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Panama City Beach Fishing Report

  • 01-12-2018

    OffshoreThere has been a pretty good bottom bite, but now that grouper has closed you will have to concentrate on Black Sea bass, vermillion snapper, black snapper and white snapper in order to have something to take home. Close to shore wrecks are still holding some flounder so take along some bull minnows or other live bait if you can get it, if not they will hit a fresh strip bait like Bonita or bluefish. In Federal waters (recreationally) you can now keep trigger fish till the 15th and amberjack till the 26th. See Gulfcouncil.org for Federal regulations.InshoreThe speckled trout bite is good, some good sized fish getting caught in the bayous, lagoons, canals and creeks. Bright sunny days make it a little easier to predict where they will be but cloudy days seem to widen their range a bit. Some small reds up in these areas too, artificial baits are working but live bait is king if you can get it. You may even find some sheepshead warming themselves in the back waters but man are...

    Read more: 01-12-2018

Destin Fishing Report

  • 01/19/2018

    Destin Fishing Report 1-19-18 Well you don’t expect ice fishing in Destin but Wednesday morning those who went fishing were fishing in a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. At 4:30 that morning the temp was 23 and a wind chill of -3. Can spring and summer please hurry up? Even with the weather there have been opportunities as not every day as been cold, windy and or rough. When the weather has allowed there were some trigger fish biting last weekend, they are closed now, this is the last weekend of amberjack fishing for a while and the weather looks good to catch some of those. Other things biting offshore include scamp, mingo snapper, white snapper and red grouper. Inshore Sheepshead and Redfish are the prime targets around the bridges and jetties using live shrimp. The trout bite is on and off mostly east of the 332 bridge. In the surf a few bull reds, a few whiting and occasional pompano, Some mornings you see bonita chasing rain minnows close enough to catch on spoons and white...

    Read more: 01/19/2018

Navarre Fishing Report

  • 01/10/2018

    We have seen the cold, we have seen the rain, and it looks like we will see the cold and the rain for a few more days before we return to our usual winter pattern of sunny fair days and cool nights. These conditions have not slowed the hard core fishermen in our area who fish the back waters, the surf, or gulf waters in our area. They have had to adjust their presentations somewhat to the conditions they face, but it has not slowed down the action. If anything the cold has heightened the fishing action! Inshore fishermen have shifted and concentrated their attention to targeting specks, reds, black drum and sheepshead along many of the deeper bridges and jetties in the area. Garcon Point, 3-Mile, Bob Sykes Bridges, and the Pensacola and Destin Passes will be especially productive. They will also find them periodically in the canals and deeper bayous where the bottom has a lot of decaying organic matter. Lastly the deeper holes in area rivers will be holding plenty of baitfish that...

    Read more: 01/10/2018

Port St. Joe Fishing Report

  • 01-12-2018

    This cold weather seems to have the fish in hiding.  Those willing to embrace the weather conditions are catching a lot of trout behind the marina.  Live shrimp and DOA shrimp are the bait of choice.  Some reports of whiting our along the beach at the cape. If you need to keep out of the wind, try the "T" on the Intracoastal, trouts and reds still running the incoming and outgoing tides.  Reds are still around but continuously moving, most are being caught around the point in deep water, 10-12 foot.

    Read more: 01-12-2018

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