What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Panama City Beach, Florida for the first time?

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Larry Killion
Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Let's Go Fishing – PCB on Octubre 8, 2023
Bring sun screen; sun gloves; hat; sunglasses; long pants and long sleeve shirt; gator for the neck--otherwords, have a great time but don't get sun burned! Remember water reflection as significant as the overhead sun. Water is excellent and variety is great! Get a guide...they know where the big ones are.

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Elena Malysheva
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Went fishing with B&B Charters - Panama City Beach on Octubre 4, 2023
Very nice trip. We caught two blacktip sharks, one towards the beginning and one closer to the end of the trip. The wait was relatively long but it was well worth it. Captain was very professional with equipment cleaned and ready to go. Boat was clean as well.

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Michael Alexander
Panama City, Florida
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Went fishing with St Andrew Charter Company on Agosto 12, 2023
Consider what fish are in or out of season. We had a great time fishing and had a great time catching. However, Red Snapper were out of season despite being large enough to "keep" during another part of the year. We fished because we love fishing. However, we did want to keep something. The amberjack and goliath grouper we caught we awesome. However the goliath grouper is a protected species and the various amberjack we each slightly smaller than the legal limit to keep. Awesome time, though!

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Justin Nugent
Hawesville, KY
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Went fishing with Redmon's Light Tackle on Julio 25, 2023
We had an absolute blast!! For 3 of us, it was the first time deep sea fishing and it was amazing!! Justin Redmon is top notch and excellent at what he does!! Took us out and we caught our limit of red snapper with 20-25 minutes. He then put us on some mahi-mahi. Caught 11 of them!! This guy knows his stuff!! If I could give him 100 stars I would. This fishing trip was worth every penny!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND Redmon’s Light Tackle Guide Service!! You won’t be disappointed!!

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Ronald Haire
Panama City, FL
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Went fishing with Able Fisherman Charters on Julio 3, 2023
Book early if coming for snapper season. first timers should probably start with a 6 hour bottom fishing trip or 4 hour trolling just to check sea legs. If comfortable then go for the longer trips in deeper water.

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Eric Artis
Columbus, MS
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Went fishing with Captain Black’s Fishing on Junio 17, 2023
Check the forecast for sea states. We came in right after a storm and the water was very rough. Our trip was planned well in advance so we could not have predicted the water states but be mindful that a fishing trip can be rescheduled if seas are rough.

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Erik Rayburn
Strasburg, VA
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Went fishing with Charter Boat Gotta Believe on Junio 15, 2023
Weather can be unpredictable (Florida), so if you have a couple days alloted, you increase your chance of a good fishing day. Bring sunscreen even on a cloudy day. You can still get burned. Bring water.

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James Tipton
Knoxville, TN
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Went fishing with Blue Water Connection – Billistic on Junio 7, 2023
Before choosing a guide, make sure you address your desires up front! Milk runs are the norm and small mixed variety fish is to be expected unless you find the quality captains. Expect to pay for experience.

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Joseph Montag
Mabelvale, Arkansas
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Went fishing with Florida Panhandle Charters on Marzo 7, 2023
Amazing time to get out and enjoy fishing on the gulf coast. One thing I would say is that you should talk to your guide and ask what the best thing to go for is. They'll be able to give you more insight on what will give you the best luck!

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Kelly Martin
Fulton, MS
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Went fishing with Reel Deal Charters – Deep Water on Junio 16, 2019
Go out on a "state" boat which typically remains within sight of land (+/- 10 miles out) to be sure your not prone to sea sickness. I've fished both near coast and off shore (deep sea) on several occasions in multiple states and would rate my overall experience fishing in Panama City as average. Typically a 6 hour (half day) trip results in 2-3 hours of actual fishing. If not already included and/or given the option by your captain, purchase live bait on your way out. Bring cash for tips and live bait purchase. Fish cleaning is not included but can be processed at a reasonable priced once you return to the dock Bring sunscreen, hat, camera, sunglasses, snacks and drinks.

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Don Norman
Willard, MO
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Went fishing with Too Hot 2 Handle Charters on Junio 10, 2021
Go with an experienced guide. They can put you on fish the only problem would be them over fishing spots. Several of the spots that we went to there were already anglers there. The red snapper were biting but trigger fish were a problem when it came to stealing bait. We also got into some dolphins that would take our fish once we caught them and were reeling them in.

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Charles Williams
United States
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Went fishing with B&B Charters - Panama City Beach on Junio 10, 2021
We have older children 10 and 13, I wouldn't recommend an offshore trip for younger kids it does take awhile to get to the fishing locations and if they aren't good swimmers I would stay more inshore. Bring plenty of water to drink, it gets hot and you need to stay hydrated. Wear shoes with good traction, as the boat can be slippery and be ready to get splashed if the water is choppy.

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Bobby Ross
North Augusta, SC
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Went fishing with Kayak Fishing – Panama City on Junio 5, 2020
In my initial review I was honest about the issues I encountered. However, not more than 30 minutes after the review posted, the Owner of the company called me to express his apology and concern. He honestly cared. I told him it is because he called that I will use his business again should the need arise. He offered to take my Wife and I out at no charge. Thank you.

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Cindy Fuglio
Marietta, GA
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Went fishing with Kickback Sportfishing Charters on Junio 11, 2019
It's too hot for troll fishing by mid morning.....the fish were not biting much at all. Don't expect much, and maybe you will be blessed with more. But DON'T have high hopes of catching quite a few for dinner!

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Brian Young
Clay, WV
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Went fishing with Reel Deal Charters – Deep Water on Junio 13, 2019
Book early in your week so if the weather changes, you will have time and windows for them to shift and reschedule you. And your fish may processed the next day (depending on when you get back to dock) so plan your departure accordingly.

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Amber Sinke
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Went fishing with Panama Adventures on Febrero 29, 2024
The keeper fish weren’t biting. We caught 3 that were too small to keep, but no other fish we could keep.

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Amber Eager
United States
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Went fishing with Mo Grouper LLC on Julio 27, 2023
You need lots of water and sunscreen. There is no shade on the ocean. Long sleeve fishing shirts and sun hats are a good idea as well.

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Dillon Phillips
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Went fishing with Saltshaker Charters on Noviembre 7, 2023
Was really hoping to get on some large fish but must not have been the right time of year but still have fun and the captain made sure we were catching fish

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Keith Hardin
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Went fishing with Reel Addiction 2 Charters on Noviembre 5, 2023
Reach out to Captain James before booking and he will give you some good advice about best time to go , and what to expect

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Danny Sams
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Went fishing with Reel Addiction 2 Charters on Octubre 12, 2023
Unexpected bad weather can happen be prepared to make changes and don’t have expectations too high.

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John Hastings
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Went fishing with Double W Charters on Octubre 10, 2023
Make sure you book for the weekend. We would have had more fish, due to red snapper being limited to weekend restrictions, this time of year.

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Carl DeSha
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Went fishing with Sheila Marie Charters on Octubre 6, 2023
8hr is a long trip but the way to go! You get to fish spots that aren’t over fished like the shorter trips that are at a disadvantage because of time.

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Donna Bond
Webb, AL
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Went fishing with GulfCoast Guide Fishing & Adventure on Septiembre 23, 2023
I would recommend to hire a guide because they have the equipment you need and know where to find the fish. They have the experience that you need to make your trip enjoyable.

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James Hutto
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Went fishing with Knot Right on Septiembre 9, 2023
Knot Right was the first charter I have ever been on. If I do another I will book the same boat and captain.

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Megan Quimby
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Went fishing with Blue Water Connection – Realistic on Agosto 26, 2023
Check the season dates for intended fish. Hydrate the night before. Pack a sack. Wear appropriate clothes for the sun and heat

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Tiffany Burton
Wheeling, West Virginia
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Went fishing with Fish Now PCB on Agosto 8, 2023
Definitely talk to someone that is familiar with the area and get tips about what you want to catch regardless of how much experience you have elsewhere.

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Joey Brown
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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Went fishing with Captain Hank's Charters on Agosto 14, 2023
The 6 hr am trip worked really well for us. The boat had a bathroom and AC in the cabin. Ask questions ahead of time so your expectations can become reality.

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CHANCE DAVIS
Dialville, TX
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Went fishing with Shallowtails Adventures on Julio 21, 2023
Book your trip with Shallowtails adventures, with Captain Cowart. Guaranteed to have a blast and catch some fish, trophy of harvest this captain can put you on them. 10 out of 5 stars

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Jake Black
Van Alstyne, TX
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Went fishing with We’re on Charters on Julio 2, 2023
Make sure you bring plenty to drink, a hat and sunscreen. Also, if you sweat a lot, bring a golf type glove so you can grip the pole better to prevent it from slipping in your hand.

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Jonathon Brown
Rock Bridge, TN
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Went fishing with Sheila Marie Charters on Julio 13, 2023
Fishing is great. Don't get angry if a storm blows up and cuts you short. That's mother nature. Bring plenty of water. Can be a hot day.