Whether you favor flies or conventional tackle—and whether you’re a lifelong angler or a complete newbie—Fly Times Charters offers some of the best guiding on the Florida Panhandle. This happens to be an exceptional place to fish, what with the great diversity of species, the wide range of habitats to prowl, and the year-round opportunities, and the expert guides at Fly Times are there to give you the very best shot at landing a whopper.
Based in Panama City on Saint Andrew Bay, Fly Times Charters offers fishing trips along a wide swath of bountiful coast, from up toward Santa Rosa Beach all the way southeastward to the “Forgotten Coast” stretch of Cape San Blas and Saint Joseph Bay. From backcountry flats to inshore waters along sugar-sand beaches, this territory gives you, depending on the season, the chance to go after such prized quarry as tarpon, speckled trout, cobia, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, amberjack, jack crevalle, redfish, and flounder.
Tarpon—those huge, powerful, high-leaping “silver kings” that rank among the premier gamefish in the world—are a specialty of Fly Times Charters. Tarpon migrate through Panhandle waters in the summertime, commonly swimming close to shore along the beaches. Fly Times Charters provides full-day tarpon adventures for both fly fishers and spin casters, though landing a silver king on a fly rod is, for some, just about the pinnacle Emerald Coast fishing adventure.
You can also sign on for half-day, 3/4, or full-day general charters covering flats, backcountry, and inshore fishing grounds. Fly Times Charters offers casting lessons as well, whether this is the first time you’ve held a fishing rod or you’re just in need of a little refresher course.
Your charter fee includes a Florida fishing license plus tackle (including, for fly fishing trips, hand-tied flies), fuel, ice, and water. You can bring along your own gear if you’d like. Snacks and adult beverages are welcome onboard, but fall on you to supply for yourself.
The Fly Times Charters guides know what they’re doing, to say the least. Whether you’re out with Captain Jason Shepard, aka “Shep”—once a helicopter rescue swimmer with the Coast Guard—or Captain Kyle Morella, rest assured you’re tapping into some deep local knowledge and a preternatural sense for where the big fish are.
Whether a half-day or a full day out on the water after tarpon, reds, or mackerel, you’re pretty sure to fall head over heels in love with the quality of the angling on Florida’s Emerald and Forgotten coasts with Fly Times Charters at the helm!
– As we mentioned, alcohol is certainly welcome on your Fly Times Charters fishing trip, but bear in mind that glass containers are NOT.