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Panama City Beach Weekly Fishing Reports

12/18/2014


Offshore

Not much of a report from blue water. It seems most people in our area have stayed closer to shore, so most of the intel we have comes from within nine miles. Bottom fishing here has been worthwhile. Red grouper, some scamp, black snapper and vermillion were going on the ice, but there were red snapper and gags that had to go back. Only a few amberjack were reported but triggerfish could be found in good numbers. Closer in and on the outer edges of wrecks in sixty foot or less flounder were the target. The flounder bite has improved lately, more fish in the fourteen, fifteen inch range than there were. Bull minnows were the preferred bait but strip baits worked too.

 

Surf

Kind of slow here, fish are being caught but you have to work for it. There are a few reports of sheephead around but they have been hard to entice. Redfish, black drum and a few flounder have been caught but as far as where and when it seems to be mostly random.

 

St. Andrews Bay system

It has been a little slow here too, cold water has taken its toll. We are currently experiencing upper fifties in the open bay and if you can get into a more protected area you can find low to mid-sixties. The usual winter spots are beginning to hold a few puppy reds and trout but they are small. Around the bridges and jetties sheephead, black drum, bull reds and some black sea bass can be expected. The water is not only cold, it’s clear so use a small hook and light fluorocarbon or you might not get bit. This time of year chumming can be a valuable tool. Take time to prepare some ahead of time, there are plenty of recipes on line. Some are sinking and some stay on the surface so be sure to keep in mind the species you are targeting. Menhaden oil is pretty universal and can be made to do either. 

12/08/2014


OFFSHORE 

 

Last week was surely nice weather wise and a lot of people took advantage. Plenty of Flounder getting picked off local inshore wrecks and rubble. Even the buoys are enough of a structure to attract Flounder. Bull minnows have been the bait of choice but if you rig a soft plastic so that it will reach bottom it’ll work too. The problem lately has been the ripping current, it’s taking 4 ounces of lead to reach bottom in forty feet! Aside from Flounder the next most reported catches were Black sea bass, *Trigger fish, Black snapper, Porgies and *Amberjack. Way offshore the water temperatures are holding at 75 degrees but you have to go 40 plus miles to get in those waters. That is where you can still expect to find Kings, Wahoo and a few Black fin tuna. Closer in you will find the water in the mid-sixties. The closer you get to the mid-seventy degree water, the closer you are to the possibility of Kings and Wahoo. The reverse is true going the other way, but there is always the odd catch that seems to defy logic.

(*Inside nine miles- Federal waters closed)

SURF 

Setting up on the beach you can expect to find at least a few Pompano and Whiting. The occasional Redfish and Flounder will get caught on a surf rig or slow dragging a Carolina rig back to the beach. Around the piers, you can add some Sheep head and Mangrove snapper to what’s being seen and or caught.  

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Mangrove snapper, Sheep head and Black drum are being reported around Hathaway, Dupont, and West Bay bridges. Local marinas and larger docks with deep water are holding some fish too. Speckled trout are a little harder to pin point, definitely water temperature dependent.  Some days Cooks Bayou has done well, the Intra-coastal waterway and Deer point dam area can also be good but, there are not many big fish. Most are short, the good news is there are a lot of trout out there … they just need to grow up. To find Redfish, try working the same areas you see mullet schooled up. This time of year most of these reds will be within the slot. If you are more of the patient type who doesn’t want to chase them, set up somewhere “fishy” and start a chum line. Menhaden oil drip, chum block or a bag of Gulp chum hanging over the side can be very effective. I have even seen where some “real thinkers” staked out a chum bag up current of an area they were wade fishing. It certainly can’t hurt and most times will help.

12/01/2014

 


OFFSHORE 

Finally a break in the weather. I know we don’t have a right to complain yet we do. Anyway, reports from what trips have been made out to deep water have been pretty good. Nice Gags, Black snapper, Vermillion and a few Lane snapper were brought in. Up top still a few Kings around and even a few Wahoo. If you are headed out be aware of the limits, Gag grouper closes Dec. 2nd in Federal waters and Dec. 3rd in State. If you need to review go to Myfwc.com for State reg’s and gulfcouncil.com for Federal, or stop in and we’ll get you on the straight and narrow. Closer to the beach, Flounder are the target of most boats headed out. Some limits are being caught but most are legal to 15 or 16inches in size. Also don’t be surprised to get into some Black sea bass in the same places you are finding Flounder.  

SURF 

Much better, catches of Pompano and Whiting are common. A fairly good bet on Redfish and Flounder too. Try around the piers and the cuts in the sandbars.  

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Some pretty good reports coming in, good Trout bite early in about eight to twelve feet of water. Popping corks and top waters will call them to you. Slot sized Redfish are there too, all sorts of artificial baits on the bottom or flip a live shrimp out there with just enough weight to get it to the bottom. Some anglers report being able to sight fish for them up shallow once the sun gets up overhead. Plenty of Mangrove snapper around, some Sheep head, and Black drum are working the pilings of local bridges and docks (anywhere there are barnacles). Also still hearing of some squid at the marinas and under the bridges at night. Light sources will really help the cause.

11/20/2014

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE 

Well we are definitely getting caught up in our typical winter pattern. Rainy warm fronts blasting through ahead of a cold front. This along with the low angle of the sun and short days has a tremendous effect on the patterns of activity we are attempting to second guess. Barometric changes from passing fronts, water temperature changes from warm sunny days or cold north winds will affect the bite. A couple days before incoming weather will stifle the bite but then the activity will turn on just before it gets here. That being said, one day can be quite different from the next and that has been the case lately. Paying attention to the “Game and Fish Forecaster” is even more likely to help you this time of year. From what I can gather, the trips out to deeper water have been okay. Some Kings and Wahoo were found but not a lot. Water temps are still in the low seventies way out, but even there the fish are not hitting on the surface. Bottom fishing in two hundred plus feet yielded a few Tilefish, some Scamp and other deep water Groupers which helped to round out one trip. Closer in (and in State Waters) reported catches include Flounder, Black sea bass, Black snapper, Amberjack, a few keeper Red and Gag grouper, and quite a few Trigger fish. Also I don’t want to forget to mention the nice sized squid getting caught a couple miles from the pass (daytime) and around the local marinas (at night). If you get some weird “bites” while dragging for Flounder… either bring your bait up real slow and watch for the following squid or tie on a squid jig and work it slowly up and down.  

SURF 

Slow going here, some Pompano and Whiting but kind of sparse. A few Redfish and Flounder but only a few. I would temper these reports with the fact that weather has stopped a lot of would be anglers from fishing. 

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Here the water temperatures play a major role and can really help you to find fish (warmer is better). Trout are eating both early and late but there are a lot of smalls around. Live pinfish and shrimp are not passed up. Cooler water at the surface seems to be making top water baits ineffective. Spoons and all sorts of artificial baits are working on Redfish and Trout but live bait is king. Flounder are harder to find in the bay but some are still getting caught. Gigging has not yielded much, most trips have come up with few or none. Sheep head, Black drum and Mangrove snapper can be expected around their usual haunts (sea walls, bridges, docks and marinas). 

11/06/2014

OFFSHORE 

Twenty or thirty miles offshore you can still find water in the mid-seventies with Wahoo, Black fin tuna and Dolphin still lurking. Closer in the water temp drops a little but there is a lot of live bait around still and King mackerel are getting caught. This fall has been fairly warm and a little hard to predict so it’s hard to say how long we can expect this to continue. Even Flounder fishing has not been easy this year, it seems like they moved around in smaller batches and not in one big push. Speaking of inshore, plenty of Trigger fish and a fair amount of Black snapper within nine miles of shore. A few Grouper reported but not a lot.  

SURF 

Some Reds, Some Flounder … not much for Spanish or Blues. Only a few people have had much luck lately hunting Pompano and or Whiting. Some are getting caught, just not what we expect by now. It should improve soon, this is past the time we usually see them. The best time of day here too seems to be late in the day. 

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

The water temperature has dropped into the low seventies and upper sixties in most areas and it has begun to have an effect. Speckled trout have become harder to find and Redfish are covering lots of ground looking for food. The trout seem to be searching out warmer waters. A common thread among the trout reports we did get was grassy areas about six to eight feet late in the day. Lots of puppy reds around but they are scattered. Some reports up in lagoons and canals but better catches (again late in the day) up in the Spartina grasses. Flounder are getting caught and gigged in the bay but no one we have spoken to has gotten more than a few. Mangrove snapper, Sheep head and Black drum can be found around all kinds of structure.  

10/26/2014

OFFSHORE 

Our fall weather has made for a more enjoyable time on the water. Good reports from offshore trips looking for Wahoo and Dolphin. Throw in a few Sails and Black fin tuna, some Bonita and plenty of King mackerel and you have the picture. Bottom fishing in State waters is still producing lots of Mangrove snapper, Triggerfish, Gag and Red grouper. There are a lot of Amberjack within nine miles too, most are short but a few keepers have been found. On the close to shore wrecks and around the buoys drag bottom for Flounder, there have been some fat flatties brought in. Flounder meat is right up there with Scamp and Black sea bass in my book. 

SURF 

The action has heated up some along the beach and around the piers. Pompano and Whiting have become more common catches as has Redfish and Flounder. There have been a few Spanish and King mackerel around the piers but they are not “thick”. Ladyfish, Blues, Mangrove snapper and Sheep head round out what have been seen. 

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Last week’s morning bite was a little tough, might be the low tide in the am. Once it turned and started to wash across the grass beds they began to show up. Flounder, Speckled trout, Redfish, Sheep head and Mangrove snapper were all hitting the ice.  Take plenty of bait with you be they artificial or live. There are a lot of Lizard fish, pin fish and puffer fish ready to steal what you have offered up. The shallower you fish the worse they are, but anything worth having is worth the effort…right? Also you will find Spanish and Blues feeding on big schools of small minnows that have recently hatched. They are easy to spot, just watch for diving gulls or pelicans. Get upwind and throw a spec rig into the fray, use a fast retrieve and you’ll be hooked up for sure. Other baits will work but keep it small as they are feeding on small minnows and too big of a bait will likely be passed over. 

10/12/2014

OFFSHORE

We are still catching plenty of Kings and those that have ventured out thirty miles or more say the pelagic bite is pretty dependable. Wahoo, a pretty good bit of Mahi-Mahi, and even some Black fin tuna have been picked up just “blind trolling”. In the last couple of days we have seen a bunch of Cobia following Manta rays through our area. Bottom fishing in State waters was good, lots of Mangrove snapper and Triggerfish along with Gag and Red grouper. Out in Federal waters so many reef species are closed right now a lot of boats that want to bottom fish are staying inside nine miles to avoid catching something they will just have to throw back. There is still plenty of fish out there you can keep but getting them and only them to bite is the trick.

SURF 

Still kind of slow here, some Spanish, Blues and Ladies. Occasionally the action heats up with a school of Jack crevalle or Redfish. There are a few early risers that have with some regularity been able to catch Pompano and or Whiting. 

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

A lot of anglers are turning their focus to Flounder. It is the time of year we can count on finding good numbers of them and the latest intel still shows better size fish in the upper reaches of the bay. That’s not to say they are not being found closer to the pass, they are… just mostly smaller fish. There are even a few getting caught out at the Whistle buoy. Slot size Redfish, Mangrove snapper and Speckled trout are being found around the Marinas and working the ends of docks. Bull reds and Black drum are more of a channel and bridge dweller. See you out there!

09/29/2014

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE 

This past week has only had a couple days that lent themselves to a run way out.   The fishing was good, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi and plenty of Kings. A good bottom bite too, Reds, Gags, Scamp, Vermillion and Black snapper were all posing for pictures back at the dock. You didn’t have to go that far to find fish though, plenty of edibles were caught within sight of land. There are a lot of Black snapper (aka Grey or Mangrove snapper) on the close to shore stuff, you may even pick up a Flounder or two. They have begun to show up in the pass a definite indication the migration has started. Also there is still a good King mackerel bite going on. Hopefully they will hang around a while and with our water still around eighty degrees near shore, they should. 

SURF 

Not much of a change here, plenty of Ladyfish, Spanish and Bluefish. Occasionally some Reds, Whiting, Jacks, or Flounder swing through and grace the lucky angler’s hook. From the piers, kayak or in a boat along the beach Kings have been caught. Most are caught early in the morning when there is a chop to the water.  

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Reports coming in from expeditions back in the bay system have been positive. Flounder, Slot size Redfish, Mangrove snapper, Speckled trout and Sheep head made up the majority of them. That’s not counting the Ladyfish, Blues and Spanish. Grassy points for the trout and slot reds. Docks, bridges and marinas for the rest. Good supplies of live bait can be found and hungry fish… paradise!

09/22/2014

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE 

The reports coming in from “off the hill” have been really pretty good. Bottom fishing has been a little frustrating with all of the Red snapper around (being as you can’t keep ‘em). However if you try, you can sometimes dial in on ways to get to the bottom in an area less likely to be holding Reds, and more likely to yield a species you can keep. Obviously no technique is fail proof but generally the outer edges of a wreck hold smaller fishlike say… Black snapper. Or you can employ a technique that works real good…chumming them to the surface so you can choose what you are trying to catch. It takes some prior planning, plenty of available cut bait chopped up in small pieces. Also the type of rig and bait used plays a large part in what is caught. Sometimes we just have to back off and take pause long enough to remember what has worked before. Good reports from one hundred plus feet on the bottom and trolling has been very good both in close and way out.  

SURF 

Surf fishing has steadily improved over the last couple weeks. Fall is typically better than late summer and we are there. We are getting better reports every day on Flounder, Pompano, Whiting, and Redfish. Not saying they are “thick” but it’s better than a trickle. Throw in a few Kings, Spanish, Bluefish, Ladyfish and you have the picture.         

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

There are a lot of just right sized pinfish (half dollar size) and they are easy pickin’s in shallow grass beds. Not quite as easy to get but large schools of LY’s can be found milling about over a healthy grass bed. Redfish, Speckled trout and now Flounder have taken notice. Slowly drag a nose hooked live one across an area that has a mix of grass and sand. If there are Flounder there this should flush ‘em out. Be patient and methodically work the entire area. Mangrove snapper, Black and red drum, and Sheep head are hanging out around the larger bridges and deeper marinas and docks. 

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09/14/2014

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE 

There were several days last week that allowed a run for the hundred fathom curve. Real good fishing grounds here, both top and bottom. Having “numbers” out here certainly helps but it won’t  take long to figure out that watching the bottom machine will pay off with plenty of new numbers you find on your own. Good size Wahoo and Dolphin have been picked up trolling, no weed lines to be found but tide lines were enough to work with. From the bottom amongst the grouper, some impressive catches of Scamp, size and numbers. Closer in there are certainly fish to catch and topping that list is King mackerel. Slightly less glorious reports from those looking for Grouper and Black snapper within sight of land but some good fish were caught nonetheless. I guess my mouth is still watering from the Scamp and Mahi.   

SURF 

Believe it or not, we are hearing that a few Pompano and Whiting have showed up. The best reports were from areas less traveled like Camp Helen, Laguna and Tyndall beach, but a few were picked up off the local piers. Speaking of the piers, Kings, Tarpon, Redfish, Bluefish, Sheep head, Ladyfish, Spanish, and Mangrove snapper have all been seen or caught. Of course the bite can be hot one minute and cold the next so don’t go expecting all that all the time.         

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

It appears even though the air temps have not yet let on fall is coming the fish know it. Their appetites prove it. Speckled trout, smaller reds, Ladyfish, Bluefish and a few Spanish mackerel are prowling grass beds early feeding on Ly’s, pinfish, finger mullet and just about anything they can fit in their mouths. Later in the day work some of the channels where there is good tidal flow. You can expect Mangrove snapper, Black and red drum, Sheep head and Black sea bass. We are also getting decent reports of Flounder from some locals who have ventured out at night with gigs. It seems like they are beginning to move. 

09/07/2014

OFFSHORE 

Reports from blue-water are getting better each day, the recent rains, wind and increase in current have had an effect. Wahoo, Dolphin, a few Black fin and big Kings are feeding on sardines and big schools of hard tails. Still not a lot of weed lines to be had however fish are showing up. In a little closer some small Mahi, are scattered around, no real pattern. Have a rod rigged with a small artificial shrimp, spec rig or small gold spoon because when you find them you don’t want to be re rigging only to find they have departed. You should also be actively looking for Triple tail anytime you find anything floating. It’s amazing how something as small as a cooler lid will hold fish. Even though we can’t keep Red snapper now bottom fishing has been worthwhile. Black snapper, Vermillion, Porgies, Red and Gag grouper, and a few Lane snapper have all been seen coming off the docks. The weather is improving (heat wise) and crowds have    

SURF 

Still a little slow surfside, although I have heard some talk of a Tarpon bite coming alive at night. Ladyfish too (which are what the Tarpon are feeding on… how convenient). Daytime you can find a few Ladyfish, some Bluefish and Spanish especially in the morning.      

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Working the grass beds in the morning is producing some nice catches. Daybreak and the incoming tide has proven to be a good mix. Speckled trout, quite a few Redfish and even some Spanish were picked up by a group of Kayakers I spoke to. Both East and West bays were mentioned. All sorts of artificial baits are working, plenty of new ones out there to try and when you see what the industry is doing lately you too will want to press one into service. Between the super life like patterns and action it’s a no brainer that they will be successful (and they are). Trust me, it will be hard to tie your old “go to” on after you use one of these. Now if you are going for Mangrove snapper or Sheep head you pretty much have to stick with live bait. Quite a few of these getting caught around any structure, (more Mangroves than Sheepies). Light leaders and small strong hooks are key as is moving water.  

08/24/2014

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE 

The dog days are definitely here, to say it’s hot doesn’t seem to be adequate.  There is plenty of bait around so it stands to reason species higher up the food chain are there to take advantage. King mackerel are pretty much everywhere. Cigar minnows rigged with a duster and set up to run deep has been the best set up. You are likely to get a few Bonita in the mix but no one is complaining. A few nice Wahoo and a couple reports of Mahi-Mahi but they have been off the hill twenty five miles or more. Action is best first thing in the morning, and then it slows down only to pick back up in the afternoon. Gag grouper, Red grouper, Black snapper, Vermillion snapper and Porgies are all a good bet on wrecks from eighty feet and deeper.  

SURF 

Really surf fishing has been kind of slow. Not dead… just slow, if you are the patient type you will eventually catch something. Mostly Ladyfish, some Bluefish and Spanish. Increasing your distance from shore does seem to improve the chance of a bite.      

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

There are good reports on Speckled trout hitting top water in grass beds with six feet or so of depth. You will have to get up early for the best chances. Reds on the other hand are more likely to pick something off the bottom than up top. Working the waters around deeper docks and seawalls is a good strategy but pay attention to the water temp. Any decrease will be a step in the right direction. Stay closer to the shipping channels or places the tidal flow will stir up the cooler water from the depths. Places like the jetties and around the larger bridges are still holding a ton of Mangrove snapper at least partially due to their ability to do just that.

08/14/2014

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE AND INSHORE

All it takes is a trip to the docks around 4pm to see that making a run offshore is worth it. Gag grouper, Red grouper, Amberjack, Wahoo, and Mahi-Mahi have been the most sought after. Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish and a few Black fin(and of course Kings) have been reported from as little as a couple of miles from shore! Down on the bottom Black snapper, Vermillion snapper, Gag and Red grouper, and Scamp are all falling victim to live pinfish, cigar minnows and sardines. Speaking of live bait, there are plenty of hard tails, cigar minnows and sardines around the buoys. Large pinfish or hard tails for AJ’s, and cig’s or sardines for the rest.    

SURF 

I can’t say the surf has had a lot of action lately, a lot of the time there has been June grass hampering the effort. There are a few Whiting, some Bluefish and Spanish mackerel around but most have been caught at the piers or from a boat. Maybe it’ll improve soon.      

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

The most dependable bite lately has been Mangrove (or Gray) snapper. Live shrimp is a go to bait but the larger grays will eat small pinfish and LY’s. The pass is probably the best location but the Hathaway and Tyndall bridges can be good too. On trout and reds, we have a neap tide today and between that and the full moon we just had… the action has not been that good. This week though looks to be much better. High tide will be pre-dawn and the effects of the moon should be wearing off so the bite should improve. Spanish mackerel and Bluefish are working the tide line created when the green water meets the warmer less green bay water. Troll along the color change or drift it while working a spoon or spec rig. You may have to let your rig sink pretty deep to get into the zone.  

06/23/2014

OFFSHORE AND INSHORE

Clear warm waters and plenty of bait equals a great Pelagic bite. Kings, Mahi mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish and a few Black fin are being reported from as little as a couple of miles from shore! Down on the bottom Red snapper (state waters), Black snapper, Vermillion snapper, Red grouper, Porgies, and Black sea bass are all fair game.  

SURF 

Pompano have been pretty scarce lately, Spanish, Blues and lots of Ladyfish are there though. There are still some Redfish getting caught in the surf, don’t let their silver coloration fool you. They lose the reddish tint when they inhabit clear waters for a while.     

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Some fat Speckled trout have been picked up early on live bait, suspend it under a float or hook him above his tail fin to keep him on the surface. And Redfish are schooling up in three or four feet of water looking for a meal. Small crabs are a bait that will really get their attention, but a fat finger mullet or even a pinfish will work just fine. The jetties and around the larger bridges are holding a ton of Mangrove snapper. They love a live shrimp but will hit small pinfish and even small chunks of cut bait once they get feeding. A few Black drum and some Flounder are reported catches around the marinas and deeper docks. Come see us when you can and share your most recent experience or plan your next trip. 

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05/19/2014

The weather is finally cooperating and letting us get out and pursue one of our favorite pastimes. Bait has showed up and made it a little easier to gather what we need to get after it. Hard tails, Herring and a few Cigar minnows mostly, but Leather jacks and LY’s can be found too. The King bite is on most days along with Bonita and Spanish. If you want to work out the kinks of winter, set yourself up over a bridge span or larger wreck and drop a jig or live hard tail. In no time an Amberjack will have you doing all you can to remain in the boat. Also be aware that some Cobia are still around and it’s fairly likely to run into one out there. Red grouper, Porgies, Bee liners, Trigger fish and some Black snapper are out there too, but watch out for the new regs on Trigger fish and Red grouper.

SURF 

Pompano, some Whiting, Spanish, Blues and lots of Ladyfish reported along the beach. Also we hear some nice Flounder and Redfish are to be found working their way back towards the inlets and passes.   

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Speckled trout and Redfish are working the grass beds in the morning ahead of the high tide. Some so shallow their backs are out of the water. You may have to park the boat and wade in order to get within casting distance. Flounder , Black drum, Mangrove snapper and Black sea bass on the bottom, and Spanish, Blues and Ladys on the top. Plenty to do… not enough time!

05/12/2014

OFFSHORE AND INSHORE

Cobia are here still and can be found along the beach or over wrecks, several were caught recently. A lot of the fish have weighed in over fifty pounds. Amberjack are absolutely covering up wrecks in anywhere from eighty feet of water and up. Porgies, Bee liners, and some Black snapper can be pulled off the bottom to help fill the box. Triggers too but be aware of the Federal closure, you’ll have to target (and possess) them inside of nine miles. While we are on the subject of Federal regulations changes, also be aware of the new rules on Red grouper. They have dropped to three per angler per day. King mackerel here in good numbers, trolling and flat lining are both producing fish. Bonita may get picked up this way too and they are out there.    

SURF 

The Pompano have definitely turned on. Several reports of limits caught in just a few hours. Spanish and Blues are patrolling too so heavier leader may be necessary.   

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Speckled trout and Redfish have been found working the grass beds. Early in the morning was best but the bite did continue until the tide turned. If you are prospecting around docks or some other structure, don’t be surprised to hook into a Black drum. There have been a lot of them around lately, and they can pull so your rig needs to be up to the task.

04/23/2014

RyanCater72lbCobiaOFFSHORE AND INSHORE
A couple cold nights slowed the action a bit but looking ahead it looks promising. Both Cobia and King catches dropped but over the last couple of days reports are up. The schools of bait are returning which is exactly what we need to fire it up. Out on the bottom Amberjack and Trigger fish are waiting on you along with Red grouper, Pink porgies, Bee liners and Black snapper. Best reports have been from at least a hundred feet of water.  

Ryan Cater caught this 72lb Cobia Wednesday morning.

SURF 
The Pompano bite is really pretty good. It does come and go so if you are not the patient type be prepared to try new locations. The cooler water did push the Spanish and Blues out but their numbers are on the rise with the water temps.  

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM
Sheep head action is slowing but you can still find some gnawing on the pass rocks, bridge pilings and just about anywhere you find barnacles. Live shrimp or crabs will get their attention. Reds and Black drum are in these areas too so rig up accordingly. Speckled trout have been rather elusive during the middle of the day, but dawn and dusk have been good. Live pinfish and finger mullet have landed the biggest fish, but plenty of keepers have hit artificial baits and live shrimp under a cork. Spanish mackerel are out there too so you may have to use heavier leader.

04/15/2014

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If you have been waiting for conditions to get “right” and fish to show up, you’re there. Cobia are pushing through our area in pretty good numbers and there have even been a few Kings caught! Last look at water temps showed low seventies and with this warm water we are getting some live bait showing up. Speedos, Herring and a few Cigar minnows were around as of a few days ago. AJ’s and Trigger fishare present and accounted for over the bridge spans. On the bottom Red grouper, Pogies, Bee liners and the occasional Scamp.   

SURF 
Pompano are coming through the area in large schools. Spanish mackerel and Blues are out there too so bring along extra rigs to replace what they cut off. Bull reds are cruising the beach, usually too big to keep but a real blast to catch in the surf. And who knows you may even luck out and hook a Cobia, it has happened.  

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM
There is still a lot of brackish water in the bay but that has not slowed the action. Sheep head are still trying to chew the bridge pilings in two. Redfish, Mangrove snapper and Black drum are there too, differing techniques are recommended though.  Speckled trout have been a little harder to find lately, but if you find some of the LY’s that have begun to show up you likely have found them. Spanish mackerel are pushing their way up into the bay. Early around Deep Water Point has been pretty good, and further in towards Courtney Point as the tide flows in.

04/03/2014

80lb cobia IMG959546OFFSHORE AND INSHORE
Water temps are approaching the upper sixties finally. A few cobia have been caught in our area and with each day the chances get better. An 80lb cobia was caught on the county pier just yesterday! Amberjack are your best bet for the offshore bite, and down on the bottom you have red grouper, scamp, trigger fish, black sea bass, bee liners, pogies, and more. Not much around yet for live bait as far as cigar minnows and the like, probably need about four or five more degrees of water temperature.   

SURF 
Pompano, spanish, bluefish and some whiting have all done their part to make your trip worthwhile. Also there have been a few bull reds hunting their next meal, like some of the squid that have been coming though. Parameters like that will make you wonder what rig to use. 

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM
Recent rains have us fishing in stained water again but fish are biting. Speckled trout and redfish are working that middle of the day high tide we have been experiencing.  Spanish mackerel are up in the bay despite the fresh water influx. Shortly after daybreak has produced the best bite however once the green water pushes up into the bay round two has begun. Sheephead are chewing anywhere there are barnacles, they are extremely good at stealing bait so be prepared to feed more than you catch. That’s not a bad thing, after all this is their spawning season. Keep that in mind when figuring how many to keep, the next generation is counting on us.

03/24/2014

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE AND INSHORE
Spring has sprung and the fish are here to prove it. AJ’s so big you’ll think you have a nuclear sub on. Triggers, beeliners, black sea bass, black and white snapper and red grouper are all getting hauled in. The squid run is in full force so it stands to reason the predators are close behind.   

SURF 
Surf fishing is picking up nicely. Pompano are not yet here in real big numbers but it’s likely to find some. Squid are coming through in waves, and gangs of reds and spanish mackerel are hot on their heels. Also, we have had cobia sightings in our area; some have been caught to the west of us, as is typically the case early in the season. Have no fear, they will be here soon!

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM
Sheepshead, bull reds, black sea bass, and black drum are all good bets around the bridges and the pass. Falling tide has been preferred flow, but you can still find them otherwise. Speckled trout are up in the grassy areas especially at dusk lately, some tailing reds too. Spanish mackerel have followed the squid up into the bay system and you can pretty well spot them by watching the bird action. For more info stop in and see us. Don’t forget to send us a few pictures of your catch. We’ll post them on our site and you’ll be 'world famous'.

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  • December 18, 2014 9:30 pm EST Location: 30.213N 85.88W Wind Direction: N (360°) Wind Speed: 4.1 knots Wind Gust: 6.0 knots Atmospheric Pressure: 30.14 in (1020.6 mb) Air Temperature: 54.0°F (12.2°C) Water Temperature: 62.8°F (17.1°C)

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