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 25ft Carolina Skiff Bay Boat. This center console was originally built in 2021 and is powered by a 200 Suzuki 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 King 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.

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 snacks. 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
    Spanish Mackerel (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 1
    $400
    Fishing for Spanish mackerel in the bay and in the pass.
  • Private trip
    Spanish Mackerel (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 15
    $450
    Trolling in the bay and in the pass for Spanish Mackerel.
  • Private trip
    Spanish Mackerel (Midday)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 1
    $450
    Fishing for Spanish Mackerel in the bay and in the pass.
  • Private trip
    Captain’s Pick
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $600
    Let Capt. Fred choose what’s the best fishing that day. It could be trolling it could be bottom fishing it could be flat line but it’ll be fun.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Summer (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 14 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $600
    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
    $600
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $600
    Bottom fishing, trolling and flat line.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $750
    A 5-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 King and Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Red Snapper, Grouper, and many more.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $850
    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 King and Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Red Snapper, Grouper, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day – Summer
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,500
    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
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About the Captain

Fred Trotter
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
220 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. 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. It’s all about having a great on the water, oh yea and catching fish.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Carolina Skiff Bay Boat LS (Center console) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
25 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
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Drinks
Water
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 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 220 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (399)
August fishing trip
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Half day trip with Captain Fred
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Angler Rating
208
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Krystal F.
Hooks, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent Day with Captain Fred and John

VERIFIED   Captain’s Pick on April 15, 2022
Hands down, the best day of fishing I have ever had!  Captain Fred took my family out for half a day, it felt like we got...
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Kristi M.
Dowelltown, TN
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Captains Choice Trip

VERIFIED   Captain’s Pick on June 4, 2022
My family & I had a great trip with Captain Fred. We had a first timer and he was so patient & knowledgeable in helping her....
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Shawn F.
Bridge City, TX
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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6 hour fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on May 19, 2022
Went out water was very choppy. Didn’t catch really anything all morning. Everything we did catch wasn’t in season so we...
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Shannon P.
Tomball, TX
Excellent
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A Day With Captain Fred!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on March 17, 2022
We had such a great time with Cpt. Fred.  Very professional, catered to our 11 year old and helped very patiently.  We hit...
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Michael G.
Decatur, AL
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6 hour trip with captain Fred

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on August 15, 2022
Outstanding trip lots of fun. We booked during August when fishing is not great and Captain Fred still put us on lots of fish.
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FAQs about We’re on Charters

We’re on Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - Spanish Mackerel (PM) (3 hours)
  • $450 per group - Spanish Mackerel (AM) (3 hours)
  • $450 per group - Spanish Mackerel (Midday) (3 hours)
  • $600 per group - Captain’s Pick (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day – Summer (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day – Summer (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - 5 Hour Trip (5 hours)
  • $850 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day – Summer (8 hours)

When you book a trip with We’re on Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Radar

Trips booked with We’re on Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

We’re on Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

We’re on Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Bowfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with We’re on Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Jack (Almaco)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel