Panama City Beach Fishing

Come for the spring Cobia runs, stay for the tailing Redfish. The versatile waterways of Panama City Beach are ripe with potential regardless of your fishing preference, starting with the prolific St. Andrews Bay System. The massive estuary holds the largest stretch of seagrass beds along the Emerald Coast, providing shelter for over 3000 species of birds, fish and other local wildlife. Its shallow flats, deep channels and abundant grass pods are often renowned as the Panhandle's premier Redfish repositories, but are no strangers to a variety of other trophy fish either, including Speckled Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder as well as the breaching Spanish Mackerel. Fly fanatics everyone rejoice, as Panama City Beach is infamous for its Tarpon, Redfish and False Albacore fly fishing zones, both inside the bay and along the nearshore waters of the Gulf. Come springtime, you'll quickly understand just how the city manages to keep literally hundreds of thousands of vacationing anglers coming back year after year. The spring Cobia migration is what this section of the Gulf is known for worldwide, so it should come as little surprise that all of the Cobia world records have been set right here in the Florida Panhandle.

Known For

Russell Fields City Pier, Gulf World Marine Park, WonderWorks, St Andrews State Park, Race City, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory, Pier Park, Deep Sea Fishing, Shipwreck Island Waterpark, Dolphin Tours, Shell Island, Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise, Coconut Creek Park

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.

Panama City Beach Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.