Pier


Hot Week
8/16/2019


The air temperature has been unbearable and the water is HOT. Alewives continue to hang around and the baby Hardtails have arrived in mass. Early mornings and late evenings the baby Bonita are plentiful. The King and Tarpon bite has been very slow to non-existant. A couple of summer Bonita came through and yesterday afternoon a visiting angler tied up with a 6 to 7 foot Nurse Shark. He fought it for about 20 minutes before bringing it to the pier and releasing it.


I know of one fish caught Thursday by George. Then,Sunday morning seemed to be the only decent day for Kings. Several were hooked and Von got the largest one to the pier at 20 pounds. Nori came in just under that with a 17 pound King. Brenda put a small one on the pier. The rest of the week was painful with us throwing bait after bait and X-Raps to no audience. 






Marty came in early Friday morning from Georgia and managed a Summer Bonita. That would be his only fish as the daylight bite happened with no hook-ups. (see: Marty-8148)




Signs are posted every few feet advising Do Not Cut of Leave Bait on the Rail. Yet, we still have too many ignoring the signs. It is a matter of courtesy and respect for each other. No one likes to get the nasty remnants on their clothing or elbows. If you witness this, please help us get the word out. (see:8149, 8150, 8151)


Species caught: Tarpon, King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish, Bonita  and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives and baby Bonita. 


Water temperature: 88


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

08

14

8:48 pm

N

6.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

29.92

-

81.9

88.0

-

-

-

-

08

14

8:42 pm

N

7.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

29.91

-

81.9

88.0

-

-

-

-

08

14

8:36 pm

N

5.1

8.0

-

-

-

-

29.91

-

82.6

88.0

-

-

-

-

08

14

8:30 pm

N

7.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

29.91

-

82.2

88.0

-

-

-

-



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


Tides for the week:  New Moon Friday Aug. 30th  Full Moon Thursday Aug. 15th. 


Thursday 15th.       8:41pm Low    0.4    10:43am High 1.7  Sunrise: 6:00am  Sunset: 7:23pm

Friday                    8:37pm Low    0.5    11:36am High 1.6

Saturday               8:33pm Low     0.6    12:01pm High 1.5      

Sunday                 8:35pm Low     0.7     12:38pm High 1.4

Monday                5:57am Low     0.9       2:57am High 1.0

                             8:20pm Low     0.8       1:14pm High 1.2

Tuesday               7:42am Low     0.9       2:52am High 1.1

                            7:21pm Low      0.9       1:50pm High 1.1

Wednesday 21st. 10:20am Low     0.8       2:20am High 1.2 

                             6:51pm Low     0.9       4:15pm High  0.9  Sunrise:6:14am  Sunset: 7:17pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 10 to 15

knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected

waters a light to moderate chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely.


SUNDAY

Southwest winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely

in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the

afternoon.


SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY

West winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1

to 2 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Showers and

thunderstorms likely.


(local forecast)

THURSDAY  (88/80 rain  80% wind  SW-07)

FRIDAY    (88/77 rain  30% wind   S-08)

SATURDAY  (87/78 rain  50% wind  SW-11)

SUNDAY    (85/76 rain  50% wind  SW-11)

MONDAY    (85/75 rain  50% wind  SW-08)

TUESDAY   (87/76 rain  30% wind SSE-07)

WEDNESDAY (88/77 rain  30% wind  SE-08)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam






Cobia, Tarpon and Kings
8/8/2019


Even though the action has been slow, a legal Cobia, Kings and Tarpon have been caught. The water quality has been great and we have had good winds in the afternoons. Alewives and baby Bonita are still around and an occasional Cigar minnow. Reds have been caught in skinny water. The number of anglers has decreased and finding a parking spot is no problem.


Tarpon season has been great this year but is coming to an end. The number of fish moving through has slowed dramatically. However, this past Thursday, James and his 12 year old son Ethan came to target Tarpon. Ethan was drifting a live Alewife off the east side when a Tarpon rolled on his bait. Ethan immediately set the hook and the battle was on. James let Ethan handle the fish by himself only offering guidance and checking the drag pressure. Ethan fought the fish like a pro. It took him to the sand bar and back. Then he went from east to west side of the Tee twice before bringing the fish pier side. Sweat was pouring off Ethan and his arms were burning but he never quit. What a fantastic display of what a Father-Son relationship is supposed to be! Congratulations Ethan on your first 50 pound Poon. The following pictures and videos tell the story much better than I can.   











The King bite was slow but when they did bite, nice fish were caught. Several fish over twenty pounds were decked. Sunday the smaller ones were biting but “Flipper” was ever present too. Brenda caught two scoolies but only got part of her second one on the deck. “Flipper” got the other half. Monday, I got a 16 pound 13 ounce King and it ended being the only one that day. Tuesday, Rowell got the morning going with the best King of the week weighing 25 pounds. Wednesday, Lorenzo got slammed about lunchtime. The fish took 3 long runs before coming to the gaff. It weighed 22 pounds 2 ounces. Late evening. Several other small schoolies were caught. 






Wednesday would also bring a legal Cobia onto the deck. There had been several small Cobia hanging around for days. Late afternoon, a larger one joined the group and was chasing Alewives. Brandon had just arrived and tossed a Swim bait when the larger Cobia inhaled it. We were not 100% sure it was over 33 inches so we brought it up in a net. The tape measure showed 36 inches. Congrats Brandon on a nice late season Cobia. 



Species caught: Tarpon, King/Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Red Drum, Ladyfish, Bonita  and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives and baby Bonita. 


Water temperature: 86-87

08

07

9:24 pm

W

15.0

17.1

-

-

-

-

29.96

-

85.1

86.5

-

-

-

-

08

07

9:18 pm

W

15.9

18.1

-

-

-

-

29.95

-

85.3

86.5

-

-

-

-

08

07

9:12 pm

W

13.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.95

-

84.9

86.5

-

-

-

-

08

07

9:06 pm

W

12.0

14.0

-

-

-

-

29.94

-

84.4

86.5

-

-

-

-

08

07

9:00 pm

W

12.0

14.0

-

-

-

-

29.94

+0.01

84.2

86.7

-

-

-

-

08

07

8:54 pm

W

12.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.94

-

84.4

86.7

-

-

-

-

08

07

8:48 pm

W

13.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.94

-

84.2

87.1






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


Tides for the week:  New Moon Wednesday July 31st  Full Moon Thursday Aug. 15th. 


Thursday 8th.       4:12pm Low      0.3      4:39am High   1.5  Sunrise: 6:06am  Sunset: 7:31pm

Friday                  5:01pm Low      0.3      5:26am High   1.6

Saturday              5:46pm Low      0.1      6:29am High   1.7      

Sunday                6:29pm Low      0.1       7:30pm High   1.7

Monday               7:10pm Low      0.1       8:25am High   1.8

Tuesday              7:49pm Low      0.2       9:14am High   1.8

Wednesday 14th.  8:21pm Low      0.3     10:00am High   1.7  Sunrise:6:10am  Sunset: 7:24pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


TODAY

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

period 3 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of

showers and thunderstorms in the morning.


TONIGHT AND FRIDAY

West winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.


FRIDAY NIGHT

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance

of showers and thunderstorms.


SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT

West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas

1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a light

to moderate chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.


MONDAY

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

waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.





(local forecast)

THURSDAY  (89/80 rain  30% wind   W-12)

FRIDAY    (89/80 rain  20% wind   W-11)

SATURDAY  (90/78 rain  40% wind   W-10)

SUNDAY    (90/79 rain  30% wind   W-09)

MONDAY    (91/79 rain  20% wind  SW-09)

TUESDAY   (90/79 rain  20% wind  SW-10)

WEDNESDAY (89/78 rain  30% wind  SW-10)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam



PCB Pier Report
8/1/2019

The bite has not reflected the conditions this week. The water has been beautiful with decent afternoon wind and plenty of bait hanging around the pier. The water temperature is warm but typical. Tarpon sightings have slowed some and the ones that have passed by seem to be more selective to bite. Kings have been mostly absent with only a few decked. Baby Bonita were here in numbers with a couple of big Summer Bonita in the mix. School has started in some areas and the crowd has thinned some both on the pier and the roadways.


Tarpon have been picky about biting but several were hooked and a couple were brought to the pier. Again, swim baits have out-fished live bait. They have come through less frequently and in smaller groups this week. Only a few wads of multiple fish were spotted. Drew managed to coax one to the beach and got a great picture with a crowd of onlookers. 



King Mackerel were scarce Thursday through the weekend with one hooked but lost Sunday. Monday, a couple of Kings were spotted but not caught. Tuesday two Kings were decked and two others lost to cut-offs. One was a schoolie caught on Alewife and the other was a nice fish. Brandon tossed a Hardtail and was almost immediately hit. The fish took a long first run then came in spent. It weighed 21 pounds 5 ounces. Today, we saw several fish yet only two schoolies made it onto the deck. Dan got one on an X-rap and the other was on an Alewife. Chris is holding the one caught on the Alewife: 



Lots of baby Bobos were caught using sabikis and bubble rigs. Only a few bigger fish were prowling the bait schools. Friday, young angler Reese got slammed by one of the Summer Bonita and was in for quite a fight. He handled the fish well and brought it to the gaff. It was his personal best Bonita.




Species caught: Tarpon, King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish, Bonita  and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives, a few Threadfin Herring and lots of baby Bonita. 


Water temperature: 86-87


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

07

31

7:48 am

E

5.1

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.05

-

78.8

86.2

-

-

-

-

07

31

7:42 am

E

6.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.05

-

78.3

86.2

-

-

-

-

07

31

7:36 am

E

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.05

-

78.3

86.2

-

-

-

-

07

31

7:30 am

E

4.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.05

-

77.9

86.2

-

-

-

-

07

31

7:24 am

ENE

4.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.04

-

76.8

86.2

-

-

-

-

07

31

7:18 am

NE

4.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.04

-

76.5

86.2

-

-

-

-

07

31

7:12 am

NE

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.04

-

76.3

86.4

-

-

-

-



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


Tides for the week:  New Moon Wednesday July 31st  Full Moon Thursday Aug. 15th. 


Thursday 1st.        9:17pm Low    -0.1      10:52am High   2.0  Sunrise: 6:02am  Sunset: 7:35pm

Friday                   9:53pm Low     0.1      11:55am High   1.9

Saturday             10:12pm Low    0.3       12:55pm High   1.7      

Sunday                10:02pm Low    0.6       1:55pm High    1.4

Monday                 6:25am Low    0.8       4:14am High    0.9

                              9:32pm Low    0.8       3:04pm High    1.2 

Tuesday               10:48am Low   0.8       4:10am High    1.1

                               7:41pm Low   0.8       4:51pm High    0.9

Wednesday 7th.        3:15pm Low    0.6       4:19am High    1.3  Sunrise:6:05am  Sunset: 7:30pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


THURSDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest

5 to 10 knots late in the evening, then becoming northeast 5 to

10 knots after midnight. Seas 1 foot or less. Dominant period

2 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth. Slight chance of

showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms after midnight.


FRIDAY

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

Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance

of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then slight chance

of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.


FRIDAY NIGHT

East winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms through the night.


SATURDAY

East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south 5 to 10 knots

late in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light

chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms through the day.


SATURDAY NIGHT

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

Protected waters mostly smooth. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms through the night.


SUNDAY

North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest in the

afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less. Protected waters mostly smooth.

Chance of showers and thunderstorms through the day.


(local forecast)

THURSDAY  (89/76 rain  10% wind   S-08)

FRIDAY    (88/76 rain  20% wind SSE-08)

SATURDAY  (89/77 rain  40% wind SSE-07)

SUNDAY    (88/77 rain  30% wind   W-09)

MONDAY    (88/76 rain  40% wind WSW-10)

TUESDAY   (89/77 rain  30% wind   W-10)

WEDNESDAY (89/77 rain  20% wind  SW-09)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam







First Smoker King
7/30/2019

Water clarity, wind and bait conditions have been better than the fishing over the week. We expected a better bite than what happened. The number of Tarpon moving through slowed and were absent a couple of days. The King bite was pathetic. Spanish were present but for the most part they were tiny. Skinny water had a few Red Drum. The only plentiful catches were Hardtails and Ladyfish.

Even though the King bite was pathetic, Tommy L. decked his personal best fish Monday afternoon. I thought I had a decent fish when I landed a 17 pound fish but Tommy’s fish put mine to shame. Both fish hit around 2:00 pm and ate Alewife. Tommy was drifting his Alewife when the fish came off the bottom and rolled on his bait. It looked like a Tarpon and so Tommy had his drag very tight. It didn’t matter as the fish ripped line off the small rig he was using. After two long runs Tommy successfully brought it to gaff. It weighed 22 pounds 10 ounces. Good job Tommy! One other King was caught about an hour later. Tuesday and Wednesday were almost uneventful for Kings.




The Tarpon bite went cold and some anglers cried the run was over. However, they continue to move in and several were hooked yesterday. Again, swimbait was their bait of choice.

Skinny water has gotten hot but if you are persistent and fish early mornings or late evening you can be rewarded. Red Drum are moving through and occasionally bite. Robert proved that with this upper slot Red he decked. 


We are fortunate to have two of the best fishing piers in the area. It is up to us to keep them nice and help influence others who don’t follow the rules or signage posted for pier guests. This past weekend, the rails and some of the benches looked like a scene from the Texas Chain Saw Massacre. There are signs posted every few feet indicating to keep bait and fish in buckets or coolers. They also state Do Not cut or leave bait on the rail. I know I am preaching to the choir but if everyone would help make others aware and call attention to the problem maybe we would not have the rails or benches look like the following pictures. I have several other pictures that I will share with pier staff but not here as they include the anglers faces. 


  

Species caught: Tarpon, King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish, Bonita and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives, a few Cigar Minnows and baby Bonita. 

Water temperature: 87-89

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

07

18

5:36 am

N

5.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.08

-

81.9

87.3

-

-

-

-

07

18

5:30 am

N

4.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.07

-

81.7

87.3

-

-

-

-

07

18

5:24 am

N

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.07

-

82.2

87.3

-

-

-

-

07

18

5:18 am

N

5.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.07

-

83.1

87.3

-

-

-

-

07

18

5:12 am

N

4.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.07

-

83.5

87.3

-

-

-

-


Tides for the week:  New Moon Wednesday, July 31st  Full Moon Tuesday, July 16
th. 

Tuesday                7:47pm Low   -0.2       8:49am High   1.9

Wednesday 31st.     8:34pm Low   -0.2       9:49am High   2.0  Sunrise:6:01am  Sunset: 7:36pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

TUESDAY   (86/75 rain  20% wind SSE-07)

WEDNESDAY (87/76 rain  20% wind SSE-07)

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam


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