and kingfish, Panama City Beach is where you want to be. While snapper are best targeted by dropping bait near deep structure, king mackerel are aggressive predators that feed near the surface and are commonly caught while trolling. Both fish put up a big fight and are sure to spice up your trip.

Panama City Beach Deep Sea Fishing

Not to be outdone by the inshore or nearshore fishing, offshore fishing in Panama City is second to none. With marlin, tuna, wahoo, and more, deep sea fishing this is an exciting place to troll for giants. Marlin and tuna patrol the deep waters of the gulf and grow to incredible sizes. It seems that the wahoo caught out of Panama City Beach are always exceptionally large. Hook up to one of these fierce fish and it’s sure to be an unforgettable trip.

Popular Types of Fishing In Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters include inshore, offshore, and deep-sea fishing. Inshore fishing is perfect for beginners and families, as it takes place in calm waters close to shore. Offshore fishing is for more experienced anglers and takes place in deeper waters, where you can catch larger fish like tuna and mahi-mahi. Deep-sea fishing is the ultimate adventure, taking you miles offshore to catch big game fish like marlin and sailfish.

The types of fish you can catch in Panama City Beach depend on the type of fishing you choose. Inshore fishing is great for catching redfish, trout, and flounder. Offshore fishing can yield grouper, snapper, and amberjack. Deep-sea fishing is where you'll find the big game fish like marlin, sailfish, and wahoo.

When booking a Panama City Beach fishing charter, be sure to ask about visiting landmarks like Shell Island and St. Andrews State Park. These areas are known for their abundant fish populations and beautiful scenery. So, whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-timer, there's a Panama City Beach fishing charter that's perfect for you.

The Best Places To Fish In Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach, Florida is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its clear waters and diverse marine life, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Here are some of the best places to fish in Panama City Beach, whether you're looking to go on a fishing charter or just fish from the shore.

1. St. Andrews State Park - This park offers both freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities, with a pier and jetties for shore fishing and a boat ramp for fishing charters.

2. Shell Island - Accessible only by boat, Shell Island is a secluded spot with plenty of fish to catch, including redfish, trout, and flounder.

3. Panama City Beach Pier - This 1,500-foot pier is a popular spot for both locals and tourists, with plenty of fish to catch and a bait and tackle shop on site.

4. Grand Lagoon - This shallow bay is home to a variety of fish, including redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the area by boat.

5. Gulf of Mexico - With its clear waters and abundance of fish, the Gulf of Mexico is a prime spot for deep sea fishing charters. Expect to catch everything from grouper and snapper to tuna and marlin.

Other Things To Do In Panama City Beach

While Panama City Beach fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant city. Take a thrilling ride on a jet ski or parasail over the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Visit Gulf World Marine Park to see dolphins, sea lions, and other marine life up close. For a more laid-back experience, head to St. Andrews State Park for hiking, swimming, and picnicking. Don't miss out on the Panama City Beach Pier, where you can enjoy stunning views of the ocean and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. And if you're looking for a little retail therapy, check out Pier Park, a premier shopping destination with over 120 stores and restaurants.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Amazing trip! Great captain and deck mate! Highly recommend.

    Mark D. with Stephen B. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We went out on Reel Fun today and had a blast. Our 3 boys caught fish the entire 2 hour trip and came wait to come back!

    Trey S. with Terry M. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Harry was great. He taught us the way to fish a new area. Explaining to us why the area was hard to fish and tricks to fish new areas. Great experience and will be using Captain Harry again.

    Murray T. with Harry H. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Amazing experience. Captain went above and beyond to help those who weren’t experienced fishers. Wonderful view and scenery. Would definitely do again.

    Carol A. with Terry M. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an amazing time and caught lots of fish in less than 2 hours. It was perfect for my 7 year old!

    Sterling M. with Terry M. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Will was extremely nice and knowledgeable about the local waters. Great guide that cares his clients have a good time.

    Jason D. with Will B. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    If you’re wanting to go out and rip some salt water fish lips Captain Billy is the man for the job. Me and my boys went out and with 5 minutes of our hooks being in the water we had fish in the boat.

    Cody G. with Billy Van W. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time.

    Heath P. with Stephen B. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Alan was the best fishing guide that I have experienced. We caught our limit of red snapper in 30 minutes. We also caught our limit of another type of snapper in less than an hour. He knew exactly where to stop. Fish were biting as fast as you threw out your line. Greatest experience I have had fishing with a guide. Will be booking with him again in the fall.

    Patricia B. with Alan C. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain will was a dam good guide. Will put us on fish. He also answered any questions we had and told us about the fish we caught. I would recommend him for to anyone. When we come back in the fall. We will book him again. I give captain Will a 5 star rating

    Dwayne C. with Will B. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our guid was top notch! He made the best out of the rough seas and high winds situation!

    Michael L. with Terry M. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely wonderful experience! Billy was so helpful and showed us a life time experience! We saw dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and caught tons of huge fish! Billy was very respectful and outgoing! 5 stars!!!

    Jessica C. with Billy Van W. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    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 A. with Kelia P. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time. Both Captain Jim and first mate Darius did a great job getting to the fish and kept us safe the whole trip.🎾🐾

    Tom C. with Jim B. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome trip. Capt. Nathan knew exactly where to put us and deck hand Luke kept us rigged and fishing. We caught lots of fish and several different species. Was a real workout pulling in fish after fish. Guys where really knowledgeable of the area. Definitely plan to book with them again.

    Brian G. with Nathan S. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Nate from the beginning asked a lot of questions about us and what our hopes were. He was extremely informative about what the conditions were, fish in season, and other tid-bits regarding our trip. Heading out we encountered extremely heavy fog so it was a bit slow getting out where we needed to be. Once we got out where we needed to be it was absolutely beautiful and Captain Nate put us on a couple catches. We got Trigger, Red Snapper, a B-Liner, and some tropical looking fish.. Unfortunately we were only able to keep the B-Liner but our family thoroughly enjoyed the trip! Once we started making our way in we realized that there was a red Tide which hindered some of our fishing. I will definitely book Captain Nate again on our next trip.

    Ken H. with Nathan S. of Panama City Beach, Florida

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