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Dark Side Charters

3605 Thomas Drive
Panama City Beach FL, United States

Dark Side Charters would love the opportunity to share their passion with you here on the beautiful Emerald Coast. Offering everything from nearshore trolling, deep sea bottom fishing, shark fishing and offshore big game blue water trips, they have the perfect fishing trip for you, whatever your goals and experience level.

You will be fishing aboard a fast and secure Contender Offshore Center Console boat. At 36 ft, this vessel has plenty of room for up to six people to go fishing, and its triple Yamaha engines power it up to speeds of 35 - 40 mph, meaning it won’t take you long to get to some of the best fishing spots in the ocean. With built-in live wells, tuna tubes, and outriggers, the boat is fully equipped to give you the ultimate fishing experience.

No experience is necessary to enjoy a day on the water with Dark Side: let their experienced captains show you the ropes and everyone will be ready to tackle a whole range of species, from the sought after Red Snapper to a stunning Sailfish or a fearsome Shark. You will be fishing in style and comfort aboard a boat that has plenty of deck space and angling room for everyone.

Come experience a true thrill and a lifetime memory from Dark Side. Book with us today!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1600
    up to 6 persons
    Bottom fishing for Groupers, Snappers, and Amberjack, with King and Spanish Mackerel also potential catches.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1280
    up to 6 persons
    Bottom fishing for Groupers, Snappers, and Amberjack, with King and Spanish Mackerel also potential catches.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1120
    up to 6 persons
    Bottom fishing for Groupers, Snappers, and Amberjack, with King and Spanish Mackerel also potential catches.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 960
    up to 6 persons
    Bottom fishing for Groupers, Snappers, and Amberjack, with King and Spanish Mackerel also potential catches.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 800
    up to 6 persons
    Bottom fishing for Groupers, Snappers, and Amberjack, with King and Spanish Mackerel also potential catches.

About this listing

Targeted Species

  Amberjack
  Cobia
  Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  Grouper (Gag)

  King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  Shark (Hammerhead)
  Shark (Mako)
  Sheepshead

  Snapper (Red)
  Snapper (Vermilion)
  Spanish Mackerel
  Wahoo

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2003. Powered by 3 225HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 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

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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 3.5% fee.

About the Captain

Gabriel Smeby
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
Member since August 2016
15
A true sportsman with Norweigian ancestry Gabe is a 3rd generation captain and fisherman. He is also the founder of Dark Side Sharkers here in Panama City, FL. Prior to 2011 Gabe worked as both a commerical fisherman and deckhand on many boats here in Bay County. He is experienced and knowledgable on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Gabe also runs a 300 foot cargo supply vessel while away from fishing.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Panama City Beach Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.98 out of 5 stars from 15 reviews

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Very good and fun day fishing.

Fished August 9, 2017
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Absolutely exceeded expectations.  This was a great memory maker for myself and my two teenage sons.  Capt. Ryan got us on King Mackerel immediately.  My youngest caught a huge Bonita (10-12 lbs).  Limited out on vermillion snapper in under an hour.  The highlight was my youngest catching a bull shark while fishing for snapper.  The shark was between 175-200 lbs and took about a half hour to reel in.  Overall an excellent experience.  The crew was absolutely top notch.

Fished July 26, 2017
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We had an absolute blast! We were hoping to bring home some red snapper and grouper but new regulations prohibited us from bring home any reds. However, the captain had a plan to put us on some good fish. We caught several King Mackrel and White & Vermillion Snappers. More than enough for several meals. It worked out just as the captain explained to us at the beginning of the excursion. Lots of good times and great fish to fair at the table. We couldn’t be happier!

Fished July 10, 2017
Gabriel Smeby (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 12, 2017

Thank you for the great review Matthew! We had a great time with your group and can’t wait to fish with you again soon. Enjoy your catch!

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