If you want a first class charter then you should book a trip with First Cast Charters today. Captain Kory Freed and his crew offer fishing trips for anglers of all skill levels. Children and the elderly will love the 4-hour trolling trips, and die-hard anglers will find the 12-hour trips perfect.

Hop on board the “First Cast”, a 41’ Morgan sport fishing boat, that can easily fit 12 anglers. During trolling trips, 5 lines will set up and the anglers can take it in turns reeling the catch in. On the longer offshore trips, each angler will have their own rod.

The First Cast has twin 375 HP Caterpillar engines, getting you to the fishing grounds fast. On the trolling trips, you’ll stay close to shore and be fishing shortly after setting off. The longer trips will take up to 90 minutes to reach the best fishing grounds.

The boat is fully equipped with navigation and safety equipment, so you can fish with peace of mind. There’s a private restroom for your comfort, as well as air-conditioned spaces.

There’s a first mate on hand to help you fish. He will work hard for you, so don’t forget to tip him after the trip! There is also a live bait tank. Live bait is sometimes prepared before, but you may have to buy live bait on the day.

Depending on which trip you choose, you’ll be able to target Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, other Snapper species, Kingfish, Little Tunny, Wahoo, Grouper species, Bull Shark, and many more.

There’s no minimum age for children and life vests are provided. Everyone on board is covered by the boat’s fishing license and will be using top quality Penn rods and reels. You’re welcome to bring a small cooler of your own food and drink – you’ll need to keep your energy up! Don’t forget to bring layers of clothing, it can get cold out on the water.

Book a trip with First Cast Charters today for an awesome fishing adventure with Capt. Kory. With decades of experience, he will do everything he can to make sure you have a great day fishing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour – Bottom Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Apr 30
    $3,000
    This long trip offshore will have you targeting Amberjack, Triggerfish, a range of Groupers, and many Snapper species. The drive time to the fishing grounds is 90 minutes. Please bring your own food and drink. You may need to buy live bait on the day. The fishing license for the day is included, as are the Penn rods and reels for each angler.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour – Bottom Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Apr 30
    $2,500
    This trip gives you more time to go after Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Triggerfish, and more. Each angler will have a rod provided for them and be covered by the fishing license on the boat. You should bring a small cooler of food and drink. If live bait needs to be bought then there will be an extra charge for this.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour – Bottom Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Apr 30
    $2,000
    This trip will see each angler with their own pole, fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Triggerfish, and more. Rods and reels are included, as well as your fishing license. Feel free to bring along a small cooler of food and drink. The captain will either catch live bait before the trip or buy it fresh – if he buys it, this cost will need to be covered as well.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Apr 30
    $1,500
    After a 90 minute ride to the fishing grounds, you'll have up to 5 poles in the water and take turns reeling in the catch. You'll target Little Tunny, Bluefish, Mahi Mahi, King, and Spanish Mackerel. Feel free to bring a small cooler of snacks and drinks. All rods and reels are included in the price, as well as your fishing license for the day.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Apr 30
    $1,000
    This short trolling trip is perfect for families with young kids. There will be up to 5 rods in the water at any given time, and you'll take turns reeling in the catch. Top targets include Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and more. You'll stay close to the shore. You can bring a small cooler of snacks and drinks. All rods and reels are included in the price, as well as your fishing license for the day.

About the Captain

Kory Freed
Panama City, Florida, United States
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12 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2019
Captain Kory Freed has been a captain for over 2 decades and has been fishing since he was a young boy. There's nothing better for Capt. Kory than being out on the water and showing his guests a good time. He will do everything he can to help you catch fish and make lifelong memories. He knows the waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City Beach like the back of his hand!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper

Snapper (Vermilion) Vermilion Snapper
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Triggerfish (Gray) Gray Triggerfish
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Morgan (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2000. Powered by 2 375HP Caterpillar 3208 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
41 ft
Capacity
12 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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 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

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Customer Reviews

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Zach caught the most but not the biggest!
Trevor enjoyed his time and loved catching fish
Early morning start and kept getting better
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Randall B.
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10 Hour Trip with CPT Kory

VERIFIED   10 Hour – Bottom Fishing on August 21, 2021
Best trip ever.  CPT Kory (First Cast) with over 40 years experience knew where to find the fish.  Our family loved this...
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Mooresville, NC
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trolling Trip (PM) Sept-Apr on March 10, 2021
We had a great experience with capt Kory and 1st mate Josh.  Caught 22 Spanish mackerel and each kid that we had with us caught...
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Western Springs, IL
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Excellent Family Friendly Fishing with Captain Kory!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trolling Trip (PM) Sept-Apr on March 27, 2021
Our fishing trip with Captain Kory and Josh was even better than we expected. With 5 kids under 10, the patience and approach...
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Misti M.
Batesville, MS
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6 hour trolling and bottom trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Bottom Fishing (May-Aug) on September 29, 2020
My husband and I had the best time with First Cast Charters. We were celebrating our five year anniversary and Capt Kory even...
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A.j. D.
Panama City Beach, FL
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Afternoon In-Shore Trip with Kids

VERIFIED   4 hour Trolling Trip (PM) Sept-Dec on October 15, 2020
The 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm trip was perfect for young kids, teens, and adults not wanting to wake up early while on vacation or...
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FAQs about First Cast Charters

First Cast Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,000 per group, additional $40 per person after 6 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Trolling (4 hours)
  • $1,500 per group, additional $60 per person after 6 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Trolling (6 hours)
  • $2,000 per group, additional $80 per person after 6 guests - 8 Hour – Bottom Fishing (8 hours)
  • $2,500 per group, additional $100 per person after 6 guests - 10 Hour – Bottom Fishing (10 hours)
  • $3,000 per group, additional $120 per person after 6 guests - 12 Hour – Bottom Fishing (12 hours)

When you book a trip with First Cast Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Private toilet)
  • Air Conditioning (3 airconditioners)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with First Cast Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (All new Penn gear)
  • Lures
  • First Mate (Custom to tip 15-20%)
  • Fishing License

First Cast Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

First Cast Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with First Cast Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Wahoo