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Anyone fished 30a/Panama City? #13869091 02/01/21 03:22 AM
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We are going in March. Thinking I can fish the surf and see what happens but also considering a half day guided trip with my 2 teens. They have limited experience so would need to be a kid friendly trip. Any thoughts appreciated.

Re: Anyone fished 30a/Panama City? [Re: steve_twice] #13869826 02/01/21 07:25 PM
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Sweet Jody out of Destin. Any trip shorter than 8 hrs is just a boat ride. 2cents


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Re: Anyone fished 30a/Panama City? [Re: steve_twice] #13870346 02/02/21 02:18 AM
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Following. Looking for an inshore guide trip Mid June in Destin/PCB

Re: Anyone fished 30a/Panama City? [Re: steve_twice] #13870741 02/02/21 02:50 PM
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30a is a gorgeous vacation are, but gets very crowded. If you're going anytime close to Spring Break I would consider a guide vs surf fishing.

Re: Anyone fished 30a/Panama City? [Re: steve_twice] #13873185 02/04/21 03:00 AM
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First of all, fishing is better in Texas lol. I am not familiar with 30A. There are party boats in Panama City and Destin that should get you fish. I would check their websites to see what they are catching. If you are there at spring break everything will be very busy. I have caught fish (redfish and sheepshead) on the big piers, but you are a long way from the water. I have also had fun fishing in St. Andrews State Park. You can fish in the bay or walk out to the jetty and catch fish. I have caught some fish from the surf, but not very many.

Re: Anyone fished 30a/Panama City? [Re: steve_twice] #13875034 02/05/21 03:51 PM
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I have surf fished from the beach. Surf Casting is definitely an art. I have used frozen fish and some kind of ribbon bait that work good enough to catch a few fish. Don't leave your rod unattended. I lost a 300$ rig getting another beer. FYI

Re: Anyone fished 30a/Panama City? [Re: steve_twice] #13875529 02/05/21 09:00 PM
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Just keep in mind that Florida has different beach laws that Texas. In Florida, you are only allowed free access from the mean high tide line and below vs Texas where you are allowed free access from the vegetation line. So, if you're feet are dry, you are on private property in Florida and the owner can ask you to leave. So, be mindful of their property rights.

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Re: Anyone fished 30a/Panama City? [Re: steve_twice] #13893062 02/18/21 10:29 PM
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Try a bay fishing guide. I do everytime we down and it's great. If your staying around 30A or PC go by Stinky's fish Shack they can set you up with a guide.

Re: Anyone fished 30a/Panama City? [Re: steve_twice] #13902836 02/26/21 09:49 AM
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whoever said fishing in TX is better clearly hasn't spent much time fishing the Florida panhandle. I will say that Panama City is loaded with decent guides/captains. I'd NEVER go to the Florida panhandle with the idea to surf fish or to just target reds/trout. THAT fishery IS much better here...however the offshore game is awesome! You'll be fishing a maximum of 10-20 miles offshore and bottom fishing or trolling the Edge for blackfin, mahi etc. Look up www.pensacolafishingforum for decent local info. I've been fishing Pensacola and Destin for 15 years and have dragged a bay boat there to fish offshore more times than I can count. During snapper season, there are so many reefs, it's nothing to limit on 15-20lb snapper 3 miles from the beach. If you're looking for an inexpensive party boat style trip, here's some information for you. https://www.captandersonsmarina.com/deep-sea-fishing/
My preference is fishing Pensacola as it's less touristy however that's a haul from Panama City...even Destin is during the summer on the drive back as traffic can get bad.

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