Captain Black’s Fishing offers one of the best ranges of trips out there, in one of the best fishing areas in the world – the amazing waters around Panama City, FL. Captain John Black has been fishing since the age of 4, so you can rest assured that he’ll show you all of his secret spots and honey holes in the area.

Captain Black’s 40’ Buskens saltwater fishing boat is the perfect vessel for the range of trips he offers. Powered by a 320 HP Caterpillar engine, it comes with everything you will need on your fishing adventure. There are outriggers, a live bait tank, lures, and top quality tackle for a variety of techniques including light and heavy tackle, trolling, spinning and drift fishing.

Trips range from a quick 3 hours inshore trolling before work, to a 16-hour blue water odyssey targeting big game monsters such as Blue Marlin, Sailfish and Mahi Mahi. There’s an awesome selection of trips in between including the 10-hour “prospector” trip where you go scouring uncharted fishing waters for great new spots and the opportunity to name them yourself!

Capt. John runs a family-oriented business and welcomes anyone – young or old, novice or master – for some great fishing and fun times. He aims to impress with his amazing trips and vast wealth of local knowledge and experience.

All trips include ice, bait, and licenses for everyone on board. His boat is also wheelchair accessible and very child-friendly. The captain operates a strict catch and release policy on all Billfish. Please give the Captain a call or text the day before to verify your trip, and receive any last-minute instructions.

Join Captain Black’s Fishing and explore some of the most productive waters in this part of the world for an amazing fishing experience!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    19 Blue Water Trolling
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    19 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Nov 1
    $3,800
    We venture to the Deep Purple waters of the Gulf of Mexico in search of Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, White Marlin, Blue Marlin. If you have ever wanted to have a chance to fish for truly big fish this is one for you. **** NOTE You must speak with the Captain prior to booking this trip to make sure the weather and availability is open.
  • Private trip
    2 AM Deep Water Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    16 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 AM
    $3,800
    It is 2 am and we load up the boat and we head offshore to deep water where there is much less fishing pressure. Go grab a bunk and get some rest or enjoy the night air and the starry sky. Your chances of catching bigger fish are definitely increased out here you never know what you may pull up from the depths.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – The Hunt
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $2,400
    12 hours allows us to extend our range and possibilities. We like to mix things up on this trip and expose you to as many types of fish as possible, or just focus on something you have always wanted to catch.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – The Prospector
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $2,000
    The Captain loves looking for new spots and a couple of hours of this trip are specifically dedicated to finding and trying new spots. The value is that you never know what you are going to catch. You'll have a chance to reel in some incredible fish on this trip and if you happen to nail a great catch, the captain will allow you to name it!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,600
    Our 8-hour trip allows for extended fishing time and the ability to fish a variety of spots. These may include natural bottom reefs or artificial man-made structures. Dead and live bait are common on these trips and a broad variety of fish can be caught.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Winter/Spring
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 1
    $1,440
    Our 8-hour trip allows for extended fishing time and the ability to fish a variety of spots. These may include natural bottom reefs or artificial man-made structures. Dead and live bait are common on these trips and a broad variety of fish can be caught.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Evening
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - May 31
    $1,200
    Fishing inshore bottoms fishing
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Mid-Afternoon
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - May 31
    $1,200
    This is our mid afternoon trip leaving at 2:30pm.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Captains Choice
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - May 31
    $925
    We may do some bottom fishing or trolling....we might do both on this trip. This trip the captain is going to decide what to do based on some input from you and his knowledge of what may be the bite going at the time.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Bay/Gulf Trolling (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Oct 24
    $750
    We are trolling for pelagic fish that are schooling heavy this time of year. Action can be very good!
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About the Charter Operator

Captain Black's Fishing
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
11 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
51 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since April 2016
I began fishing at the age of 4. My parents were avid anglers and took me to the water every day during the summer months. My older sister also took me fishing, as I was a total addict. I have always had an appreciation for the experience of fishing and being there either alone or with people I wish to share my passion with. I have fished this area for 48 years and it has been a pure joy because you never know what is going to swim up to you. I would love to share my experience and help you make some memories with your family and friends. I always strive to treat each trip as though I were taking my friends and family fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)

Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Buskens (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1994, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 320HP Caterpillar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 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
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Great Spring Fishing
Great Spring Fishing
April 26, 2021
Spring fishing has been pretty good and as the water continues to warm more exotic pelagic will appear. Spanish Mackerel and Cobie have been good and a few King Mackerel have been caught. We are looking forward to the next few weeks as the fishing begins to heat up more. We love kids and families and work hard to make your trip special.

Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
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An Awesome 12hrs with Captain Black!

VERIFIED   12 Hour Trip – The Hunt on June 17, 2020
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8hr trip with Captain Black

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 13, 2020
Trip started at 6:30. We arrived early and headed out early. I brought my kid and wife out and was worried about conditions,...
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1/2 day trolling with Captain Black

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Bay/Gulf Trolling (AM) on May 23, 2020
This shouldn’t even be called “fishing”, it was mainly just “catching”!!! Hehe. My kids reeled in fish until...
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FAQs about Captain Black’s Fishing

Captain Black’s Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $750 per group - 4 Hour – Bay/Gulf Trolling (PM) (4 hours)
  • $925 per group - 5 Hour Captains Choice (5 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 6 Hour Evening (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 6 Hour Mid-Afternoon (6 hours)
  • $1,440 per group - Full Day Trip – Winter/Spring (8 hours)
  • $1,600 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,000 per group - 10 Hour Trip – The Prospector (10 hours)
  • $2,400 per group - 12 Hour Trip – The Hunt (12 hours)
  • $3,800 per group - 19 Blue Water Trolling (19 hours)
  • $3,800 per group - 2 AM Deep Water Trip (16 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Black’s Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS (Furuno/Northstar)
  • Fishfinder (Furuno)
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Black’s Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Captain Black’s Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Captain Black’s Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Black’s Fishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Wahoo