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. 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 Diawa. 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 in a smaller cooler, along with the desire to catch fish.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour Kids Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    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 Trip – Kids (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $500
    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 lose interest. Children of all ages are welcome!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    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 Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    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
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $700
    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
    4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    $700
    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
    4 Hour- Bottom Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $700
    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- Shark Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 1
    $700
    Enjoy a 4-hour trip fishing for sharks in the bays of Panama City Beach. Fish for Blacktip, Spinner, Bonnethead, and Hammerhead Shark. You will fish with light tackle and rods, so be ready for a good fight!
  • Private trip
    Captain’s Recommendation (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    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
    Captain’s Recommendation (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $700
    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
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    Enjoy a 5-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
    5 Hour- Offshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    This is a 5-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
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,000
    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- Offshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,000
    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
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,300
    This is an 8-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.
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About the Captain

Justin Driscoll
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
369 Customer reviews
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Member since March 2018
Angler's Choice
The Angler's Choice Award is given to listings that consistently deliver a high-quality service and earn great reviews from customers.
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

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn, Daiwa
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 369 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (673)
Great day with Captain Justin
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Fishing with Justin
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Angler Rating
358
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Jeff S.
Kennesaw, GA
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Great day with Captain Justin

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Kids Trip on November 7, 2022
We went on a 3 hour trip with Captain Justin, and not only did the adults have fun and catch a lot, Captain Justin was so amazing...
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Stephen C.
Auburn, Alabama
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Family Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on October 8, 2022
Capt Justin made our family fishing trip a memorable one.  He adjusted our day/time because of the weather coming in the next...
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Jessica C.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Excellent
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Captain’s Recommendation with Capt. Justin

VERIFIED   Captain’s Recommendation (AM) on May 9, 2022
Capt. Justin had reached out before our trip, which was really great of him in my opinion. It also gave some reassurance that...
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Louis B.
Bozeman, MT
Excellent
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Best part of our vacation so far!!

VERIFIED   Captain’s Recommendation (PM) on April 16, 2022
From the get go, Justin was looking out for us, he rearranged our scheduled trip time to avoid pending bad weather, he gave...
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Tony D.
Jacksonville, Florida
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Captains Choice - Red Snapper

VERIFIED   Captain’s Recommendation (PM) on July 18, 2022
What a great experience with the awesome Captain Justin.  Thank you for a fun filled trip with memories that the boys and...
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FAQs about Florida Panhandle Charters

Florida Panhandle Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - 3 Hour Kids Trip (3 hours)
  • $500 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Kids (PM) (3 hours)
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour- Bottom Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour- Shark Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Captain’s Recommendation (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Captain’s Recommendation (PM) (4 hours)
  • $850 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $850 per group - 5 Hour- Offshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 6 Hour- Offshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Florida Panhandle Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Florida Panhandle Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn, Daiwa)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Fishing License

Florida Panhandle Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Florida Panhandle Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Florida Panhandle Charters include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Triggerfish (Gray)