FISHING PANAMA CITY
Panama City is part of what is widely termed Florida’s Emerald Coast, after the color of nearshore waters, at times having a distinct clear-green hue. Many of the activities that attract visitors are water oriented, not surprising given the inside waters of several sprawling bays and, outside, the Gulf beyond the sandy beaches. To get more information on all that Panama City has to offer, visit destinationpanamacity.com.
TO BOOK FISHING TRIPS INSHORE
Capt. Matt Smith — panamacityinshore.com
Capt. Matt Parramore — facebook.com/ parramoreoffshore
There are plenty of options of many types at many prices in and around Panama City. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, which offers an excellent central location. DINING If you visit Panama City, arrive hungry. The place is loaded with eateries of all sorts and, as you might suppose, seafood figures heavily in that list. We sampled four:
• Bayou Joe’s — In the seafood-to-die-for department, look for the jumbo lump crab cakes. (bayoujoes.com) • The Captain’s Table Fish House Restaurant — Don’t miss the baked oysters. (facebook.com/ captainstablefishhouse)
• Just the Cook — This unique spot is on a little houseboat in St. Andrews Marina, where you’d be nuts to miss the chipotle slaw burger or cilantro slaw burger (you’ve never had burgers like these). (facebook .com/justthecookflorida)
• The Shipyard Grill — Bring some of your fillets for their “hook and cook” option, and come hungry. (sunharbormarina.net) TOURNAMENTS Check out the Grand Lagoon Grand Slam (grandlagoongrandslam.com), a billfish-release offshore tournament held in August, sponsored by Legendary Marine and Scout Boats, based at Lighthouse Marina.