Surf & Pier Fishing

surf-cartPanama City Beach offers well over 20 miles of shoreline for you to select a spot to cast a line out in the Surf or to choose one of the local piers to drop a line.
At Florida Watersports we carry everything you need for this style of fishing, including rods & reels, tackle, coolers, beach carts, and bait.


No Boat?  No Problem...
There's still big fish to catch!  Fishing along our shoreline at anytime of year offers just about anyone the opportunity to land a big one without the use of a boat. Get a line in the surf and you might find Flounder, Pompano, Redfish, Whiting, or Bonito just to name a few.


 What you need to fish from the Beach.

Choose a Rod and Reel.
We offer a great selection of rods, reels and combo's to accommodate the beginner as well as the seasoned surf fisherman.

Rods- The basics apply here and you can use everything from a light rod to a 12' surf rod, it would all depend on what kind of fish you are targeting and how far from the shore you intend to cast. A long rod will really get you out there.  In general an 8' or 9' rod will provide you the ability to get your line in the fish zone along the beach and would be a great choice to also fish from the piers.

Reels - Once you have selected a rod, we recommend a matching spinning reel. Use of a conventional (level-wind) reel or bait casting reel also will work. Conventional style reels take some practice to cast, but are a great choice for simply dropping your line from the pier can work well for both . 

Come on in to see us and we can get you matched up with the gear you need!

Surf Fishing Rigs, Lures, and Bait
We carry a wide variety of gear to assemble your surf fishing rigs at Florida Watersports.  Do check out our tackle section for all the lures, jigs, weights, hooks, leader, swivels, and bait choices. 

Surf Rigs
Without question the rig shown below is the easiest to start with, commonly known as the Fish Finder Rig, it is the basic set up that will yield results while fishing the surf.  There are countless other methods to set up your terminal gear and you will want to experiment as you go depending on conditions and location.



There are numerous choices here to entice the fish, we offer a variety of fresh frozen items as well as the most popular brands of packaged scented baits.

GulpsaltwaterGrab some Gulp!
Berkley Gulp! looks alive, feels alive and tastes alive! These baits are available in many popular freshwater and saltwater shapes and colors. When fishing with Gulp!, it is important to fish the bait slowly and allow the bait to do what it is intended to do, disperse scent.


The Berkley PowerBait scent and flavor impregnated into baits is tasted by fish upon biting bait. Fish hang on longer for more positive hook sets. The more a fish bites the more scent is dispersed into the water. PowerBait products are available for nearly every fish species and fishing technique.


Essentials and Add-on's to make life easier once you are hooked...

Beach Fishing Carts
fishnmate-cartengel-bait-coolerAn investment that's well worth it when you are or become a regular surf fisher.  These customized carts are configured to not only make it easier to get your supplies from the street to the beach, they are designed to accommodate your needs while you are there.

We stock a variety of carts by Fish-N-Mate®, They are lightweight weight, corrosion resistant, and capable of carrying up to 200 lbs.

The lightweight aluminum construction and design allows for easy storage, transportation, and will carry large loads of equipment out on the piers or to the surf.



A good cooler on the beach is a must! The size and type is up to you and your needs.  We carry a wide variety of cooler sizes including both hard coolers and soft coolers.

Yeti-Surf  engel-coolers  Igloo-Logo    coleman logo

Beach Essentials
Our sunshine here is relentless so in order to have a great day on the beach going after the the fish, Don't forget to pick up a beach umbrella, beach chair, plenty of sunscreen (you will get fried without it), Sunglasses, or other necessities from our beach supplies section. 
A little shade is good, a place to sit in the shade... even better!

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