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What are the best fishing charters in Panama City Beach?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 70 trips in Panama City Beach, and the most popular trips in the area are Kids Fishing Trip - 22’ Sea Chaser guided by Greg, Panama City Beach Nearshore Run guided by Jim, and Adrenaline-Pumping PCB Trip guided by Jason.

Our guides in Panama City Beach are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 5075 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.

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

Nearshore fishing is the most popular in Panama City Beach as well as inshore fishing, deep sea fishing, and jetty fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Panama City Beach are: 1. spanish mackerel, 2. kingfish, 3. mahi mahi, and 4. bonito.

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

How much do Panama City Beach fishing charters cost?

in Panama City Beach prices can range anywhere from $375 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day in Panama City Beach is $834. The average price for a full day in Panama City Beach is $2,706.

When is the best month to go fishing in Panama City Beach?

The most popular season for fishing in Panama City Beach is spring, and most anglers book their trips 57 days in advance.

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

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Panama City Beach don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Panama City Beach.

Panama City Beach Fishing Charter Overview

Panama City Beach is one of the most popular vacation spots on the Florida panhandle. It also happens to be located on the shores of world-class inshore, nearshore, and offshore fisheries. Whether you're on vacation with the family looking to spend a day on the water making memories, or an experienced angler looking to cross a fish off the bucket list, our fishing charters in Panama City Beach have you covered. Contact us today to book the fishing trip of a lifetime and cross off bucket list species in Panama City Beach!

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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.

Other Things to do in Panama City Beach

When you're not on your PCB fishing charter, there are plenty of attractions and events going on in Panama City Beach to keep the whole family entertained. Visit a number of award-winning white sand beaches that line the coast, stop by legendary seafood restaurants like Dusty's Oyster Bar, or for the 21+ crowd, hop around dozens of beachside bars. Panama City Beach has something for the spring break squad and the family alike!

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