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Panama City Beach Fishing Report

  • 04/12/2017

    Offshore King mackerel have showed up, flat lining and trolling live or fresh dead baits has worked the best. A few cobia have been picked off the local wrecks and everyone and their brother is running the beach getting eye strain scanning the horizon looking for them. Better reports from the west still but some fish are getting caught locally.  Surf Real good bite on pompano and spanish. Also there were some whiting reported but they have been small, and jack crevalle are cruising the bar hitting just about anything that moves.  Inshore The trout and redfish bite was a little slow during this last full moon, assuming you were fishing during the day. Probably did some feeding at night and were harder to get a strike out of during the day. The two tides per day didn't help either. Sheep head have slowed a bit too, still some around but not gangbusters like it was. Plenty of spanish in the bay, trolling for them in about fifteen feet of water just off the shipping channels has worked...

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Destin Fishing Report

  • 08/14/2017

    Destin Fishing Report 8-7-17 to 8-13-17 It is hard for me to believe but the cobia bite is still on over the deeper edges and rocks while you are bottom fishing. This has been going on for almost a month now and no idea how long it will last but if you are bottom fishing I would definitely set up a chum slick and drop a flyline for cobia. Tarpon have slowed considerably so if you want one last shot at them this year I would get on it this week before they are gone. Offshore Fishing—While there is not a good supply of bluewater close there has been a fairly good bite of pelagic, In some of this week’s photos you will see some nice Wahoo, Dolphin, Yellowfin and Blackfin tuna. I would fish the steps, dumping grounds and over to the rigs. Check out the picture of the catch the Lady Em had! Deepwater Bottom Fishing—Some nice Tilefish and Snowy Grouper, a few Barrel Grouper, Warsaw Grouper being caught, Work in water 600 to 900ft deep. Bottom Fishing----Bull Mingo Snapper are the talk...

    Read more: 08/14/2017

Navarre Fishing Report

  • 06/27/2017

    Not much has changed since me last report and it’s looking like this whole summer will be about getting out there when you see a weather window. So keep an eye on the weather at all times, avoid the outdoors when lightning is present, and bring a light rain jacket or like me just wear quick drying clothing. Reds, specks and flounder are all over the place right now. You can find them on the shallow flats when the tide is high and deeper docks and drop offs when it’s low.  If you can throw a cast net or set out a minnow trap small live pinfish, croakers, and finger mullet are the top baits right now. Whether fished on the bottom with a Carolina rig or under a popping cork, both presentations will entice the fish to eat. Those of you who know me know that I pretty much fish artificial baits exclusively and I have found that the top baits right now for trout and redfish are suspending twitch baits. Soft plastics drug and skipped along the bottom are my go to artificial bait for flounder,...

    Read more: 06/27/2017

Port St. Joe Fishing Report

  • 08/11/2017

    If you are looking to catch fish around St Joe Bay get up and go early, you can beat the heat and daily rain showers.   I am hearing whispers that the reds and flounder are biting well under the Highland View Bridge. Trout are being caught in the south end of the bay late in the afternoon on top-water.  Scallop season is still on hold here in Gulf County but decent reports are coming from St. Mark's and Steinhatchee.   Offshore kings are on the buoy line but WAY out on the buoy line.   When a rod and reel won’t work, grab your mask, snorkel, and Hawaiian sling!  You can find flounder and mullet around the potholes in the bay.  

    Read more: 08/11/2017

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