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Panama City, FL fishing charters are the icing on the cake of a year-round resort town. Watersports enthusiasts flock to the numerous bays and deep waters offshore for a range of activities, and fishing ranks right up there. From the inshore lagoons to the heart of the Gulf, there’s something for anglers of all kinds. 
 
The town is surrounded by water, with the North Bay, Saint Andrew Bay, and Grand Lagoon all offering up inshore fishing. Target Floridian favorites such as Redfish and Spotted Seatrout year-round, and some delicious Flounder and Sheepshead, too. Come in summer and target tough-fighting Tarpon, along with schools of Jack Crevalle, Bonito, and many more. 
 
You’ll also find plenty of charters ready to take you out into the Gulf, where the productive reefs are swarming with prized fish. Amberjacks are so prevalent here that they’ve earned the nickname “Reef Donkeys,” while Kingfish are just as ubiquitous. Don’t forget about Snappers, Groupers, and Cobia, either!
 
Deep water enthusiasts can also find a Panama City fishing charter that caters to them. Go after monster Snappers, Groupers, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Billfish. Anywhere from 35–100 miles out, there’s no shortage of big game creatures waiting to take the bait, so settle in for the fishing trip of your life.
 
There’s something for everyone in Panama City. Beginners can learn the ropes on a trip as short as two hours inshore, with angling fiends having the chance to spend a full day fishing. Nearshore trips tend to last around 6–8 hours, while offshore adventures will require at least 10 hours. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Your fishing license will be covered aboard a Panama City, FL fishing charter, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Your professional captain will also be up to date with all the latest bag and size limits, so you can focus on fishing. 
Panama City
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January

Mid-winter sees Trout and smaller Redfish in the grass flats. Inshore fishing can be productive, with Flounder and Triggerish available too. What better way to start the year than with a fishing adventure? 

February

Bait is showing up near the inlet, attracting a whole host of Spanish Mackerel for you to target. If you manage to get up early or stay up late, Trout can be found inshore, with Redfish in the flats, too. 

March

Spring is here, and plenty of Spanish Mackerel are waiting to be reeled in. Mangrove Snapper and Sheepshead are around inshore along with a few early Cobia nearshore, so there's something for everyone. 

April

King Mackerel have joined their Spanish cousins in these productive fishing grounds, so hit the flats, reefs, and offshore water, where you can troll for Spanish Mackerel and Pompano, too. 

May

May brings the weekends of the State Waters Red Snapper season. Plus, the Lionfish Tournament is on! Good things are also happening close to shore, with King Mackerel in good numbers for a challenge. 

June

Long-range trips are a must at the beginning of summer. Go for Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Bonito, King Mackerel, and even Sailfish in the deep. June heralds in the start of peak season, so make the most of it!

July

The weather is hot and the fishing even hotter. Everything you could want to target is biting, so get ready for an incredible adventure wherever you head. Get your fish on like never before!

August

Redfish are patrolling the shallows, while Tarpon and Jacks are hiding in the secret spots. It's also a good idea to take another shot at Red Snapper on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

September

While vacationers make their way out of town, there's never been a better time to come. The great weather brings with it great fish, with Wahoo bite offshore, and Redfish, Pompano, Flounder, and Mackerel inshore.

October

The winds may force you to stay close to shore, but this is your last chance to head out in search of Snapper. Inshore, the most common catches are Redfish, Trout, and Mangrove Snapper, so there's plenty on offer.

November

Not only is it too choppy to head offshore, but the pelagics start leaving. It's a good thing that Flounder, Trout, Redfish, and Sheepshead are all on offer in the bays, so settle in for a peaceful day of fishing.

 

 

December

Make the most of the holidat season by getting out on the water. Fishing is the best way to keep warm as the chilly winds beat down on you, with plenty of great rewards for a hearty dinner. 

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Hook up with Capt Leveral Raffield family. You will not regret it. Great experience ?
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Hook up with Capt Leveral Raffield family. You will not regret it. Great experience ?
Ted  R.
Ted R. Union Grove, AL
Expect anything. Remember the captain can not control if the fish are biting and are in the area at that time.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Expect anything. Remember the captain can not control if the fish are biting and are in the area at that time.
Brian  T.
Brian T. Rome, GA
If you haven't ever been fishing offshore. Be prepared for big waves and bring some Dramamine.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you haven't ever been fishing offshore. Be prepared for big waves and bring some Dramamine.
Larry  P.
Larry P. Monticello, GA
Use a steel leader.... I fought a shark over an hour and line finally broke
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Use a steel leader.... I fought a shark over an hour and line finally broke
David  M.
David M. Topeka, KS
It was an awesome experience, would highly recommend and will absolutely go again.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It was an awesome experience, would highly recommend and will absolutely go again.
Brian  C.
Brian C. Panama City, Florida
This was my first time so I had no idea what to expect. Be patient, at one time we had three fishing reels busy with fish, then they were moments of no catch.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was my first time so I had no idea what to expect. Be patient, at one time we had three fishing reels busy with fish, then they were moments of no catch.
Shelly  G.
Shelly G. Marietta, GA
I recommend getting out there with captain Jason. He knows the waters and fish and is an excellent guide...we had lots of fun.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I recommend getting out there with captain Jason. He knows the waters and fish and is an excellent guide...we had lots of fun.
Dale  S.
Dale S. BRWNSBORO VLG, KY
Get in touch with Captain Sully. He's honest about what's available, and worked his butt off for us.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Get in touch with Captain Sully. He's honest about what's available, and worked his butt off for us.
Luke  T.
Luke T. Panama City, Florida
Go see captain mike!! And defiantly get your fish processed there and cyovac.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go see captain mike!! And defiantly get your fish processed there and cyovac.
Patrick  W.
Patrick W. Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
If cold and in early spring, stay in the bay, plenty of action close to shore and guaranteed fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If cold and in early spring, stay in the bay, plenty of action close to shore and guaranteed fish.
Kenneth  M.
Kenneth M. Canton, GA
Florida weather is great in March, our trip was the perfect day, water was calm and fish were biting!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Florida weather is great in March, our trip was the perfect day, water was calm and fish were biting!
Nikki  P.
Nikki P. Panama City, Florida
Don’t eat left over shrimp and grits for breakfast before getting on boat!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don’t eat left over shrimp and grits for breakfast before getting on boat!
Paul  M.
Paul M. Panama City Beach, FL
No need for dramamine for inshore fishing. If you want the big fish you need to do offshore, needs to probably be in the morning so water is not as rough. Good luck out there and remember it's as fun as you make it to be! Go in with the right mindset.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
No need for dramamine for inshore fishing. If you want the big fish you need to do offshore, needs to probably be in the morning so water is not as rough. Good luck out there and remember it's as fun as you make it to be! Go in with the right mindset.
Sarah  S.
Sarah S. Kearney, MO
Book early in your week so if the weather changes, you will have time and windows for them to shift and reschedule you. And your fish may processed the next day (depending on when you get back to dock) so plan your departure accordingly.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book early in your week so if the weather changes, you will have time and windows for them to shift and reschedule you. And your fish may processed the next day (depending on when you get back to dock) so plan your departure accordingly.
Brian  Y.
Brian Y. Clay, WV
Can be hit or miss...it is fishing not a guarantee, always remember that.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Can be hit or miss...it is fishing not a guarantee, always remember that.
Jesse  S.
Jesse S. Panama City, FL
We caught a ton of smaller fish, according to the deckhand most larger fish go offshore so June is the best time to fish in Florida.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We caught a ton of smaller fish, according to the deckhand most larger fish go offshore so June is the best time to fish in Florida.
Chris  B.
Chris B. Kinston, North Carolina
Consider a private charter, you'll never be disappointed. Try not to book for a few days after a bad storm.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Consider a private charter, you'll never be disappointed. Try not to book for a few days after a bad storm.
Joshua  S.
Joshua S. Crestview, FL
Make sure you know if you are trolling or bottom fishing we had 11 people on board and only 4 got to fish at a time which was very disappointing to therest waiting here turn. We did not know this was how we would befishing. My experience in previous trips was everyone got a poleand everyone got to fish no waiting for your turn.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make sure you know if you are trolling or bottom fishing we had 11 people on board and only 4 got to fish at a time which was very disappointing to therest waiting here turn. We did not know this was how we would befishing. My experience in previous trips was everyone got a poleand everyone got to fish no waiting for your turn.
Cathy  K.
Cathy K. Vail, AZ
Bring food, drinks, sunscreen and the crew will handle the rest. Let them do their job and you will have a great time!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring food, drinks, sunscreen and the crew will handle the rest. Let them do their job and you will have a great time!
Burton  C.
Burton C. Macon, GA
Determine what type of fish you want to ketch, contact Captain in advance, and make plans accordingly.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Determine what type of fish you want to ketch, contact Captain in advance, and make plans accordingly.
Anthony  M.
Anthony M. Harrison, TN

Say When Charters
Say When Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
The weather was not great but the captain did everything he could to provide a great trip! He’s very friendly, and helpful, he amazing job! We will definitely book with him again!
Shannon  H.
Shannon H. CMBRLND FRNCE, TN
First Cast Charters
First Cast Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Caught plenty of fish. Had a good time. Recommend for people with young kids.
Frank  B.
Frank B. Newburgh, IN
Say When Charters
Say When Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
We had such a fun day! Captain Chris gave expert advise and had great spots to fish. Once we figured out the technical aspects we caught fish after fish! My teenage grandkids loved it!
Patti  B.
Patti B. Fort Collins, CO
Say When Charters
Say When Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Captain Chris was awesome and was quick to keep our gear in operation and baited. He found some great spots and was very good about doing everything we needed. He was very pleasant and great to get to know. Thanks Chris
Mike  R.
Mike R. United States
Complete Inshore Charters
Complete Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 88 reviews
1/2 day trip with a customer. Very nice day and great experience. Definitely recommend Captain Greg.
Shane  S.
Shane S. Prattville, AL
Captain Mike's Charters
Captain Mike's Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 44 reviews
We had a blast it was our Anniversary and also my son’s Birthday, we caught a lot of fish but not many to keep but over all we enjoyed it we will definitely do this again Thank you so much Kevin & Stacy Marlow and Joseph & Anna Wilssens Great Trip Nov 2021
William  M.
William M. Vaiden, MS
Off The Clock Fishing Charters
Off The Clock Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Fishing trip went great we caught alot of fish. He knew alot of spots where we had a greater chance of catching Fishing. He was very helpful and didn't just leave you alone to figure it out. Would highly recommend and we will for sure be back.
Mario  S.
Mario S. Atlanta, GA
Adrenaline On H2O Charters
Adrenaline On H2O Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 78 reviews
This was the most amazing and fantastic fishing trip. The Captain and Deck Hand were fabulous and I would highly recommend... I will definitely be using them again on my future beach trips. Thanks again Captain Jason.
Joseph  R.
Joseph R. Huntsville, AL
Off The Clock Fishing Charters
Off The Clock Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Captain Travis works hard to put us on fish. The red tide hindered us some what. He did not give up. We caught a lot of red snapper but they were not in season so we had to release them. We even caught a lobster. That had never happened with him. Of course a lot of non keepers of several species. We had a great time and was able to bring home some. Travis will stay as long as you want. He enjoys it and we enjoyed him
James  S.
James S. Douglasville, GA
Complete Inshore Charters
Complete Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 88 reviews
Fantastic captain and even better person. Very knowledgeable of area and fishing patterns. Caught plenty of reds and even some trout. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great day on the water.
Gary  D.
Gary D. Rome, GA
Lady S
Lady S
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 81 reviews
This was a corporate trip that could not have been better. We had a blast. The captain and deck hands were great. We were on fish fast. We did hit some rough seas coming in and a few of the guys may have got a little sick. But 10 out of 10 would recommend this boat and captain to anyone that is considering taking a large group out. Plenty of room. We plan on making it a yearly trip.
Phil  C.
Phil C. Jackson, MS
Say When Charters
Say When Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Half day trip with captain chris was great. Chris took time to help my daughters catch fish, my 15 year old had a lot of fun thanks to chris. This was our first charter so we didn’t know what to expect but captain chris was very welcoming and helpful. We caught a lot of fish and had fun I would recommend to anyone looking to book. Thank you Captain Chris!
Anthony  C.
Anthony C. Morristown, TN
St Andrew Charter Company
St Andrew Charter Company
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 70 reviews
We had a perfect day!!! Captain Tim was right on time in the morning... We loaded up ...went straight for the bait boats ...then straight out to start trolling for King Mackerel...We landed 7 kings and a bonita!!! Awesome time and brought back 50 lbs of filets for friends and family! Before we got on the road we went to Alice's restaurant and they cooked our catch blackened and fried !! Perfect way to end a perfect day!! Definitely recommend!!
Jordan  G.
Jordan G. Flowery Branch, GA
Reel Therapy Charters
Reel Therapy Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 103 reviews
Had a great time with Captain John. The fishing was nonstop and he made sure we were having a good time. He is my first call when we come back for more fishing.
Brent  D.
Brent D. Greenbrier, TN
Lady S
Lady S
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 81 reviews
Thanks for a great day out on the water with a wonderful crew! Seth was especially awesome to work with but the entire crew was great!
Andrea  F.
Andrea F. United States
Family Tradition Charters
Family Tradition Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 29 reviews
So amazing we booked a second trip tomorrow! The crew was great kids got to reel in some fish, just over all great experience!
Randall  B.
Randall B. Indianapolis, IN
St Andrew Charter Company
St Andrew Charter Company
Fishing charter in Panama City
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 70 reviews
We had a great time in caught quite a few fish and I would definitely recommended it
Kevin  F.
Kevin F. Andersonville, TN
Off The Clock Fishing Charters
Off The Clock Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Our Boys had memorable experience out on the water with Captain Travis. He was very knowledgeable and explained everything as to how and why to do things. We have been on many guided trips but have learned the most from Travis. He was also great with the kids, making sure everyone caught fish. He was determined not to leave empty handed. We will definitely book with again.
Melissa  B.
Melissa B. United States
Complete Inshore Charters
Complete Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 88 reviews
We had a Great Trip with Greg. Caught the limit on Red Fish in ~ 1 hour of fishing.
Tim  B.
Tim B. Tuscaloosa, AL
Say When Charters
Say When Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
If your looking to catch a boatload of fish go ahead and book this trip. Captain Chris is an awesome fisherman and kept us on the fish all day long. Jam up guy! 10 out of 10 recommend!!
Josh  S.
Josh S. Stephens, KY

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Panama City

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Panama City costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $588, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,238. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Panama City is 35 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Adrenaline On H2O Charters, Complete Inshore Charters, and Off The Clock Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Panama City, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Panama City.

Adrenaline On H2O Charters, Complete Inshore Charters, and Off The Clock Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Panama City.

The best way to experience fishing in Panama City is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Panama City, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snapper (Red), King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Amberjack. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, trolling, and light tackle. Nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Make the most of the holidat season by getting out on the water. Fishing is the best way to keep warm as the chilly winds beat down on you, with plenty of great rewards for a hearty dinner.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Panama City.

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