Fishing in Panama City

Panama City’s strategic location on the St. Andrews Bay has played an important role in the destination’s history as an anglers paradise. Sprawling more than 68,000 acres behind the protection of the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, the St. Andrews Bay is home to abundant aquatic life. Spanning more than 20 miles, the bay includes a wealth of saltwater flats and seagrass beds that offer a rich bounty of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Cobia, Sheepshead and Flounder, just a few of the species that populate these channels. The clear waters of this extensive ecosystem are ideal for both novice and expert anglers. 

Off-Shore Fishing

Numerous charters offer year-round off-shore fishing opportunities for various seasonal species. During sportfishing, bottom fishing, and trolling excursions expect to catch several types of Snapper and Grouper, Triggerfish, Spanish and King Mackerel, Cobia, and Jack Crevalles. Venture deeper into the Gulf for heart-thumping excitement and a true test of endurance while hooking bigger game fish like Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Amberjack, Tuna, and Marlin. Be sure to ask the captain where to bring your fresh catch and a local restaurant will cook it for you! Book your 6-12 hour trip with local and experienced offshore fishing charters such as GOTCHA Expeditions, Fifth Generation Charters, and Capt Salty Charters to enjoy the best of the Gulf! 

In-Shore Fishing

Take a quick boat ride from the shore and soon you’ll be fishing the entire St. Andrews Bay system, finding shallow flats and deep channels, a contrast that makes these fishing grounds one of the most diverse and productive in the Panhandle. The result is a vibrant, year-round fishery filled with Redfish, Trout, and Spanish Mackerel that never fails to excite. Local charters JP2 Fish, Capt. Sully Charter, and Panama City Inshore are booking 4-6 hours trips for all your in-shore fishing desires.

Kayak Fishing

Meandering creeks and bayous throughout Panama City entice fishermen to leave the boat and explore by kayak, with over 130 miles of largely uninhabited grass and pine shorelines that are teeming with fish. Expect to catch redfish, trout, and Spanish mackerel during this laid-back fishing experience. Need to shore up your kayak gear? Stop by Sunjammers in our historic St. Andrews neighborhood for all your kayaking needs!

Ready to tackle St. Andrews Bay? Stop by one of our local outfitters and get your gear! We’ll see you out there!

* To fish in the state of Florida, you must follow the US Fish and Wildlife Service provisions established, including laws, and following ecosystem regulations. Learn more, here.