November 29, 2019
Panama City Beach is one of Florida’s best cities to live and visit. Located in the Panhandle, the sandy beaches and clear waters call to outdoor enthusiasts. Kayaking, boating, swimming, sun bathing, and fishing are often on the day’s agenda when visiting Panama City Beach.
Those looking to cast a line or two will have no trouble finding good fishing grounds in PCB (as its known locally). No boat? No problem. There are fishing piers in the Panama City Beach area ready to get you in on the action: Russell-Fields Pier, the M.B. Miller County Pier, and St. Andrews State Park, which offers two piers. St. Andrews State Park is technically part of Panama City (not Panama City Beach), but the two are neighbors and no list is complete without its contributions.
The first two piers, Russell-Fields and M.B. Miller County Pier are neighbors, separated only by four miles. Travel the main beach road through Panama City Beach, Front Beach Road (also known as State Road 30) and you can access both piers. St. Andrews State Park is located on the East side of the barrier island off U.S. 98. This 1,200 acre state park offers fantastic fishing, from either pier, as well as the shores.
Getting ready for a great day of fishing in Panama City Beach? Here’s everything you need to know about local fishing piers:
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Panama City Beach is the Russell-Fields Pier. As the longest pier available in the city, Russell-Fields Pier gets anglers closer to the action. It reaches over 1,500 feet into the Gulf of Mexico and offers spectacular views of the ocean, city, and local marine life. Locals refer to it as the “City Pier”.
Spectators can walk the pier for $3 per person; ages six and under are free. Daily fishing licenses are available for $7 per angler (again, ages six and under are free). Those in active military, senior citizens, or disabled can get fishing pass discounts with a valid ID. Seasonal and annual passes are also available. Check prices before arrival as they are subject to change.
Anglers are allowed to have three rods plus one bait rod. Crabbing is also allowed on the pier. Rod and tackle rentals are provided by the local pier tackle shop.
The pier is open 365 days a year, 24/7. The night availability is great for anglers looking to do some shark fishing from the pier.
Anglers fishing the Russell-Fields Pier can also catch king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, pompano, flounder, redfish, cobia, and more.
Closer to the city is M.B. Miller County Pier. Families like fishing this pier due to the convenience of nearby restrooms at the end of the pier. M.B. Miller County Pier is just shy of 1,500 feet and offers the same fishing opportunities as Russell-Fields Pier. Anglers can catch cobia, redfish, pompano, flounder, king mackerel, and Spanish mackerel.
Prices for M.B. Miller County Pier are comparable to Russell-Fields. ($3 for spectators over 6-years-old; $6 fishing passes for anglers over 6-years-old). The good news? Annual and seasonal City Pier passes are also honored at this pier.
M.B. Miller County Pier is also open 24/7 for 365 days of the year. There’s a tackle shop that offers rod and tackle rental here as well (it’s actually a second branch from the Russell-Fields Pier).
The City Pier and County Pier have a lot in common. There are similar in style, price, and availability. You can’t go wrong picking either pier to fish!
St. Andrews Park is on a peninsula at the end of Panama City Beach. This state park offers two fishing piers, the Tiller Pier on the Gulf side, and another one that gives anglers access to the Grand Lagoon. Anglers are also often found fishing the jetties or near St. Andrews Pass.
It’s free to fish from St. Andrews Park, you just need to pay a vehicle entrance fee into the state park. You will need to have a fishing license, available at local tackle shops or sporting good stores. Anglers catch redfish, spotted seatrout, king mackerel, and spanish mackerel here.
When fishing St. Andrews Park, it’s best to go at either sunrise or sunset when the fish are most active. Crabbing is also an option. Drop a crab box over the pier and wait for the rewards. Other activities in St. Andrews Park include swimming, surfing, diving, and snorkeling. Spend a few days at a campsite and truly enjoy all that St. Andrews Park has to offer!
No matter what pier you find yourself at while visiting Panama City Beach, be confident that you’re going to have a great day! Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks, bring an empty one for your catch, and get ready for a spectacular day of pier fishing in PCB!
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