Captain
Bob Zales

Member since April 2016

Panama City Beach, United States

Background
My father wanted to charter fish out of Panama City, FL when I was 12 years old. We started our charter fishing business in 1965. We have continued in the charter fishing business for over 50 years as Capt Bob Zales Zodiac Charter Fleet as we once owned and operated 5 vessels. We now own and operate 1 vessel, LEO TOO, and are located behind Capt Anderson's restaurant at Capt Anderson's Marina on Panama City Beach.
Techniques
We offer fishing trips from 4 hours to 12 hours. Our vessel LEO TOO can carry up to 25 people. We offer trolling and bottom fishing and sight seeing and sunset trips, bachelor and bachelorette trips, and burials of ashes. We have fished off Panama City Beach over 52 years and have the local knowledge and experience to provide one of the best fishing experiences any where. We troll for king mackerel and bottom fish for all reef fish. We are experienced in all types of fishing and are proven tournament winners in a variety of fishing tournaments since 1972. Capt Bob is fully licensed by the USCG and the LEO TOO is USCG certificated to carry 25 passengers. Capt Bob is a recognized industry leader across the country as he has been actively involved in fishery issues on all government levels, including testifying before Congress on many important issues.

Hey, I'm Captain Bob Zales

Panama City Beach, United States
Background
My father wanted to charter fish out of Panama City, FL when I was 12 years old. We started our charter fishing business in 1965. We have continued in the charter fishing business for over 50 years as Capt Bob Zales Zodiac Charter Fleet as we once owned and operated 5 vessels. We now own and operate 1 vessel, LEO TOO, and are located behind Capt Anderson's restaurant at Capt Anderson's Marina on Panama City Beach.
Techniques
We offer fishing trips from 4 hours to 12 hours. Our vessel LEO TOO can carry up to 25 people. We offer trolling and bottom fishing and sight seeing and sunset trips, bachelor and bachelorette trips, and burials of ashes. We have fished off Panama City Beach over 52 years and have the local knowledge and experience to provide one of the best fishing experiences any where. We troll for king mackerel and bottom fish for all reef fish. We are experienced in all types of fishing and are proven tournament winners in a variety of fishing tournaments since 1972. Capt Bob is fully licensed by the USCG and the LEO TOO is USCG certificated to carry 25 passengers. Capt Bob is a recognized industry leader across the country as he has been actively involved in fishery issues on all government levels, including testifying before Congress on many important issues.

My Charter Listings

Panama City Beach
trips from
US$ 330

Fishing Reports

Red Snapper Derby Begins

June 01, 2016

Caught 18 red snapper, largest 22 lbs, 1 legal gag, and a few vermilions. Released over 50 red snapper and 4 undersize gags and 1 legal size trigger fish. Read Full Report →


9 days of red snapper fishing left

July 07, 2016

Had 15 people for a 10 hour today. Had 29 red snapper, 2 gag groupers, and 1 red grouper plus some black snapper and vermilion snappers. Great trip. Only 9 days left to keep red snapper, book your trip… Read Full Report →


New Fishing Season now that red snapper

July 18, 2016

Had a great 1/2 day of king mackerel fishing today. Harvested 7 and lost about the same. King mackerel fishing is good and on longer trips we will be catching vermilion snapper and on 8-1-16 we will be able… Read Full Report →


fall fishing

September 27, 2016

Fall fishing for king mackerel is great. The weather is near perfect and fishing as good as it gets. Call today to reserve a 4 hour trolling trip for king mackerel . Read Full Report →


Season for Greater Amberjack opens Jan 1

December 14, 2016

Jan 1.2017 starts the Greater Amberjack fishing season. Contact us for special 6 hour amberjack trips. Rates are based on up to 8 people and we can accommodate up to 25. Contact us today. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.11 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Went fishing on Friday, August 19, 2016

Well we went out on a 6 hour trip starting at 6:00 am. but first stopped by for some live bait. Gave the gentleman $30 and we slowly made our way past the jetties.  Most of the boat seemed to “punch it” at this point but we slowly chugged along at about 9knots. We then stopped off near a school of bait fish and spent about 15 minutes trolling for King Mack. 4 rods in the water, 2 of which got tangled while trolling cause the captain changed direction. 1 real had action so we reeled in a small King Mack and then set off to our offshore destination. 

Nearly 2 hours later (8:15) we arrive to the “spot” and began dropping lines. A few hits and misses later we pulled them in and moved to another spot, repeat, repeat, repeat. 

At 10:30 we get told that it’s time to head in which again took 2 hours. All told, We may have dropped a line 30-40 times.  For $1200 I am definitely disappointed in the crew (which included a foul mouthed first mate and a captain that collected our money and never said another word to us) and the 60lbs of fish caught between 9 people. 

I feel that had we not went so slow we could have doubled our time fishing. And, we used just 4 of the bait fish I purchased.

Maybe he was trying to conserve diesel to pad his margins but at the risk of very poor customer satisfaction. 

Keep looking.

 

Christopher Rich does not recommend Bob Zales Charters

Fished August 2016

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Bob Zales (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, August 20, 2016

I am sorry Mr. Rich and his party say they did not have a good fishing trip.  His comments about the mate are surprising since they gave him a $150 tip.  Apparently he is also not familiar with the charter fleet in Panama City as the majority of the charter boats cruise between 8 and 13 knots.  The LEO TOO cruises between 9 and 10 knots.  The boats he says “punched it” are private fishing boats that depart at the same time as the charter fleet. 
Unfortunately all fishing trips are not the same, the people are different, conditions, different, and while we strive to catch as many legal fish that the government will allow some days the catch is better than others.  Mr. Rich had 9 people in his party and we did indeed fish several spots which is routine in our business.  This is because we are always looking for a better spot.
Mr. Rich booked a 6 hour trip which was fished on 8-19-16.  We had an identical 6 hour trip today but with only 6 people.  The trip today was also booked for 6AM but the party was late so we we had 20 minutes less time fishing.  Attached are the pictures from both trips.  As you can see today’s trip was more successful.  This is simply because we fished spots that produced better today than the spots fished yesterday.  We fished in the same overall area, approximately 18 miles offshore, and made the same speed, 9 to 10 knots, but had less fishing time on the trip today because the party was late.  This is simply an example of why trips are called “fishing”, the opportunity to catch, and not catching as some trips are more successful than others.
I just needed to clarify the information on the review.


Went fishing on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great time.  Jimmy is the man. Capt Bobby Zales knows where to go.  We will be back soon.

Fished July 2016

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Bob Zales (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 31, 2016

Thanks for the great trip, glad you had a good time.

Went fishing on Friday, June 24, 2016

Fished June 2016

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Bob Zales (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Was a good day.  Thanks for the trip.