Capt. Bob Zales Charters, LLC

5550 North Lagoon Drive
Panama City Beach FL, United States

Captain Bob Zales offers a great range of trips near and offshore from Panama City, FL targeting Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, and a range of pelagics including Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Barracuda, and King Mackerel.

Captain Bob’s boat, the “Leo Too”, is a 48 ft Marine Management hull with plenty of room for up to 25 anglers. She comes equipped with GPS, fishfinder, and a fighting chair. Bait is provided and live bait is available on the boat, as well as a selection of lures, and all the rods and reels you will need for a wide variety of fishing techniques is supplied. She also boasts a fully air-conditioned interior with a galley, head, and plenty of room to relax either below deck or up on the bow until the rods start bending.

Captain Bob Zales has been fishing since he was a kid, and still feels the same passion and excitement whenever he is out on the water. He loves working with anglers new or experienced, and thinks there’s no greater joy than watching children land their first fish.

All Captain Bob’s charters come with fishing licenses for everyone on board.

Captain Bob Zales offers a great range of trips near and offshore from Panama City, FL targeting Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, and a range of pelagics including Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Barracuda, and King Mackerel.

Captain Bob’s boat, the “Leo Too


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About this listing

Boat Specs

Marine Management (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1978. Powered by 2 325HP Catepillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 10 knots.

Length
48 ft
Capacity
25 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Targeted Species
 
Amberjack
 
Barracuda (Great)

 
Cobia
 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

 
Grouper (Gag)
 
Grouper (Red)

 
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
 
Little Tunny (False Albacore)

 
Snapper (Mangrove)
 
Snapper (Red)

 
Snapper (Vermilion)
 
Wahoo
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
cold ac
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
bedroom
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
cold ac
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, American Express.

About the Charter Operator

Capt Bob Zales Charters. LLC
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
Member since April 2016
My father wanted to charter fish out of Panama City, FL when I was 12 years old. We started our charter fishing business in 1965. We have continued in the charter fishing business for over 50 years as Capt Bob Zales Zodiac Charter Fleet as we once owned and operated 5 vessels. We now own and operate 1 vessel, LEO TOO, and are located behind Capt Anderson's restaurant at Capt Anderson's Marina on Panama City Beach.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.33 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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We had a great time. We were under the impression that there would be a little time for fishing, but that did not happen so heads up on that if you were planning to fish. Overall it was beautiful and fun to go out on the water!

Fished March 22, 2017
Capt Bob Zales Charters. LLC (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 23, 2017

Thanks for the trip and we are glad y’all had a good time.  Enjoy your spring break on Panama City Beach.  Sorry about the confusion about fishing. Our minimum trip for fishing is 4 hours.  Next time y’all come to PCB maybe y’all would like to try some fishing.  Thanks again, y’all were a good group.

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Well we went out on a 6 hour trip starting at 6:00 am. but first stopped by for some live bait. Gave the gentleman $30 and we slowly made our way past the jetties.  Most of the boat seemed to “punch it” at this point but we slowly chugged along at about 9knots. We then stopped off near a school of bait fish and spent about 15 minutes trolling for King Mack. 4 rods in the water, 2 of which got tangled while trolling cause the captain changed direction. 1 real had action so we reeled in a small King Mack and then set off to our offshore destination. 

Nearly 2 hours later (8:15) we arrive to the “spot” and began dropping lines. A few hits and misses later we pulled them in and moved to another spot, repeat, repeat, repeat. 

At 10:30 we get told that it’s time to head in which again took 2 hours. All told, We may have dropped a line 30-40 times.  For $1200 I am definitely disappointed in the crew (which included a foul mouthed first mate and a captain that collected our money and never said another word to us) and the 60lbs of fish caught between 9 people. 

I feel that had we not went so slow we could have doubled our time fishing. And, we used just 4 of the bait fish I purchased.

Maybe he was trying to conserve diesel to pad his margins but at the risk of very poor customer satisfaction. 

Keep looking.

 

Fished August 19, 2016
Capt Bob Zales Charters. LLC (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 20, 2016

I am sorry Mr. Rich and his party say they did not have a good fishing trip.  His comments about the mate are surprising since they gave him a $150 tip.  Apparently he is also not familiar with the charter fleet in Panama City as the majority of the charter boats cruise between 8 and 13 knots.  The LEO TOO cruises between 9 and 10 knots.  The boats he says “punched it” are private fishing boats that depart at the same time as the charter fleet. 
Unfortunately all fishing trips are not the same, the people are different, conditions, different, and while we strive to catch as many legal fish that the government will allow some days the catch is better than others.  Mr. Rich had 9 people in his party and we did indeed fish several spots which is routine in our business.  This is because we are always looking for a better spot.
Mr. Rich booked a 6 hour trip which was fished on 8-19-16.  We had an identical 6 hour trip today but with only 6 people.  The trip today was also booked for 6AM but the party was late so we we had 20 minutes less time fishing.  Attached are the pictures from both trips.  As you can see today’s trip was more successful.  This is simply because we fished spots that produced better today than the spots fished yesterday.  We fished in the same overall area, approximately 18 miles offshore, and made the same speed, 9 to 10 knots, but had less fishing time on the trip today because the party was late.  This is simply an example of why trips are called “fishing”, the opportunity to catch, and not catching as some trips are more successful than others.
I just needed to clarify the information on the review.

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Great time.  Jimmy is the man. Capt Bobby Zales knows where to go.  We will be back soon.

Fished July 30, 2016
Capt Bob Zales Charters. LLC (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 31, 2016

Thanks for the great trip, glad you had a good time.

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