Panama City Beach Fishing

Panama City Beach Fishing

Panama City Beach is located on Florida’s panhandle. Not only are there long sections of beach to enjoy, but the sugary sands provide a unique experience for beachgoers. Panama City Beach is known around the country as the perfect spring break destination. While many people like to sunbathe or hit up the nightlife, there are other things to do in Panama City Beach. You might be surprised to find out that Panama City Beach fishing is especially noteworthy.

With sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach fishing is renowned for its saltwater offerings. Although you can find a lot of distinctive species, the most notable catch is usually Red Snapper. In fact, this is one of the premier sites for Red Snapper in the world. There is also good Mangrove and Vermilion Snapper fishing on the nearshore reefs.

There are numerous artificial and natural reefs in the area, and they are all teeming with life. If you give these locations a go, you can find wonderful populations of Grouper, Triggerfish and King Mackerel. There are also many species of sharks that frequent this area to make your adventure even more exciting. Other options for offshore fishing can be found in the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Spectacular hauls of Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna are possible. For Blue Marlin, just go a little farther out. This species can be found beyond the 100-fathom line.

Finally, you can catch plenty of fish closer to home. Inshore Panama City Beach fishing is also a year-round sport. From these locations, anglers can do their best with Bluefish, Flounder, Pompano, Sheepshead, and Spanish mackerel. The local populations of Cobia are also quite good, and in the early fall, you might even reel in Tarpon. To catch Crappie, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass or other freshwater fish, local anglers like Deer Point Lake or Frank Brown’s Park.

Top Panama City Beach Fishing Spots

  1. Sherman's Reef (Barge #1 Site)
    2/24/2016 12:47:43 PM -

  2. The Steps
    8/17/2015 8:50:48 PM - The Steps  

    5/6/2013 1:05:45 AM - Attributes RECRD 15066 VESSLTERMS F/V DOUBLE TROUBLE FEATURE_TYPE Wreck - Submerged, dangerous to surface navigation LATDEC 30.125667 LONDEC -85.7575 GP_QUALITY Low DEPTH SOUN

  4. Permatilt
    1/22/2017 8:15:52 PM - Permatilt 

    5/6/2011 11:52:35 PM - 29.91725 -86.0359666666667

  6. Davids Ledge
    1/22/2017 8:09:12 PM - Davids Ledge

    5/6/2011 11:52:01 PM - SHIP STEEL 70]]> 30.1115 -85.83

  8. Dont Cha Know
    4/22/2011 5:32:38 PM - Florida Panhandle Shipwrecks

    5/6/2013 1:05:45 AM - Attributes RECRD 15068 VESSLTERMS FOUR ACES FEATURE_TYPE Wreck - Submerged, dangerous to surface navigation LATDEC 30.105083 LONDEC -85.874917 GP_QUALITY Low DEPTH SOUNDING_TY

  10. Jetty
    4/25/2017 1:43:01 AM - Jetty

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Panama City Beach Fishing Prediction

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Panama City Beach, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Vermilion Snapper

  2. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 34.05% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 11507 Vermilion Snapper counted.

  3. Blue Runner

  4. Blue Runner

    There is a 8.41% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 2842 Blue Runner counted.

  5. Red Porgy

  6. Red Porgy

    There is a 6.25% catch rate for Red Porgy, based on 2113 Red Porgy counted.

  7. Grey Triggerfish

  8. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 5% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 1690 Grey Triggerfish counted.

  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 4.64% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1569 Pinfish counted.

  11. Gag Grouper

  12. Gag Grouper

    There is a 4.63% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 1564 Gag Grouper counted.

  13. Spanish Mackerel

  14. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 3.98% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 1344 Spanish Mackerel counted.

  15. Greater Amberjack

  16. Greater Amberjack

    There is a 3.77% catch rate for Greater Amberjack, based on 1275 Greater Amberjack counted.

  17. Round Scad

  18. Round Scad

    There is a 3.32% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 1122 Round Scad counted.

  19. Spotted Seatrout

  20. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 3.04% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1029 Spotted Seatrout counted.

Recommedations above based on 86 species of fish and 33794 fish counted for May around Panama City Beach.

To date, there are 129 species of fish and a total of 238575 fish counted for Panama City Beach and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as 1939..

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  • February 2014
    1/13/2014 5:30:27 PM - FEBRUARY FISHING FORECAST 2014 February will be much like January for the how and when to fish. A few exceptions to species is late in the month there could be a few spanish

  • MARCH 2014
    1/13/2014 5:30:26 PM - March is a month of transition for both inshore and offshore fisherman in our area. Pelagic species that have been gone all winter will start to show up as the water temperat

  • 12/17/2013
    12/17/2013 8:59:56 AM - Offshore & Near Shore The oversized redfish have been the hot bite for fishermen fishing live bait around inshore structure or channels in 25 feet of water or deeper. Drift f

  • JULY 2014
    12/12/2013 3:36:08 PM - 2014: July Pier Fishing Forecast This is one of the best months for pier fishermen. King Mackerel will still be in full swing this month because of warmer water temperatures.

  • AUGUST 2014
    12/12/2013 3:36:07 PM - 2014: August Pier Fishing Forecast King Mackerel will still be in full swing this month because of warmer water temperatures. It is a schooling and pelagic fish that spends t

  • OCTOBER 2014
    12/12/2013 3:36:06 PM - 2014: October Pier Fishing Forecast October is an excellent time to do some serious pier fishing. This is the month that all the available fish have gotten bigger and more pl

  • DECEMBER 2014
    12/12/2013 3:36:02 PM - 2014: December Pier Fishing Forecast You may now call yourself a diehard fisherman if you find yourself at the end of our piers this month. It is frigidly cold out there with

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Top Panama City Beach Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Half Hitch Tackle
    Half Hitch carries outdoor equipment & gear, accessories & clothing for almost any activity or adventure you can dream up! Be sure you have everything you need; so stop in at one of our six locations for the latest products and information be

  2. Bay Breeze Bait & Tackle
    Bay Breeze Bait and Tackle is under new ownership. The store is remaining a bait and tackle shop with the same great hometown feel and local fishing knowledge.

  3. Yellowfin Ocean Sports - Grayton

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Top Panama City Beach Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Chances R Charters
    Beginning in the 1960’s, Capt. Ellis Davis has fished these pristine gulf waters. In 1999 his grandson Capt. Stephen Brookings took over the family business.

  2. Capt. Anderson’s Marina
    Capt. Anderson’s Marina is North Florida’s premier water excursion facility. Half-Day and All-Day Deep Sea Fishing are available on 5 head boats and 25 private charter boats. Enjoy sightseeing cruises to Shell Island and Dolphin Excursions available

  3. Reel Pleasure Charters
    We catch Fish our crew is friendly professional, & very experienced in the waters of the Gulf Coast. Sport Fishing at its Best.

  4. Captain Lee Charters
    The Captain Lee is a Six pack charter boat docked at Captain Anderson’s Marina. We offer 4 hour trolling to 12 hour bottom trips and anything in between. Call us today to book. 850-527-1075

  5. Anchored Charters Guide Service

  6. Gulf Coast Inshore Charters, INC
    Whether you are a seasoned angler targeting a specific species or just looking for a family adventure we provide a personable fishing charter in which we cater to the angler. Our two main targets in the bay are Redfish and Speckle Trout

  7. McGowan Charters
    Charter boat located in beautiful Panama City Beach, FL. 4 to 12 hour fishing trips for up to 6 persons. Trolling and bottom fishing for King Mackerel, Tuna, Dolphin, Whaoo, Red Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack. Shark fishing for Tiger Sharks, Black T

  8. Bob Zales Zodiac Charter Fleet
    Fishing is great off Panama City Beach! Triggerfish will open March 1st and continue through most of April. Greater Amberjack can be caught all May. Spanish Mackerel should begin to show in March and Cobia should begin their northern migration in mid

  9. Reel Commocean Charters

  10. Kelley Girl Charters
    Kelley Girl Fishing Charters in Panama City Beach contains two charter boats. The 'Lady Kelley' is 55 ft. and the 'Kelley Girl' is 52 ft. and the two are USCG accredited for up to 20 people. Kelley Girl Fishing Charters specialize in

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Top Panama City Beach Marinas

  1. Capt. Anderson’s Marina
    Capt. Anderson’s Marina is North Florida’s premier water excursion facility. Half-Day and All-Day Deep Sea Fishing are available on 5 head boats and 25 private charter boats. Enjoy sightseeing cruises to Shell Island and Dolphin Excursions available

  2. Panama City Marina
    Panama City Marina is one of two Marina's owned and operated by the City of Panama City, Florida. We are located on the intercoastal Waterway one block from Downtown Panama City. The Panama City Marina is a newly renovated 240-slip marina facilit

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Latest Fishing Spots

Mingo Snapper

Phoenix Barge


M/V Angelina B.3

LC-2021-1-1S (S1) Center

LAARS Site A - M-60 Tank #131

Henderson Park East Snorkel Reef (HE-39)

Live Bottom

Striped Mullet


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Buoy Conditions

Station PCBF1 - 8729210 - Panama City Beach, FL
May 20, 2022 2:30 am EDT
Location: 30.213N 85.88W
Wind Direction: S (180°)
Wind Speed: 14.0 knots
Wind Gust: 17.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.93 in (1013.5 mb)
Air Temperature: 79.0°F (26.1°C)
Water Temperature: 79.5°F (26.4°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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