Pier








Second Sailfish And First Permit Of The Year
10/9/2019


We cooled slightly but not what was predicted. The water temperature fluctuated between 83 and 87. Water quality is still good but winds have been less than desirable except for a small part of the days. Bait species have reduced to mostly hardtails with a few small Goggle eyes in the mix. Even with these conditions, we added to the species caught list.


Kings were scarce with only a few hitting the deck all week. Hopefully the water will begin to cool soon and they will return. We are still waiting to see if we will have a Fall run.


Spanish have been a little more cooperative with the early mornings and late evenings being your best shot at putting a few in the cooler. The go to baits are still the bubble rigs with either a straw or spoon, Gotchas or smaller X-Raps. I managed to land a big Spanish on a Goggle eye that weighed 5 pounds 11 ounces. Von got another big one on a #12 X-Rap that weighed 4.6 pounds. 





Steve M. was working the skinny water hoping to get a Pompano. He was surprised when a Permit decided to eat. This is the first one this Fall and hopefully not the last. Other action in skinny water produced a few Red Drum. 




George had some friends visiting from Greenwood, S.C. and brought them to the pier to try their luck. They were not disappointed as Steve K. was able to land a nice Bonita. 



Sailfish have been scarce this year and there has only been one caught until this week. Alex V. and Jesus were casting for Kings when they spotted the dark shadow working just off the Tee. A well placed cast with a small Hardtail got Alex a strike. A short fight later the Sailfish was netted, photographed and returned to fight again. 




Species caught: King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Bonita, Permit, Sailfish, Bluefish, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: a few small  Goggle eyes and Hardtails. 


Water temperature: 85






Cooler temps coming this weekend
10/3/2019

MM

DD

TIME
(EDT)

WDIR

WSPD
kts

GST
kts

WVHT
ft

DPD
sec

APD
sec

MWD

PRES
in

PTDY
in

ATMP
°F

WTMP
°F

DEWP
°F

SAL
psu

VIS
nmi

TIDE
ft

10

09

7:36 am

ENE

6.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

29.99

-

74.8

85.3

-

-

-

-

10

09

7:30 am

ENE

6.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

29.99

-

75.0

85.3

-

-

-

-

10

09

7:24 am

ENE

6.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

29.99

-

75.2

85.3

-

-

-

-

10

09

7:18 am

ENE

5.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

29.99

-

75.0

85.3

-

-

-




https://tides4fishing.com/us/florida-west-coast/panama-city


Tides for the week: Full Moon Sunday Oct. 13th -  New Moon Sunday Oct. 27th.   


Thursday 10th.        4:36pm Low    0.9       8:52am High 1.4  Sunrise: 6:42am  Sunset: 6:17pm

                                                                 10:51pm High 1.1  

Friday                     3:14am Low    1.0       9:57am High 1.3

                               4:35pm Low    0.9     10:50pm High 1.2

Saturday                 4:25am Low    0.9     11:07am High 1.2

                               4:31pm Low    1.0     10:53pm High  1.3

Sunday                   5:27am Low    0.8     12:25pm High 1.1

                               3:46pm Low    1.0     10:37pm High  1.4

Monday                  6:25am Low    0.7     10:22pm High  1.5

Tuesday                 7:26am Low    0.6     10:43pm High  1.6

Wednesday 16th.     8:31am Low    0.5     11:16pm High 1.7   Sunrise:6:46am  Sunset: 6:11pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


THURSDAY

East winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of

showers and thunderstorms in the morning.


THURSDAY NIGHT

East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.

Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight.


FRIDAY

East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.


FRIDAY NIGHT

East winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY

Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1

to 2 feet. Protected waters mostly smooth.


 



 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (89/70 rain  10% wind ESE-11)

FRIDAY    (87/72 rain  10% wind  SE-10)

SATURDAY  (85/70 rain  20% wind   S-08)

SUNDAY    (86/71 rain  20% wind   S-08)

MONDAY    (86/73 rain  20% wind   S-09)

TUESDAY   (86/73 rain  20% wind   S-09)

WEDNESDAY (85/65 rain  40% wind WNW-10)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam




The Summer pattern has been with us for a while and it  looks like we will finally have some relief coming this weekend. Our water is still hot, 85 degrees, and the bite has been lethargic at best. Kings have been few and small. The Spanish bite has been a small window of time at day break and sunset. Bait has been plentiful but limited to small Alewives, small Goggle eyes and Blue runners. Remoras, Sea Gulls and Pelicans have been worse than I can remember. They have been very aggressive and attacking bait in numbers. Drifting a bait for Kings has been almost impossible. My first ten bait yesterday produced 2 birds and 8 Remora. 


We saw a few more Kings than we were able to coax to bite. Several times, a small King would make a pass at your bait only to have Remoras get it before they could. Needless to say it was a frustrating week. Even with these challenges, we managed to deck a few Kings. Last Thursday, Willy pulled one of his “show-up, hook-up” routines we have seen all to  often. He had only been on the pier a few minutes when he tied into a “schoolie” King. Then Tuesday, I was able to deck two small Kings. They were nothing to brag about but well appreciated after the absence of fish we have endured all Summer. 





As I said in the introduction, the Spanish bite has been a very limited window. However, decent numbers of them were caught in that short time frame. George managed a couple shy of a limit very early Tuesday morning. I got lucky with an “axe handle” that beat a group of Remora to my bait that afternoon. 





Other action included a few Red Drum in skinny water and one Sheepshead. Mark’s tenacity paid off as he targeted the Sheepshead. He managed to get dinner with the first catch of the Fall that I am aware of. 




Species caught: King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Sheepshead, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: small Alewives, small  Goggle eyes and Hardtails and lots of tiny Alewives. 


Water temperature: 85

MM

DD

TIME
(EDT)

WDIR


WSPD
kts

GST
kts

WVHT
ft

DPD
sec

APD
sec

MWD

PRES
in

PTDY
in

ATMP
°F

WTMP
°F

DEWP
°F

SAL
psu

VIS
nmi

TIDE
ft

10

03

7:06 am

NNE


5.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.02

-

75.0

85.1

-

-

-

-

10

03

7:00 am

NNE


6.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.02

+0.04

75.0

85.1

-

-

-

-

10

03

6:54 am

NNE


5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.02

-

75.0

85.1

-






https://tides4fishing.com/us/florida-west-coast/panama-city


Tides for the week: Full Moon Sunday Oct. 13th -  New Moon Sunday Oct. 27th.   


Thursday 03rd.       12:03pm Low    0.4   12:17am High 1.8  Sunrise: 6:37am  Sunset: 6:26pm

Friday                      1:27pm Low    0.3     1:04am High 1.9

Saturday                  2:36pm Low    0.3     1:53am High 1.8

Sunday                    3:31pm Low    0.4     2:46am High 1.8

Monday                   4:14pm Low    0.5     3:50am High 1.7

Tuesday                  4:44pm Low    0.6     6:02am High 1.6

Wednesday 09th.      4:49pm Low    0.7      7:45am High 1.5   Sunrise:6:37am  Sunset: 6:27pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


TODAY

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


TONIGHT

East winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY

Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY NIGHT

East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


SATURDAY

East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.


SATURDAY NIGHT

East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet

building to 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet after

midnight. Protected waters choppy. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers and

thunderstorms after midnight.


SUNDAY

East winds 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.

Chance of showers and thunderstorms.


SUNDAY NIGHT

East winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


MONDAY

Northeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms.



 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (91/75 rain   0% wind ESE-10)

FRIDAY    (90/75 rain  10% wind WSW-09)

SATURDAY  (89/73 rain  20% wind  SE-11)

SUNDAY    (87/72 rain  40% wind   E-14)

MONDAY    (87/71 rain  40% wind  NE-09)

TUESDAY   (86/69 rain  20% wind  NE-12)

WEDNESDAY (86/70 rain  40% wind   E-13)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam






Kings slowly returning
9/28/19


Night time temperatures dropped some during the week and thus the water cooled slightly as well. Water quality has been good with large numbers of small Hardtails, Alewives and Goggle eyes gathered around the pier. Tarpon schools have begun their move back south and a few Black Snapper are prowling the pilings. “Flipper”, Remora and birds have been a nuisance. Mostly small Spanish Mackerel continue to be active early mornings and late afternoon. Spoons, Bubble rigs and small lures have gotten their attention. A few are being caught on bait during the day. Glen holds one of the Spanish he caught. 




Kings have been missing for so long we have about forgotten how to catch them. That scenario began to change at day break Saturday morning when a nice one hit the deck. The picture that was forwarded to me is not great and I could not identify the angler but the fish was obviously a nice one. Brandon would deck the next one Monday afternoon on a Gotcha while trying for Spanish. Tuesday the number increased slightly as Ivan and Tommy added to the count. Several big fish were spotted but none were hooked. Then Wednesday, Sam, James and Willy brought Kings to the Gaff. Willy’s fish would be the big fish at just shy of 17 pounds.    James-8258; Willy-8260)









In other action, a few Black Snapper are being caught. Christian caught a couple while fishing the back corner of the Tee. Brenda got a surprise while jigging her Gotcha for Spanish…a legal Pompano.

A few Red Drum are being caught in skinny water late evenings.

Species caught: King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Pompano, Black Snapper, Bluefish, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: small Alewives, small  Goggle eyes and Hardtails with a few baby Bonita in the mix. 


Water temperature: 8:30 a.m. the water was 79.9 but increased to 85.5 by late afternoon

9/19/2019

MM

DD

TIME
(EDT)

WDIR

WSPD
kts

GST
kts

WVHT
ft

DPD
sec

APD
sec

MWD

PRES
in

PTDY
in

ATMP
°F

WTMP
°F

DEWP
°F

SAL
psu

VIS
nmi

TIDE
ft

09

25

8:24 pm

W

9.9

11.1

-

-

-

-

29.88

-

83.7

85.5

-

-

-

-

09

25

8:18 pm

W

9.9

12.0

-

-

-

-

29.88

-

83.8

85.5

-

-

-

-

09

25

8:12 pm

W

12.0

12.0

-

-

-

-

29.88

-

84.0

85.5

-

-

-

-


https://tides4fishing.com/us/florida-west-coast/panama-city


Tides for the week: Full Moon Sunday Oct. 13th -  New Moon Sunday Oct. 27th.   


Saturday                 3:32am Low   0.9    12:10am High 1.0

                               6:24pm Low   1.0     11:44am High 1.5

                                                                11:58pm High 1.1

Sunday                   5:30am Low   0.8       1:10pm High 1.4

                               5:56pm Low   1.2      11:43pm High 1.3  

Monday                  7:05am Low   0.6      11:01pm High 1.5

Tuesday                 8:44am Low   0.5      11:34pm High 1.7

Wednesday 25th.   10:27pm Low   0.4                                    Sunrise:6:37am  Sunset: 6:27pm 

                                                  

Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam



Slow Fishing

Remora and birds continue to be a problem with “Flipper” not far away. The water quality continues to be good. Tons of small Hardtails, Goggle eyes and Alewives are present. Larger Hardtails, yellow tail Jacks and Ladyfish are abundant. No Kings and only one Sailfish spotted. A few schools of Tarpon have passed traveling East. Spanish Mackerel are the only catches very early mornings and at sunset. The shallows have a few Red Drum mostly after Sunset.


Gotchas and Bubble rigs are still the “go to” when the Spanish schools have appeared. We did have a decent bite a couple of days. George got these one evening right at dark. 



Skinny water was slow. Live Pin fish on a Carolina rig or fresh live Sand Fleas seemed to get what few Red Drum there were to bite. 


Species caught: Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: small Alewives, small  Goggle eyes and Hardtails with a few baby Bonita in the mix. 


Water temperature: 86-87



Spanish Mackerel Save The Week
9/13/2019

MM

DD

TIME
(EDT)

WDIR



WSPD
kts

GST
kts

WVHT
ft

DPD
sec

APD
sec

MWD

PRES
in

PTDY
in

ATMP
°F

WTMP
°F

DEWP
°F

SAL
psu

VIS
nmi

TIDE
ft

09

18

9:06 pm

WSW



8.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

85.8

86.4

-

-

-

-

09

18

9:00 pm

WSW



8.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

29.97

+0.06

86.0

86.4

-

-

-

-

09

18

8:54 pm

W



7.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

85.8

86.4

-

-

-

-

09

18

8:48 pm

W



7.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

85.8

86.4







https://tides4fishing.com/us/florida-west-coast/panama-city


Tides for the week:  New Moon Saturday Sept. 28th  Full Moon Sunday Sept. 13th. 


Friday                    12:11pm Low    0.6      1:18am High 1.7

Saturday                  1:59pm Low   0.5       2:03am High 1.8

Sunday                    3:15pm Low   0.3       2:58am High 1.8 

Monday                   4:09pm Low   0.3       4:08am High 1.9

Tuesday                  4:53pm Low   0.3       5:44am High 1.9

Wednesday 25th.      5:37pm Low   0.3       7:35am High 1.9  Sunrise:6:33am  Sunset: 6:35pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:



FRIDAY

East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with

occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.

Protected waters choppy. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


FRIDAY NIGHT

East winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with

occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.

Protected waters choppy. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


SATURDAY

East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with

occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.

Protected waters choppy. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


SATURDAY NIGHT

East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet

with occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.

Protected waters choppy.


SUNDAY

East winds 15 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with

occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.

Protected waters a moderate chop.


SUNDAY NIGHT

Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


MONDAY

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop.


 (local forecast)

FRIDAY    (88/71 rain   0% wind   E-13)

SATURDAY  (89/71 rain  10% wind   E-12)

SUNDAY    (89/72 rain  10% wind ESE-11)

MONDAY    (90/74 rain  10% wind SSE-06)

TUESDAY   (92/76 rain  10% wind   W-09)

WEDNESDAY (92/76 rain  10% wind   W-09)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam


Yet again, “Flipper”, Remora and birds have been a constant problem. The water quality has been good but hot temperatures. Tons of small Hardtails, Goggle eyes and Alewives have been present all week. Larger Hardtails, yellow tail Jacks and Ladyfish have been in abundance. Kings have been almost extinct and no Sailfish came through. At least there have been some Spanish Mackerel with a few small Bonita very early mornings and at sunset. The shallows have had Red Drum mostly after Sunset.


Gotchas and Bubble rigs have been the “go to” when the Spanish schools have appeared. A few catch limits have been possible if you were there at the right time. Brenda was able to be there one of those times and limited out quickly. 



Skinny water was mixed with pockets of algae but for the most part clean. Live Pin fish on a Carolina rig or fresh live Sand Fleas seemed to get the Reds active. The bite was late after Sun set and in the dark. Bob, J.T., Dan and Robert all got a slot one evening. 



Species caught: Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: small Alewives, small  Goggle eyes and Hardtails with a few baby Bonita in the mix. 


Water temperature: 87

09

12

12:48 pm

ENE

8.0

12.0

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

87.8

86.5

-

-

-

-


MM

DD

TIME
(EDT)

WDIR

WSPD
kts

GST
kts

WVHT
ft

DPD
sec

APD
sec

MWD

PRES
in

PTDY
in

ATMP
°F

WTMP
°F

DEWP
°F

SAL
psu

VIS
nmi

TIDE
ft

09

12

1:18 pm

ESE

5.1

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

88.5

86.5

-

-

-

-

09

12

1:12 pm

ESE

4.1

8.9

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

88.2

86.5

-

-

-

-

09

12

1:06 pm

E

6.0

12.0

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

87.4

86.5

-

-

-

-

09

12

1:00 pm

ENE

11.1

14.0

-

-

-

-

30.11

-0.02

87.6

86.5

-

-

-

-


https://tides4fishing.com/us/florida-west-coast/panama-city


Tides for the week:  New Moon Saturday Sept. 28th  Full Moon Friday Sept. 13th. 


Friday                    6:38pm Low    0.8   10:50am High 1.5 FULL MOON

Saturday               4:00am Low     1.0   12:47am High 1.1

                             6:39pm Low     0.9    12:40pm High 1.3

Sunday                 5:20am Low     0.9    12:47am High 1.1 

                             6:35pm Low     1.0    12:40pmHigh  1.3 

Monday                6:31am Low     0.9    12:48am High 1.2

                             5:51pm Low     1.1      1:42pm High 1.2

Tuesday               7:47am Low     0.8     12:17am High 1.3

                             5:20pm Low     1.1       2:55pm High 1.1

Wednesday 18th.   9:11am Low     0.7     12:14am High 1.5  Sunrise:6:29am  Sunset: 6:44pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


FRIDAY

East winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.

Chance of showers and thunderstorms. 


FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY

East winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 4 to

6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 4

seconds. Protected waters choppy. showers and thunderstorms.


SATURDAY NIGHT

East winds 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet

with occasional seas up to 8 feet. Protected waters choppy.

Showers and thunderstorms likely.


SUNDAY

South winds 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.

Showers and thunderstorms likely.


SUNDAY NIGHT

South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


MONDAY

South winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected

waters a light chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely.


(local forecast)

FRIDAY    (93/74 rain   0% wind   E-10)

SATURDAY  (92/75 rain  20% wind ENE-13)

SUNDAY    (90/76 rain  40% wind  NE-12)

MONDAY    (92/75 rain  20% wind   E-08)

TUESDAY   (93/76 rain  10% wind   W-09)

WEDNESDAY (94/76 rain  20% wind   E-08)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam




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