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Fishing in Panama City
Panama City fishing, as they say, is all about the kids always smiling and the fish always biting. It’s hard to imagine a day when there is no-one on the shore. Each angler, be it a veteran or a seasonal fisherman or a local guide, has their own favorite Panama City marina. You would always find a boat in the water, be it on a mild winter or a hot summer afternoon. But what makes this part of the sunny Florida paradise along the Emerald Coast so popular?
Panama City is surrounded on three sides by North Bay, Saint Andrew Bay, and the historic Grand Lagoon, each of which has its own unique fishing potential. And once you make the short trip out of the inlet, you have all the Gulf of Mexico to enjoy!
Panama City inshore fishing is nothing short of excellent. What else could you expect when you have the perfect combination of grass beds and large tides that constantly clean the bay system? The flats and deep water channels are abundant with a myriad of potential catches. Schools of Jack Crevalle can always become an exciting catch just a stone’s throw from the shore, as well as Trout and Bonito. While some cruise the beach looking for Pompano, others sight fish for Tarpon and Redfish. Fly fishing in Panama City is also one of the many things that can get even a hard-core fly fisherman excited.
Nearshore fishing in Panama City is hot even when it’s cold outside. The notorious Amberjack a.k.a. Reef Donkeys patrol what seems like every wreck in and around the beach, which makes them an ideal target for any fishing enthusiast. Fishing for Jacks and evening trips for King Mackerel are also a great idea for those who want to get the dinner sorted out.
Panama City deep sea fishing is a real draw. White Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Black Snapper, Lane Snapper, and the renowned Red Snapper can be caught soon after you go out of the shore to the Gulf. The Snapper family make just excellent eating! Red Grouper, Black Grouper, Mahi-Mahi, and even Sailfish make it to the list of “the catch of the day”, which, to be perfectly honest, doesn’t surprise anyone in Panama City Beach. Great catches are simply a routine for the local captains!
Overlooking the Panama City fishing opportunities, there is always that type of fishing that will suit any angler’s specific needs. Being home to over 3000 species of fish, birds, and other wildlife, Panama City has something to fish for, look at, and brag about for years to come. It is as simple as that!
Rules & Regulations
A fishing license is not required for anglers fishing aboard a guided boat or a for-hire charter, as long as the vessel has a valid charter captain or charter boat permit.
Types of Fishing
If you don’t want to get too far out, get the waters close to the shore all to yourself. Sight fish along the beaches for Tarpon and Cobia or go to the back bays for some Redfish action. Take your friends and family out and target Shark at night. Troll or cast from the shore for some Spanish Mackerel. Or simply book a full-day charter and bottom fish for Grouper and Snapper, troll for Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi-Mahi. Go jigging for Amberjack, head to the piers and jetties for Bluefish. Chase Cobia and King Mackerel with live bait. You can even enjoy kite fishing for Sailfish and Mahi-Mahi. There are plenty of productive methods to land the local species. You just only need to have the desire to catch them!
Panama City Fishing Seasons
Panama City Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Panama City
"3/4th day fishing"
Maybe wait untill the weather warns up a bit.
"Half Day "
Take Dramamine if you are concerned at all about sea sickness.
"Half day with captain Jim Barger"
Fishing in December is nice not hot. We recommend wearing wind breaker and prepare for a little wetness,
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