Panama City Beach Spearfishing and Diving for Red Snapper, Lionfish

Spear Fishing

Spearfishing is essentially bow hunting underwater. It is neither easy to master or cheap to get into….. and its more addictive than crack. It also has its share of controversy as it is illegal to do on scuba in many European and Caribbean nations but not in the USA.

there are essentially two schools of spearfishing; freediving (breath-hold) and scuba diving. There are different guns, styles and techniques used in each. Panama City Beach has many vibrant fisheries so there is a target species to spearfish through out the year.

Philosophically we are a pro-spearing Panama diving shop as an ethical spearfisherman has near zero by-catch, whereas a traditional angler will accidentally catch some undersize or undesirable species that have to be thrown back. A significant percentage of which die as a result of the stress or from waiting dolphins, barracudas, Goliath groupers and sharks. In fisheries management this is known as “discard mortality.” This is unavoidable in hook and line fishing but easily avoided while spearfishing.

We offer Introduction to Spearfishing classes that cover the basics of proper shooting technique, gear selection, tactics, fish ID, predator management as well as regulations and ethics. After  a half day of classroom we take a boat trip to the deeper offshore wrecks to put the academics out of the classroom and into practice under the close supervision of a professional.

Multi-day Liveaboard Spearfishing

Tortugas Spearfishing Liveaboard Aug 18-21 $1200

This trip leaves Ft Myers Florida for the warm clear waters off the Dry Tortugas. We’ll be targeting spiny lobster, mutton snapper, red and black groupers and Hogfish.


Middle Grounds Spearfishing 2019

May 31- June 3rd PCB- Middle Grounds Unavailable

June 13-16th  PCB – Middle Grounds Unavailable

July 11-14th PCB – Middle Grounds Unavailable

Either you know what the Middle Grounds are or you don’t. For the first time ever the Ultimate Getaway is now headed there from Panama City. Monster Hogfish, Practically Every Species of Grouper, All of the Snappers and we get two days limits. Sign up now these spots wont last long!!!! $200 deposit to get your name on the list, total expected to be $1200 but has not been confirmed. You can pick your bunk when you are paid in full. This trip is run off of a 100′ boat with compressors and kitchen onboard, all you have to do is dive!

We practice and teach ethical spearing practices in our shop and on our boats, and we are intolerant of anything less on the water, as we see ourselves as stewards of the marine environment. Our primary dive boat, the Steel Slinger, has a federal reef fish permit making it the only USCG inspected dive boat in the area legally able to take divers to the offshore wrecks, bridge spans and limestone reefs. We also now have a 25′ 6 pack boat that runs spearfishing trips whenever you want to go. These are not however a handheld guided affair to shallow water dive sites suitable for new divers or children! Our shop stocks more spearing gear than any other local dive shops. We are also the only shop to carry to two most accurate guns lines (Spearfishing Specialties for SCUBA and HammerHead for freediving) as tested by Spearing Magazine. We also host spearing tournaments and Calcuttas constantly. So, you could say that we are kinda into spearfishing here at Panama City Dive Charters.

If it looks like we are having fun, its because we are! Look at the smiles. If you’d like to get into any aspect of underwater hunting we would like to teach you the tricks and ethics of spearfishing “the right way.”

One thing diving hunters do have to deal with that traditional fishermen will seldom appreciate in its entirety, is that once you shoot a fish… you still have to keep it away from the other predators! Spearing is hunting in its most basic form, it is extreme when you are head to head with a bull shark (or 3) over who owns the fish on your stringer! So spearfishing is not for the feint of heart.