Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse

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 Red Snapper season starts from June 1st!

If you’re looking for a shared charter, take a look at Reel Deal Charters’ other listing and the boat “Deep Water.”

The boat you’ll be fishing from is a 41’ Egg Harbor and it has been fully restored in 2019, 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 Sheepshead, 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:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour – Bottom Fishing/Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,280
    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.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour – Bottom Fishing/Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,900
    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
    8 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Oct 31
    $1,520
    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.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 3 - Dec 31
    $1,200
    The usual departure time for a morning trip is 6:00 a.m. This 6-hour trip is bottom fishing. You'll target all the fish that are in season including different species of Snapper, Grouper, and more. Bottom fishing and high speed trolling on this fun trip for the whole family!
  • Private trip
    6 Hr – Bottom/Troll Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Dec 2
    $1,200
    This 6-hour trip is bottom fishing. You'll target all the fish that are in season including different species of Snapper, Grouper, and more. The usual departure time is between 12:00–2:00 p.m. (Depending on morning trip arrival if applicable).
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Snapper – Bottom Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 2
    $1,200
    This 6-hour trip is bottom fishing. You'll target all the that are in season including different species of Snapper, Grouper, and more.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trolling Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $739
    In the spring, this trip will target Spanish Mackeral, Bluefish, and Hardtails, 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 a Sailfish or a Mahi! This is set as a seasonal trip so please message to book during Snapper season. Departure may be morning or afternoon.
  • Private trip
    Gilligan Special 3 Hour Troll Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $555
    On this trip, you'll most likely stay in the beautiful St. Andrew's Bay while trolling for some truly incredible species. You'll target Spanish Mackerel, Hardtails, and whatever else happens to bite! The departure time for this trip will vary, depending on what other trips are scheduled. Afternoon departure usually during summer months.
  • Shared trip
    13 Hour Bottom/Trolling Special
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    14 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 30 - Jul 30 (Fri)
    $1,020
    For serious Fisher-people. This is for one spot on a 14 hour shared bottom/trolling trip. There will be an option to extend if everyone is in agreement. Targeting Snapper, Grouper, Mahi, Wahoo, King Mackerel.
  • Shared trip
    12 Hour Snapper Special July 10
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 10 - Jul 10 (Sat)
    $760
    This is a shared trip available only for Saturday, July 10.
  • Shared trip
    10 Hour Shared
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 27 - Aug 27
    $720
  • Shared trip
    10 Hour Bottom/Trolling Special
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 2 - Aug 2
    $660
    Special trip created for this day only. Please message to book To ensure availability This trip has the potential to be longer, upon agreement of all anglers
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Snapper Xpress – July 9
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 9 - Jul 9
    $530
    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! Message the captain to book the trip as it's contingent on finding other fellow anglers to fill the boat with.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Snapper Xpress – Msg to Book
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 24 - Aug 3
    $500
    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! Message the captain to book the trip as it's contingent on finding other fellow anglers to fill the boat with.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip – Fall Snapper Split
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Nov 5
    $500
    This is an 8-hour shared trip. You will be targeting all varieties of Snapper, as well as other bottom species. You will also high-speed troll most likely to the first bottom spot.
  • Shared trip
    6 Hr Shared (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 21 - Aug 18 (Thu)
    $400
    On this 6-hour shared trip, you'll go bottom fishing for whatever is in season. You'll usually do high-speed trolling at least to your first bottom spot. Feel free to message any questions before booking. Please include availability. This price point is dependent on getting 6 anglers to join. If fewer than 6 reserve this trip, you will be given the option of going at an adjusted rate.
  • Shared trip
    Snapper XPress – Msg to Book (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 16 - Oct 16
    $400
    On this 6-hour AFTERNOON shared trip,go bottom fishing for Red Snapper and whatever is in season. We usually high-speed troll to at least your first bottom spot. To book, please message the captain with availability. This trip will not show as available to book unless there is one already on the books. If possible, we will build a trip around your request. The price is contingent on 6 guests joining. If less than 6, then you will have the option of going at an adjusted rate, but are not obligated.
  • Shared trip
    6 Hr Shared (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 4 - Aug 14
    $374
    On this 6-hour shared trip, you'll go bottom fishing for whatever is in season. You'll usually do high-speed trolling at least to your first bottom spot. Feel free to message any questions before booking. Please include availability. This price point is dependent on getting 6 anglers to join. If fewer than 6 reserve this trip, you will be given the option of going at an adjusted rate.
  • Shared trip
    Bottom Fishing/Trolling 101 Shared
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 13 - Oct 13
    $350
    On this 6-hour morning shared trip, you'll go bottom fishing for whatever is in season. We usually high-speed troll to at least your first bottom spot. To book, please message the captain with availability. This trip will not show as available to book unless there is one already on the books. If possible, we will build a trip around your request. The price is contingent on 6 guests joining. If less than 6, then you will have the option of going at an adjusted rate, but are not obligated.
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About the Charter Operator

Reel Deal Fishing Charters
Panama City, Florida, United States
23 Fishing Reports
379 Customer Reviews
Response time within an 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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Snapper (Vermilion) Vermilion Snapper
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Egg Harbor (Saltwater fishing) 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
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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, 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

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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90%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
78%
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14hr SHORT FUSE [7/30/21]

VERIFIED   13 Hour Bottom/Trolling Special on July 30, 2021
Booked a 14hr trip on Short Fuse - Well worth it! Stopped for live bait on the way out, and watched the sun rise as...
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Another great fishing trip in the books!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) on July 14, 2021
We had a great time! We caught enough keepers for dinner and then some for a good day of fishing. Learned about the different...
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4 hour trolling

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Trolling on June 16, 2021
Unfortunately due to the weather. we could not make it all the way out. But we spent our 4 hours trolling the bay. 3 adults,...
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3 hour bay cruise

VERIFIED   Gilligan Special 3 Hour Troll Trip on July 13, 2021
My son had the best time. Shaun made him feel comfortable and was able to help him land 6 spanish mackerel and 2 blue fish...
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Split charter

VERIFIED   Split Snapper AM trip for June 26 on June 26, 2021
Great trip. The captain had us on fish all day and Sean, the first mate, did an excellent job of making sure we had everything...
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FAQs about Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse

Reel Deal Fishing – Short Fuse offers the following trips to customers:
  • $175 per person - Bottom Fishing/Trolling 101 Shared (6 hours)
  • $187 per person - 6 Hr Shared (AM) (6 hours)
  • $200 per person - Snapper XPress – Msg to Book (PM) (6 hours)
  • $200 per person - 6 Hr Shared (PM) (6 hours)
  • $250 per person - 8 Hour Trip – Fall Snapper Split (8 hours)
  • $250 per person - 8 Hour Snapper Xpress – Msg to Book (8 hours)
  • $265 per person - 8 Hour Snapper Xpress – July 9 (8 hours)
  • $330 per person - 10 Hour Bottom/Trolling Special (10 hours)
  • $360 per person - 10 Hour Shared (10 hours)
  • $380 per person - 12 Hour Snapper Special July 10 (12 hours)
  • $510 per person - 13 Hour Bottom/Trolling Special (14 hours)
  • $555 per group - Gilligan Special 3 Hour Troll Trip (3 hours)
  • $739 per group - 4 Hour Trolling Trip (4 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 6 Hr Snapper – Bottom Fishing (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 6 Hr – Bottom/Troll Fishing (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,520 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) (8 hours)
  • $1,900 per group - 10 Hour – Bottom Fishing/Trolling (10 hours)
  • $2,280 per group - 12 Hour – Bottom Fishing/Trolling (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

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
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

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