Night Time Bow Fishing: Panhandle Fishing Charters is one of the ONLY two companies in Destin, Florida to provide nighttime bowfishing in the Choctawhatchee Bay and surrounding area waters. Come be apart of our history!! Our Carolina Skiff went through a complete renovation in 2017 in which we had a custom welding job completed. We raised the center console as a Captain’s Deck for spotting of Spadefish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Mullet, and Rays! Our Skiff really lights up the night – we completed our look with six 200 WATT LED lights, a brand new 2018 Suzuki 115 HP 4-stroke engine, and a high-powered trolling motor for quiet and efficient movement through the water. Our Carolina Skiff is one-of-a-kind!! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get out on the water with her as her first season with Panhandle Fishing Charters. You won’t regret it!
Are kids allowed? YES! Kids are allowed aboard the boat during bowfishing charters; however, in order to participate in bowfishing, they MUST be able to draw the bow back themselves (it is set at 32#) and release without any help.
Can we bring our own gear? YES! Your gear is welcome aboard our vessel.
What do you recommend we bring? We recommend you bring no black sole shoes, snacks, drinks, and a cooler to leave in your vehicle. We have a cooler onboard for your snacks and drinks!
Day Time Bow Fishing: Daytime bowfishing takes place in the Choctawhatchee Bay and surrounding area waters of Destin, Florida. Our trips run in the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak helping give the waters their Emerald coloration for infinite visibility. The Captain will be in the tower spotting for Rays, Sheepshead, Spadefish, Mullet, and Black Drum; once he spots your target, the action is on! The Emerald waters give you hundreds of feet of clarity allowing ample time to prepare for your upcoming shot. Included in our charters are three Suckerpunch Cajun Bows, arrows, line, fishing licenses, and ice. Due to insurance purposes, we can only have three shooters at a time; however, more passengers can ride and all parties aboard can rotate shooting as we progress through our trip. Our daytime bowfishing charters take place on either the Skeeter or our Skiff; whichever boat has availability at the time you’ve requested your booking. If you prefer one over the other, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you! Are kids allowed? YES! Kids are allowed aboard the boat during bowfishing charters; however, in order to participate in bowfishing, they MUST be able to draw the bow back themselves (it is set at 32#) and release without any help. Can we bring our own gear? YES! Your gear is welcome aboard our vessel. What do you recommend we bring? We recommend you bring a hat, polarized sunglasses, no black sole shoes, snacks, drinks, and rub-on sunscreen. We have a cooler onboard for your snacks and drinks! Bring a cooler for your vehicle to stow your fish filets in after the charter.
Yes! Rays may be released as long as the arrow hits their wings.
We recommend a minimum of 3 hours for bow fishing.
We will target a variety of Rays, Spade Fish, Sheepshead, Triple Tail, Black Drum, and Mullet.
For specialized flounder gigging and bowfishing charters, we supply the gigs, bows, and arrows.
For fishing, we recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your trip start time. During the spring and summer months we run multiple trips per day; we kindly ask that you arrive safely and on time so your charter can leave at it’s designated time.
For bowfishing; we recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your trip. This allows time for practice shots at the dock beforehand.
Yes! We filet, bag, and ice your fish for you! Don’t forget to leave a cooler in the back of your vehicle so you can take your fish with you.
If you have bows and arrows made for bowfishing, you are welcome to bring them aboard. We do ask that there only be three shooters at a time due to safety precautions.
As for fishing gear, lures, bait, etc. we do ask that these be left behind.