Able Fisherman Charters

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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $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 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $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 – Red Snapper/High Season
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    $1,500
    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
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $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 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $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 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $1,500
    Bottom fishing trip 2pm to 8pm
  • Private trip
    Full Day – Red Snapper/High Season
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    $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 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $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 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,500
    The Red Snapper and Gag Grouper season opens on June 1!
  • Private trip
    Extended Day – Snapper/High Season
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    $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, as well as the famous Red Snapper.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $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.
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About the Charter Operator

Steve Paul
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
104 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 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

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper

Boat Specs

Chris Craft (Offshore sport fishing) 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
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 103 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Fishing with Steve
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Angler Rating
80
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Jordan S.
Valdosta, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

6 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on July 30, 2021
These guys are awesome. We had a charterboat captain cancel on us coming into town on Monday and they were able to book last...
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Brett M.
Lawrenceville, GA
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Awesome Experience!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on October 8, 2021
We have been coming to Panama City Beach for many years and have never been fishing in the Gulf. This was the best added experience...
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Ernest B.
Greenwood, IN
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Good
3.0 / 5
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Afternoon Trip with Captain Fred and 1st Mate Chris

VERIFIED   3/4 Day – Red Snapper/High Season on June 7, 2021
Weather didn’t cooperate and weren’t able to go out deep sea like we had planned, but that’s no one’s fault but mother...
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Gene B.
Panama City Beach, Florida
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Awesome day!!! 3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (PM) on March 14, 2022
Captain Steve gave us all that we wanted. Plenty of fish to eat and some of my biggest fish ever! Snapper. Amberjack. Grouper....
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Len S.
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Boat
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5.0 / 5
Crew
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Fishing with Steve

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip (Noon) on May 14, 2022
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FAQs about Able Fisherman Charters

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

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

Trips booked with Able Fisherman Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Able Fisherman Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore 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)