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Florida Panhandle: 554 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(22 reviews)
Orange Beach
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(177 reviews)
Santa Rosa Beach
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trips from $375
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(57 reviews)
Panama City Beach
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(17 reviews)
Pensacola
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(435 reviews)
Panama City Beach
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
Panama City Beach
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trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Orange Beach
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trips from $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Shalimar
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(68 reviews)
Perdido Key
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trips from $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(311 reviews)
Panama City Beach
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Florida Panhandle

According to customer reviews, Orange Beach Inshore Charters, Beaver’s Guide Service, and Reel Addiction 2 Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Florida Panhandle. Full list of top fishing charters in Florida Panhandle.

The average price for a private 4 hour Florida Panhandle fishing trip is $757, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,654 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Orange Beach Inshore Charters, Beaver’s Guide Service, and Reel Addiction 2 Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Florida Panhandle.

The most popular fish species you can target are Red Snapper, King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Amberjack. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Bottom Fishing, and Trolling. Nearshore fishing, wreck fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

You’ve probably already heard about the excellent angling action the “Sunshine State” has to offer. But did you know that one of the best ways to experience it is through a Florida Panhandle fishing adventure? From shallow flats to deep offshore waters, this northwestern region has something to whet the appetite of any visitor. 
 
Hit the Apalachee Bay’s flats, the Apalachicola Bay’s oyster beds, or the Choctawhatchee Bay’s brackish waters and there’s no end to what you can catch. Go after Bull Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and delicious Mackerel, Snappers, Flounder, and Sheephead, along with tough-fighting beasts such as Tarpon, when the season hits. With trips lasting anywhere from two to ten hours, there’s something for everybody. 
 
But no Florida Panhandle fishing trip would be complete without a visit to the Gulf. All along the coast, charters are waiting to take you to the reefs and deep waters beyond to get your hands on some true trophies. Groupers, Cobia, Amberjack, Red Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish – you name it, these waters have it. Make the most of these incredible fishing grounds and spend up to a few days on the water. 
 
Nicknamed the “Luckiest Fishing Village in the World,” Destin is your go-to stop for an offshore voyage. Meanwhile, you can head on an inshore trip from anywhere along the coast. If you’re looking to hit the reefs, then Panama City and Port St. Joe are your best bets but, wherever you are, you can’t go wrong!

 

Rules & Regulations

Fishing with a Florida Panhandle fishing charter means that your license is covered, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Going out with a professional guide will also make sure you’re fishing within the law, such as practicing catch and release on Tarpon, or only targeting Red Snapper during its short season. 
Florida Panhandle
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27692 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Start your year off in the right way by experiencing some Panhandle angling action! Explore the reefs for Snapper and Grouper, or hook Redfish and Trout in one of the many bays.

February

This is the perfect time to target Bull Redfish and have some of the Gulf’s most productive inshore waters all to yourself! If you prefer bottom fishing, the reefs are swarming with Snapper.

March

It’s still too cold for pelagic fishing, but if you’re looking to test your stamina, you can target the first Cobia around the Gulf’s reefs. Inshore, you can hook Redfish and Trout in the bays.

April

If you’re targeting Speckled Trout and Redfish, April sees even more of these species flocking to the Panhandle’s bays and shallow coastal waters. Cobia appear by the reefs in full force, too.

May

Pelagic species start arriving offshore, and huge Groupers can be hooked around the reefs. Inshore fishing for Bull Redfish and Trout remains as strong as ever, and Cobia are still putting up a fight.

June
Tarpon season is well and truly here! Come bow to the “Silver King” along the Gulf’s shallow coastal waters. Big game fishing more your thing? Troll offshore for hard-fighting Mahi Mahi.
 
July

If you’ve got your sights set on inshore fishing, head to one of the Panhandle’s numerous bays, which are still full of fish. Offshore enthusiasts can chase Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Tuna, and more in the deep.

August

Red Snapper can be found around the Panhandle’s reefs, if the season still allows, while huge Redfish and Flounder are in the bays’ deeper waters. Offshore, troll for Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Sharks, and more.

September

The weather is still warm and the Panhandle’s fishing is red hot. Hook Redfish and Trout in the bays, fish the reefs for Grouper and Snapper, or target big game species offshore. You’re spoiled for choice!

October

October means one thing when it comes to inshore fishing – huge Bull Reds! Hit the bays to get your fill, or you can head to the reefs to find some Grouper Snapper species. It's all about filling the freezer!

November
Flats fishing in the bays and along the Gulf’s coast takes center stage in November, with this being the time to hook tasty Flounder. Bring along a cooler, as the chances are that you’ll fill it to the brim.
December

Why not round off the year with some exciting fishing? Although the temperature is cooler, Speckled Trout and Redfish fishing inshore is still hot, while you can also sink your hok into the last of the Flounders.

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The fish weren’t biting heavily today, but we were able to catch about 2 lbs of fish for dinner.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish weren’t biting heavily today, but we were able to catch about 2 lbs of fish for dinner.
Marc  B.
Marc B. United States
Try one of the party boats first round out. It's an inexpensive way to get a taste of the area and you have a ton of space to get out of the sun if needed.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try one of the party boats first round out. It's an inexpensive way to get a taste of the area and you have a ton of space to get out of the sun if needed.
Mark  R.
Mark R. Canaseraga, NY
Take advice from a captain at all times and be patient . Enjoy the experience and if you take a few back it’s a bonus !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take advice from a captain at all times and be patient . Enjoy the experience and if you take a few back it’s a bonus !
Jeff  B.
Jeff B. Dixiana, AL
Sunscreen, Hat, polorized sunglasses, lite colored clothes, water or Gatorade
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen, Hat, polorized sunglasses, lite colored clothes, water or Gatorade
Jamie  M.
Jamie M. Webster City, IA
Make sure to ask what’s in season and you what you can take home by law..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to ask what’s in season and you what you can take home by law..
Jonathan  G.
Jonathan G. Denham Springs, Louisiana
Many options. Know the difference between state and federally permitted charters. State can only go up to nine Miles out. Federally permitted charters can go out deeper so your options increase but so generally does the cost.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Many options. Know the difference between state and federally permitted charters. State can only go up to nine Miles out. Federally permitted charters can go out deeper so your options increase but so generally does the cost.
Mark  R.
Mark R. Canaseraga, NY
Do some research and know what to expect before showing up for your charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do some research and know what to expect before showing up for your charter.
Brian  C.
Brian C. United States
Shorter trips; inshore, with reasonable expectations. Use a captain who is experienced with novice fishermen and is willing to teach.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Shorter trips; inshore, with reasonable expectations. Use a captain who is experienced with novice fishermen and is willing to teach.
Steve  R.
Steve R. Frazeysburg, OH
Knot Right was the first charter I have ever been on. If I do another I will book the same boat and captain.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Knot Right was the first charter I have ever been on. If I do another I will book the same boat and captain.
James  H.
James H.
Book with Captain Bryant. All Caught Up Fishing. We we were catching fish as soon as our lines hit the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Bryant. All Caught Up Fishing. We we were catching fish as soon as our lines hit the water.
Melissa  J.
Melissa J. White City, KY
Make sure you understand that you may not catch anything. Fish are finicky, they don't always bite
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Make sure you understand that you may not catch anything. Fish are finicky, they don't always bite
Tiffinie  M.
Tiffinie M.
It was a great morning. I think you will be satisfied with your decision to come here and fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a great morning. I think you will be satisfied with your decision to come here and fish.
DENNIS  B.
DENNIS B.
Go when there haven't been any storms so your trip doesn't get cancelled from the bad weather
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go when there haven't been any storms so your trip doesn't get cancelled from the bad weather
Troy  L.
Troy L. Springfield, TN
Unusual in that there had just been a hurricane nearby, but I would say a knowledgeable guide makes all the difference. I tried some surf casting in my own and about got beat to death BY the surf!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Unusual in that there had just been a hurricane nearby, but I would say a knowledgeable guide makes all the difference. I tried some surf casting in my own and about got beat to death BY the surf!
Marie  V.
Marie V. McCalla, AL
This was my first time and it was awesome. Just remember the sunscreen and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was my first time and it was awesome. Just remember the sunscreen and have fun!
Shane  A.
Shane A. White Sulphur Springs, MT
Check the season dates for intended fish. Hydrate the night before. Pack a sack. Wear appropriate clothes for the sun and heat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the season dates for intended fish. Hydrate the night before. Pack a sack. Wear appropriate clothes for the sun and heat
Megan  Q.
Megan Q. Tuscaloosa, AL
Very hot, be prepared. The guide/captain has great experience; don't try to snow him with your own knowledge of the activity. Listen and pay attention -- you'll absolutely learn some things you never knew and you may be able to catch a few fish as well!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very hot, be prepared. The guide/captain has great experience; don't try to snow him with your own knowledge of the activity. Listen and pay attention -- you'll absolutely learn some things you never knew and you may be able to catch a few fish as well!
Steve  B.
Steve B. Pensacola, Florida
Be ready fish are strong and you catch one after another. Trip of a lifetime
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready fish are strong and you catch one after another. Trip of a lifetime
Carrie  J.
Carrie J. Clarksville, Tennessee
It’s just hot! We got lucky and most of our trip was overcast but as soon as that sun came out the kids were getting hot very quickly, especially with having to wear life vests.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s just hot! We got lucky and most of our trip was overcast but as soon as that sun came out the kids were getting hot very quickly, especially with having to wear life vests.
Ashley  L.
Ashley L.
The 6 hr am trip worked really well for us. The boat had a bathroom and AC in the cabin. Ask questions ahead of time so your expectations can become reality.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The 6 hr am trip worked really well for us. The boat had a bathroom and AC in the cabin. Ask questions ahead of time so your expectations can become reality.
Joey  B.
Joey B. Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Reel Grace Fishing Charters
Reel Grace Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(12 reviews)
Despite a rough sea day, we found our sea legs and caught a great meal! They put us right on the fish and we had a great time catching them.
Brian  J.
Brian J. United States
Pierbred Charters
Pierbred Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Captain Joe was fun and easy to work with. This trip was booked as a surprise for my husband and son. They loved it and have already asked to come back next year. I loved getting all the pictures sent to me. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Highly recommend - we will book again.
Breiane  H.
Breiane H. Panama City, Florida
Beaver’s Guide Service – Bay Boat
Beaver’s Guide Service – Bay Boat
Fishing charter in Santa Rosa Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
Took the family out fishing for our first family fishing trip. We had a blast, Captain Alex was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had. He was ver personable and helped the kids with bait every time. Will use them again!
Coleman  K.
Coleman K. Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Action Charter Service Inc.
Action Charter Service Inc.
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(741 reviews)
It was my son's first time fishing in the gulf. We had a great time and caught a bunch of fish. Only thing different that I would recommend is to go during red snapper season.
Dwayne  V.
Dwayne V.
The Jig is Up Charters
The Jig is Up Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Walton Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Highly recommend your next charter be with The Jig Is Up! Captain Bobby and his crew Kevin were great!! Our 5 guy group had the best first time experience with them! We will most definitely be booking with them again!
David  P.
David P. Henderson, KY
Orange Beach Inshore Charters
Orange Beach Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Wind blowing 20 /25 MPH today nothing but small fish but captain Lee done his best!
Dewayne  K.
Dewayne K. Jasper, AL
Blue Island Inshore Fishing Charter
Blue Island Inshore Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(104 reviews)
Great morning of bay fishing with Captain Austin! First class boat and equipment. Caught speckled trout, grouper, Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper. Very entertaining.
Mark  S.  F.
Mark S. F. United States
Nelson Guide Company
Nelson Guide Company
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
Our 1st trip and we had a great time. Si was knowledgeable and patient answering all questions. Will definitely book with him for our next trip
Brett  G.
Brett G. Harrison, TN
Reel Twisted Charters
Reel Twisted Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
They know what they are doing and they will put you on the fish if the fish cooperate
Charles  K.
Charles K. Panama City, Florida
850 Charters
850 Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(437 reviews)
Captain Matt was excellent guide and helped us connect with some fish. It was a sunset cruise with some fishing and fellowship thrown in. Good times.
Alan  M.
Alan M. United States
Nelson Guide Company
Nelson Guide Company
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Si; caught Mangrove and Lane Snapper, Blue fish, a Scamp grouper and some Flounder. Not all keepers, but we got enough for a few suppers and we had an awesome time!
Teannetta  T.
Teannetta T. Gainesville, FL
Destin Inshore Guides
Destin Inshore Guides
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
Had the most wonderful time. It was my birthday also. Captain was the best ever. Would highly recommend.!!
Deborah  T.
Deborah T. United States
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Southern Sun Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(269 reviews)
The guys LOVED it! They 10/10 recommend and definitely want to do it again!
Danny  M.
Danny M.
Inshore Bay Fishing – Charter Boat 2nd Chance
Inshore Bay Fishing – Charter Boat 2nd Chance
Fishing charter in Niceville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Captain Jake did a great job. He was very personable and worked with our kids really well. They were comfortable with him and he made sure they had a great time. My wife and I enjoyed catching fish right along with them.
Leroy  B.
Leroy B. Albany, GA
Anarchy Fishing Charters
Anarchy Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Walton Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(101 reviews)
We had a great time. Tanner was very friendly and helpful. We caught a lot of fish, not many were keepers though.
Heath  M.
Heath M. Fort Walton Beach, Florida
GulfCoast Guide Fishing & Adventure
GulfCoast Guide Fishing & Adventure
Fishing charter in Panama City Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(109 reviews)
Had a great trip with Captain Logan. He put us on some great big Gag Groupers and a few very nice Red Snapper right off the get go! We were able to catch some nice big fish early on, and then we were able to finish up catching lots and lots of smaller fish. We lost count after catching over 50 fish total. Even though most weren't keepers, my son and nephew had a blast!
Brandon  S.
Brandon S. Decatur, Alabama
Florida Cracker Charter
Florida Cracker Charter
Fishing charter in Port St. Joe
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
We had a great time! Captain knows what he’s doing with loads of experience.
Julia  S.
Julia S. Rehobeth, AL
Reel Kill Charters
Reel Kill Charters
Fishing charter in Orange Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
We had such a great time, caught a lot of fish, the captain and first mate were so helpful and kept us on fish all day. We will be booking another trip with Reel kill in the near future, awesome trip.
Lee  W.
Lee W. Cedar Bluff, AL
Bounty Bay PSJ Charters
Bounty Bay PSJ Charters
Fishing charter in Port St. Joe
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Captain Pete was Great. Family friendly and very accommodating to our children. Caught fish not as many as we wanted but enough to bring home for a family dinner
Craig  G.
Craig G. Port Saint Joe, Florida
Reel Addiction 2 Charters
Reel Addiction 2 Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Captain James and his deck hand bill were awesome! They put us on some nice fish and made sure we were comfortable the entire time. 10/10 recommend this trip
Ryan  B.
Ryan B. Obetz, OH