Forget about casting into deep, dark water over and over again while wishing and hoping. We will spot a fish in crystal clear water, ease into position and present the fly with precision. Watch as the fish reacts and tracks the fly ultimately engulfing the prey. Hooked up!!!
If it sounds like hunting it is. Yes, you will blow some casts. You will make perfect shots that are refused but you Will learn from experience. What could be more exciting than a visual experience like this occurring time after time? Sight fishing is more than just fishing, It hones all of your senses. You will become more in synch with your natural surroundings. Vegetation will become more beautiful, behavior of other sea life will become more noticeable, as will birds of prey, wading birds, and gulls. Suddenly you will realize that the fish on the end of your line is only part of a day on the water while sight fishing.
Make that call! Come to our beautiful beaches and lets go hunt for what lies beneath the emerald green water’s surface.
Panama City Beach, Florida – The gulf and bay waters surrounding Panama City Beach offer some of the finest sport fishing in the world. Test your angling versatility by fly casting for red fish in St. Andrews Bay one day then troll the Emerald Green waters of the Gulf of Mexico for a regal blue marlin the next. Or if you prefer fishing for supper, visit one of our numerous wrecks or artificial reefs to play tug-of- war with a tasty red snapper.
Various types of fishing are available year round, but the spring and fall seasons offer the best angling. This is also the off season in Panama City Beach so crowds and hotel rates are fisherman friendly.
Spring- Spanish mackerel and blue fish show up in the bay in March. Trout, redfish, and ladyfish will be ravenously feeding on the grass flats. Pompano, cobia, and jack crevalle will be running the beaches, followed by smoker king mackeral in the twenty to forty pound class. Light winter fishing pressure has allowed the wrecks and reefs to restock with bottom species. Pull up a smorgasboard of snapper, grouper, triggerfish, and amberjack.
Summer- Trout and red fishing continue in the bay with best results early and late in the day. Some pompano, whiting, and lady fish will be in the surf. Shark fishing peeks in the summer especially at night. In shore you will find king mackeral, small dolphin (mahi-mahi), and bonito. Bottom fishing improves the further you are willing to travel into the gulf. Off shore offers bigger dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and marlin.
Fall- Cooling water temperatures trigger an urgency to feed. Trout and reds will aggressively attack top water baits. Flounder will begin a migration to the gulf and stack up on inshore structure. Pompano then will again school along the beach. The king mackeral run is at its hiatus. Some dolphin are still around. Blackfin tuna will be under the schools of bonito. Inshore bottom fishing improves and now cobia are added to the pot. Offshore fishing continues but slows in the late fall.
Winter- Trout and redfish move into deeper holes in the bay or up the creeks and rivers but will venture onto the flats on warm afternoons. Beach fishing will yield an occasional whiting. Bottom fishing can be great if you pick your days correctly. Larger fish move to inshore structure in the winter.
Panama City Beach boasts a huge fishing fleet with multi- talented captains and crews. Select a 16 foot skiff to fish the shallowest flat or a million dollar sport fishing yacht to take you to the hunting grounds in luxurious comfort. There are also 27 miles of beach, hundreds of acres of wadeable flats and three fishing piers extending into the Gulf of Mexico.
Bob Zales Fishing Carters
Bob Zales Fishing Charters offers the 48 foot USCG Certified fishing vessel, LEO TOO. The LEO TOO can accommodate parties from 1 to 19.
The LEO TOO is equipped with twin high performance turbo charged diesel engines, diesel generator, full electronics (including fish finders), galley, microwave oven, air conditioning, air conditioning and all safety equipment.
Captains are U.S. Coast Guard licensed, and all of the crewmen are experienced sailors and fishermen. We offer 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 hour trips for fishing.
All ice, bait, and tackle is furnished by Bob Zales Fishing Charters. You bring whatever you like to eat and drink or upon request we can arrange completely catered trips.
Bob Zales Fishing Charters can fish for Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Cobia, Blue fish, Amberjack, Dolphin, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, and Shark. Upon special request and with advance notice we will pursue whatever species you desire. (Inquire as to special rates and times of fishing for certain species.)
See the natural beauty of our area and view our natural resources such as Dolphins, Pelicans, and other wildlife that live in and visit our coast and view our beautiful sunrises, sunsets and clear emerald waters while heading to the fishing grounds.
The Zales family began their life in charter and commercial fishing in 1965 when they brought their first fishing vessel, Sandra Gene III, to Panama City, Fl. Capt. Bob Zales, Sr was the Captain, Bob Zales, II was his deckhand, and Clara Zales ran the business. Capt. Bob Zales Zodiac Charter Fleet and Bob Zales Charters have been a family business ever since. Bob, II received his first USCG License in 1972 and began operating the 2nd vessel, Scorpio II, along with Bob, Sr. In 1975, Bob, II left charter fishing to pursue work in the offshore oil industry where he operated large offshore supply vessels and worked in management in Louisiana and the Netherlands until 1985 when he came back to his love of charter fishing.
Capt. Bob, II began working in the fishery management arena in 1987 in an effort to help provide common sense and real world experiences to the process. He has offered years of experienced testimony along with his time to help provide reason into the management process. This effort has led Capt. Bob, II to be active in several fishing organizations such as the Panama City Boatmen Association, the Florida Guides Association, and the National Association of Charterboat Operators. He serves as the Northwest Florida Director for FGA and as President for PCBA, and past President of NACO.
During his years of fishing, Capt. Bob Zales, II won his first billfish tournament, the Captains Billfish Tournament in 1972. That tournament eventually gave way to the Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament which he won in 1993. He won and placed in many other major fishing tournaments over the years. Capt Bob, II is nationally recognized for his fishing knowledge and experience and as a national spokesman for recreational for hire fishermen.
He has published many articles on fishing and provides testimony to local, state, and federal agencies as well as providing testimony to congress. Capt. Bob, II has served on various committees appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and the Governor of Florida. He has been involved in creating national recreational for hire recreational data systems and has been recognized for his fish tagging efforts.
When you fish with Capt. Bob, II you not only get a great fishing experience but you are fishing with a nationally recognized fishing expert.
Phone: (850) 763-7249
Capt. Steve Bachman Fishing Charters
Capt. Steve Bachman Fishing Charters has been a professional charter fisherman for over 20 years working with Panama City Inshore. Starting in the early 80s, Capt. Steve Bachman has a passion for fishing tarpaulin and redfish in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Trolling in St. Andrews Bay or staked out on Tarpon Ln., Captain Steve Bachman knows his fish and is happy to share.
As the United States Coast Guard licensed and insured charter captain, Steve Bachmann has put his abilities and passions to work and even written the book on Panhandle fishing reports for fly-fishing and tying journal as well as appearing in the saltwater fly fishing magazine.
Capt. Steve Bachman offers backcountry trips for flats, inshore, fly, light tackle and sight fishing as well as shipping for tarpon and redfish in Panama City, Port St. Joe and Apalachicola. Panama City Inshore is a professional light tackle and fly-fishing guide service throughout the Florida Panhandle from Panama City Beach to Port St. Joe. If you’re looking to fly fish for tarpon or trolling for redfish, this is one of the best charter companies in the area. Utilizing only the most experienced charter captains, locals and tourists alike will understand the various victories that exist on the shallow flats and inshore waters of the Florida Panhandle and have a fantastic time doing so.
Customize a charter fly-fishing trip with Capt. Steve Bachman tailoring your trip to your specific charter fishing needs and desires. Whether it’s summer, winter, or anywhere in between, there’s always something to catch and cast when you head out with Capt. Steve Bachman and the fishing charters of Panama City Inshore. Visit the website below to make reservations or call Steve directly
Phone: (850) 832-7423
First Light Fishing Charters
Captain Jeff Moorman grew up living and fishing directly on Saint Andrews Bay, in Panama City Beach, Florida. His love of fishing from an early age was very evident. He and his dad enjoyed fishing the St. Andrews Bay and surrounding beaches of Panama City Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. From Mexico Beach to Seaside Beach, Jeff has been catching pompano, snapper, trout, redfish, whitetip shark, big cobia, tarpon and many other species, many weighing well over 100 pounds!
The flats fishing in Panama City Beach and St. Andrews Bay, FL, was, and still is a very beautiful and unique bay system to fish, with such a wide variety of species to target and catch. Captain Jeff is docked at the Treasure Island Marina, at 3603 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408.
Jeff Moorman started First Light Fishing Charters and First Light Guide Service 22 years ago. He made 100 percent of his living from guide fishing St. Andrews Bay, Panama City, Panama City Beach, Mexico Beach, Seaside and other Florida and Bay County systems. Jeff Moorman’s next door neighbor was a Florida charter boat captain in the summer and commercially net fished the rest of the year. A young Jeff Moorman spent many long days doing both and learning from a great teacher in high school. Jeff got a summer job with the legendary charter boat captain, Buster Niquet, aboard the Nick Nack. After high school Jeff Moorman went to work with Capt Tiny Archer, the inventor of the electric reel. His son Captain Buck Archer and his son Captain Billy Archer started what is now Panama City Beach and the Gulf of Mexico’s artificial reef program.
What should you expect aboard First Light Fishing Charters? Jeff Moorman is a captain who is ready to go before you wake up in the morning. He is a patient teacher for inexperienced, as well as experienced fisherman. We have at least a dozen rods, with different rigging to take advantage of all species of light tackle fish. You will find us fishing year round in St. Andrews Bay, Panama City Beach, FL.
At First Light Fishing Charters guide service we generally target different varieties of fish, at different times throughout the year. In March and April you will usually find schools of mackerel, trout, mahi-mahi, and pompano. Cobia fishing is usually the entire months of April, May and June. These months are also best for trout and red fish, with black tip shark fairly abundant in July and August. We also catch a lot of tarpon and see a lot of other action the rest of the year.
First Light is fast, modern, and fully-equipped for guide and light tackle fishing. Captain Jeff Moorman is a licensed master, fully-insured with a perfect record on over 2500 safe, successful fishing trips. Let experience and caring work for you. Call Jeff Moorman, he actually answers the phone and you are talking to the owner and operator!
Phone: 850-230-8086 or 850-866-0802
Jubilee Deep Sea Party Fishing
Given the Certificate of Excellence in 2014 by Trip Advisor, Jubilee Deep Sea Party Fishing trips are one of the most unique adventures in Panama City Beach.
If you’re looking for something a little more professional than a fly fishing tour or a casual afternoon fishing tour, then Jubilee and Treasure Island and Deep-Sea Fishing tours are probably what you’re looking for.
Jubilee Deep Sea Party Fishing has two distinct fishing boats to serve you: the Jubilee and the Treasure Island. Each provides four, five, six and eight hour tours from $55 per person to $70 per person and riders at $20 per person. The trips are between four and eight hours and leave between 7 AM and 12:30 PM daily.
The Jubilee is Panama City’s newest party fishing boat. With an upper sundeck, air-conditioned cabin, snack bar and gender separate restrooms, this is perfect for company and group charters and ideal for an all-day adventure. Ask about military discounts.
The Treasure Island fishing boat is a 60 foot custom fishing vessel with a fishing capacity of up to 46. Small coolers are allowed and it’s also great for company and group charters. This vessel features five, six and eight hour trips from $60 per person to $70 per person leaving between 7 AM and 12:30 PM each day. All trips include your fishing rod and reel, bait, tackle and a fishing license.
Jubilee Deep Sea Party Fishing is located along the Grand Lagoon on Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach. Contact them for more information or to schedule your reservation.
“If you do not want to pay for a private charter this is an excellent way to go! Well worth the price. We went out on a pretty rough day, but it seemed almost everyone caught fish!” – Trip Advisor
If you’re looking for a great fishing adventure that you’ll remember for years to come you have to check out the Jubilee deep-sea fishing tours
Phone: (850) 236-2111
Hook’em up Charters
Welcome to Quality fishing and fabulous adventures with Hook’em Up Charters. Located at 5550 North Lagoon Dr. in Panama City Beach Florida, Hook’em Up Charters is one of the top quality fishing charter businesses in the area. Capt. BJ is a Coast Guard licensed Capt. with plenty of experience under his belt to help you catch the big fish. Owner and captain, Capt. BJ is professional and personal actually answering the phones when you call.
With charter boats carrying up to 15 passengers, this charter fishing adventure offers quality fishing trips at reasonable prices. Whether you’ve been a longtime fishermen or this is your first time out, Capt. BJ will give you top-notch service and help to catch some of the best fish in the area.
Included with your trip is all the bait, tackle and fishing rods you’ll need including ice and even the license. The only thing you’ll need to bring is your self, snacks and drinks.
Hook’em Up Charters offers eight distinct trips including alligator hunts, yes, literally hunting alligator up to 12 feet in length. There’s simple sightseeing trips if you simply want to tour the bay and check out the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll see dolphins, sea turtles and pelicans as well as lots of others marine mammals. Had out for the day for a shark fishing trip for either four or eight hours. This is one of the most exciting trips and you might even catch a shark over 500 pounds.
Of course there is the traditional fishing charters with offshore trolling for Sailfish, blue Marlin, mahi-mahi and swordfish, bottom fishing for grouper, snapper and amberjack as well as trolling trips for Spanish mackerel, Bonita and King mackerel. in addition, Capt. BJ features a variety of split and combination trips depending on the length of trip. A combo trip allows you to experience a variety of different types of fishing for different species of fish. Split trips can combine multiple small groups to save you money.
For more information on these fabulous fishing trips visit the website and Capt. BJ Burkett with Hook’em Up Charters.
Captain B.J. Burkett (850) 774-8333