A fishing date is great way for couples to spend some exciting time together and a fun way for new or potential partners to get to know each other. With sparkling turquoise waters brimming with marine life, Panama City Beach offers a beautiful setting for your date. Red snapper season, June 1-July 31, is the perfect time to give it a try! Here’s a step-by-step guide.  


1. Timing Is Everything 

Timing is everything in relationships, and that’s true of fishing, too! Spring and summer are the prime seasons for fishing in Panama City Beach. Early morning and late afternoon are the best fishing times, as fish are most active during these periods – plus, you get the added romance of watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset together. 


2. Score Your Spot 

Panama City Beach offers a variety of fishing spots on land or sea for all skill levels. Pier fishing is a great choice if you don’t have a boat or want to base your date in a busier area. Russell-Fields City Pier and M.B. Miller County Pier are popular choices. Shore fishing also keeps you firmly footed on land. Try the stunning beaches and jetties around St. Andrews State Park. Charter fishing is a great way to set out on a more adventurous date. These trips can head out to deep-sea fishing spots, where you can take in the open Gulf waters and catch larger species.  


3. Gear Up 

First, of course, you’ll need to pack up your fishing rods and reels. Try medium to light tackle for inshore fishing. For pier or charter fishing, heavier gear might be necessary. Next are bait, lures and weights. Live bait such as shrimp, minnows and squid are effective. Artificial lures can also be used, as can heavier weights to reach bottom-dwelling fish. Make sure you both have your fishing licenses, which you can easily get online or at local shops. Lastly, don’t forget to pack a cooler with ice to keep your catch fresh!  


4. Get Comfortable   

A well-prepared fishing date includes more than just fishing gear. Plan for comfortable seating like foldable chairs or a blanket to relax on. Bring sun protection including sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Bringing along some food and drinks makes for a romantic shoreside or onboard picnic.   


5. Stay Safe 

“Safety first” applies to fishing dates too! Always check the weather forecast before heading out, and be prepared to reschedule if necessary. Bring a basic first aid kit in case of minor injuries. Bring lots of water and stay hydrated, especially if spending several hours in the sun. 


Whether you’re casting lines from a pier or embarking on a deep-sea adventure, the beauty of Panama City Beach will make for an unforgettable adventure. So next time, instead of “date night,” plan a fishing date. Here’s to a great catch and a great time!