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Frequently Asked Questions About Deep Sea Fishing

Do we need fishing licenses?

No. Your charter fee includes fishing licenses for your entire group. We take care of everything.

Do we need our own fishing equipment?

Absolutely not. We supply all of the specialized gear you’ll need to catch a boatload of fish. We also supply the knowledge and hands-on assistance when needed to help ensure you know what you’re doing so all you have to concentrate on is having fun.


What DO we need?

For fishing? Nothing. You’ll want to bring along a well-stocked cooler of your favorite food and beverages to enjoy while you’re out on the water. You may want a reserve cooler back on the docks to load your fish into when we get back. Other helpful items to bring on the boat include polarized sunglasses, a cap and sunscreen. Depending on the weather, you may want a backpack that contains some rain gear or a light jacket. Of course, don’t forget a camera. You’ll want plenty of photos during your trip.

What kind of boat will we be on?

The Reel Commocean is a 58-foot custom-built Resmondo fishing yacht and she’s a beauty. You can expect a smooth ride on its stable platform and there’s plenty of room to relax and stretch out. There’s a full kitchen and restroom onboard as the cabin is fully air-conditioned so you can cool off between catches.

Are there any additional fees or hidden costs?

Never! Your quoted price is all that you pay. You don’t even have to pay sales tax. The only thing you may want to pay for is fish cleaning if you choose to not want to clean them yourself.


Is there an age limit for the charter boat?

There is no age limit. Kids love our boat and the excitement of seeing all of the fish. Our air-conditioned cabin provides a safe and comfortable resting area if they get tired. It’s a great experience the entire family will enjoy during your stay in the area and one you’ll want to take again. Everyone is welcome on our Panama City fishing trips!

How far will we be going on our Panama City fishing trip?

Our inshore charters stay within sight of land for the entire trip. Our deep sea adventures can bring us from 10 to 20 miles offshore. We go where the fish are.

What kind of fish will we catch?

Depending on the season and what’s biting, we can troll for King mackerel, Spanish mackerel and Blues. When venturing out to the deep we like to target Black Grouper, Red Grouper, Red Snapper, Trigger Fish and Amberjack by bottom fishing around the abundant wrecks and reefs. Part of the fun of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is the wide diversity of marine life that is eager to bite. Cobia, Flounder, Pompano and Mahi-Mahi may also decide your hook looks good and there’s always the possibility of a wayward Shark!

How long can we be on the water?

You can choose four, six, eight, ten or twelve-hour trips. This gives you a number of options to choose from for your convenience. Deep sea adventures require a minimum of eight hours.


Are the deposits refundable if the weather prevents a trip?

Yes. We will refund the deposit if the weather is too bad to go fishing. The captain will always make this call in the interest of safety.

Is it safe?

Absolutely! Capt. Brad is one of the most respected operators on the Emerald Coast and the Reel Commocean is fully equipped with Coast Guard certified safety equipment and communications. Relax and enjoy the ride. You’re in good hands.

What’s the best time to go fishing?

In Panama City, it’s always time to go fishing. We’re surrounded by some of the most productive waters in the gulf and there’s always fish biting somewhere. Our crew has more than 50 years of experience fishing locally and we know where they’re at no matter what time of year it is.

What is the Company Payment & Cancellation Policy?

Payment for charter is due in full prior to vessel departing. A cash deposit or valid credit card is required to reserve a future day and time for a charter trip. If a trip is cancelled prior to 96 hours of departure, a full refund of the deposit will be made. If a trip is cancelled 24-96 hours prior to departure, 50% of the total fare will be due. Any person/party charged for cancellation of a trip within 96 hours of departure will be refunded the amount charged for any of the following reasons:

1. The vessel reserved is rehired by another person/party for the same type of trip
2. Inclement weather would have prevented the vessel from departing safely
3. Vessel is unable to depart due to mechanical failure

This policy remains in full effect and may be viewed at any time aboard any vessel owned or operated by Reel Commocean Charters, INC.