Florida Panhandle Charters

Florida Panhandle Charters is a family and kid-friendly charter that specializes in putting their clients on top of the hottest bite in Panama City. Join Captain Justin, a passionate local guide, for a fun and relaxing day on the water. Beginners to seasoned anglers, everyone is welcome to enjoy the adventure.

Capt. Justin will take you out aboard a brand-new 23’ Sportsman bay boat. It comes powered by a single 150 HP Yamaha engine and can cruise at a top speed of 35 knots. The boat can take up to 4 anglers to fish in comfort and style. Fitted with a T-top, the vessel will provide you with shade and protection during the hot summer days. There’s also an array of professional accessories, top-notch navigational electronics, and fish-finding equipment. All aboard!

If you feel like wetting a line close to shore, let Capt. Justin put you on anything from Redfish and Trout to Sheepshead and Flounder. With your choice of morning or afternoon, a half day trip is the perfect opportunity to explore these waters and still make it home in time for lunch or dinner. These trips are also a great way to introduce young kids to fishing!

For anglers who want to try out some additional skills, but still stay close to shore, your captain will take you bottom fish for a variety of tasty fish! This includes Snapper and Triggerfish, and you’ll also have the chance to troll for Mahi Mahi and Kingfish, too. Please note that, due to the size of the boat, nearshore trips are weather-dependent.

All trips with Florida Panhandle Charters come inclusive with top-quality gear and tackle by the leading brands, such as Penn and Shimano. You will also be provided with fishing licenses, bait, and lures. All you have to do is bring your own snacks and drinks with you, along with the desire to catch fish.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Inshore Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    Enjoy a 6 hour trip fishing within Panama City Beach’s beautiful bays for all types of inshore fish such as Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and Mangrove Snapper to name a few!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    This is a 6 hour trip where you and your family will bottom fish in the Gulf of Mexico for all types of species that call structures, reefs, and live bottom home! A few species you will encounter will be Red Snapper, Triggerfish, and Grouper. You'll also have the opportunity to troll for King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and other species.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Bottom Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    This is a 4 hour trip where you and your family will bottom fish in the Gulf of Mexico for all types of species that call structures, reefs, and live bottom home! A few species you will encounter will be Red Snapper, Triggerfish, and Grouper!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Bottom Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    This is a 4 hour trip where you and your family will bottom fish in the Gulf of Mexico for all types of species that call structures, reefs, and live bottom home! A few species you will encounter will be Red Snapper, Triggerfish, and grouper!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Red Snapper Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 11 - Jul 25
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Specifically target Red Snapper on a 4 hour trip. With a very high chance of catching your limit, this trip will earn you a tasty dinner to take home from vacation or enjoy at one of our local hook and cooks.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Red Snapper Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 11 - Jul 25
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Specifically target Red Snapper on a 4 hour trip. With a high chance of catching your limit, you will earn a tasty meal to take home from vacation or enjoy at one of our local hook and cooks.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trolling Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Specifically target Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Mahi Mahi depending on the time of year, water temperature, and the presence of grass lines.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trolling Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Specifically target Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Mahi Mahi depending on the time of year, water temperature, and the presence of grass lines.
  • Private trip
    Captain's Recommendation
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    This trip is designed for those new to fishing the area that would like me personally to recommend the type of fishing and species that we target at a given time in the year. From spring Sheepshead, to summer Red Snapper, to fall Bull Redfish, there’s a target on the list for everyone to enjoy during the year. Come join me for tight lines, big smiles, and memories you won’t soon forget!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Fish the inshore bays of Panama City Beach for Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, and Flounder. This trip is especially great for those who want to introduce their kids to fishing without having to travel too far out.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Join Capt. Justin for an afternoon bite that can be just as good or sometimes better than the morning bite! Get ready to fish for Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and other cool inshore species!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Shark Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Enjoy a 4-hour trip fishing for sharks in the bays of Panama City Beach. Fish for Blacktip, Spinner, Bonnethead, and Hammerhead sharks. You'll fish for Sharks with light tackle and rods so be ready for a fun challenge!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Shark Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Enjoy a 4 hour trip fishing for sharks in the bays of Panama City Beach. Fish for Blacktip, Spinner, Bonnethead, and Hammerhead sharks. You will fish for Sharks with light tackle and rods so be ready for a good fight!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour – Kids Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    This trip is great for introducing and educating younger kids about the great inshore fishing of Panama City Beach! With a short trip this is great so the youngsters don’t loose interest! Children of all ages are welcome!
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About the Captain

Justin Driscoll
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
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226 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2018
All of my life I have been extremely passionate about both fishing and helping others experience and enjoy the outdoors. I take great pride in showing my clients what the great fishery of Panama City Beach and its bay system have to offer. I am very enthusiastic and dedicated guide who will go above and beyond for my clients to not only catch fish, but most importantly to have a great time doing so! Join me for a great time of tight lines, big fights, and making memories that you, your family, and friends will never forget!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder Flounder

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Sportsman (Bay boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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4.94
out of 5 stars from 226 reviews
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Robby H.
McKinney, TX
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Justin Driscoll

VERIFIED   4 Hour Bottom Fishing (PM) on August 27, 2020
I will start by saying that Captain Justin Driscoll was upfront and honest about the challenge we may face due to the weather...
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Michael T.
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Could’ve have asked for a better Captain!

VERIFIED   3 Hour – Kids Trip on August 11, 2020
My 9 year old son and I booked a trip with Captain Justin and had a wonderful experience on our first FL panhandle fishing...
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4 hour trip with Captain Justin

VERIFIED   Captain's Recommendation on July 14, 2020
Our family went out in the bay with Captain Justin for my husbands birthday. Unfortunately we had a stormy morning so we were...
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Kandice C.
Montgomery, AL
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My children can’t stop talking about todays trip!

VERIFIED   3 Hour – Kids Trip on June 20, 2020
I booked a Father’s Day trip for my husband and our two oldest (6 and 9) with Captain Justin and let me just say… THE...
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Afternoon fishing with Captain Justin

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM) on September 30, 2020
We brought Mom and Dad to the beach for a little time away.  We booked Captain Justin for an afternoon of fishing. ...
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