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Bowfishing in Panama City Beach
If you like hunting or fishing, then you’re gonna love the sport that combines both. BOWFISHING! This sport involves getting close enough to the fish to shoot an arrow, that is attached to the bow, into the fish.
Very similar to spearfishing only you are not emerged in water, and you have to compensate for light refraction, which is easily taught.
By not going underwater this sport can be participated in by everyone in the family.
Here at Team Aquatic Charters we are happy to provide you with this once in a lifetime experience.
Our guided trips include License, all gear and deckhand (when needed).
Before your trip we will have a short instructional class to get you familiar with the equipment and some insight on safety.
We offer services for individuals and groups up to 6 people.
About our Trips
Bow Fishing 3 – 4 hr trip – $100 per hr. Boat can hold up to 6 ppl. (h2)
What to Bring
We provide bait, tackle, rod, reel, and fishing licenses, but encourage you to bring along any favorite lures or gear. You’ll also need:
- Polarized Sunglasses
- Sunscreen (30+ SPF)
Note: The sun is brighter on the ocean and there is a lot of reflection off the ocean’s surface. We recommend thoroughly covering your face, ears and neck as well as any other exposed skin. Nothing ruins a great day of fishing like a sunburn!
- Flat, non-skid shoes. Flip-flops or open-toed sandals are not recommended
- Camera (to document catching that trophy fish!)
- Light Jacket or Hoodie (Think “layers”. Florida weather can sometimes be unpredictable and it’s not uncommon to get a brief shower in the afternoon. For longer charters, we recommend bringing a change of clothes for the trip back to the dock. Even a very hot day can turn cool, especially if you’re wet.)
- Water and snacks (it’s important to stay hydrated)
- Sea sickness medication. Though the Captain works hard to keep the boat steady, if this is your first trip, or you’re prone to motion sickness, it’s a good idea to take the medication prior to your trip (according to directions), so it’s working when you board the boat.
- Empty cooler. If you intend to bring home your catch, be sure to have a cooler available in your car.
What to Expect
What we love most about fishing in Panama City Beach, is that you never know exactly what you’re going to land at the end of your line. Whether it’s the season for redfish or Spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna or dolphin, there’s no doubt you’ve chosen a great place to enjoy a fishing charter. Regardless of the time of year, our experienced Captain knows right where the fish are biting and will be sure your day is fun and exciting!
We ask that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the start of your charter. You’ll spend a few minutes filling out paperwork and paying for your charter. Our Captain will introduce himself and give you a general rundown of what to expect throughout your trip. After you board the boat, the Captain will go over all the safety equipment, life vests, first aid kit, etc.
Once we leave the dock, we will stop at our vendor for any passengers who wish to purchase live bait. The crew will spend this time setting the rental gear and giving a quick “fishing 101” class on how to use it.
When we arrive at the fishing grounds, please be patient. The Captain and crew want you to have fun and catch fish and this means being organized so everyone on the charter is successful. Find an open spot at the railing and wait for the greenlight to drop your line. When you bait your line will depend on whether you’re using live or dead bait. Baiting live fish too early means they will be less active and therefore less attractive to your target fish. When you hook a fish, wait for one of the crew to remove it from the line and stow it in your catch bag.
At the end of the fishing charter as the boat travels back to the dock, the crew will stow the fishing gear and for a nominal per-fish fee, will clean your day’s catch. Be sure you’ve taken all the pictures you want before your fish are cleaned.
We want your fishing charter to be filled with fun and lots of fish, but more—we want it to be relaxing and filled with memories you’ll be talking about for years to come! Don’t hesitate to speak to any of experienced crew if you need help or have any questions during your charter.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bow Fishing?
Bow fishing is a method of fishing where the fisherman uses a specialized bow n arrow to shoot and retrieve fish. Fish are shot with a barbed arrow that is attached with special line to a reel mounted on the bow.
Are special Arrows used?
Yes, the arrows used in bow fishing are heavier and stronger that the arrows you use in hunting. These arrows also lack the fletching, do to it causing the arrow to flare to one side or another when underwater missing your fish.
What type of line is attached to the arrow?
Bow fishing line is often made from braided nylon, Dacron, or Spectra. Most bows are equipped with between 80 to 400 lb test, depending on what your fishing for.
Is aiming the same as normal Bow hunting?
The most difficult part of bow fishing is knowing where to aim. Due to the refraction of the lights on the water it optically distorts the location of the fish, if you aim right for it you will definitely miss. The key is too aim well below the fish to compensate for the optical illusion. The depth and distance to fish will also influence how far below the fish you want to aim. Common advice includes, “When in doubt, aim low, then aim lower.”
What kind of boat are we fishing on?
You will be going on custom build 24 ft pontoon boat equiped with high powered lights.