Laid Back Fishing Charters

Make some memories in Panama City Beach and go fishing with Laid Back Fishing Charters, LLC.

Amberjack, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, Black Grouper, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, King Mackerel, Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Vermilion Snapper, Gray Triggerfish, and more can be found in these waters if conditions are right. You’ll target your catch by light tackle fishing, trolling, jigging, bottom fishing, or maybe something more specialized in this area.

Captain Dustin will bring you aboard a 24’ Center console with room for 4 passengers. It comes with downriggers and all the essentials. You’ll find rods, reels, and tackle waiting for you, as well as lures. Live bait is available, but you should ask the captain whether you’ll be catching it yourself. Your fishing license for the day is covered by the charter boat.

Kids over the age of 7 are welcome, so the whole family can come and unplug for the day! Children must wear life vests, so find out if the appropriate size is available on board. Be mindful that some species may have special rules or limited seasons. If you don’t know what to expect, ask the captain.

Don’t forget to bring snacks, drinks, sunblock (non-spray), a hat, and sunglasses. Alcohol is allowed in moderation. Just be sure to avoid hard liquor and glass bottles.

Now, come aboard with Laid Back Fishing Charters, LLC, and get hooked!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Spanish Mackerel Special
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 1
    Price for up to 5 persons
    US $550
    Seasonal Trolling trip. Start times can be changed at your request at time of booking.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
  • Private trip
    Kids trip / AM
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Price for up to 5 persons
    US $600
    Bring you children under the age of 15 for an inshore experience. Start times can be changed at your request at time of booking.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Ladyfish
    Ladyfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Catfish
    Catfish
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    Kids trip / PM
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Price for up to 5 persons
    US $600
    Bring you children under the age of 15 for an inshore experience. Start times can be changed at your request at time of booking.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Ladyfish
    Ladyfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Catfish
    Catfish
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - 1 PM
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Price for up to 5 persons
    US $800
    It is a good trip for children or beginners to see if this is right for you. Start times can be changed at your request at time of booking.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Kite Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - 8 AM
    In demand! Last booked: 23 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Price for up to 5 persons
    US $800
    It is a good trip for children or beginners to see if this is right for you. Start times can be changed at your request at time of booking.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Kite Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Price for up to 5 persons
    US $1,200
    One-on-one interaction with the captain, this fishing trip allows you to learn tips and techniques of the local waters of the Gulf of Mexico to make you a better fisherman. This trip gives Captain Dustin time to put you on the quality fish.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Kite Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Black)
    Black Grouper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Price for up to 5 persons
    US $1,600
    This trip is recommended for the experienced fisherman.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Kite Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Black)
    Black Grouper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 28 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (36)
Fishing
Great trip
Dustin was awesome.
+33
Angler rating
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
79%
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Hunter D.
Orlando, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

6hr trip with Dusty

6 Hour Trip on September 25, 2023
I’ve been on a ton of charter fishing trips and this was by far my best experience. Dusty was very professional and knowledgeable....
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Bridget P.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Wedding fishing trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - 1 PM on April 22, 2024
We were married in Florida, has a wedding gift I gave my husband a Charter Fishing Teip. It was an amazing experience. We caught...
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Bonnie V.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great trip

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip - 8 AM on July 3, 2024
Dustin was an awesome captain, we caught several snappers and trigger fish. He was helpful to everyone on his boat. We would...
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Hanley B.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  Kids trip / AM on July 5, 2024
It was a great experience had a great time. Only bad part wish we could’ve been out longer
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Merrell S.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great time!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on May 26, 2024
We had a great time, Captain was very patient with my son. Caught plenty of fish. We caught 4 different varieties of snapper,...
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FAQs about Laid Back Fishing Charters

Laid Back Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $550 per group - Spanish Mackerel Special (3 hours)
  • US $600 per group - Kids trip / AM (3 hours)
  • US $600 per group - Kids trip / PM (3 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip - 1 PM (4 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip - 8 AM (4 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • US $1,600 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Laid Back Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Laid Back Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Yes, and yes)
  • Lures
  • Fishing License (Fishing License are included to cover all guest.)

Laid Back Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (9 miles)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Laid Back Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Laid Back Fishing Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)

Meet the Captain

Dustin Kennedy
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
ID & license verified
28 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since September 2023
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.
Captain Dustin has been fishing for 30 years. He has fished from freshwater to saltwater, from backcountry waters to offshore. Also, fished East Coast Atlantic waters to where now he has settled in the Gulf of Mexico. He is a well-rounded fisherman, inshore and offshore. Specializing in bottom fishing and trolling. A hands-on captain with the ability to teach people from the novice angler to a professional. He can read the water and weather to make you and your party feel safe and comfortable while aboard the boat. He's a very laid-back captain that makes you feel welcome!

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper

Boat specs

Cape Horn (Center console) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2016. Powered by 2 200HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 44 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
9 miles
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Yes, and yes
Lures
Fishing License
Fishing License are included to cover all guest.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 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
Recommended for children over the age of 7
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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 4% charge will apply.

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