WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beverages of your choice, especially plenty of water and/or Gatorade during the summer season.
  • A light lunch, sandwiches, snacks etc., whatever any individual needs to get him or her through the day depending on the length of the trip.
  • Motion sickness medication and/or any other prescription medication that may be needed during the trip. A Cooler for taking home your catch. 
  • Prior to your trip Captain J.D. will have a final discussion with you regarding any other items that you may need to bring.

WHAT NOT TO BRING?

No firearms or illegal substances, it is not unheard of for any given vessel to be boarded and/or inspected by the USCG or US Customs, even far offshore.  Rule of thumb, if you would not run it past an airport security station, you don’t need to put it on the boat.

Absolutely NO bananas.  Bananas onboard a boat of any kind is bad mojo so please, no bananas of any sort.  No bananas, banana pudding, banana nut-bread, banana cream pie, you name it.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

During the hot summer months shorts or swimwear, short sleeve type cool clothing is quite appropriate.  Essentially everyday beach type clothing will be your most comfortable option.  Swimwear is most popular as it is not uncommon to simply take a dip in the gulf off the back of the boat just to cool off and refresh yourself.  Swimwear is also handy in case we stop outside the pass on the return trip for the added bonus of some time with the dolphins, yes you may swim with them if you wish.  Flip Flops, Crocs, light-soled tennis shoes, any of these choices for footwear are appropriate, keep in mind your feet will get wet on occasion.

During the cooler months warm clothing including a layer of water resistant outerwear if the seas are choppy.  Outerwear such as Frog Toggs for example, will keep you both warm and dry if the weather conditions are less than ideal.  It is also recommended to wear some sort of lighter weight, waterproof  type footwear such as duck boots, anything comfortable but waterproof from the ankle down.  Once again, there are always instances in which your feet can get wet and this can make for an uncomfortable trip once your feet get cold.

WHAT TIME OF YEAR IS BEST FOR FISHING?

Any time of year is good to fish for “something” in this part of the gulf, even the colder months of Dec-Feb if one is hardy enough to brave the cold conditions.  The warmer spring and summer months are ideal, in particular the months of June and July when snapper season “usually” occurs and just about all other species imaginable (even migratory) are both in season, and present in the Northern Gulf waters.  The allowed seasons/regulations for various species tend to vary from year to year, especially so with Red Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack.  Captain J.D. can give you the latest and greatest info for the date(s) you would like to fish.

DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE?

 No.  Captain J.D. has all the required licenses and/or permits needed for parties fishing aboard his vessel.

DO I NEED TO BRING ANY FISHING GEAR?

No.  Captain J.D. has all the fishing gear and tackle one could ever need.  If however, you are an experienced saltwater angler and have your own favorite rig, feel free to consult with Captain J.D. regarding bringing it along.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR CHILDREN?

Not at all, however…  Fishing aboard a Center Console vessel such as "Predator" and being exposed to the elements can at times be quite demanding on the little ones.  Not a strict rule, but in general children 10 and older seem to handle the conditions just fine.  The longer, 8-10 hour trips can at times be a bit much for children younger than 10 years of age.  It depends on the particular child, the nature/length of the trip, the weather conditions, and ultimately it is up to the parents after consulting with Captain J.D. and taking all of these factors into account.

IS THERE A HEAD ON THE BOAT?

Yes, but please, "No. 1" only unless it's an absolute emergency.

WHERE DO I MEET THE BOAT? 

"Predator" is located at wonderful Lighthouse Marina, 5325 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach FL, only minutes from the pass into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Lighthouse is a wonderful location, co-located alongside several of our local restaurants and various tour operations.  Following your trip while your catch is being cleaned, feel free to enjoy a stroll and experience life at the docks, Panama City style.  A cold beverage, some fresh seafood, watch the other boats unload, listen to tall tales, it's an overall good time.

IF YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS: 

Captain J.D. will have an extensive discussion with you and answer any questions when initially booking your trip, and again within a day or two of your actual fishing adventure (quite often the night before).  If you think of any last minute questions after these discussions, feel free to contact him at any time via the contact information listed on this site.

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