Panama City Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Panama City Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Panama City

Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Panama City

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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Reviews of Fishing in Deep Sea Fishing in Panama City

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
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.
Such a memorable day!!!!
Shelly G. fished with We’re on Charters on April 7, 2021
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This was my first time so I had no idea what to expect. Be patient, at one time we had three fishing reels busy with fish, then they were moments of no catch.
4 hour trip, starting at 6am
Erin M. fished with Miss Kelley Fishing Charters on April 6, 2021
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Plan to have fun, get excited if you catch some fish, and tip the boat staff.
8hr Trip with Captain Brandon and First Mate Brent
Kristi J. fished with Blue Water Connection – Billistic on March 31, 2021
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If you want to catch fish - it can and will be done. The fish that are caught may not be the expected "ocean fish" like a marlin or tuna but the fish that are caught are catch worthy -- can put up a fight and taste amazing, too!
Morning Trip with Captain Jason
Dale S. fished with Adrenaline On H2O Charters on March 30, 2021
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I recommend getting out there with captain Jason. He knows the waters and fish and is an excellent guide...we had lots of fun.
Half Day with Captain Sully
Luke T. fished with Capt. Sully Charters on March 28, 2021
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Get in touch with Captain Sully. He's honest about what's available, and worked his butt off for us.
Sailing sailing over the ocean breeze.... Fishing fishing
Patrick W. fished with Captain Hank's Charters on March 25, 2021
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Go see captain mike!! And defiantly get your fish processed there and cyovac.

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