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Shell Island Shuttle Fishing Report

Shell Island Shuttle Fishing Report

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06/05/15

Offshore
All it takes is a trip to any marina or boat ramp and you’ll be seeing red. You can tell it is most definitely red snapper season. The bite at night or late in the day has been great or very good, but during the morning hours it has been for most, a little slow. Likely the fault of the full moon but add to that we are finding lots of roe in the females. In addition to red snapper you can count on plenty of other table fare. Vermillion snapper, black snapper, white snapper, red grouper, king mackerel, and Mahi-Mahi. Add to that a few triple tail, cobia and wahoo. Of course there were amberjack, trigger fish and gag grouper caught but they are all closed to harvest for now.

Inshore
Same story here as far as action, late has been better than early unless you are talking pre dawn. What trout there have been were back in the back country in eight to twelve feet of water. Live bait was best but some were taken on spoons and spinner baits. Smaller and slot reds, Spanish, lady fish and blue fish could be found here too. Prospecting around the bridges, the pass and deeper waters of the bay brought bigger reds, black drum, various small sharks, a few sheep head and some flounder.

Surf
Pre dawn was very good to some early risers. They had their target of a few pompano before sun up and headed home with a little swagger. Plenty of lady fish, blue fish and Spanish around so plan on losing a few jigs to them. Add to those the possibility of some redfish, flounder and some sheep head. The full moon has had it’s effect here too, either go late or very early if you want to increase your chances. High tide topping out around 9 or 10 am has also made for a slow morning bite.

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Panama City Beach Weekly Fishing Reports
04/08/2015
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Published: Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:29
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Offshore

Well we are really coming into a special time around here. Big schools of bait are showing up, Spanish mackerel are here in droves, cobia and tarpon are running the beach and the water is super clear. Kings can be found now that bait is showing up and the water is approaching seventy degrees. This will only get better. Wreck fishing has also improved, AJ’s, red grouper and plenty of stringer fish to be found. Plan on putting some distance between you and shore though, the best reports have come from those in better than a hundred feet of water.

Surf

Conditions are improving here as well, plenty of Spanish, some bluefish, whiting, pompano, jack crevalle and a few redfish have been caught from the beach. Further out from shore and not usually caught from the beach are big tarpon and cobia.

Inshore

Plenty of action here too, sheep head are still chewing down the bridges and in the pass. Spanish are getting caught all over the bay, trolling Clark spoons and mackerel trees or casting from the bank. Speckled trout and smaller reds are foraging in the deeper grass beds, say around six to twelve feet. If you are fishing the deeper waters like those around the bridges or the pass you can encounter larger reds and maybe some black drum. Now is a great time to get out on the water or at the very least, wet a line from shore. See you on (or near) the water.

Panama City Beach Weekly Fishing Reports

05/19/2014
Published on Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:39
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!

03/24/2014

Published on Monday, 24 March 2014 20:46

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’.

Panama City Beach Weekly Fishing Reports

03-02-2014

Published on Monday, 03 March 2014 14:04

OFFSHORE AND INSHORE

Fishing here has improved slightly as we move into a more spring like pattern. Flounder are beginning to eat again; some hefty fish have been picked off the close to shore wrecks and reefs to the west. Bull minnows or live shrimp have done the job nicely. Use a short leader on a Carolina rig to with enough weight to get it to the bottom and keep it there. Further out from shore Amberjack and Trigger fish are getting caught in good numbers, some nice keepers were caught over the Dupont and Red sea tug sites. Red grouper, Scamp and Bee liners are worthwhile targeting too. Natural bottom and reefs along a depth change will be where you’ll want to give it a try. Frozen squid is a good go to bait, but for Scamp a small pin fish is hard to beat.

 

SURF

Surf fishing has been kind of slow lately most likely due to water temps. Some Bull redfish were caught late in the day by some persistent snow birds out in the Laguna Beach area using cut mullet. Also out to the west near Phillips Inlet schools of Bluefish were found using surf rigs with cut shrimp.

 

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Despite the relatively cold bay water, some fish are getting caught. You will have to be patient and work an area over. Use chum if you can, and or go with a type of bait that releases a scent trail. You really have to do all you can to wake them up. We are still hearing of schools of Redfish being spotted up in the grass on bright sunny days, pretty spooky but a nice reward if you can hook up. We are see sawing back and forth with cool nights and warmer days so the water seems to be holding in the upper fifties. Until we start seeing low to mid sixties the Trout will be content to hide out in more protected areas. The Intra Coastal water way has been fair along with deeper creeks and bayous. Sheep head, Mangrove snapper, Black sea bass, Black drum and large Redfish are all good bets still in the pass and around Tyndall or Hathaway bridges. They are slow to eat so be sure to rig as invisibly as you can and use small but strong hooks. The Sheep head have been especially finicky and has caused some locals to go old school. Take an oyster and hook it up on a leader you will use, put the oyster with the hook in it and put it in an old egg carton, then freeze the oysters. When you go fishing take the carton of frozen oysters and put in your cooler to keep them frozen until ready to use. If the Sheep head pass on an oyster you may as well give up!

2/10/2014

Published on Monday, 10 February 2014 20:09

OFFSHORE AND INSHORE

Well that was a blast of winter I could have done without. It has been a long time since we had to close bridges due to ice, and local schools had what amounted to snow days! Offshore water temps are still trying to recover, even thirty miles out the surface temps are in the upper fifties to sixty degrees. Hopefully we will start to get into a more spring like pattern soon and a more southerly wind will prevail which will push both air and water temps up. Dependent upon who you ask, somewhere around sixty five degrees is the magic number where you start to see good numbers of Spanish mackerel, and begin looking for cobia. Now all that being said there are fish getting caught in the here and now. It does however require a bit of a different approach when you are dealing with fish whose metabolism has slowed to snail’s pace. Amberjack, Trigger fish and Red grouper have been the biggest contributors to the fish box. Black snapper and Bee liners are around too but fewer and further between. If the Flounder are around still, not many anglers have been able to coax them into biting. Bonita have also left the building, but if we get some more days like the last few, we may start to see them again.

 

SURF

There for a while the surf was not holding much of anything, but the last few days have improved. Whiting have begun to show up again, and the occasional Redfish will surprise you. Crab meat is a premium bait to be sure, but it has yielded some nice Reds.

 

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

We are still experiencing a low tide in the morning and will continue to throughout this month. So hitting the water early is not necessarily the best plan, might as well let the sun get up overhead and wait until the tide turns. Some large schools of Redfish are being sighted up on grass beds seemingly warming themselves, however they are very good at staying out of casting range. Approach with the wind at your back and quietly. Choose the rod and reel you can get the longest cast out of and try to anticipate where they are headed. There is not much out there for them to eat. So if you can make them believe they have indeed found something to eat that seemingly has no strings attached, and has nothing to do with that big white hull floating some fifty yards away you stand a good chance of getting bit. Speckled trout are sticking tighter to the bayous and creeks still, and will likely stay there for a while longer as they are even more timid when it comes to cold. Sheep head, Mangrove snapper, Black sea bass, Black drum and large Redfish are all good bets still around deeper water with any kind of structure. Use Fiddler crabs (if you can find them) or live shrimp for the Sheepies and Mangroves. And if you really want to attract a Black or Red drum cut a blue crab in two for an irresistible offering. Don’t snatch on the first sign of a bite, let them have it for a few seconds or you will be snatching it out of their mouth. They take a little longer to process a bait that large. Hope to see you soon, and you may want to beat the rush we generally get in April for rod and reel repairs. Drop them off now and you will get them back sooner rather than later.

 

 

Panama City Beach Weekly Fishing Reports

1/27/2014

Published on Monday, 27 January 2014 21:54

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE AND INSHORE

If you get the chance to go out, gear up for Amberjack. They are by far the best bet out there right now. Live squirrel fish are a favorite and large pinfish a close second, but I have also had them inhale a lizard fish. So don’t be so quick to get rid of the little nuisances, throw them in the live well just in case. Right now over a wreck it is hard to even get past the AJ’s to try to fish the bottom. And where you find Amberjack you are also likely to find Trigger fish which is what we are hearing. A size four circle form Owner is about the most popular hook for them and a chunk of squid will do the trick for bait. If you do want to bottom fish I would suggest you do so over a reef or natural bottom rather than a larger wreck for reasons stated above. Red grouper, Scamp, Black snapper and Bee liners are around but can be slow to strike. If the current isn’t too swift bomb the area with some form of chum to wake them up (maybe chopped up lizard fish). If you are fortunate enough to have live bait to work with you may consider cutting off the tail to provide a scent trail, they will live long enough to get the job done. Then you will have the best of both worlds, the scent qualities of dead bait and the wiggle of live. Scamp and Red grouper have been reported in as little as seventy feet of water, not that strange for the reds but Scamp are usually found in deeper water. And yes we are still hearing of Flounder on the inshore stuff and Bonita a mile or so from the beach.

SURF

You can pretty much count on catching something from the beach, the question is what today? One day the Whiting are there and the next day it’s the Bull reds. Then you show up hoping to duplicate your last trip and find that Flounder are the catch of the day. Granted most days the bite is slow, but if you hang in there long enough with the idea that they have to eat sometime you will be rewarded. You can also expect to find some Bluefish, and maybe a few Pompano, especially when we get a more southerly or onshore wind.

ST. ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Not much change here from the last few reports, cold weather, wind and even the tidal conditions have remained pretty much the same. Find warmer water, just few degrees can make a difference. If you can, fish ahead of the front or a few days after and you’ll find they bite better. Trout, Reds, Sheep head, Mangrove snapper, Black sea bass and Black drum have all been reported. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, chum can really help this time of year, bridges, seawalls and dock pilings are prime for Mangroves, Sheep head and drum, and back waters for Trout and smaller reds. Go scent heavy with artificial bait if possible (it certainly won’t hurt) and if using live bait consider cutting off the tail or the dorsal fins to provide a scent trail. Let us know how you do if you get a chance to go, we can always use more intel. You don’t have to get too specific, we understand when exact locations are withheld. Just hearing what kind of luck you had is really all that is needed.

Panama City Beach Weekly Fishing Reports

1/14/2014

Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 15:46

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE AND INSHORE

I can’t say I have very many reports from what I would consider offshore. The weather is still holding most of us back, but there were a couple days that allowed the trip. Speaking to a few of those groups that managed to get out there, they did say it was worthwhile even though Gag grouper and Red snapper are closed. They hit some natural bottom spots to target Red grouper and then went to their favorite bridge span for some Amberjack action and there is plenty of that to go around. This time of year is prime for A J’s and if you are headed offshore, be sure to bring a jigging outfit, plenty of jigs, and something to chum with. They can be a little slow to realize you are there.

On some of the closer to shore wrecks and reefs Flounder, Black sea bass, and Bee liners can be found. The Flounder action is pretty dependable, so you will want to have smaller tackle and live bull minnows, if possible. They will work for sea bass and the Bee liners too. Oh, can’t forget to mention all of the Bonita out there, it is best to have a medium sized spinner with a Gotcha or buck tail rigged and ready or you will have to give chase while someone does the rigging.

SURF

You can still count on Whiting in the surf, they have really been front and center for the last few weeks. Flounder, Redfish, Bluefish and Pompano are also being reported. Certain areas of the beach also seem to have the ability to hold Sheepshead. I am not sure why but I believe there is either some sort of wreck or debris in the area. Maybe just a large concentration of shells is enough to interest them for a while.

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

Speckled trout and puppy Reds are looking for warmer waters and the reports are good from those that have braved the cold and wind to go after them. There is really no need to be out there at daybreak, waiting for the sun to get up and lately the tide to be on the move is wise. Artificial baits work great this time of year, but the live shrimp and minnows can still have an advantage most days. In more open waters popping corks and artificial baits with internal rattles can help them find you, but if you are way back in a tight area you may have to “pump the brakes” on the noise, you may spook them. Go as light as you can weight wise and let it lay for a while before giving it a twitch.

Redfish, Sheepshead, Mangrove snapper, and Black drum are being found around bridges and larger docks still. The bite is often slow due to the cold temps but they are still hungry. Days like these can really benefit from some chum. There are all kinds of recipes for making your own but sometimes finding the ingredients this time of year can be hard. It can also require some planning, a lot of the mixtures require soaking overnight. Oatmeal, sand and Menhaden oil is one. Even the size of the mesh in the chum bag you choose can be critical as it plays a role in how long the chum will last, but with a few trial runs you should be able to dial it in. It can really save the day or just serve to speed the action up enough to keep your crew interested. All you have to do is watch the marine and weather forecasts a week in advance, figure in the tides, and learn to think like a fish! Get Out There, you can’t catch them from the couch.

Panama City Beach Weekly Fishing Reports

12/02/2013

Published on Monday, 02 December 2013 14:25
PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE

Well if you haven’t gotten a chance to go out after Gag Grouper lately, you had better hurry. In our neck of the woods Gag Grouper closes in Federal waters on December second at midnight, and in State waters on the third at midnight. There have been quite a few nice fish landed. Amberjack are pretty much everywhere; even your smaller wrecks have fish on them. Bait being kind of scarce has them ready to pounce on just about whatever you offer them. I even fed one a Lizard fish out of curiosity and it was inhaled just like it was their favorite meal. If you want keeper size fish you will end up in or near Federal waters. The closer in spots has predominately 26 to 28 inch fish. Good fun, and once they are turned on try a strong top water plug or cast a large buck tail into the fray and just try to keep from getting bit. The Flounder bite is really turning on, with the warmer weather predicted you really should try to get out there after them. They are hungry and we have many reports of limits being caught in just a couple hours. Live bait works great here but a soft plastic properly presented has fooled plenty of these guys into a strike. Wrecks and natural bottom will hold fish, and don’t be surprised if you get into some Bee liners, Porgies or Black sea bass while searching for Flounder. If there have been any Wahoo or Dolphin caught lately we have not heard the details.

SURF

Whiting are getting caught in large numbers and not far behind them are Pompano. Grab your sand spike, surf rod, some shrimp and sand fleas and find yourself a cut in the sand bar. You could also find yourself fighting a Redfish or dragging in a Flounder. Speaking to some locals and a few snowbirds, the evening bite has been best probably due to the low tides we have had in the AM.

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM

We are experiencing water temperatures in the low fifties in most parts of the bay, shallower waters back in the protected bayous you can find temps in the low sixties. These kinds of conditions can really slow the fish down and make them harder to find, and harder to entice. And when we have a forty degree swing in air temps from one day to the next I’m not sure the fish even know which way to go. Topsy-turvy weather like this is when you have to be ready to think on your feet. On warmer sunny days once the sun gets up and without too much wind, it is generally a good plan to look for Trout and Reds up in the grass. When these conditions exist, bait fish will move out of deeper waters they spent the night in and gravitate towards the protection the grass provides. On not so warm sunny days you may have to lean more towards a protected bayou with a muddy bottom that does not cool down as suddenly as the open waters do and warms a little once the sun gets overhead. Cold, windy, cloudy days for sure find the warmest conditions you can and hope for the best. Pay attention to your bottom machine’s water temperature readings and like always look for the presence of bait. Lately there are Speckled trout and Redfish being found during the day feeding on pinfish and finger mullet up on the grass flats. It is not and early bite, best to wait for the tide to come up and a good dose of sunshine helps too. A few Sheep head are getting caught back in places like Watson bayou and up in WestBay at the bridge. They are feeding around pilings and oyster beds on barnacles and small crabs but will not turn down a live shrimp. The pass is still holding some Bull reds, most are too big to keep but there are some slot size fish in the mix. Speaking of the pass, there are quite a few reports of Pompano coming up in on the incoming tide. Also before I forget to mention the channels under the Hathaway and Tyndall bridges have had Flounder, Black sea bass and a few large Black drum caught. Drop in and share your fish story with us or check us out on Facebook.

11/10/2013

Published on Monday, 11 November 2013 15:50

OFFSHORE
There was a lot of wind to deal with last week but if you did get to go wreck fishing, it was good and there were plenty of hard tails around for bait. Drop one of those about half way down to the bottom over a good sized wreck and you are sure to get the attention of an Amberjack or King mackerel. And if you can get a bait past the Red snapper you should find Red grouper, Bee liners and White or Black snapper. We have had a few reports of Lane snapper so keep the faith, you should be able to make your trip worthwhile. Wahoo, Black fin tuna and Bull dolphin are out there but it will be a run of at least thirty miles from shore to get in their territory. Still getting plenty of reports on Flounder, natural bottom and wrecks out to about sixty feet of water seem to be your best bet.

SURF
Reported catches this past week include Pompano, Whiting, Flounder, Bluefish, Spanish mackerel, Jack crevalle and Redfish. There is a lot of bait fish running the beach and plenty of predators following them.

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM
If you are a Flounder aficionado, your time has come! From all the usual haunts up in the bay all the way out to the pass has produced fish. Seawalls, dock pilings, potholes, and edges of channels are all good places to hunt. Redfish are on the move too, gathering up in schools of twenty five, fifty or more they can be found fattening up on pinfish, pilchards and finger mullet. Find the bait and you should find fish, larger docks and any kind of rip rap are good bets. If you were back in East or West bay likely you found some Speckled trout. Both artificial and live baits were producing, daybreak was good but they were active well into the day. In the channel around the Hathaway bridge some Silver trout were reported. Cut squid, small Gulp baits and of course live shrimp will get their attention.

Shell Island Shuttle Fishing Report

10/27/2013

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE
Now that Red snapper are off the menu, I guess we will have to try our hand at targeting what we can keep offshore. That is not a short list, except for Trigger fish (Federal waters) and Red snapper (both State and Federal) being closed, everything else is currently open (in our neck of the woods). Bottom fishing for Grouper has paid off best for those fishing with live bait on natural bottom or reefs. Mostly Red grouper in these locations but the occasional Gag is picked up too. Yes you will find Red snapper here too but usually not as many as on a wreck. If you are fishing a wreck try using larger live baits as they tend to attract strikes from grouper more so than Red snapper. There has been a decent amount of Black snapper on local wrecks according to the local dive boats. Judging by the size of the ones they speared, they are worth going for. King mackerel have been a pretty dependable go to for local anglers but the changing weather has made finding them a little harder some days. Whether you are live baiting or trolling putting your offerings at different depths can help you dial in on where they are. There are plenty of hard tails around for live baiting and you are likely to find large schools of Bonita skipping along, have a buck tail handy to take advantage of the free bait. There are also a few Sailfish still around so be ready or be sorry. Amberjack are plentiful over the bridge spans and a live hard tail will get slammed. You may have to throw a few back to get a legal fish but there is plenty of action to be had. Wahoo and big Dolphin are a real good bet but you have to burn some fuel to get to them. Best reports have come in from fifty miles out (around Madison Swanson). In close the Flounder have begun to make their way offshore so bring along appropriate bait and tackle. Spinning rod and reel that can handle ten to fifteen pound line rigged Carolina style for live bait will do just fine. Or you can also use artificial baits provided you can get them to the bottom and keep them there.

 

SURF
Fishing from the beach this time of year can really be rewarding, some would say this is one of the better times of the year to go. Reports last week include Pompano, Whiting, Flounder, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and Redfish. If you are targeting Flounder, work your rig very slowly, even stopping now and then. And on the next cast, move slightly off to the left or right of the last. This way you are covering more ground and are more likely to put your bait in front of them. For Pompano and Whiting a two hook surf rig with shrimp, sand fleas or squid will do and just leave it where it lands. Blues, Ladys and Spanish will readily hit a bubble rig, casting spoon or buck tail. For Redfish a surf rig will work, but if the surf is not too sporty a Carolina rig with whatever live bait you can come up with is a good bet. If you are sight casting to them, a gold spoon heavy enough to provide a long cast works great.

 

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM
Fishing the grass flats is really turning on, Speckled trout and slot reds can be found feeding up in two or three feet of water pushing up a wake. You will have to use your “inside voice” when you spot them or they will be gone. The old popping cork has drawn in plenty of fish but don’t place it too close or it will have the opposite effect. Top water and suspending baits are effective, as well as soft plastics. If you have not been able to pull the trigger on one of the new super life like artificial shrimp, you will not be disappointed. Yes they cost more per bait than some of the others but compare that to how much longer it lasts. The nylon weave in the new baits makes them so much tougher, you will be casting and catching while others are re rigging. We are really seeing a surge in the numbers of bull Reds and Flounder getting caught. This is when they head for the passes and offshore to spawn. Please keep this in mind when you are handling an oversize Red, you are responsible for making sure the fish survives the capture and release. A future generation is in your hands. The fact that we can now keep two slot reds per angler per day is proof that our conservation efforts are working. Black drum, Black sea bass and Mangrove snapper are hanging around deeper docks and channels. Cut bait will work for the drum and sea bass but for the Mangrove snapper live bait is most often much better.

Shell Island Shuttle

Weekly Fishing Report 9-6-2013

PANAMA CITY BEACH

Offshore and Inshore
Well offshore, the Dolphin and Wahoo are being found both by trolling and looking for weed lines. We are talking out at least thirty miles and even better catches coming in from fifty plus. Gag and Red grouper are getting caught out in a hundred or more feet of water (further has been better) and every now and then you can throw in a Scamp or two. Out the pass and to the west the water has a brown tinge to it for quite a ways. But if you head more to the south and east you will run into green water quicker and the fish do seem to be seeking out the salty water as opposed to the fresh and salt mix. Checking the two buoys for cigar minnows or herring lately has been fruitless. You had better plan to either take frozen bait, set traps for pinfish or allow time to catch something else live to take with you. Don’t know if you have ever tried it but Ladyfish make great live bait and there are plenty around the bay. Still getting good reports on Amberjack in the hundred foot or more range, and you can still count on Trigger fish, Bee liners and White snapper to help fill the box.

 

St. Andrews Bay and the Beaches
That last blast of rain we received did do us one favor, the water temperature in parts of the bay dropped almost a full ten degrees! That has allowed our little buddies to venture out from their hot weather hiding spots and forage in shallower waters than they would have. Even though the water is a dead ringer for Lipton tea, the fish are still around and have to eat. Lots of Mangrove snapper around the docks, bridges and seawalls. Live shrimp is definitely a go to bait, but they will eat cut bait too. I took one of the many Ladyfish I was catching and releasing and cut it into chunks. I put one big chunk on a heavier spinning outfit and pitched it out into the deeper water next to the boat hoping for a Red or something bigger. I took the smaller chunks and started fishing them in the same spots I had been catching the Mangroves and it worked just fine. They hit it just like the live shrimp. I did not catch any reds that day on the Ladyfish but I have in the past. The Speckled trout and smaller reds are being found up in the grass beds at daybreak and before. Same can be said for dusk. If you are throwing artificial baits you will probably want to use brighter colors and ones that call them in with built in rattles. There are a lot of half dollar sized pinfish, rain minnows and bull minnows along the miles of shoreline we have. When the tide is pushing up into these areas, it’s a good bet you’ll find fish doing the same. We are also hearing of some Sheep head and Black drum getting picked up around Tyndall and Hathaway bridges. You may even luck up and catch a legal Gag grouper prospecting around them.

 

 

In the surf we have gotten reports of some Whiting, Bluefish, a few Flounder and of course Ladyfish. The June grass is around some but not too bad and in some cases you can actually cast out past it. At the piers you can expect the same and more. Some days are better than others and some Kings get caught, a couple Tarpon get jumped and sometimes a school of Spanish or Bonita show and all hell breaks loose. For those with enough patience to ride out the slow times it can be good. There are some Flounder, Spadefish and Reds getting caught out there too so be sure to keep an open mind.

Weekly Fishing Report 08/08/2013

Panama City Fishing Forecasts

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE
If you can find the time to get offshore you will not be disappointed, the Amberjack are thick over the bridge spans and over large wrecks like the Putnam reef and the USS Strength. They respond well to jigs but a live hard-tail or squirrel fish will get slammed. After you are done with the reef donkeys try for some Trigger fish and or Bee liners. Small strong circle hooks and squid will do the job and there are a gracious plenty of them out there. Grouper are on these wrecks too but getting your bait to the bottom can be the tricky. Use a heavy weight and try to drop near but not on top of the structure. There are a lot of sharks and Barracuda around so don’t dally on the way up or when you get the fish boat-side, have that landing net or gaff handy or you might lose your catch. King mackerel are getting picked off over the wrecks flat lining or slow trolling with a planer or down rigger to get the bait down deep. Wahoo and Dolphin reports have been pretty good but have come from out in the thirty to fifty mile range. Also remember to be looking for Tripletail, this is the time of year we see them. Ease up to anything floating and have a rod rigged and ready. If you come in “hot” they are gone and re-rigging a rod on the spot is probably not the best move. Flourocarbon leader is a must (twenty pound or so) and live pinfish or shrimp will usually do the trick.

 

SURF AND PIER
Fishing from the beach has been kind of slow. The water has cleared up nicely though and I believe things will change for the better. Some early risers have managed to pick up a few Pompano and Whiting but soon after the sun gets up the bite stops. During the day the Ladyfish and hard-tails take over. Shark fishing from the beach at night is about as close as you can get to a guaranteed hook up. Lots of three to four foot Black tips around along with some big Hammerheads.

Pier fishing is better if you go early or late. Middle of the day has been real slow, not saying you won’t catch anything but you will have to work at it. Kings and Spanish on live minnows if you can get them, if not frozen will work. Gotchas and bubble rigs are catching their share of Spanish too. Redfish (usually over slot) and a few Sheep head can be seen hanging around the pilings but they are pretty wary. If you can coax them into a strike you have done better than most anglers out there. A few Flounder were caught this past week so keep in mind if you are going out there be ready to change tactics. It’s kind of hard to fish for Flounder with King tackle.

 

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM
The water is getting pretty warm lately, between the dark brown color and the fact that it is August water temperatures in the upper eighties and even low nineties can be found. Finding cooler water and fishing in places that get a better tidal flow can definitely make a difference. Mangrove snapper, Sheep head, Redfish, and Speckled trout can be found but you may have to move around a bit to find them. Use brightly colored artificials and scents to your advantage, cut the tail off of your live or dead baits to help them find your offering. Chumming can be good too but, there are a lot of sharks in the bay so you may get more than you bargained for. Or maybe a few small Blacktips can save the day. Some action is better than no action!


 

 

Category: The Weekly Fishing Report

Weekly Fishing Report 08/01/2013

provided by half hitch tackle

PANAMA CITY BEACH OFFSHORE

Shell Island Shuttle fishing report says  If you are after Grouper you should be golden, just walk the docks in the afternoon and you’ll see plenty of them along with loads of Bee liners, White snapper and even a few Lane snapper. We are seeing some real nice catches from both out deep and in fairly close. It would seem you don’t have to go too far to find them and they are not finicky, live, frozen and even jigs are working.  Wahoo, Dolphin and Kings are getting caught locally although most are being found out in deeper water, some are getting picked up within State waters. Somewhat surprising being as the water in close is stained a brown color from all of the recent rains. Cigar minnows and Herring are around but not real thick, I would take along some bait and not count on finding it offshore.


 

SURF AND PIER
Fishing from the beach has not been real good and is likely going to get worse. The June grass is starting to show up and makes fishing from the beach nearly impossible. If you can find a spot where it is not loaded up with the nasty stuff give it a try but have a plan “B”.

Pier fishing for Kings has been pretty good if you get there early. There has been almost no bait to be had lately, that is unless you want hard tails or rain minnows. So if you want to use cigar minnows bring them with you. Also at the piers they are catching a lot of Spanish mackerel and big Redfish. Clarkspoons and bubble rigs for the Spanish and top-water plugs for the reds. Again, what fish are getting caught have been either at dawn or late in the day, middle of the day has been really slow.


Shell Island Shuttle Fishing Report

ST ANDREWS BAY SYSTEM
Bay fishing has been pretty good despite the brown stained water. Golden colored Redfish and Speckled trout are working the grass beds on the falling tide. Live bait suspended under a popping cork, gold spoons, Mirro-dines or even better something scented to help them find you in the dark water. You will also find some Ladyfish in the mix so you may want to go a little heavy on the leader. Some healthy Mangrove snapper can be found around the local bridge pilings and docks. Live shrimp works best but you can sometimes catch them on a fresh cut chunk of pinfish. You may also find some Sheep head in these same locations. Can’t say we have heard much about Flounder lately, maybe they have moved into deeper water to find saltier water.

Panama City Beach Fishing Forecast July 2013

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:34

Pier
This is one of the best months for pier fishermen. Bonita will be caught on bubble and straw rigs along with Spanish mackerel and a few blue runners. Those targeting Spanish will be throwing a #1 Clark spoon two to three feet behind a one ounce sinker. The big draw at the pier this month will be the kings. The die-hards will be there one hour before sunrise catching live baits, then rigging them on a stinger rig for the kings.

Bay
Flounder fishermen should have good luck fishing ¼ ounce jig-heads with root beer or white colored grub tail bodies throughout the bay. The back bayous and creeks will be holding good numbers of flounder. Trout fishermen will have their best luck fishing alewives, finger mullet and live shrimp along the deep edges of the grass flats. Redfish will be caught in these same areas. Good numbers of small black tip sharks will be seen around the camel back and Spanish shanty areas as well. Anchor-up and start a chum slick and the black-tips should show up.

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FISHING at St. Andrews State Park

Fishing opportunities include deep-sea jetty and surf fishing. Two fishing piers and jetties provide excellent vantage points year-round. Catches include Spanish mackerel, red fish, flounder, sea trout, bonito, cobia, dolphin and bluefish. A boat ramp is located on the Grand Lagoon near the fishing pier. A concession offers snacks, souvenirs, bait, limited grocery items and rental of chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling gear, canoes, and kayaks.

After a early morning fishing trip then hop aboard the Shell Island Shuttle and try luck over at Shell Island.

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