Capt. Snapp's July Update

Wow, what an exiting summer so far. I have been extremely busy. Locals and vacationers are enjoying what the beautiful Panama City area has to offer and it seems like everyone wants to go fishing! I have had numerous calls and instant messages on Facebook inquiring about the area and how to target specific fish. I appreciate the questions and enjoy talking to everyone and of course listening to all of the fishing stories. 

Up on the flats, the red fish and trout bite has been either on or off for a lot of anglers from what I’m hearing. Hopefully you have been one of the lucky ones and have been able to find and stay on fish. This time of year can be difficult due to the heat, however, if you get an early start or fish late in the afternoon you can increase your odds of catching some fish. If you have a problem with artificial lures you may want to try live bait. The bait has been thick in a lot of the bayous and out around some of the points throughout the bays. Get a livewell full and fish them on the bottom, under a popping cork, or simply just free line them over a grass flat or drop off. If needed, throw some out into the water to turn the bite on. 

Off the beaches there are several species to target this time of year. Tarpon, Sharks, Jacks, Kings, and Bonita all will make for a great day on the water. These fish can be targeted with live bait, artificial lures, and my personnel favorite, fly fishing! For details on rigging, give me a call or stop by a local tackle store for everything you will need. 

It should go without saying, but this time of year you need to stay hydrated. Take in plenty of fluids throughout the day.  

Good luck! 

As always, I encourage you to give me a call if you have questions about fishing in the 

Panhandle at (850) 832-4952 or for additional information about Grassy Flats Charters, please visit 

In addition, checkout “Grassy Flats Charters” on Facebook for the most recent pictures and video’s along with “Grassy Flats Charters” on Youtube and Instagram. 

Capt. Snapp's Inshore / Gulf Update

The bait has arrived in the bays and off the beach and the bite nearshore and off the pier has been getting better everyday. If you enjoy using live bait now is the time to throw a net and load up that livewell. All species are moving in to take advantage of the bait fish. Everything from Kings, Sharks and Tarpon off the beach and inshore spots, to the Spanish, Ladyfish, Blues, Trout and Reds up in the bays.

Using live bait is pretty straight forward, try free-lining them by themselves or create a chum line by throwing out a few and then fish your bait back in the chum line for a chance to catch any number of different species. If you are targeting trout and reds, try fishing your live bait under a popping cork while working your way across a grass flat. Be sure to keep your bait suspended just above the grass and don’t forget to work the edges where the sand meets the grass. 

If you want more of a challenge and live bait is not your thing, tie on an artificial and get going. This time of year is great for top water action for reds and trout. When using top water vary the retrieval of the plugs until you find what’s working. You may even have to change the lure size and type of action to fine tune your presentation but it’s worth it when the bite turns on. Later in the day switch over to your favorite swim or jerk bait or gold spoon and work the grass lines and pot holes for Reds and Trout. Be sure and stop by one of the local tackle shops and they will be happy to show you what’s working best this time of year. 

If your’e not into flats fishing, find a good point near some deeper water in the bay and look for diving birds, this is usually a good indicator that fish are feeding. In most cases, it will be 

Spanish, Blues and Lady fish. These fish can be targeted with live or artificial baits. Gotcha’s, spoons, and assorted jigs will work and when caught on light tackle they are a blast and will provide a lot of fun for the whole family! 

Fly fishing off the beach or up in the flats is always a blast. So many different fish provide plenty of targets to pick from. Shark, Jacks, Pompano, Spanish, and Bull Reds are generally targeted off the beaches and Speckled Trout and Reds are sight fished up on the grass flats! If you find yourself in town without your fly gear and want to experience the incredible fishing and fly opportunities in Panama City Beach don’t worry, I have everything you need to have a great day on the water.

As always, I encourage you to give me a call if you have questions about fishing in the Panhandle at (850) 832-4952 or for additional information about Grassy Flats Charters, please visit 

In addition, checkout “Grassy Flats Charters” on Facebook for the most recent pictures and video’s along with “Grassy Flats Charters” on Youtube and Instagram. 

Bay County Outdoors Inshore Fishing Report

By Capt. Nathan Chennaux

There are some great bites happening throughout the bays, on the flats, and along the beaches. The redfish bite has been really good on the flats as well as in areas with deeper water and a good amount of current. The bite on the flats has been better near the top of the tide when water levels are higher and the fish can get right up along the hill. I have been catching a good amount of fish laid up in the reeds, in sandy areas along the shoreline, and just outside areas where water flows into the bay. It could be bayous, creeks, ditches, little marsh fingers, or areas where rain water run off flows into the bay. The fish in deeper water have been most consistently found laid up in deeper pockets of water on the down current side of a point just on the edge of there the fast moving current is running. Additionally docks, bridges, the pass, and several other areas with deep water and structure have also been holding good redfish. Topwaters, jigs, shrimp, and spoons all work great for getting them to eat.

You will find the speckled trout more than willing to cooperate right now as the gorge themselves on shrimp and small fish. The shrimp boats are out in force right now so in my mind the obvious choice for me when targeting trout in the grass is a 3 inch DOA shrimp. I like to work the edges of the grass on the inside and the outside of the flat as well as potholes, sandy pieces of shoreline, and any other features or abnormalities that draw my attention. The best bite has been on a falling tide when fish tend to congregate in slightly deeper water. 

The mangrove snapper have made their way onto shallow structures throughout the bay in waters ranging from just a few feet up to 40 feet or so. You will find them in deeper water in the bay when vertical structure is present that goes all the up up to or near the surface like seawalls, docks, and bridges. I like to fish them in shallower water less than about 10ft where I can get up current and chum them up to the boat. Once they start swimming around the baot simply flatline a bait back to them with the current and they should eat pretty quick for you. I like to leave my bail open and keep feeding them line until they bite then simply close the bail and reel them in. They are one of my favorite inshore fish to eat.

Good luck and as always if you have additional questions about what's biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip I encourage you to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Capt. Nathan Chennaux


Bay County Outdoors Inshore Fishing Report.

By Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Fishing has been very good lately throughout the bays and along the beaches. Starting on the flats, the trout and redfsh bite has continued to be very good with fish getting more and more aggressive. The slowly warming water will only add to their willingness to get out and chase top-waters, and other fast moving search baits. The slot trout have been in 3-5 ft of water over grass and the bigger fish are still running a little shallower in 1-2 ft mostly in areas of broken grass and sand or on shallow sandbars. Look for the bigger fish to also be hanging out near areas of varying current like around points and the mouths of bayous and creeks. The redfish generally cruise near the shoreline in shallow water when on the flats but the have also been balling up in deeper water areas on the back of points, around docks, and other deep water structures in 10+ feet of water.

Around the bridges the big bull reds have been chewing pretty good on the surface as the small crabs, shrimp, and eels are out floating on the tide. The best bite is generally going to be on an outgoing tide however if there is moving water you have a good chance of catch a few good fish. Depending on the night, and what is actually floating around I will use either a Rapala Skitter Walk, a DOA shrimp, or if the eels are thick a DOA sna-koil. You can catch quite a few fish by just casting up current and working it back slowly with the tide or you can wait until fish blow up and present a bait to them. Both ways can be very effective. 

The pass has has been loaded with all different kinds of fish including redfish, bluefish, spanish mackerel, sheepshead, pompano, mangrove snapper and many others. Drifting with a shrimp or small bait fish on a bottom rig is the preferred method of most when fishing the pass. You can also catch alot of fish casting jigs around some of the shallower parts of the jetties, or throwing spoons out into the current and working it back quickly. There is often lots of boat traffic in the pass so be aware of your surroundings and operate with common sense and courtesy.

Good luck and as always if you have questions about what's biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip I encourage you to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Capt. Nathan Chennaux


Capt. Todd Jones Spring Update

Spring Break Fishing in Panama City Beach, FL

I was starting to wonder if spring would ever arrive here in Panama City, luckily it showed up this week. Both the air and water have climbed into a more normal spring like temperature. With that, the Spanish Mackerel arrived in the bay in huge numbers. I have been having good success trolling or casting small Pet spoons. 

Out in the Gulf on the reefs we are catching lots of Trigger fish, White Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Amberjack, and a few Black Snapper. 

On the nearshore barges large numbers of Sheepshead, White Snapper, and Black Snapper are all available. 

With the water temps on the rise, we are also seeing a few Cobia. In fact one of our guides caught one this week. I would anticipate with this warning trend we should start seeing more Cobia along with Jack Crevale along the beach.

If you would like more information or would like to book a trip give me a call, send me a text, or message me on facebook.


Capt. Todd Jones



Bay County Outdoors Inshore Report
By Capt. Nathan Chennaux

A cool start to the month has dropped the water temps considerably, however the fishing has still been pretty good for the most part. Out on the flats speckled trout can be found scattered out on grass and sand flats especially around areas that have good variation in depth and water flow. These areas include creek mouths and bayou mouths, potholes, depressions, and drop offs around points. All of these areas provide good ambush points from which to feed making them ideal places to catch fish. Top-waters have steadily been getting better in the early morning hours but the best bites are still on suspending plugs, jigs, and live or artificial shrimp.

The redfish haven't seemed to mind the inconsistency in the temperature too much and they can be found pretty much throughout the bays. Just about every single section of flats in the bay has a good sized school of redfish on it, some have lots of schools, and other areas have lots of smaller spread out groups. Regardless which part of the bay you choose to fish you can find some similarity as to where the fish are positioned. Since redfish are so well adapted to eating shrimp and crabs you will almost always find some redfish around marshy areas with small ditches and the like that meander back into the reeds. There have also been schools that have pushed up onto the down current side of points when the tide starts rising. You will also find redfish in and around creeks and bayous, and around structures like old docks, seawalls, oyster beds and so on. If you are looking for bigger fish then look for deeper water around the bridges or in the pass. You may also find big schools of bull reds working bait balls out in the middle of the bay. Often times they will get underneath feeding spanish mackerel and clean up the left overs that are slowly drifting down.

The spanish mackerel bite has also picked up and fish can be found just offshore, in the pass, and inside St Andrews bay. If the fish are up at the surface feeding or if there are flocks of birds working bait on the surface I like to run and gun with jigs, spoons, or plugs but that only works if you can visually see activity. If no action is visible then you can troll tide lines just inside the pass or steep drop offs on the outer edges of the flats where the mackerel may cruise through in search of prey. Once you get a bite concentrate your efforts in that area as these fish are almost always in good sized schools.

Good luck and as always if you have additional questions about what's biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip I encourage you to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Capt. Nathan Chennaux

850 258-7235

Bay County Outdoors Inshore Fishing Report

By Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Recent heavy rains have many parts of the bay much dirtier than they have been all winter and its has actually made the fishing a whole lot better. Although the sight fishing is going to be a little more difficult in some places the overall bite has improved drastically. The stained water has made fish far more comfortable and increased water temperatures have the fish out on the flats searching out schools of bait fish. Now is the perfect time to get out those top-water plugs, cover some water, and get some killer surface strikes.

The redfish are still thick throughout the bays on the ICW side and the inlet side. The water clarity is dramatically different however so if you want to sight fish you need to stay away from the ICWs where the majority of the dirty water is coming from. If you are looking to chunk plugs, spoons, or do any type of power fishing then the head of the bay offers plenty of opportunities. The fish still seem to be in pretty large schools especially on flats with a steeper transition from shallow to deep water. Many of those schools have still been positioned on or very near to a well defined point usually on the down current side. The big bull reds are doing different things depending on where you are targeting them. If you want to catch them up shallow then you can find them hanging around oyster bays up the bay in 2-5 feet of water and the top water bite for them has been great. In deeper water big schools of them have been feeding underneath flocks of pelicans out in the middle of the bay and along steep drop offs just off of the flats. Jigs or live baits are the best way to catch them in deeper water.

The speckled trout have definitely showed up on the flats with lots of good slot fish hanging out in 2-4 feet of water over broken grass and sand. They have been chewing really good on jigs and suspending plugs but the top-water bite is slowly getting better and better especially early in the morning and under cloudy, low light, conditions. Shrimp patterns like a DOA shrimp have also been very procuctive. The bigger fish have been in small groups or single fish and I have been catching most of them in shallow water cruising sand bays and laid up in slightly deeper pot-holes near the shore. Areas where small feeder creeks pour out onto the flats where mullet tend to congregate have also been good places to target.

There are also a few other fish that with these warmer water temperatures that have started to show up. Spanish mackerel are being caught sporadically in the bays near the pass. I caught a few here and there while looking for bull reds under birds but not in huge numbers like they will be in the next few weeks. Trolling around bait schools, around the pass, or run and gunning bait balls and feeding birds in deep water should yeild good results. 

Good luck and as always if you have additional questions about what's biting, how to catch them, or you would like to book a trip I encourage you to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Capt. Nathan Chennaux


Capt. Todd Jones Gulf Update

Panama City Late Winter/ Early Spring Fishing

It is late winter, but it feels like mid spring already. What crazy weather we’ve had this winter. Flowers are blooming, turkeys are gobbling here in Panama City yet it just snowed in North Mississippi.  We will take every minute of it!

 The fishing has been fairly consistent offshore. Right now we are focusing on battling Amberjack on the offshore wrecks & reefs. During the colder months getting live bait can be tough, so we focus on using jigs of various sizes offered by Williamson lures. Some of my favorites for targeting the larger Jack are the Banjo Eye Bucktail jig and the Vortex Speed jig in the 2oz. to 3 ½ oz. range.

On the days we are looking for a few fish to take back for a hook and cook, I usually target Almaco Jacks, Rudder Jacks, White Snapper, and Vermillion Snapper. For the smaller Almaco and Rudder  Jacks I have great success using the smaller Williamson Speed jigs such as the Gomame and  Gomoku in the 1.1 oz to the 1.7 oz in various colors.

For the Vermillion and White snappers as well as the various other Porgies you can’t beat Killer Bee squid on a on a drop shot rig.

For more info or to book a trip give me a call or shoot me a text.

Capt. Todd Jones - Host Emerald Tails Fishing Show


Capt. Snapp's Inshore Update

The fish are in their usual cold weather patterns and to get a decent day on the water you may have to deal with the ever changing weather systems: cold, hot, windy,’s any body’s guess but when you do catch a nice day, fishing has been pretty good! The water is crystal clear and with a little sun has made for some great sight fishing up on the flats for reds and the bigger trout! However, you may have to put in some extra time to locate some decent fish.

The speckeled trout are still holding to the deeper holes in the bay and warmer water up in the creeks. Like I always stress, a slow presentation will be key in order to get the bite. A client on a recent trout trip caught two of the biggist fish of the day when he simply stopped retrieving the lure and it was just laying on the bottom! The reds are schooled up and have been hit or miss, you just have to put in the time searching the banks. There have been some good reports from both West and East bay but remember you will have to be in stealth mode if you even hope to get those fish to eat. Sheepshead are also a great fish to target this time of the year. Shrimp or fiddler crabs make great baits. Working docks, bridges, and the jetties should provide some steady action. 

As always, I encourge you to give me a call if you have questions about fishing in the Panhandle at (850) 832-4952 or for additional information about Grassy Flats Charters, please visit 

In addition, checkout “Grassy Flats Charters” on Facebook for the most recent pictures and video’s along with “Grassy Flats Charters” on Youtube and Instagram. 

Captain Daniel Snapp

Grassy Flats Charters

“Sight Fishing the Emerald Coast”

(850) 832-4952


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