Panama City Beach anglers can expect to catch plenty of fish – and collect lots of fish stories to swap with friends. As one of the local captains says, “In Panama City, it’s always time to go fishing.” And indeed, the area’s waters are full of reefs and wrecks teeming with all kinds of fish, including red and black grouper, red and black snapper, trigger fish, scamp, and amberjack. Even jetty and surf fishing can yield catches that include Pompano, Spanish mackerel, flounder, cobia, dolphin, redfish and bluefish.
Panama City Beach charter boats offer plenty of deep-sea fishing options, both in the Gulf and in St. Andrews Bay. Most captains welcome fishermen of all ages and skill levels. Many also offer fresh-water fishing charters that explore the grassy flat areas along the bay as well as the back bayous, creeks, and lakes. Rods, reels, and other fishing equipment are usually provided. All that’s left for a visitor to do is go fish!
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From excursions to Shell Island to dolphin shows to deep sea fishing and more, there is always plenty to do in Panama City Beach, besides relaxing and enjoying the world-famous white sand beaches.
The five-day festival, scheduled for April 19 - 23 at Pier Park Amphitheater, has been named one of the Top 10 Jazz Festivals in the United States by JazzIZ Magazine.