The Reel Contender Fishing Charter

The Reel Contender Fishing Charter

The Reel Contender Fishing Charter
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The Reel Contender Fishing Charter in Panama City Beach is a serious experience filled with fishing, fun and great memories. Captain David Burke has one goal, to help you, your family and friends enjoy a fishing experience that will not soon be forgotten. Our charters are perfect for everyone, from beginners to the most experienced, and can be scheduled near shore or off shore. Anglers looking for a more private, personalized experience are looking for a trip aboard the Reel Contender Charter boat.
Panama City Beach, Florida
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Matthew Carpenter
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My wife, 13 year old daughter, 4 year old son, and I joined Captain Dave and his deck mate on a 4 hour fishing trip one summer afternoon. We came back with the limit of red snapper and had to throw back several grouper that were not quite the appropriate size to keep. It was the best fishing in my lifetime! The fish were all over our lines the minute we dropped them at one of our stops especially.

Captain Dave and his deck mate were attentive to all of our questions and needs. He was very patient with my kids and took extra time to assure everyone on the trip had a great time. As you are searching for a charter fishing trip in the Panama City, Florida area, I highly recommend Captain Dave's Reel Contender. If you want to come back with plenty of fish, definitely go with him! Thank you Captain Dave for a wonderful trip. We will be back!
Written July 18, 2020
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Michael T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Capt David and his crew are top notch. He put together a customized trip for a group with 3 experienced anglers and 3 first-timers. We were on fish within an hour and had an absolute blast. We will definitely be back for Snapper season.
Written March 15, 2021
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So glad that you enjoyed your trip and we look forward to having you fish with us again in the future!
Written May 2, 2021
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Danielle R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Captain Dave Reel Contender David Burke is a no frills, get out and work your butt off kinda guy. The first time we fished with him, I was like, “dang, this guy means business”. No talk, all action. Each time we go out with him, I reflect on my previous month of life and wonder why I didn’t do more bicep curls leading up to our trip. First trip out with him, I was expecting a laid back day catching some fish along the way, similar to what we experienced on my first fishing trip in St. Lucia … minus the 6 foot swells, seasickness and constant yearning for dry land. I swore I’d never do it again… Then we found Dave. He is there to make sure that you go home with a full freezer and make lots of memories along the way. He moves on when it’s time to move on and his deck hands are always making sure that we are locked and loaded, no matter how tired you were from fighting that last fish and man oh man, he keeps that boat clean! It never fails when we get back to shore that all the other charters and their guests are ooohing and aaahing over our catch asking where we got those! In the last 10 years or so with Dave, our crew has caught, cobia, a sailfish (yours truly), amber jack (not me, those are tough and so fast, but I tried), almaco jack, king mak, spanish mak, gag grouper, red grouper, red snapper, white snapper, vermillion snapper, bonita (they crazy), triggerfish (triggerface) an 8ft bull shark, plus some other sharks. We have had sharks steal our catch after working you butt off to get ‘em in. Then the dolphins try as well (although Dave always outsmarts them). He knows enough to know when it’s time to move on and hangs around just enough to give a little glimpse of them for the kids enjoyment. We get to see beautiful sunrises, lots of flying fish and we get a chuckle out of the Captain banter out at sea. Plus someone is always sleeping on the way back into reality. So you know we worked hard. We will always use Dave Burke. No need to look anywhere else. Thanks for all the memories Dave.
Written August 3, 2023
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Leslie E
Kansas city11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
We had the best time Deep Sea Fishing with Captain David and Anthony. They knew the best spots to fish and we caught more fish than we ever would have expected. They were friendly and accommodating. Thanks for the great experience!
Written March 15, 2020
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Krtlm52
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
We were lucky enough to book Cody of Reel Contender. This guy worked his tail off for us! We book a full day trip and never had a chance to sit down we were on fish all day long. We caught an 8 foot, 300 pound Bull shark, a Black Fin Tuna, a Mutton Snapper, multiple big Amber jacks, a black Grouper, and probably 20-30 Bonita. It was fish on all day long! I promise if you book this guy you will not be disappointed! Tight lines, and thank you Cody.
Written January 22, 2021
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Angie E
Knoxville, TN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
This was the most productive fishing trip we’ve ever had. Captain David knew exactly where to take us. Can’t believe how many fish we caught and we have very little experience. The crew was amazing, too. Excellent equipment. Clean boat. Best fishing excursion you’ll find.
Written April 13, 2021
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Thank you for such kind words, we appreciate you taking the time to leave them. So glad you enjoyed your time on the water with us and hope we get to fish with you again in the future.
Written May 2, 2021
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Shilo M
Benton, AR20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Like most tourist, I waited too long to book and unfortunately Captain David is already booked. The reason for the review is for his response was literally seconds on the email, and was kind. This is not the first charter booking I’ve done yet the professionalism and kindness he displayed made me want to write this. Next time we come down, I know what we’re booking first!
Written June 7, 2020
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Shilo M
Benton, AR20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Captain Dave’s communication from the time of booking to launch is second to none. Then he puts you on the fish and coaches you to make sure you get your fair share! We are rookies and we caught over 100lbs of fish. Captain Dave and The Reel Contender are always getting my business when I return to the area and so should you!
Written June 21, 2021
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Rick L
Tulsa, OK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Captain David Burke and his mate, Max Smeby were so great! They put us on top of fish after fish. We ended up maxing out easily. This crew was so respectful and kind. They don’t let you linger over an area if the fish aren’t biting. Look no further than Reel Contender Fishing Charter when you come to PCB. You won’t regret it! Thanks again Cap!
Written September 2, 2020
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Stuart M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Captain David and Tiger put us on fish nonstop. His boat gets you to fishing holes faster and farther out than most do. You pay for fishing, not riding. Don't bother packing beer and food, you don't have time. You will go home exhausted from catching so many fish. We had a great time and are planning on another trip.Thank you, Captain David and Tiger.
"Check your bait, momma!"
Written April 2, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad you enjoyed fishing with us, we really enjoyed it as well!
Written May 2, 2021
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