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 at catching your next pelagic trophy. Fly fishermen, light tackle, and offshore anglers can target an array of species including trout, tarpon, cobia, mackerel, and amberjack.
To the north of Panama City Beach, St. Andrew's Bay and Grand Lagoon offer unique fishing experiences as estuary environments. Talk to your captain about going after cobia, trout, flounder, redfish, and more in the vast inshore environment off of Panama City Beach.
Looking for a trophy fish? Panama City Beach's offshore waters provide an excellent arena to target swordfish, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, and marlin. Book one of our experienced offshore fishing captains to try your hand at reeling in that next catch of a lifetime.
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 reef and wreck fishing opportunities. 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.
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, 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.
|Spring||Spanish 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.|
|Summer||Tarpon, redfish, and jack crevalle cruise the beaches. The reefs will have amberjack, grouper, and red snapper.|
|Fall||Redfish, 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.|
|Winter||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.|
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