PLEASE NOTE that during Snapper Season, trolling trips and 6 hour bottom trips will not show available .  Please message to request these trips and I will do what I can to accomodate your request. 

Fishing out of Panama City, Florida, Reel Deal Fishing Charters offers rod-bending fishing trips aboard their recently renovated classic Egg Harbor boat, “Short Fuse.” They enjoy taking anglers of all ages and experience levels aboard their boat for unforgettable days of fishing. And, get ready since the Red Snapper season starts from June 1!  Snapper season runs until August 25 in 2023.

If you’re looking for a shared charter, please send us a message, as these will not show up as available unless there is already one in the works or take a look at Reel Deal Charters’ other listing and our state vessel, “Deep Water.”

The boat you’ll be fishing from is a 41’ Egg Harbor and it has been fully restored in 2019 and again in 2022, with up-to-date equipment and modern comforts, to make sure your day on the water is truly special. Powered by twin 350 HP Caterpillar engines, the boat will take you quickly and safely to the fishing grounds, and its full range of fish-finding electronics will ensure you are fishing the best spots for the bite on the day. The boat also features a clean, air-conditioned cabin, as well as a full head.

Reel Deal Fishing Charters offers a wide range of trips, giving you the chance to try everything from a 4-hour Shark Trip to fishing for Red Snapper and other species on 12-hour trolling and bottom fishing trips. In the spring, the fishing is great for Spanish Mackerel and as the weather warms up trolling for King Mackerel and bottom fishing for Red Snapper, Grouper, Vermillion Snapper, White Snapper, and many more. It just gets more and more enjoyable.

Fish with one of the most recommended captains in Panama City and have a blast!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    6 Hour Snapper Xpress – 8/8
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 8 - Aug 8
    US $420
    Grab a spot on one of our limited split trips. This shared trip gives you a fair amount of time to get your limit of Red Snapper and fill the box with some other varieties as well! We will high-speed troll to at least your first bottom spot and then primarily bottom fish to bring home some delicious dinner! ** This will only show as available if we are already working on a trip. To request, please send a message. Minimum 6 hrs, but requests accepted for any trips 6+ hrs.
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Shared trip
    6 Hour Snapper Xpress – July 28
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 28 - Jul 28 (Fri)
    US $420
    Grab a spot on one of our limited split trips. This shared trip gives you a fair amount of time to get your limit of Red Snapper and fill the box with some other varieties as well! We will high-speed troll to at least your first bottom spot and then primarily bottom fish to bring home some delicious dinner! ** This will only show as available if we are already working on a trip. To request, please send a message. Minimum 6 hrs, but requests accepted for any trips 6+ hrs.
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Snapper Xpress – 8/1
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Aug 1 (Tue)
    US $556
    Grab a spot on one of our limited split trips. This shared trip gives you a fair amount of time to get your limit of Red Snapper and fill the box with some other varieties as well! We will high-speed troll to at least your first bottom spot and then primarily bottom fish to bring home some delicious dinner! ** This will only show as available if we are already working on a trip. To request, please send a message. Minimum 8 hrs, but requests accepted for another 8 hrs or more.
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Snapper Xpress – 8/1
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Aug 1
    US $556
    Grab a spot on one of our limited split trips. This shared trip gives you a fair amount of time to get your limit of Red Snapper and fill the box with some other varieties as well! We will high-speed troll to at least your first bottom spot and then primarily bottom fish to bring home some delicious dinner! ** This will only show as available if we are already working on a trip. To request, please send a message. Minimum 8 hrs, but requests accepted for another 8 hrs or more.
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Shared trip
    10 Hour Snapper Xpress – July 22
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 22 - Jul 22 (Sat)
    US $680
    Grab a spot on one of our limited split trips. This shared trip gives you a fair amount of time to get your limit of Red Snapper and fill the box with some other varieties as well! We will high-speed troll to at least your first bottom spot and then primarily bottom fish to bring home some delicious dinner! ** This will only show as available if we are already working on a trip. To request, please send a message. Minimum 8 hrs, but requests accepted for another 8 hrs or more.
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip–Gilligan Sunset
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    US $600
    On this trip, you'll most likely stay in the beautiful St. Andrew's Bay while trolling for some fun to catch species. You'll target Spanish Mackerel, Hardtails, Ladyfish, Blue Runners, and whatever else happens to bite! The departure time for this trip will vary, depending on what other trips are scheduled. Afternoon departure is usually during the summer months, but will not show available so PLEASE MESSAGE TO BOOK!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $750
    In the spring, this trip will target Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and Hardtail, and in the summer it will be for Spanish or King Mackerel, depending on the bite. You just never know what may be nearby that will decide to bite, maybe Sailfish or Mahi!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Trolling (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 25 - May 31
    US $750
    In the spring, this trip will target Spanish Mackeral, Bluefish, and Hardtail, and in the summer, it will be for Spanish or King Mackerel, depending on the bite. You just never know what may be nearby that will decide to bite, maybe Sailfish, Wahoo, or Mahi!
  • Private trip
    6 hr Seasonal Spin PM
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 25 - May 31
    US $1,200
    This trip will target whatever is in season that we can put in the box and bring home for supper or catch and release. Usually this will be the other varieties of snapper besides red snapper, grouper, amberjack, trigger. We will also high-speed troll for kings and Spanish and whatever happens by that takes a fancy to what we are pulling! Regulations and limits well vary.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    6 hr Seasonal Spin AM
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 25 - May 31
    US $1,200
    This trip will target whatever is in season that we can put in the box and bring home for supper or catch and release. Usually this will be the other varieties of snapper besides red snapper, grouper, amberjack, trigger. We will also high-speed troll for kings and Spanish and whatever happens by that takes a fancy to what we are pulling! Regulations and limits well vary.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    Snapper Express 101 - 6 hr - AM
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 12 - Aug 24
    US $1,200
    A special 6-hour trip. You and the crew will focus on getting your Snapper limit plus whatever else you can put in the box and bring home for dinner.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Bull)
    Bull Shark
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    Snapper Express 101 - Afternoon
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 12 - Aug 24
    US $1,200
    A special 6-hour trip. You and the crew will focus on getting your Snapper limit plus whatever else you can put in the box and bring home for dinner. Flexible departure time, but most likely 2:30 PM ish. This trip will only show up if there is already an 8 hr morning trip booked. Please message to book if it does not show available!
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Bull)
    Bull Shark
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Bottom / Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - May 31
    US $1,600
    This 8-hour trip includes bottom fishing and trolling. You'll target all the fish that are in season, with Snapper and Grouper being the main goal. You'll also do some trolling during the day for Spanish and King Mackerel, Wahoo, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, and Bonito. The usual departure time is 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Red Snapper Plus
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 19
    US $1,600
    How about some Red Snapper!? The usual departure time is 6:00 a.m. This 8-hour trip is for bottom fishing, where you will target anything that bites in the season. You'll mainly target different types of Snapper and Grouper. You'll probably do a little trolling as well. If you are interested in sharing a trip, please send a message. Nothing shows up as shared until the captain's request is made. Split trips are his thing! However, he does not want to block the calendar for private trips.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour – Bottom Fishing/Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $2,000
    This 10-hour trip includes bottom fishing and trolling. You'll target all the fish that are in season, with Snapper and Grouper being the main goal. You'll also do some trolling during the day for Spanish and King Mackerel, Wahoo, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, and Bonito. Usual departure time is 6:00–7:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $2,400
    This 12-hour trip will have you bottom fishing for Snappers and Groupers. You'll also do some trolling during the day for Spanish and King Mackerel, Wahoo, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, Bonito, and maybe even a Sailfish! Usual departure time is 6:00–7:00 a.m.
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FAQs about Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse

Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $210 per person - 6 Hour Snapper Xpress – 8/8 (6 hours)
  • US $210 per person - 6 Hour Snapper Xpress – July 28 (6 hours)
  • US $278 per person - 8 Hour Snapper Xpress – 8/1 (8 hours)
  • US $278 per person - 8 Hour Snapper Xpress – 8/1 (8 hours)
  • US $340 per person - 10 Hour Snapper Xpress – July 22 (10 hours)
  • US $600 per group - 3 Hour Trip–Gilligan Sunset (3 hours)
  • US $750 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Trolling (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Trolling (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group - 6 hr Seasonal Spin PM (6 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group - 6 hr Seasonal Spin AM (6 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group - Snapper Express 101 - 6 hr - AM (6 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group - Snapper Express 101 - Afternoon (6 hours)
  • US $1,600 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Bottom / Trolling (8 hours)
  • US $1,600 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Red Snapper Plus (8 hours)
  • US $2,000 per group - 10 Hour – Bottom Fishing/Trolling (10 hours)
  • US $2,400 per group - 12 Hour Trip (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well Live bait is add'l $10 per person
  • Kitchen
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate (Works for tips; 15-20% of the trip price)
  • Fishing License

Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing (high speed troll to and from dock most likely)
  • Trolling (3 hr-Bay for Spanish, 4 hr -Gulf of Bay for kings)
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse include:
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Wahoo

Meet the Charter Operator

Reel Deal Fishing Charters
Panama City, Florida, United States
23 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
447 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since June 2016
Capt. Mark has had a love for boats his entire adult life and has had his captain’s license for several years. He has always been the one to fix the boats and drive for fun, but not charter one. He decided in the summer of 2017 to start captaining “Deep Water” and has enjoyed this newfound demanding, yet satisfying calling in his life.
Our Team
Mark M.
Captain
Remington O.
First mate
Deral S.
First mate
Corey S.
Captain
Sam M.
Business associate

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Egg Harbor (Sportfishing) originally built in 1984, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 350HP Caterpillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
41 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Bottom Fishing
high speed troll to and from dock most likely
Trolling
3 hr-Bay for Spanish, 4 hr -Gulf of Bay for kings
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
Works for tips; 15-20% of the trip price
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
legal
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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