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. There is 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
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    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
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    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
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    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
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    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
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    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
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    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
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    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
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    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
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    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 – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    Enjoy bottom fishing for Snapper, Triggerfish, and other species. This trip can also include trolling for Spanish and King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and other more. This trip is great for those not looking to go out too far from shore while enjoying some fun fishing in the Gulf! Please note, this trip is weather dependent due to the size of the boat. Included in the price are the rods, reels, bait, and the fishing license for the group. You should bring your own snacks and drinks. Don't forget the sunscreen!
  • 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
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    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
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    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
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    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 – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    Enjoy bottom fishing for Snapper, Triggerfish, and other species. This trip can also include trolling for Spanish and King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and other more. This trip is great for those not looking to go out too far from shore while enjoying some fun fishing in the Gulf! Please note, this trip is weather dependent due to the size of the boat. Included in the price are the rods, reels, bait, and the fishing license for the group. You should bring your own snacks and drinks. Don't forget the sunscreen!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour – Kids Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    up to 4 persons
    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!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour – Spanish Mackerel (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 1
    $350
    up to 4 persons
    Be ready to jump on the rod and reel fast!! This is a great trip from younger kids to adults for some fun filled action trolling for Spanish Mackerel!!!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour – Spanish Mackerel (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 1
    $350
    up to 4 persons
    Be ready to jump on the rod and reel fast!! This is a great trip from younger kids to adults for some fun filled action trolling for Spanish Mackerel.
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About the Captain

Justin Driscoll
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
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175 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2018
Captain Justin Driscoll has always loved being on the water. Passionate about both fishing and waterfowl hunting, Justin enjoys showing his clients and friends what Florida is all about. Capt. Justin is a young and enthusiastic guide, who knows the local waters like the back of his hand. His favorite species to catch is Redfish.

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Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
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 35 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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 175 reviews
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96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Jeff L.
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Half Day Trip with Captain Justin Driscoll

VERIFIED   July 17, 2019
We had a wonderful experience with Captain Justin. This was our first time to ever catch a shark. Captain Justin was very respectful...
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VERIFIED   July 16, 2019
Took my wife and boys (4 and 6) for a short inshore trip. It’s very important to me that my boys experience what I did when...
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My family had a great experience with Jusitn and Florida Panhandle Charters today. He was terrific - kept in contact with me...
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Angela W.
Panama City, FL
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VERIFIED   June 18, 2019
I booked a trip for my husband Lee and my daughter Kaitlyn as a Father’s Day trip! Not knowing where to start planning something...
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June 15, 2019
Justin took my niece and I trout fishing this morning and we had such a great time. He was professional, polite, and attentive....
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