Capt. Bob Zales Charters

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Captain Bob Zales Charters exploits the extravagant fishing opportunities off the Panhandle’s coastline. Having been chartering boats in the area since 1965, Capt. Bob is one of the most qualified captains available to show you the rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The “Leo Too,” is a 48’ Marine Management offshore sportfishing boat with enough room for up to 25 anglers. It comes equipped with GPS, fishfinder, and a fighting chair to get you right on the fish and to help you battle the toughest competition. It also boasts an air-conditioned interior with a galley, head, and plenty of room to relax either below the deck or up on the bow until the rods start bending.

Once on board, you’ll get rods and reels, and a selection of lures and bait. Live bait can be purchased on board and stored in Capt. Bob’s live well. You’ll be trolling or bottom fishing, while on the longer trips, you’ll have the chance to combine the two for maximum effect. At the end of the trip, your catch will be cleaned and prepared so that you can go home with a delicious treat to savor the day.

There’s a variety of trips near and offshore Panama City Beach, home to some of the most prized fish in the area. You can expect to target Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, and a range of pelagics including Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Barracuda, and King Mackerel.

Capt. Bob 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 you need to bring is some food and drinks.

Come enjoy your day in the pristine Florida waters, and have an incredible fishing adventure with Capt. Bob Zales Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – High Season
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 31
    $2,400
    price breakdown
    $2,400
    This is Capt. Bob's longest trip where you'll fish furthest away from the shore. It allows for more fishing time and fishing in deeper water, and is an excellent option for experienced anglers and those with a passion for fishing. You'll mainly be bottom fishing but trolling for big pelagics is also an option. Departure times vary depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 14
    $2,200
    price breakdown
    $2,200
    The 12-hour trip is Capt. Bob's longest trip where you'll fish the longest distance from shore. It allows for more fishing time and fishing in deeper water, and is an excellent option for experienced anglers and those with a passion for fishing. You'll mainly be bottom fishing but trolling for big pelagics is also an option. Departure times vary depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – High Season Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 31
    $2,000
    price breakdown
    $2,000
    On the 10-hour trip we target Red Snapper in season, Greater Amberjack in season, Gag and Red Groupers in season, and Triggerfish in season. We also fish for other reef fish such as Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgy, Grey Snapper, Scamp, and can troll for King Mackerel, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish). This trip allows us to get further offshore making for a more successful trip.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 14
    $1,900
    price breakdown
    $1,900
    On the 10-hour trip we target Red Snapper in season, Greater Amberjack in season, Gag and Red Groupers in season, and Triggerfish in season. We also fish for other reef fish such as Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgy, Grey Snapper, Scamp, and can troll for King Mackerel, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish). This trip allows us to get further offshore making for a more successful trip.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – High Season
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 31
    $1,600
    price breakdown
    $1,600
    Focus on bottom fishing, whilst also allowing for some trolling for those who wish to do both. Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgy, Red Grouper, and Gag Grouper will be fished for during the second half of the year, whilst other fish, such as Red Snapper will be targeted when in season. Departure times will vary depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 14
    $1,450
    price breakdown
    $1,450
    The 8-hour trip will see you focus on bottom fishing, whilst also allowing for some trolling for those who wish to do both. Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgy, Red Grouper, and Gag Grouper will be fished for during the second half of the year, whilst other fish, such as Red Snapper will be targeted when in season. Departure times will vary depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – High Season (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 31
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    $1,200
    If you're looking for an introduction to bottom fishing, then this trip is for you. You'll spend 6 hours primarily fishing for pelagic species that inhabit the waters a bit further offshore, such as Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgie, Red Grouper. Other fish, such as Red Snapper and Amberjack will be hunted when in season. You may also get the chance to troll for Mackerels.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – High Season (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 31
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    $1,200
    Come on this economic bottom fishing trip if you do not want the longer trips of 8+ hours. You may fish for Red Snapper during the season in June and July, Amberjack during May, and from August to October for Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgie, Red Grouper, and other reef fish. Some trolling for King Mackerel and other coastal pelagics is possible.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 14
    $1,080
    price breakdown
    $1,080
    If you're looking for an introduction to bottom fishing, then this trip is for you. You'll spend 6 hours primarily fishing for pelagic species that inhabit the waters a bit further offshore, such as Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgy, Red Grouper. Other fish, such as Red Snapper and Amberjack will be hunted when in season. You may also get the chance to troll for Mackerels.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 14
    $1,080
    price breakdown
    $1,080
    This is an economic bottom fishing trip for those who do not want the longer trips of 8+ hours. You may fish for Red Snapper during the season in June and July, Amberjack during May, and from August to October for Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgy, Red Grouper, and other reef fish. Some trolling for King Mackerel and other coastal pelagics is possible.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – High Season (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 31
    $860
    price breakdown
    $860
    Come on the 4-hour trolling trip to troll for King and Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish) when available, and other pelagics. We use live bait (when available), natural bait, and artificial lures. Morning trips begin at 5 or 6 am depending on the time of year.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – High Season (Mid)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 16 - Jul 16
    $860
    price breakdown
    $860
    Come on the 4-hour trolling trip to troll for King and Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish) when available, and other pelagics. We use live bait (when available), natural bait, and artificial lures. Morning trips begin at 5 or 6 am depending on the time of year.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – High Season (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 31
    $860
    price breakdown
    $860
    This 4-hour trolling trip is trolling for King and Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish) when available, and other pelagics. We use live bait (when available), natural bait, and artificial lures. Morning trips begin at either 5 or 6 am depending on the time of year.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Trolling (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 14
    $825
    price breakdown
    $825
    The 4-hour trolling trip is trolling for King and Spanish Mackerel, Bonitos, Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish) when available, and other pelagics. We use live bait (when available), natural bait, and artificial lures. Morning trips begin at 5 or 6 am depending on the time of year.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Trolling (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 14
    $825
    price breakdown
    $825
    This is a 4-hour trolling trip for King and Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish) when available and other coastal pelagics. Starting times are flexible depending on when other trips return during the day. This is a great family trip and introduction to first-time fishers.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 31
    $480
    price breakdown
    $480
    This is a special family and spring break trip fishing for Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, and other local favorites. This is a trolling trip fishing in the bay and along the beaches. You also get to see dolphins and other wildlife.
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About the Charter Operator

Capt Bob Zales Charters. LLC
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
12 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
81 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Vermilion) Snapper (Vermilion)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Marine Management (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1978. Powered by 2 325HP Caterpillar 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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

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
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
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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4.40
out of 5 stars from 81 reviews
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Good experience
84%
Friendly captain
85%
Recommend this charter
84%
Appropriate for children
85%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Barbara A.
Madison, MS
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Captain Bob is quiet and stayed up top making sure he kept us over the fish.  Mr. Jimmy was wonderful,  worked his...
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Madison R.
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Morning Trip with Captain Bob and Mr. Jimmy

VERIFIED   July 16, 2020
Best trip ever!!!! We’ve never been deep sea fishing and we will definitely be doing this every year from now on. They provided...
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Amanda D.
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4 hours with captain bob and jimmy

VERIFIED   July 7, 2020
It was storming on the day of our trip however I still highly recommend it! Jimmy made our experience enjoyable! We were able...
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Teddy N.
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6 hr deep water red Snapper grouper

VERIFIED   June 3, 2020
Highly recommend these guys. My grandkids loved the trip. Caught the limit in an hour. While Myself almost died from motion...
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Holly R.
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Spot on!

VERIFIED   June 21, 2020
Had a great time - capt Bob knew just where to find the fish and when to move on to find more! Jimmy was a great deck hand...
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