Panama City Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Panama City Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Panama City

Panama City: 94 fishing charters available
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4.9 / 5
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Deep Sea Fishing in Panama City

If you're ready to hook into the biggest game fish out there, get a load of the deep sea fishing Panama City, FL has in store. This offshore experience will take you somewhere between 30-100 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, where the Bluewater lies.

Out here, you’ll find a whole different breed of sport fishing. Whether you’re trolling for Marlin and Tuna, bottom fishing for Snapper, or deep dropping for Swordfish, the deep sea will make a hardcore angler out of you.

What to Catch and When to Target it

Deep sea fishing in the Gulf starts to pick up momentum in April, when Marlin (Blue and White), Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna, and trophy sized Sharks make their annual debut.

You can target these pelagic fish while trolling 45+ miles offshore, anytime from spring until November. Fishing so far from shore usually calls for an extended day trip (10-12 hours), though you can target some species like Mahi Mahi and Wahoo on a trip as short as 4-8 hours. An overnight charter could take you up to 100 miles offshore, where you’ll find Yellowfin Tuna in summer.

On the other hand, the deep sea offers excellent bottom fishing any time of year. You’ll find a wide variety of large Snapper, Grouper, and Triggerfish biting 30 miles offshore and beyond. Cobia and Spanish Mackerel make an appearance near the wrecks and reefs in spring, followed by large Amberjack. For a chance to catch really big fish, plan on a trip of 6 hours minimum.

If you make it up to 60 miles out or more, you can deep drop for Swordfish in water thousands of feet deep.

Of course, the weather is not always accommodating. Long treks offshore are best planned between May and September, when you can expect safe conditions on the water.

Bear in mind that some species are closed to harvest at certain times, most notably Red Snapper. Seasonal closures can change from year to year, so make sure you’re up to date on local fishing regulations ahead of time.

How to Fish

The majority of deep sea fishing in Panama City involves trolling and bottom fishing. You may also try your hand at deep dropping when targeting Swordfish or bottom fish in extreme depths. These methods allow you to target the deepest reaches of the ocean floor as well as fast, aggressive fish near the surface.

Trolling
Trolling is the standard method of catching Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sharks, and other high-speed pelagics in open water. Anglers use live bait as well as artificials, depending on the target species. You will also troll for Cobia and Spanish Mackerel near offshore wrecks and reefs.
 
Bottom Fishing
This tactic will help you target a wide variety of bottom fish in the Gulf, including White Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Lane Snapper, Black Snapper, Red Snapper, Black and Red Grouper, and Triggerfish. Depending on the species, a little jigging may also be involved. Live bait and cut bait such as sardines, mullets, pinfish, and frozen squid all prove effective.
 
Deep Dropping for Swordfish
Deep dropping is the main method used to catch Swordfish, usually between 500-1,000 feet below. Depending on your captain’s preference, you may rely on electric reels or conventional ones.
 
While you can catch Swordfish by day, it’s typical to fish for this trophy at night, often using customized blinker or strobe lights to attract your target. Mullet, squid, and other live or cut bait are all effective depending on the depth you intend to fish.
 
Some fishermen also slow troll (2 or 3 knots) for Swordfish at night, using a downrigger to set their bait 150-300 feet below. For this approach, attach a light stick 15-20 feet in front of your bait.

 

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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Panama City

If you like fishing and making memories, charter a fishing trip and have fun!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you like fishing and making memories, charter a fishing trip and have fun!!!
Douglas  E.
Douglas E. Jacksonville, Florida
Charters are an amazing adventure, bucket list for sure.... we also fished the pier with frozen bait, we caught a lot of little ones...but nothing big...still a blast!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charters are an amazing adventure, bucket list for sure.... we also fished the pier with frozen bait, we caught a lot of little ones...but nothing big...still a blast!!
Scott  C.
Scott C. Wagoner, OK
Can be tough for bigger fish because it’s late in season but that’s not a captain’s fault
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Can be tough for bigger fish because it’s late in season but that’s not a captain’s fault
Jason  C.
Jason C.
bring a cooler with snacks and have fun getting on some hard fighting fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
bring a cooler with snacks and have fun getting on some hard fighting fish!
Derick  J.
Derick J. Bethel, OH
Had a great time in Reel Twisted. Note to anyone booking. Please make sure you check in advance what species are in season at the time off your trip. Captain will definitely put you on the fish but their hands are tied when so many species are not available.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Had a great time in Reel Twisted. Note to anyone booking. Please make sure you check in advance what species are in season at the time off your trip. Captain will definitely put you on the fish but their hands are tied when so many species are not available.
Zach  T.
Zach T. Alpharetta, GA
Do your research, ship out early, listen to your captain and be open to learning something new.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research, ship out early, listen to your captain and be open to learning something new.
Dylan  W.
Dylan W. Panama City, Florida
Don’t miss out for your first time angler and for you experienced anglers do hesitate jump on the boat well worth it. Nothing more can be said about the fishing trip .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t miss out for your first time angler and for you experienced anglers do hesitate jump on the boat well worth it. Nothing more can be said about the fishing trip .
Daniel  A.
Daniel A. Dallas, TX
Fishing and weather was good for us. I know they had a little rough weather the two weeks prior, but we had sunny skies and light wind. Caught our limit of snapper without problem.
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5.0 / 5
Fishing and weather was good for us. I know they had a little rough weather the two weeks prior, but we had sunny skies and light wind. Caught our limit of snapper without problem.
Joel  B.
Joel B. Bryan, TX
The fishing is excellent. Bring plenty of sunscreen and make sure your back and arms are ready for the fight!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing is excellent. Bring plenty of sunscreen and make sure your back and arms are ready for the fight!
Jonathan  C.
Jonathan C. Okeechobee, Florida
All I’ve ever been was Destin and it’s about the same fishing experience!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
All I’ve ever been was Destin and it’s about the same fishing experience!
Scott  S.
Scott S. Murfreesboro, TN
Sunscreen and book with someone knowledgeable about the fishing in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen and book with someone knowledgeable about the fishing in the area.
Melissa  K.
Melissa K. Morristown, TN
Go out, catch you some red snapper and enjoy the flavor. It doesn’t get better.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out, catch you some red snapper and enjoy the flavor. It doesn’t get better.
Dale  P.
Dale P. Panama City Beach, Florida
Call Greg at complete inshore charter. He's very friendly and will do his best to put you on the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Greg at complete inshore charter. He's very friendly and will do his best to put you on the fish.
Daniel  S.
Daniel S. Hoopeston, IL
We did the trolling trip, no live bait, stayed close to land, not a large amount of fish for us.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
We did the trolling trip, no live bait, stayed close to land, not a large amount of fish for us.
Jerry  S.
Jerry S. Robbins, TN
For your targeted fish, just check to see what is in season as some fish are not in season until the middle of June.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For your targeted fish, just check to see what is in season as some fish are not in season until the middle of June.
Johnathan  G.
Johnathan G. Thomson, GA
Go see king slayer they will put you on them and have an outstanding trip of a life type.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go see king slayer they will put you on them and have an outstanding trip of a life type.
Baylor  L.
Baylor L. Bryant, AL
It would have been fun to catch something a little bigger. But I think that Spanish mackerel is about the best you can expect at this time of year unless you book a trip that goes out a lot farther from the shore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It would have been fun to catch something a little bigger. But I think that Spanish mackerel is about the best you can expect at this time of year unless you book a trip that goes out a lot farther from the shore.
Melody  C.
Melody C. Milford, OH
Check to see what fisheries are open and what species are available and in season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check to see what fisheries are open and what species are available and in season.
Russel  G.
Russel G. Carrollton, GA
Bring your own personal hand towl to use after baiting hook, don't forget the sunscreen and pack a lunch or snacks.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring your own personal hand towl to use after baiting hook, don't forget the sunscreen and pack a lunch or snacks.
Felicia  N.  N.
Felicia N. N. Mattoon, IL
Go with Captain Craig and his crew, they actually take the time to show you how everything is done.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Captain Craig and his crew, they actually take the time to show you how everything is done.
Gregory  D.
Gregory D. Orlando, FL

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Panama City