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5550 N Lagoon Drive

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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As with other coastal Florida cities, Panama City Beach is a prime spot for both avid and novice anglers to cast a line. Though you can fish from the piers along the beach and at St. Andrew Bay or directly from the shore (with the proper fishing license), there are also several charter companies that can transport you out into the Gulf of Mexico (perfect for if you want to try your hand at deep-sea fishing).

Along with their fishing skills and knowledge of the area, most charter captains or operators will provide all fishing equipment (including bait and tackle) and the licenses you need to fish in area waters. Choose your charter company based on how serious you are about fishing. For instance, some companies like The Reel Contender Fishing Charters allow just five anglers on board with trips lasting between five and 10 hours. In contrast, companies like Jubilee Deep Sea Fishing, which describes itself as a "party fishing boat," may be better suited for more casual anglers. Capt. Anderson's Marina is another company favored by recent travelers.

Prices vary depending on how many hours you'd like to fish, but you should expect to pay at least $60 per person for half-day trips, and $100 or more for trips lasting eight to 10 hours.

Note: If you plan to fish on your own, you'll need to purchase an out-of-state fishing license for $17. Licenses can be purchased at most bait and tackle shops and at all area Wal-Mart stores.

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