Reel GRooV Fishing Charters

Private Deep Sea Fishing Charters

It’s all about YOU and your experience aboard
the Reel GRooV!

We want to see each one of our anglers have a GRooV (groovy) time while making wonderful memories with their friends and family. Our team is known for their exceptional customer service and the ability to make each trip a fun time for all.

About Our Boat

The Reel GRooV is a large 43’ BHM offshore sport fishing boat built in 1985. We stand out from our competitors because we are federally permitted, and Coast Guard-approved to take up to 18 passengers out on the Gulf of Mexico. This is a plus because it allows us to cater to large groups while most boats in Panama City can only hold up to 6 people. We can also fish in federal waters where most can only fish in state waters or inshore.

She is equipped with many amenities making her a comfortable boat for all-day tours. Learn More…

The Reel GRooV Boat


About Our Tours

With tours running for 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 hours, we offer a time slot to meet the schedule and desires of a variety of customers. We are proud to boast one of the few family-friendly or child-friendly fishing experiences for families visiting the Beach. We especially enjoy sharing in the fun and enthusiasm of our “young anglers” so make sure to bring them along! Learn More…

Most of our customers want to go deep sea fishing or bottom fishing for the variety of fish species these types of fishing have to offer. With the majority of our fishing holes lying from 10 to 40 miles offshore we utilize the trip time with high-speed trolling to allow for some additional fishing. This seems to be a hit with our customers, especially when we bring in a big Wahoo, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, or Tuna. Learn More…

To Learn More About Our Boat, Planning Your Trip, Our Tours, What Is Included with Your Trip, Offshore Adventures Excursions And Experiences, and the Additional Services we offer please visit our About Us page.


Targeted Species

The Most Common Catch Found in the Gulf

Targeted Species


We are very fortunate to have so many different species of fish found in the Gulf of Mexico just off shore here in Panama City. From Amberjack to Wahoo and whatever the season, you will always find some of the world’s best fishing. Check with the captain to see what is running during your visit and get ready for some fun times on the Reel GRooV charter.


Booking Is Easy

We offer fishing tours running for 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 hours. We also book sunset, catered dinner, and beverage cruises.

Go to our unique booking page and book your next private charter, dolphin or sightseeing cruise with Reel GRooV Charters.

Schedule Your Next Trip


Piscatorial Reviews

Thank you to all of our fellow anglers for giving us such great reviews. We hope you will join us again for more fun and will recommend us to your family and friends.

Chip O.

5 Stars

Captain Gary is a very laid back, easy going, easy to get along with man. He’s very knowledgeable regarding finding schools of fish and the techniques to catch them. His deck hand Spencer and his girlfriend Bailey were very helpful as well. They helped us fish for sharks, kept a are lines baited, and helped us real in some extra fish. I had my 8 year old son on board he all of the crew were super child friendly. Capt Gary even took the time to teach my son about the boats navigation system and let him sit in the captains chair while supervised. We caught a wide variety of fish: red snapper, white snapper, vermillion snapper ,stone perch, a couple of ramora which we through back but were so cool to see. On the trip we saw flying fish and dolphins. It was really fun and I highly recommend captain Gary to ANYONE.

Blake P.

5 Stars

Our 8 year old daughter, who’s opinion holds the most weight in matters such as this, had an absolute BLAST. When we started, she was very nervous about the boat and about touching fish, but the boys cheered her on and helped encourage her so much that by the end of the trip she was asking to go out again. If the fish stopped biting or if the dolphins were harassing us, we moved to a better location which we appreciated a lot. They were also extremely flexible with scheduling and very attentive to our needs as first timers. Even if we hadn’t caught any fish, which we did, we would have had a wonderful time on a boat with good company and sunshine; a great experience for a family to have together.

Johnathan W.

5 Stars

We went with a family of 4 adults and 6 kids. The crew was great with the kids and welcomed us all. They took the time to understand what we were trying to accomplish. It was nice to get to know them and their backgrounds as well. These guys were very passionate about making the trip memorable for us. They made sure we took home some fish. We appreciate you guys and can’t wait to do it again!


Current FAQs

Q. What should I bring?

A. Snacks, Drinks, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, Camera, and a Tip for the Crew.

Q. Are your fishing trips inshore or offshore?

A. We offer offshore deep sea fishing trips. Depending on the length of the trip you choose, we travel anywhere from 10-40 miles offshore to reach our fishing holes.

Q. What all is included in your deep sea fishing trips?

A. The Fishing License, Ice, Live Bait, Tackle, And The First Mate.

Q. What all do you offer?

A. We offer 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 hour offshore deep sea fishing charters. We also offer sunset, dolphin, and sightseeing cruises, plus assistance with 'burial at sea' services.

Q. Will we be trolling or bottom fishing?

A. We will do some trolling on the way out and back in from our bottom fishing holes (trips at least 6 hours long).

Q. How many people does the boat hold?

A. The Reel GRooV is federally permitted for up to 18 passengers plus two crew.

Q. Do you clean the fish? Is it included in the price?

A. They offer this service at the Marina. We will help you get your fish there when we get back to shore. They charge a small fee per pound.

Q. Do you offer split trips?

A. We mostly run private group trips, but we will gladly try to set you up with another group if possible.

Q. Is there a bathroom? Do you have air conditioning?

A. Yes, we have a bathroom and air conditioning onboard the Reel GRooV. We also have a cover over the back deck to help protect from the sun while fishing.


Gary Stanfill

Meet Captain "Gary Ray" Stanfill

Starting this business has been one of the biggest blessings we could have ever imagined. We love spending our days watching people enjoy their time off from work to let loose, socialize, and have fun! It’s what life is supposed to be about, right? You’ve put in the hours, you’ve done the hard work, and now you deserve those special moments with loved ones. The moments you’ll remember for a lifetime and those you will reminisce about when life gets hard again. We hope you give us the opportunity to take you and yours out for one of those special events.

Call Gary Ray for more information about scheduling your next charter excursion 850-774-9007.

Master Merchant Mariner

Credential issued by USCG National Maritime Center.

Boat Information

Gary Stanfill

The Reel GRooV is a one of a kind downeastern fishing vessel on a BHM hull. It is powered by a 420HP Cummins engine, with a average cruising speed of 12 to 14 knots. Length: 43 ft Capacity: 18 persons

USCG Approved for
up to 18 passengers


Child Friendly Air Conditioning Ice Box Toilet GPS Radar Fish Finder Live Bait Well Microwave Refrigerator Bunk Beds Table With Bench Seating Covered Back Deck

Included Features

Guaranteed GRooV Experience Fishing License You Keep Catch (Catch and Release Allowed) Rods, Reels & Tackle Lures Live Bait First Mate Bluetooth Sound System

Types of Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing Bottom Fishing Trolling Inshore Fishing Offshore Fishing Reef Fishing Wreck Fishing


Light Tackle Heavy Tackle Spinning Jigging Popping Drift Fishing Kite Fishing

Current Weather in Panama City Beach, FL

Panama City Beach, FL, USA


Book online or over the phone with a $500 deposit & pay the balance the day of your trip OR pay the full balance when booking.

When the captain confirms your trip, you will be charged a $500.00 deposit to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:


Cash All Major Credit Cards Debit PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a debit or credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

Meeting Location

Treasure Island Marina, 5550 N Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled trip. If the boat isn’t in the slip when you arrive, we may be getting fuel or returning from our previous trip. We will be with you ASAP.

Change or Cancellation policy

After booking, you may cancel within 24 hours for a full refund. After 24 hours, your deposit is non-refundable.

If you choose to pay the full amount, you can cancel with a refund (- deposit) up to 30 days before your trip date.

If you need to change the number of guests in your group, we will settle up the difference the day of the trip.

In the case of unsafe weather conditions or a boat malfunction, we will try our best to reschedule your trip to another available date/time. If we are unable to reschedule, we will refund the full amount to you.

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