CHECK THOSE REGS!
When it comes to fishing laws governing seasons, limits and lengths, life used to be pretty simple for anglers and captains. But these days, there are strict regulations governing fisheries for a great many species popular around and off Panama City — including (but not limited to) red snapper, red grouper, gag grouper, amberjack, gray triggerfish, cobia and kingfish.
Bottom line, if you hope to keep some fish for the table or freezer, know the latest regulations. If fishing with a professional captain, ask him before you go so you’ll know what’s in season and what’s not — and to avoid any unpleasant surprises when you land that big one.
Or look up the regs yourself; they’re easily found by visiting myfwc.com.