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Panama City Beach Fishing Report

  • Panama City Beach Fishing Report 08-09-2018

    We are in the thick of the summer heat right now; with the water temperatures in the upper 80's and summer thundershowers dumping buckets for days a lot of species have retreated to the saltier cooler waters. Good thing if you have a boat, a bad thing if you're fishing from the shoreline. On a more positive note: you can avoid the blazing summer sun by fishing in the bay at night for Trout and Redfish, or fish the piers at night!  Whatever way you choose to fish, you can't catch them from your couch; GET OUT THERE!  Inshore: Good Redfish bite in the grass flats early morning or late at night you can also find some in the cooler water such as deep channels, in the pass, and by bridge pilings. There are some Trout to catch, but they are tough to find during mid-day, again it's best to wait for early morning or late at night. Some Mangrove Snapper near the marina and bridges. A few Flounder around docks use soft plastics. With the water so stained from the rain, it is best to use a bright...

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Destin Fishing Report

  • Destin Fishing Report 08-06-2018

      Here we are a week into the fall season of Amberjack and Triggerfish season. I have been pleasantly surprised with the Amberjack bite for August, the fish seem to be nice sized and biting quite well. Unlike in spring when you can get them in nearshore spots most of the better fishing has been in the 180-400ft range, larger wrecks are producing better than the smaller wrecks. Triggerfish are all spread out for near shore to deeper water. I have heard from some of the kayak guys they have been getting keepers regular.   Near Shore Trolling The king bite is somewhere between steady and good, the usual spots like the broken bottom, southeast rocks, 18’s and Nicky grounds have been producing. Chicken dolphin have been regular players along with plenty of Bonita.   Offshore Trolling The Wahoo and Dolphin bite is regular right now; I would start a little farther offshore, at least to the nipple looking for temperature breaks. You can easily miss the fish by a few miles and have a Roff’s report to...

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Navarre Fishing Report

  • Navarre Fishing Report 08-14-2018

      Looks like we are in for more of the same this week. A little sun over the weekend and the first few days of the week and then it’s back to keeping an eye open for pop up storms. That’s the price for living in paradise I guess and it’s one I’m willing to pay, especially with the great fishing going on right now. Inshore fishermen are seeing some of the best Redfish and Speckled Trout action that can be had in Santa Rosa Sound. East Bay is not too far behind especially if you’re willing to put in the time on the south flats west of Tom King Bayou. Finger mullet, Croakers, and Pinfish have been the go-to bait for most folks due to the lack of shrimp right now. Fished under a popping cork or on the bottom with a Carolina rig are the two must productive live bait presentations. Lure fishermen like myself are finding it a little rough with all the dying grass right now, but if you find some clear areas gold spoons, Mirror Lures, and Z-Man soft plastics have been the top baits. Just...

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Port St. Joe Fishing Report

  • St Joe Fishing Report 08/10/2018

    -St Joe Bay-     Fishing has been tough. Hot weather equals hot water which in turn equals a slow bite. Fishing early morning before the sun comes up until around 8/9 am is about where you'll have your best luck, especially for top water in the flats. For Reds and Trout target areas in 2/6 ft of water and make sure your fishing a moving tide. I'm my experience during a slack tide, the fishing usually turns off. Live bait under a poppin' corkwill also entice a strike. As the sun gets higher in the sky, the fish will go deeper. Switch the poppin' cork out for an egg sinker, 1/2- 3/4 oz is pretty standard. Make your leader a little shorter, 12-14" and use a 3/0 circle hook. At this point I'd start targeting the channels between two flats or flats that have a substantial drop off. Fish will usually hang in those areas and waste as little energy as possible when the water temp is so high.  -Cape San Blas-     Not much happening on the beaches right now. Mostly catfish, hopefully we'll start...

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