Panama City Beach - Fishing

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Panama City Beach is a popular fishing location along the Gulf of Mexico. There is great deep sea fishing, but also good fishing right off the piers or the beach.

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Abbie Mood


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Destination Distance From Downtown

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It's easy to book a charter, fish from the pier, or cast a line directly from the beach.

Time To Complete

2 hours

Spend a couple hours or book a charter for a half day or full day.


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


There are fees for going on a charter trip. There are fees for the piers and to enter the state park.



Panama City Beach is a popular vacation and spring break spot along the Gulf of Mexico. The white sandy beaches and the blue-green water draw tons of visitors to the town each year. In fact, St. Andrews State Park was name the #2 Beach in American by TripAdvisor and has hiking, camping, swimming, and fishing. Besides fishing at St. Andrews, there is great deep sea fishing, pier fishing, and fishing right off the beach.

What Makes It Great

Panama City Beach has some of the best fishing in the United States with many different fresh and saltwater options. There are several companies to charter a boat from and get out in the Gulf of Mexico, if deep sea fishing is your thing. 

If you don't want to book a charter trip, there are four piers to choose from. The two most popular are the twin piers Russell-Fields Pier and the M.B. Miller Pier, often called the City Pier and the County Pier, that stretch 1,500 feet out into the gulf.  St. Andrews State Park has two fishing piers, one on the Gulf of Mexico side, and the other on the Grand Lagoon.

In season, it's possible to catch cobia, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, red fish, blues, blue liners, pompano, flounder, hardtails and more from the piers. Deep sea fishing can yield tuna, amberjack, red snapper, gag grouper, and more

Who is Going to Love It

Panama City Beach is a wonderful location for any vacation, whether it's with your family, your friends, or your significant other. The fish are abundant no matter how you want to catch them and the beach has that sugar-white sand that the area is known for. The variety of fishing opportunities regularly attract both novice and experienced fishermen.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Most charter companies provide a fishing license, but you can also get one here. Find a list of charter companies here.

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