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Fishing in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach lies on the coast of the Florida Panhandle — an area teeming with marine life that boasts some of the best fishing on the Gulf of Mexico. Panama City Beach is an angler’s paradise, combining the amenities and vibrance of Florida's coastline with excellent angling experiences. 27 miles of pristine white sand beaches offer the perfect backdrop for some of the best inshore and nearshore fishing in the state of Florida. In addition, offshore fishing near PCB offers great opportunities to catch your next pelagic trophy. Fly fishermen, light tackle, and offshore anglers can target an array of species including sea trout, tarpon, cobia, mackerel, and amberjack.

Experience the thrill of Gulf of Mexico fishing aboard an experienced fishing charter. Whether you prefer casting from a picturesque pier, joining fellow anglers, or navigating bayous and shallow waters by kayak, Panama City Beach offers endless opportunities for both saltwater and freshwater fishing year-round. 

Inshore fishing

A massive 'Silver King' caught just of Panama City Beach's productive waters. Courtesy of Capt. Jason Shepard.

Panama City Beach offers excellent sight fishing opportunities in the inlets surrounding this area or along the beach. To the north of PCB, St. Andrew's Bay and Grand Lagoon offer unique fishing experiences as estuary environments. Talk to your captain about going after cobia, sea trout, flounder, redfish, tarpon, Spanish mackerel, pompano, and more in the vast inshore environment off of Panama City Beach. Both spin casting and fly fishing are common practices in this region, but be sure to ask your guide which method they use in their home waters.

Deep sea fishing

Looking for a trophy fish? Panama City Beach's offshore waters provide an excellent arena to target yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, and various billfish such as marlin, swordfish, and sailfish. the flats and inlets of Northwest Florida are ideal habitats for juvenile baitfish, providing a virtual buffet for larger predatory fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Easy access to the Gulf's productive fishery offers unrivaled opportunities from a guided charter. Book one of our experienced offshore fishing captains to try your hand at reeling in that next catch of a lifetime.

Reef and wreck fishing

Red snapper, triggerfish, grouper, and many other fish species can be found in the numerous bottom fishing spots found off of Panama City Beach. Peppered with wrecks, FADs, and natural reefs, this coastline provides great fishing opportunities nearshore. Prominent in the winter, amberjacks are more commonly found near bottom structure. Guides often have their own method for catching these strong fish since once they feel the bait they pack quite the punch. Talk to your guide about tailoring your fishing experience to make it memorable.

Surf fishing

Countless game fish swim the sandbars and troughs off the beach in PCB. Some of the best fish to target in the surf are jack crevalle, pompano, redfish, and mackerel. Redfish are tough-fighting, shallow-dwelling fish that migrate along the beaches in the fall. They also put up quite a fight that makes for a challenging, but rewarding, fishing experience. Pompano is a common target as well, often casted for from a skiff boat, pier, or beach. 

c/o Capt. Jason Shepard
Fishing the productive inshore environments found near Panama City Beach. Courtesy of Capt. Jason Shepard.

What's biting near Panama City Beach?

SeasonFishing Information
SpringSpanish mackerel and redfish come inshore during the spring — along with speckled sea trout which flock to the shallow grass flats around the city. You can also expect to find mangrove snapper, pompano, sheepshead, amberjack, and kingfish. Panama City Beach charter guides usually center their excursions around the inlets and beaches in the springtime.
SummerTarpon, redfish, and jack crevalle cruise the beaches. The reefs will have amberjack, grouper, and red snapper.
FallRedfish, tarpon, jack crevalle, and sharks are common catches in the fall. Also, expect schools of spanish mackerel near the inlets and speckled sea trout moving from the shallows to the bayous nearby.
WinterSea trout and redfish can be found in shallower waters. Other types of fish to be found are sheepshead, amberjack, flounder, and pompano. While it is winter, expect plenty of sunshine with lows in the mid-40s and highs in the mid-70s.

What to do shoreside in Panama City Beach

While Panama City Beach is renowned for its exceptional fishing opportunities, anglers can also enjoy a plethora of activities on shore during their visit. From soaking up the sun on pristine beaches to exploring the vibrant local culture and cuisine, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade, indulge in fresh seafood delicacies at waterfront restaurants, or immerse yourself in the area's rich history by visiting nearby attractions such as museums and historic sites. For those seeking adrenaline-fueled adventures, Panama City Beach offers thrilling water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding. And after a day of excitement, unwind with breathtaking sunset views over the Gulf of Mexico, creating unforgettable memories both on and off the water.

Your next fishing trip to Panama City Beach

Flats fishing in Panama City Beach. Courtesy of Capt. Jason Shepard.

When planning your Panama City Beach fishing expedition, start your journey with AnyCreek. We’ll connect you with Panama City Beach’s best fishing guides so that you may have on-the-ground guidance throughout your planning process. You can chat with your guide anytime before your trip by using AnyCreek’s Chat Feature, located under your ‘Account Info’ tab on our website. Check the local forecast before you start packing to ensure you’re prepared. Your guide will have all necessary licenses, gear, and tackle, but don’t forget to pack essentials — snacks, sunscreen, hats, polarized sunglasses, sunshirts, a raincoat, and a camera.

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