Able Fisherman Charters offers a variety of fishing trips out of Panama City, Florida. Join Captain Steve Paul for some of the best fishing around, whether you’re a novice angler or someone with years of experience in the sport.

You’ll be fishing from his 45’ Chris Craft offshore sportfishing boat that runs on twin 475 HP Detroit Diesel engines. The boat features a full range of electronics and safety equipment as well as a private head, an icebox, and a livewell for bait storage.

Capt. Steve offers a selection of fishing techniques for you to choose from when targeting the species of your choice. You’ll have light and heavy tackle, and everything you need to troll, bottom fish, spin, and jig your way to your perfect fishing experience.

These are some of the richest waters around, so there’s always something you can target. The crew specializes in nearshore and offshore fishing, which means you’ll be fishing for the likes of Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Snapper, Amberjack, and more.

Rods, reels, and terminal tackle all come included in the price of any given trip. All trips are family and child-friendly, with fishing licenses for everyone on board covered. The only thing left for you to do is pack a pair of polarized sunglasses along with some drinks and snacks if you want, and get ready to make some fishing memories.

Explore the waters off the coast of Florida and have an unforgettable fishing experience with Able Fisherman Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - May 31 (Wed, Thu, Sun)
    US $1,000
    A quick trolling trip in the morning is one of the best ways to start a day! You'll be targeting species that include King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, and others.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 2 - May 31
    US $1,000
    Afternoon trips are the perfect option if you're the kind of angler who isn't very keen on early-morning trips. You'll be trolling for the likes of Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, and more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 2 - May 31
    US $1,500
    More time spent on the water allows you to go farther and add some bottom fishing into the mix as well. Expect to target species that include Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Snapper, and Amberjack.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (Noon)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 2 - May 31
    US $1,500
    Whether it's trolling or bottom fishing, this trip is a great idea if you're looking to fish but can't spend the whole day on the water. Expect to target species like Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Snapper, and more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 2 - May 31
    US $1,500
    Bottom fishing trip 2pm to 8pm
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day – Red Snapper/High Season
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    US $1,650
    This trip is all about fishing for the tasty Red Snapper, and during the high season. Capt. Steve has the equipment and know-how to show you how it's done.
  • Private trip
    6hr snapper trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $1,650
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
  • Private trip
    8hr snapper season trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    US $2,000
    Red Snapper trip during seaso
    Targeted fish
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
  • Private trip
    Full Day – Red Snapper/High Season
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    US $2,000
    If you're itching to try your hand at going after that Red Snapper bite, as well as hooking other species during the high season, this is the trip for you. Capt. Steve will do his best to help you find and catch some delicious fish.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 2 - May 31
    US $2,000
    This trip involves a full 8 hours out on the water, giving you time to hit a couple of different locations and target a few different species without feeling rushed. These include Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Kingfish, Grouper, and Snapper.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour–Snapper High Season June 1
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $2,750
    The Red Snapper and Gag Grouper season opens on June 1!
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $3,000
    This trip allows for ample time to reach some prime offshore fishing grounds. If you love deep sea fishing this is the trip for you. Some of the species found here are Amberjack, big Grouper, Mahi Mahi, and more.
  • Private trip
    Extended Day – Snapper/High Season
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    US $3,600
    This trip allows for ample time to reach some prime offshore fishing grounds. If you love deep sea fishing this is the trip for you. Some of the species found here are Amberjack, big Grouper, Mahi Mahi, and more, as well as the famous Red Snapper.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 136 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Angler rating
107
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
91%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Caught fish
84%
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Ronald H.
Panama City, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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12 hour Red Snapper Season

VERIFIED   Extended Day – Snapper/High Season on July 3, 2023
This was our 4th time out with Able One.  The boat is great, fast, nice seating area, cold ac, and plenty of fishing room...
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Jason M.
Excellent
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Experience:
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing trip in June

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (PM) on June 26, 2023
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Ronald H.
Panama City, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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4 hour trolling trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on July 2, 2023
Great morning on the Able One.  Capt Steve gave it everything he could to find the king mackerel.  Gavin, the mate, did...
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Jeremy P.
Prosper, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Captain Steve is the best!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 29, 2023
Had a wonderful experience with Capt. Steve as we’re fishing with 4 kids under 9 years old. He was patient and took time...
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Terrence O.
Clemson, SC
Excellent
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Half day trip with Mike

VERIFIED   3/4 Day – Red Snapper/High Season on July 25, 2023
Arguably the best salt water fishing trip I’ve ever had. Mike was knowledgeable about his craft and we caught loads...
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FAQs about Able Fisherman Charters

Able Fisherman Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $1,000 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $1,500 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $1,500 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (Noon) (6 hours)
  • US $1,500 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $1,650 per group - 3/4 Day – Red Snapper/High Season (6 hours)
  • US $1,650 per group - 6hr snapper trip (6 hours)
  • US $2,000 per group - 8hr snapper season trip (8 hours)
  • US $2,000 per group - Full Day – Red Snapper/High Season (8 hours)
  • US $2,000 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • US $2,750 per group - 10 Hour–Snapper High Season June 1 (10 hours)
  • US $3,000 per group - Extended Full Day Trip (12 hours)
  • US $3,600 per group - Extended Day – Snapper/High Season (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Able Fisherman Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Enclosed full bathroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Able Fisherman Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate (15 to 20 % customary . Always at the customer's discretion of course .)
  • Fishing License (All fishing licenses are included. )

Able Fisherman Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Able Fisherman Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Able Fisherman Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Red)

Meet the Charter Operator

Steve Paul
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
ID & license verified
139 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2016
Captain Steve has been fishing the local waters since childhood. He opened his first charter operation in 1984 after working on other local vessels since his teenage years. Captain Steve will personally see to it that every possible effort gets put into making your fishing trip as enjoyable as possible. He has the experience necessary to produce fish and memories of a lifetime.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Boat specs

Chris Craft (Sportfishing) originally built in 1973, and restored in 2014. Powered by 2 475HP Detroit Diesel engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
45 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Enclosed full bathroom
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
15 to 20 % customary . Always at the customer's discretion of course .
Fishing License
All fishing licenses are included.

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
Ery family oriented. All ages welcome !
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 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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