The dog days of August are usually great times to catch some quality fish off the piers. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon the King mackeral will be caught by those using 40lb wire leader attached to a #4 treble hook with a live or dead cigar minnow fished flat lined off the very ends of the piers.
A lot of years in August, Spanish mackeral will be caught all through the daylight hours on Gotcha plugs, silver spoons, and bubble and straw rigs. Remember these fish swim n schools so when you catch one, there will probably be others with it so keep casting away.
Over sized Redfish will be caught on the first and second sand bars using almost any type of cut bait, but shrimp seems to be the number one preference. Just remember these are a slot limit fish and if it is not between 18-27 inches, it has to be released unharmed.
August will also bring in some Bluefish. Use cut minnows with a fairly heavy(30-40lb) leader attached to your hook. Remember those Bluefish have extremely sharp teeth.
August is traditionally one of the best month for shark fishing we have. For smaller sand and black tip sharks try 30-40lb spinning tackle with a large chunk of squid fished near the second sand bar. These fish bite very well and are a blast to catch on small tackle. Those wanting a little more pull will be using whole Bonita fished with 600lb cable attached to 14/0 hooks and floated of the ends of the piers.
The middle of the day in August can be fairly slow fishing, but bring your coolers because the early morning, late afternoon, and night fishing action will more than make up for the mid-day lull.
May will continue to have great numbers of Spanish and King mackeral being caught. The early morning and late afternoon bites seem to be the best. Even though the Cobia run has been a little slow here in Panama City Beach this year, the first part of the month we'll still see a few fish caught on jigs and live eels. The spring run of Pompano has been excellent so far with great numbers of fish coming at first light and a very good bite the last hour or two of the day. Pompano will be caught on sand fleas and Pompano jigs. There should also be a few big Redfish caught this month as well. These fish are being caught with squid or live and dead minnows fished on the bottom. Just remember the slot limit of 18'-27", most pier fish will be over the maximum slot length.
May brings us one of the first great months for shark fishing off the piers. Those most successful shark anglers will be using cut or whole Bonita with a 12/0 hook attached with a 300-400lb wire leader.
May is one of the most productive months for pier fishing here on Panama City Beach. Grab your rods and come out and enjoy some fantastic fishing.