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Panhandle Charter Fishing - Panama City, Florida

Thank you for visiting my web page. I hope you enjoy reading my information and I can help you have an unforgettable experience while in Panama City Beach in the Florida Panhandle. You have found the web site of the best guide in Panama City. I always catch fish. Big trout, reds, flounder, spanish, snapper, grouper, sharks and many other species. I invite you to look over my photo gallery. You won’t find a guide in the area with a more consistent ability to catch fish.

I have lived and fished in the area for over 40 years. Fishing can sometimes be a bit surreal for me as I pull up to spots with clients where I caught my first flounder 43 years ago or my first big trout. These bays have been my home for almost a half a century and there are few that can match my knowledge of the area.

I grew up in Lynn Haven Florida which is a little town bordering the north city limits of Panama City. As a teen I would ride my bike to the Bailey Bridge and fish off of the catwalk every chance I got. I swore I would never eat another trout when I became an adult because of all I ate growing up, honestly, trout are one of the best eating fish in the area. We always had a boat and whether we were catching trout, reds, flounder, jacks, blues I was blessed to be able to often fish with my father. If I got good grades I got to play “hooky” one day each semester to go fishing. I’ll never forget standing on the bank December 27, 1972 and catching my first big trout on a piece of dead shrimp. I was already hooked on fishing but that was the “hook set” which made me realize I had a talent.

I have always felt god blessed me with an ability to find fish and catch fish which is why I’m so successful. For me there is nothing more fun or gratifying than having some kids on the boat allowing me to share what I have learned over the years about fishing. Always fishing, every chance I get. Another memory is my first mahi-mahi, caught off the Gulf coast with a hand line while working the oil field when I was 24.

There are always fish to catch in our waters no matter what month you are here. In the summer I’ll throw a cast net for live bait for trout and redfish fishing or for running a chum line. In the fall and spring it’s more about casting artificial baits and winter is about live shrimp and artificial bait. Whatever time of the year you are here, there are always fish to catch and a good fishing guide will put you on them.

Fishing has improved in our area whether for monster speckled trout, redfish, spanish mackerel, bluefish, flounder and many offshore species. Then we have the sharks. Oh yeah, 40 to 100 pound sharks which continually swim our bays looking for a meal. I can customize your fishing trip to accommodate whatever you want to do. As a seasoned fly fisherman I can teach the basics of fly fishing. If you want easy we can fish live bait. For those who like topwater action we can chunk lures all morning. Whatever your preference I can accommodate and there are always fish to catch.

For many years I ran without electronics, just didn’t need them for bay fishing. With all the fishing regulations in place the offshore bite has been awesome. I have expanded offshore for grouper and snapper and we have absolutely slayed them.

I always recommend a 6 hour trip. Six hours is enough time to fish several different ways. A normal six hour will consist of half the trip fishing for trout, reds and flounder and the other half fishing for big spanish, blues and sharks. If the weather is good and we go off shore six hours gives us the opportunity for grouper, snapper, kings and amberjack.

While you’re here let me show you what over 40 years of fishing experience can do for you and your children. I get as much enjoyment watching kids catch fish as I get out of fishing myself. I have thousands of fishing memories; let me be a part of making some memories for you.

Fishing in Florida's Panhandle

Fishing in the Panhandle of Florida in the crystal clear waters surrounding Panama City will be an experience you will not soon forget. Capt. James Pic has been fishing the Panama City, Florida area for over 30 years.

Capt. JP, as he is known in the community, is a fly fishing and light tackle specialist. When you come to visit you want to spend time with a captain that will take you where the fish live, JP not only knows where they live he has their zip code!

Fly fishing in Panama City can be a wonderful experience. Whether you fly fish offshore for bonito, king mackerel, spanish mackerel, cobia, pompano, or if you decide to go fly fishing in the bays for ladyfish, bluefish, jack crevalle, speckled trout and redfish, Capt. JP knows where and how to fish.

If your not big on fly fishing, you can spend the day throwing plugs like mirror lures and rebels for trout and redfish. Capt. JP is not immune to throwing a cast net and catching some live bait. Fishing live bait can be quite exciting. Whether you want to fish the flats for trout and redfish, or the deep holes for flounder, this is Florida fishing at it's best.

Capt. JP will supply all of your needs. From your fishing license to quality Orvis Fly Fishing equipment and Penn Spinning gear Capt. JP has all of the equipment you will ever need.

Light Tackle / Fly Fishing Rates
Boat 22' "Bite Me Too"
Number of Anglers 1 or 2 3 4
Half Day (minimum - 4 hrs.) $300 $300 $300
3/4 Day (6 hrs.) $450 $450 $450
Full Day (8 hrs.) $600 $600 $600
You may be eligible for a discount if you book more than one trip. Cancellations more than 48 hours prior to trip will receive the deposit back. Cancellations of 24 hours or less are responsible for the entire fee of the scheduled charter. No show's will be responsible for the entire cost of trip. No cancellations allowed from June 25th to July 14th. This is our busiest time of the year and we only run a certain amount of trips turning many down do to being booked. Anyone showing up drunk or smelling like alcohol will forfeit their trip and entire fee. The captain is the only person authorized to cancel a trip.

Sportsmen - and sportswomen - have many options. Below is a list of some other specialty trips offered by Capt. JP. Each will make your trip to Panama City, a memorable experience.

  • Freshwater fly fishing for crappie and bass
  • Full moon night trips for crappie and bass
  • Flounder gigging at night (late summer early fall)
  • Scallop/snorkel/sightseeing and shell gathering
  • Offshore live-lining for kings
  • Sightseeing & Nature Cruises

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Capt. James Pic

2508 W. 9th Street
Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: (850) 319-7855

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