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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. 
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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. 

Panama City Fishing Calendar

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Half Day Trip with Captain David and John-John
James M. fished with Tell'ntails Charters on October 5, 2021
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Go to Tell N Tails and let them show you a good time!
Awesome
William M. fished with Say When Charters on August 5, 2021
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Pick our guide he puts his heart and soul into the trip
Fishing with Leveral
Ted R. fished with Family Tradition Charters on July 21, 2021
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Hook up with Capt Leveral Raffield family. You will not regret it. Great experience ?
Full Day 8 hours
Brian T. fished with Advanced Fishing With JP on June 14, 2021
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Expect anything. Remember the captain can not control if the fish are biting and are in the area at that time.
Awesome day with Captain Travis!
Donna M. fished with Off The Clock Fishing Charters on June 11, 2021
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Get ready to have fun and wear sunscreen!
5 Hour bottom/trolling with Captain Chris and say when charters
Larry P. fished with Say When Charters on May 29, 2021
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If you haven't ever been fishing offshore. Be prepared for big waves and bring some Dramamine.
Awesome Experience
Brian C. fished with Tail Raiser Charters on May 7, 2021
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It was an awesome experience, would highly recommend and will absolutely go again.
Fishing with Russell
David M. fished with NW Florida Dolphin & Fishing Tours on May 7, 2021
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Use a steel leader.... I fought a shark over an hour and line finally broke

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 $1,235. 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, Capt. Sully Charters, and Complete Inshore 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, Capt. Sully Charters, and Complete Inshore 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.

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.     Check availability for local fishing charters in Panama City.

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