Broken Compass Charters is located in Panama City and offers to show you a memorable time in these waters.

Capt. Ted will do his best to make sure you have a fun day full of fishing. This involves 4 to 12-hour trips, mainly fishing for Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Dolphin, Cobia, and Grouper, depending on the season and conditions on the day. On these trips, you can expect to use techniques such as light tackle, heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling, handline, jigging, kite fishing, and spinning.

Your fishing adventure starts on a 29’ Fountain boat that can safely take up to 6 anglers. This boat comes with an ice-box and a wireless trolling motor.

All rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing. Your trip will include all the necessary fishing licenses for the day. Bait is included in the trip price, so make sure to check with the captain what your options are before the trip.

Book your trip now and hit the water with Broken Compass Charters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Family / Kids (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $525
    A 3-hour trip to bend the rod. A great short trip to get out on the water. You never know what you can catch.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Family / Kids (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $525
    An afternoon in the bay or near the inlet fishing. A great trip to see our bay.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Bay Fishing Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $740
    Four hours of bay inshore fishing. You and the captain will be targetting Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, and Ladyfish using light tackle. The trip lasts from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. You should bring some snacks, water, as well as bait.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Bay Fishing Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $740
    You and Captain Ted will be fishing for Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, as well as Flounder using light tackle. The trip lasts from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will take place inshore in the bay. Captain Ted takes care of all the fishing tackle and licenses.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $740
    Come aboard and experience Shark fishing at its best. You and Captain Ted will spend 4 fun-packed hours on the water, with the trip starting at 6:00 a.m. and finishing at 10:00 a.m. Bring any food and drinks you like as well as bait.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $740
    A fun-packed Shark fishing trip in the afternoon. Join Captain Ted aboard and experience some exciting moments going after sharks. You will depart from the dock at 1:00 p.m. and spend 4 hours on the water. Bring snacks, drinks, and bait.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,110
    This trip will take you fishing state waters out to 9 miles off the shore. You will have a great time bottom fishing for Snapper and Grouper for 6 fun hours. The trip lasts from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and includes all the fishing tackle and licenses.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,110
    This is a 6-hour afternoon trip that takes you fishing up to 9 miles offshore. You will be fishing for species such as Amberjack, Grouper, and Snapper. The trip departs at 1:00 p.m. and the price covers all the fishing rods, reels, tackle, and licenses.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,110
    An exciting trip for everyone. You will have a memorable time chasing sharks for 6 hours. The trip will take place inshore or offshore, depending on the weather and tides. You and the captain will depart at 6:00 a.m. and return at 12:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,110
    This afternoon Shark trip will make everyone have a great time on the water. You'll leave the dock at 1:00 p.m. and spend 6 hours targetting these hard-fighting sea creatures. Captain Ted will supply all fishing rods, reels, tackle, and licenses.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip–Trolling Offshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,110
    You'll be trolling for anything that bites! Kingfish, Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, and Mahi Mahi (Dolphin), to occasional Sailfish. Captain Ted does live bait and kite fishing also on these trips. Angler participation is a plus! The trips leave at 6:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip–Trolling Offshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,110
    Head out offshore and have lots of fun targeting anything that bites. You and Captain Ted will start the trip at 1:00 p.m. and return to the dock at 7:00 p.m. The price of this 6-hour adventure covers all the fishing rods, reels, tackle, and licenses.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Trolling Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,480
    This is a trip that includes trolling for anything that bites. You and Captain Ted will target everything from Wahoo to Spanish Mackerel. You can use live bait, dead bait, or lures, ask the captain for details and the price. Mahi Mahi, also known as Dolphin, is a favorite fish to target.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip–Offshore Bottom Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,480
    You'll be heading out offshore and bottom fishing reefs, wrecks, and fads in order to get you a nice box of fish. Captain Ted provides all the fishing rods, reels, tackle, as well as fishing licenses. This 8-hour trip starts at 6:00 a.m. and finishes at 2:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,850
    Have a fantastic time on the water fishing reefs, wrecks, as well as fads. You'll have more than enough opportunities to fill a nice box of fish! This trip provides time enough to catch Kingfish and Mahi Mahi. The departure time is 6:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip–Bottom Trolling Split
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,850
    Captain Ted will try his best to get you a nice box of bottom fish and some great trolling action. Have a memorable time as you combine techniques and chase various species. The trip will depart at 6:00 a.m. and include rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,220
    A great trip to take home a bunch of fish! You and Captain Ted will be exploring Florida's lovely reefs, live bottom, wrecks, and fads. The trip price covers you for fishing rods, reels, tackle, and licenses. The trip will last for as much as 12 hours.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip–Bottom Trolling Split
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $2,220
    Enjoy your trip bottom fishing as well as trolling all in one day! Live bait kite fishing is included in this trip (as long as there is enough breeze for the kite). Captain Ted takes care of all the fishing rods, reels, tackle, and licenses you'll need.
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About the Captain

Ted Testerman
Panama City, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
10 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2022
Captain Ted grew up in Westport, Washington basically in Bob Allen's Deep Sea Charters charter boat operation. The captain loved being on the water, catching fish, and working as a bait boy on the boats. His grandfather's motto was "We treat you in so many good ways, you're bound to like one!" Captain Ted showed up here in Panama City Beach when he was 16 and worked for Captain Max Anderson, who had him on the No. 10 headboat. Captain Ted then went to Captain Tiny and had a great time putting fish on the dock with a top-notch captain. Then, he moved down to Fort Lauderdale and spent over 20 years fishing Yellowtail, Mutton, Mahi, Sailfish, and Marlin. The captain moved back to Panama City Beach 6 years ago and has been working the boats since. He invites you to fish with him anytime and enjoy a great day on the water.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Fountain (Center console) originally built in 2004. Powered by 2 225HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
29 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Up to 9 miles
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Kite Fishing
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (5)
Great fishing trip
Half day trip
Bottom Fishing with Captain Ted
+2
Angler Rating
8
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Monica M.
Luling, LA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Bottom Fishing with Captain Ted

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) on June 21, 2022
My family and I had an amazing trip with Captain Ted.  He was very knowledgeable with everything and worked so well with my...
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Sean W.
TEMPLE TERR, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day with Captain Ted

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) on July 20, 2022
Captain was great. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and safe. Even though weather didn’t cooperate, we changed plans and fished...
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Wesley B.
Beebe, AR
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Good
3.0 / 5
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6-Hour Trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) on July 21, 2022
We booked a trip to fish the gulf for red snapper, Mahi, etc. Upon arrival, Captain Ted told us the gulf waters would be too...
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Michael P.
Dacula, GA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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The Trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) on June 17, 2022
We had a great time fishing with Mr. Ted Testerman.  Although we didn’t leave sight of land, we were put on some nice fishing. ...
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Matt B.
Panama City Beach, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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Great fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Family / Kids (AM) on October 5, 2022
Highly recommend booking with captain Ted Great patience with kids, great fisherman, and a good guy
Matt B. recommends Broken Compass Charters
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FAQs about Broken Compass Charters

Broken Compass Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $525 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Family / Kids (AM) (3 hours)
  • $525 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Family / Kids (PM) (3 hours)
  • $740 per group - 4 Hour – Bay Fishing Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $740 per group - 4 Hour – Bay Fishing Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $740 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $740 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,110 per group - 6 Hour Trip–Trolling Offshore (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,110 per group - 6 Hour Trip–Trolling Offshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,110 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,110 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,110 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,110 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,480 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Trolling Offshore (8 hours)
  • $1,480 per group - 8 Hour Trip–Offshore Bottom Fishing (8 hours)
  • $1,850 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) (10 hours)
  • $1,850 per group - 10 Hour Trip–Bottom Trolling Split (10 hours)
  • $2,220 per group - 12 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (12 hours)
  • $2,220 per group - 12 Hour Trip–Bottom Trolling Split (12 hours)

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

Trips booked with Broken Compass Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Fishing License

Broken Compass Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 9 miles)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Broken Compass Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Kite Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Broken Compass Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Ladyfish
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)