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For saltwater fishing off the Florida Panhandle look no further than Captain Fred Trotter. He has over 30 years of experience fishing off the Gulf of Mexico and knows exactly where to take you and what to do, to provide you with a great all-round fishing experience.

You’ll be touring around on a Carolina Skiff Bay Boat. This center console was originally built in 2012 and is powered by a 150 HP Honda engine, allowing you to cruise around the water up to 35 knots. It’s got onboard fishfinder equipment and a live bait well to keep it nice and fresh for your fishing adventure.

You’ll use a variety of techniques such as bottom fishing, trolling, and jigging to catch native species like Amberjack, Snapper, Grouper, and Redfish. Fishing for Spanish Mackerel is one of Captain Fred’s favorite chases though and he offers specialized charters for this activity.

As well as a Florida fishing license he offers top of the range rods, reels, and lures to aid you in your quest of catching the biggest fish of the trip. When you take that fish and hopefully the many others that you catch, he’ll clean and fillet it for you so it’s ready to go straight to the pan once you’re home.

There’s a hot sun on the Gulf of Mexico so be sure to pack your shades and plenty of sunscreen as well as extra drinks and smacks. No matter the fish you have in mind, Captain Fred will help you catch it along with many more.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day – Summer
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    For those fishing enthusiasts, this is trip has a good chance of being the highlight of your summer. There's a superb range of fish and your bound to have a target or two that you’ve always wanted to catch on it. Mahi Mahi, Cobia, False Albacore, and Red Snapper are just a few of the many species that are free for you to reel in
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    A 6 hour trip will give you enough time to find fish and try out different techniques. You can mix trolling with bottom fishing and target species such as Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Snapper, Grouper, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Summer (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    On a summer morning there is no better way to kick off your day than by heading out to sea to catch a bucket load of fish. More than buckets might be needed though due to the size of some of the ones you can catch! Cobia, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Almaco, and Kingfish are some of the bigger varieties that can be found just off the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Summer (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Pack your sunscreen for an afternoon of fishing in the Floridian summer sun! This is a family-friendly trip that’s suitable for all. Whether it's your 1st or 100th time on the water, Captain Fred is here to help you every step of the way. You'll be chasing after the likes of Grouper, Kingsfisher, Redfish, as well as Red and Mangrove Snapper on this sun and fun-filled day in on the Florida Panhandle.
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About the Captain

Fred Trotter
Panama City, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
85 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2020
I’ve been fishing all my life in the Florida Panhandle area. I’ve been taking friends and their families out fishing for years and years but only recently did I start to run charter boats. I am passionate about the sport and love to teach people both young and old new things. For me, there is nothing that is quite like someone’s excitement when they catch a fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Jack (Almaco) Jack (Almaco)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)

Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Carolina Skiff Bay Boat (Center console) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 150HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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4.91
out of 5 stars from 85 reviews
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99%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Stacy W.
Temple, GA
 5.00
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Great fishing trip!

VERIFIED   Half Day – Summer (AM) on June 23, 2020
Capt Trotter called us the day before our charter due to a bad storm that had come through earlier in the day to let us know...
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Julie L.
Murfreesboro, TN
 5.00
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Best day ever with Captain Fred

VERIFIED   NEW  Special 4 hours trip for Julie Lee on November 14, 2020
This day was so special to us as we were celebrating my brother’s life with his daughters and niece doing what he loved...
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Jim C.
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VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip on November 24, 2020
Captain Fred does the little things that other Charter Captains haven’t done in the past.  He helped my boys ease...
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Jarod R.
Panama City Beach, Florida
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6 hour with captain Fred

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on August 13, 2020
Captain Fred is as nice as they come. Super patient and helpful wether you are a pro or are a bass angler from the Midwest....
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Ashley W.
Orlando, FL
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Caught way mire fish then I could have hoped for!

VERIFIED   Half Day – Summer (PM) on June 22, 2020
We were only out for 2 hours due to a storm coming up and in just two hours we were taught how to catch fish, and we caught...
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