Blue Water Connection is a well-known fishing charter based in Panama City, Florida. Their experienced crew takes people for exciting offshore trips year round. Blue Water Connection has 3 boats operated by Capt. Justin Steele, Capt. Brandon Barfield, and Capt. Jimmy Barton.

The New Beginning is a 52’ Guthrie offshore sportfishing boat. It’s spacious enough to accommodate up to 16 people, which not a lot of boats can do. The vessel features all necessary navigational electronics and safety equipment, but what really makes it comfortable for long offshore trips are the amenities: a kitchen, bed, shower, private toilet, AC in the cabin, and a flybridge. The boat is well maintained and meticulously cleaned before every trip.

Trips aboard the New Beginning include trolling and bottom fishing. You can go from reefs and wrecks to nearshore and offshore waters – it all depends on what fish you want to catch. Your main targets will be Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Bonito, Amberjack, or Cobia. Trips start from 4 hours and can last up to 2 days! Just choose the one that’s perfect for you.

Your fishing equipment, bait, and license are covered by the crew but you should bring your snacks and drinks. Join Blue Water Connection and find out why this local fishing favorite should be your next destination!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Regular
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 31
    $1,200
    This trip is all about trolling for Spanish and King Mackerel. The captain will do everything to put you on your dream catch and provide all the needed gear. All aboard!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 2 - Sep 6
    $1,200
    A 4-hour afternoon trip.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Regular
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 31
    $1,650
    On this 6-hour trip, you'll be trolling for Bonito and Mackerel or bottom fishing for Groupers and Snappers. You'll get to test your fishing skills and fill your coolers with some delicious catch.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,800
    A 6-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Sep 6
    $1,800
    Six hours of fishing.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (12PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 2 - Sep 6
    $1,801
    A 6-hour afternoon trip.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Regular
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 31
    $2,200
    There's nothing better than bottom fishing for delicious Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack with an experienced captain at the helm.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Summer Price
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 31
    $2,400
    This 8-hour trip will see you bottom fishing for a variety of delicious species. Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack are on the menu – catch as many as you can!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 2 - Sep 7
    $2,400
    An 8-hour afternoon trip.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Regular
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 31
    $2,750
    On this trip, you'll be focusing on bottom fishing for Amberjack, Snapper, and Grouper. The captain will do everything in his power for you to go home with filled coolers.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Summer Price
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 31
    $3,000
    This trip is all about bottom fishing for Amberjack, Snappers, and Groupers. With some luck and an experienced captain guiding you, you could be filling your coolers with these delicious species.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Regular
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 31
    $3,300
    This 12-hour trip includes bottom fishing for the likes of Grouper, Snapper, and Amberjack. You'll get to cover the areas with less fishing pressure and catch monsters.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Summer Price
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 31
    $3,600
    Join the captain for some fun bottom fishing for delicious species such as Groupers, Snappers, and Amberjack. This trip gives you the chance to go to the less fished areas and catch a big one!
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About the Captain

Justin Steele
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
267 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since September 2015
Captain Justin Steele's main priority on his fishing charters is to ensure that his customers get the most out of fishing in Panama City Beach. To achieve that, he supplies a hard working, experienced crew, the latest tackle, and a clean and well-maintained boat. Not only does he know where the fish are, he provides a friendly and professional service as well, all aboard one of the best charter boats in the area – the Billistic. He's joined by Capt. Brandon Barfield, an experienced and friendly captain. Depending on your trip, you'll get to experience a first-class fishing experience with either Brandon or Justin, and will be treated to plenty of first-hand advice and knowledge.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bonito Bonito
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Boat specs

Guthrie (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1963, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 350HP Detroit Diesel engine.

Length
52 ft
Capacity
16 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Full head, privately enclosed
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid unnecessary hassle with carrying extra cash.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 63 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (53)
Great Time
Great Time
8 hour trip with Captain Brandon and Spencer
+50
Angler Rating
54
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Russell W.
Dallas, Texas
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

8hr Bottom Fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  8 Hour Trip – Regular on September 4, 2022
We had a great time fishing with this crew.  They knew where the fish were which was the most important thing.  Because nothing...
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Nick S.
Cumming, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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8 hour trip with Captain Brandon and Spencer

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Summer Price on August 13, 2022
We couldn’t have asked for a better Captain, Deck Hand, or Boat! This trip exceeded expectations with both the service and...
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Kevin M.
Zeigler, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Best boat in Panama City

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Regular on November 4, 2021
2nd trip with these guys…. Last year 87 fish and two 100+ pound sharks. This year, I learned I hate Dolphins…...
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Amanda C.
Sheldon, WI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

4 hour trip with Captain Brandon

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Regular on April 13, 2022
Excellent trip! This was our first Charter so we didn’t know what to expect. The second we dropped our lines in the water...
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John A.
Roanoke, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great Time

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip – Regular on September 6, 2022
Capt Brandon and first mate Spencer did a great job.  They were welcoming, helpful, very accommodating, and a made for a great...
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FAQs about Blue Water Connection – New Beginning

Blue Water Connection – New Beginning offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,200 per group, additional $40 per person after 6 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Regular (4 hours)
  • $1,200 per group, additional $40 per person after 6 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,650 per group, additional $60 per person after 6 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Regular (6 hours)
  • $1,800 per group, additional $60 per person after 6 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,800 per group, additional $60 per person after 6 guests - 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,801 per group, additional $60 per person after 6 guests - 6 Hour Trip (12PM) (6 hours)
  • $2,200 per group, additional $80 per person after 6 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Regular (8 hours)
  • $2,400 per group, additional $80 per person after 6 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Summer Price (8 hours)
  • $2,400 per group, additional $80 per person after 6 guests - 8 Hour Trip (PM) (8 hours)
  • $2,750 per group, additional $100 per person after 6 guests - 10 Hour Trip – Regular (10 hours)
  • $3,000 per group, additional $100 per person after 6 guests - 10 Hour Trip – Summer Price (10 hours)
  • $3,300 per group, additional $120 per person after 6 guests - 12 Hour Trip – Regular (12 hours)
  • $3,600 per group, additional $120 per person after 6 guests - 12 Hour Trip – Summer Price (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Blue Water Connection – New Beginning, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Full head, privately enclosed
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box
  • Radio
  • Sonar
  • Radar

Trips booked with Blue Water Connection – New Beginning include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Blue Water Connection – New Beginning offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Blue Water Connection – New Beginning offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Blue Water Connection – New Beginning include:
  • Amberjack
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Wahoo