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!

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 t

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  • 10 Hour Fishing Trip
    10 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1600 private charter
  • 8 Hour Fishing Trip
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1280 private charter
  • 7 Hour Fishing Trip
    7 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1120 private charter
  • 6 Hour Fishing Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 960 private charter
  • 5 Hour Fishing Trip
    5 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 800 private charter
  • 4 Hour Fishing Trip
    4 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 640 private charter
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About this listing

Boat Specs

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

36 ft
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing
Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Shark (Hammerhead)

Shark (Mako)

Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Vermilion)

Spanish Mackerel
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Some Live Bait supplied
Catch cleaning & filleting
Available at location for $.75 per lb.
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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.

About the Captain

Gabriel Smeby
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
Member since August 2016
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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