What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Panama City Beach, Florida for the first time?

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Kelly Martin
Fulton, MS
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Went fishing with Reel Deal Charters – Deep Water on June 16, 2019
Go out on a "state" boat which typically remains within sight of land (+/- 10 miles out) to be sure your not prone to sea sickness. I've fished both near coast and off shore (deep sea) on several occasions in multiple states and would rate my overall experience fishing in Panama City as average. Typically a 6 hour (half day) trip results in 2-3 hours of actual fishing. If not already included and/or given the option by your captain, purchase live bait on your way out. Bring cash for tips and live bait purchase. Fish cleaning is not included but can be processed at a reasonable priced once you return to the dock Bring sunscreen, hat, camera, sunglasses, snacks and drinks.

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Cindy Fuglio
Marietta, GA
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Went fishing with Kickback Sportfishing Charters on June 11, 2019
It's too hot for troll fishing by mid morning.....the fish were not biting much at all. Don't expect much, and maybe you will be blessed with more. But DON'T have high hopes of catching quite a few for dinner!

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Brian Young
Clay, WV
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Went fishing with Reel Deal Charters – Deep Water on June 13, 2019
Book early in your week so if the weather changes, you will have time and windows for them to shift and reschedule you. And your fish may processed the next day (depending on when you get back to dock) so plan your departure accordingly.

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Zac Allen
Panama City Beach, Florida
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Went fishing with Pcb Water Adventures on September 27, 2017
PCB fishing in September is hit and miss. Depending on conditions and migrations the pier can be a great place to catch Spanish Mackerel, Redfish and even King Mackerel and the occasional Sailfish. However, it can also be very slow if there's not much migratory fish movement. Same thing with the charters. Boom or bust. But the best thing is to just get out there. The more you fish the greater your chances.

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Greg Cinque
P C BEACH, FL
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Went fishing with Kickback Sportfishing Charters on September 16, 2018
We don't know all that much about fishing. Unfortunately the red tide started the day we arrived. I am glad we had a professional to help us. I am sure we would hace caught even more without the red tide.

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Richard Hughes
Dickson, TN
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Went fishing with Just Fish PCB: Have Fun, Catch Fish on September 7, 2018
A private charter like we had is much more fun than a large boat with 60 to 70 people aboard.Our Captain ( Mike Lindsay treated us like family rather than just another pay check.Excellent boat,Captain and the deckhand was first class.Thank you for a wonderful trip.

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Dean Argo
United States
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Went fishing with Reel Deal Charters – Deep Water on September 2, 2018
I would recommend fishing before the season ends. While we caught many fish, the bigger fish - Amberjack, Mackerel, and Cobia eluded us. The Captain and Deckhand were great - not their fault we waited until Labor Day to fish.

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Kevin Olmstead
Nashville, TN
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Went fishing with Charter Boat All The Way on August 31, 2018
You can fish off the big piers for cheap. Rent a pole, get bait, and fish. Its easy. 24 hours a day. If you want to go big , charter a boat. Talk to the captain/owners before renting. There are options to the trip. Different types of fishing . Different fish.

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Phyllis Burnham
Miami, FL
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Went fishing with Kickback Sportfishing Charters on July 13, 2018
It’s better to fish on a private charter. They definitely know where the fish are. The deckhand David was the best. The Captain didn’t y’all much. He told me he would adjust the price because we had one less person and he did not!

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Charles Brown
Enterprise, Alabama
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Went fishing with Sheila Marie Charters on June 16, 2018
I would absolutely recommend. The hardest thing I found was finding the boat locations. GPS was off. But other than that we had an amazing time. And will absolutely be using Panama City Beach for all my deep-sea engagements.

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David Kloser
Acworth, GA
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Went fishing with Pcb Water Adventures on June 12, 2018
I was disappointed in two things. 1. I did not see anywhere that said cash only. I had a credit card only so I had to go to a bank to get cash to pay the captain. 2. I thought that the $75.00 deposit went toward the fishing trip until the captain told me that it did not, that it went to Fishing Booker.

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Arthur Robinson
Douglas, GA
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Went fishing with Just Fish PCB–Have Fun, Catch Fish on March 15, 2018
Go in the summer months, we went in March the spring but the weather changed, we had a cold snap. Although we caught fish mist were to small and we h ad to through back. Make sure the weather is warm, I guess the fish don't like the cold either. But it's always fun to get out their in the open waters.

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Carmel Gorin
Panama City, Florida
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Went fishing with Reel Deal Charters – Deep Water on May 14, 2017
The trigger fish were so plentiful that they kept us from catching snapper and you can't keep trigger fish. You can't convince me that trigger fish are endangered. Write your representative to change this law. Aside from that, May is an excellent month to be fishing in Panama City!

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Mark Schmidt
Yorkville, IL
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Went fishing with Reel Deal Charters – Deep Water on July 24, 2019
I recommend you buy live bait. We used squid for bottom fishing but you need live bait to catch the King Mackerel and Bonita

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Eric Mccoy Mccoy
Tampa, FL
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Went fishing with Reel Deal Charters – Deep Water on July 19, 2019
Definitely fun with the right boat. Red snapper season is a myst aswell. Just research the right boat.

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Rodney Watson
Tulsa, OK
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Went fishing with Just Fish PCB: Have Fun, Catch Fish on July 16, 2019
Just fish PCB: Have Fun,Catch Fish, The name is exactly what you do, highly recommend the 7 hour trip that way you get fish to eat and then you go after other species for fun.

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Joe Loiacano
OLD BROWNSBRO, KY
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Went fishing with Captain Black’s Fishing on July 1, 2019
We had a good experience fishing out of Panama City Beach, we have fished in other locations in Florida. A good bang for the buck.

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Bruce Main
Marietta, GA
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Went fishing with Charter Boat Gotta Believe on June 28, 2019
Plan on at least 10 hours for your booking, it takes a long time to get out far enough to catch the big boys.

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Jarrod Babbitt
Frisco, Texas
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Went fishing with Reel Deal Charters – Deep Water on June 17, 2019
Be sure to book a trip for the specific fish you are targeting. I was under the impression we would catch some Snapper and move on, but that didn’t happen.

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Chris Wood
Longwood, FL
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Went fishing with Sheila Marie Charters on June 3, 2019
Ask about how license work. Red snapper was open for Federally licensed boats, but not state licensed boats. Did not know that.

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Mary Cunard
Lithonia, GA
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Went fishing with Jessica Shoals Fishing Charters on May 6, 2019
Not applicable for this trip...it was only for scattering ashes of a relative. Wonderful experience!

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Joshua Moise
Atlanta, GA
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Went fishing with Jessica Shoals Fishing Charters on April 25, 2019
Bring a light jacket and go when the sun is out. The opportunity to catch more fish would increase while the sun is out

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Regina Fryman
Detroit, MI
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Went fishing with Pcb Water Adventures on April 10, 2019
If you want an adventure of a life time and a great experience with a great captain give Captin Jim a call!! You won't be disappointed

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Sonya Latz
Elsie, MI
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Went fishing with Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB on April 2, 2019
Decide on type of fish you would like to fish for and then decide if you would like to go fishing at the flats or out deep sea fishing.

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David Dodson
Panama City Beach, FL
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Went fishing with Pcb Water Adventures on March 29, 2019
Go with this crew! We were a little early for the mahi mahi, grouper, and red snapper bit still caught a few, just couldn't keep. Still had a great time!

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Darrell Grady
Orlando, FL
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Went fishing with Pcb Water Adventures on March 12, 2019
Be prepared for a cool start and possibly some rough water. Trigger fish are the best thing to shoot but the pogies are good too.

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Jason Houp
United States
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Went fishing with The Gaff Charters on June 30, 2019
Sunscreen! It’s hot and sunny. Be prepared to catch some fish with these guys!

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Ashley Shankles
Panama City Beach, Florida
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Went fishing with Just Fish PCB: Have Fun, Catch Fish on June 23, 2019
Sunscreen, long sleeved shirts, hats.....if you get motion sickness, buy something like dramamine

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Mark Rogers
Soddy, TN
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Went fishing with Charter Boat Gotta Believe on June 14, 2019
Communicate with your Capt. before you book to make your plan, for the most successful trip.

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Yonah Her
Jacksonville, Florida
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Went fishing with Charter Boat All The Way on June 15, 2019
Bring sunscreen, snacks, and drinks. Make sure your arms are ready to fight these fish.

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