Pier/Beach Fishing



First Mahi
5/23/2019


Our water temperature has warmed quickly and is hovering around 83 degrees. The clarity is good and patches of Sargasm are floating in from off shore. Tarpon schools continue to pass moving East. The King bite has slowed but for a couple of late evenings. Spanish are scattered and Hardtails are still thick. Our first Mahi have shown. The Pompano bite has been good in skinny water. Hot weather is forecast for the upcoming weekend and week to follow. 


Kings were absent most days with the only good bite coming after 6:00 p.m. a couple of evenings. Around a dozen were decked each evening. Otherwise, just a few were hooked during the rest of the week. Willie walked onto the Tee Monday afternoon and made one cast with his #12 X-Rap. He immediately got hit and landed an 16 pound King. There hadn’t been a fish seen before he walked up. Then right at dark, JT got slammed and landed a respectable 27 pound King. 




The report was that a couple of Mahi were Caught Sunday afternoon. Then Tuesday, we had mats of gerass pushed in and a few Mahi were seen. Four were hooked and two made it onto the deck. James and Bob were the lucky anglers to land their Mahi.  



Species caught: King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Pompano, Ladyfish, Blue Runners and Bluefish. Bait: Alewives, a few Threadfin Herring and small Spanish Sardines.. 


Water temperature: 83



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

05

22

9:36 pm

WSW

4.1

4.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

79.9

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:30 pm

W

4.1

4.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

79.9

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:24 pm

W

4.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

79.9

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:18 pm

W

5.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

80.1

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:12 pm

W

4.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

80.1

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:06 pm

W

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

79.9

83.1

-

-

-

-


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


Tides for the week:  New Moon Monday June 03rd.  Full Moon Monday June 17th. 


Thursday 23rd                                        12:35pm High   1.6  Sunrise: 5:44am  Sunset: 7:35pm

Friday                    12:01am Low  -0.1      1:15pm High   1.5

Saturday                12:28am Low   0.0      1:54pm High   1.3      

Sunday                  12:48am Low   0.2       2:32pm High   1.2

Monday                   1:03am Low   0.3       3:07pm High   1.0

Tuesday                  1:13am Low   0.4       9:10am High   0.9

Wednesday 29th.    12:59am Low   0.5       8:46am High   1.0  Sunrise:5:42am  Sunset: 7:39pm 

                                6:22pm Low   0.6       8:58pm High   0.6                                                     


The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


THURSDAY

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

Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


THURSDAY NIGHT

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY

Southeast winds 10 knots becoming south 5 to

10 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period

4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest

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

after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.

Protected waters mostly smooth.


SATURDAY

East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 5 to

10 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected

waters mostly smooth.


SATURDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming

southeast after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a

light chop.


SUNDAY

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

waters a light chop.


SUNDAY NIGHT

West winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop.


MONDAY

Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 10

knots in the late morning and afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop.


 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (85/72 rain  10% wind SSE-12)

FRIDAY    (85/72 rain  10% wind   S-10)

SATURDAY  (90/75 rain  10% wind   W-09)

SUNDAY    (88/75 rain  10% wind   S-10)

MONDAY    (90/75 rain  10% wind WSW-12)

TUESDAY   (90/76 rain   0% wind  SW-10)

WEDNESDAY (87/76 rain  10% wind SSW-11)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam


38 Pound Smoker King

5/16/2019


We continue to have great water clarity and for the most part, good afternoon winds. However, the King bite seems better in the mornings. Bait is congregating around the pier but mostly consists of Alewives. Water temperatures are between 75 and 77 degrees. Kings dominated the first half of the week and Pompano took over after that. The big Spanish have dwindled to the smaller ones and we are still waiting for the Mahi and Sailfish to show. There was a reported sighting of a nice Sail one morning but no bite. Tarpon schools are occasionally passing but still headed east. Hardtails have been thick and so have the Hardtail fishermen. Big “Sabikis” are flying everywhere. Cobia fishermen have almost disappeared but a few Cobes are still coming through.


Thursday was the best day of the week with multiple catches of King Mackerel. The biggest King of the year was decked by Shawn and weighed 38 pounds. It was so long he had to stand on a stool for the picture. Several other fish hit the deck in the high 20’s along with more typical catches. Tom continues to have a great year and landed a fish right at 30 pounds. Johnny and ManJoe also put respectable Kings on the Deck. Last year, Brandon and Keri from The Rock, Georgia were visiting and I handed off a King to Keri. She landed it and gave Brandon a hard time about beating him. This year Brandon got his revenge and put a 23 pound King on the gaff. Brenda’s nephew Rausey was visiting from Atlanta and got his first King that weighed 15 pounds. Not to be outdone, Al C.,  Michael and Tommy L. decked nice fish.  




The Spanish bite cooled and the size fish got much smaller as the week moved along. One exception to that came Thursday just before 5:00 p.m. when Paul C. decked a Spanish that was just shy of 4 pounds. 


The competition for the Cobia is much less and a few anglers have capitalized on that. Several under size fish were caught and released during the week. Friday, Rob was working the Southwest corner of the pier hard with a down rod. He hooked and broke off  3 Cobia, one of which was a huge fish. He was getting frustrated but continued working his bait. I caught a small Pin fish and gave it to him. He had no more than dropped it in the water when a nice Cobia inhaled it. Success at last as he decked a 33 pound 10 ounce, 45 inch Cobia. Congrats Rob for the nice catch and for hanging in there! 


Skinny water brought great Pompano action the last half of the week. Good catches were common mainly using fresh and blanched Sand Fleas. A few Red Drum and a Black Drum were landed as well.  


Species caught: Cobia, King/Spanish Mackerel, Red/Black Drum, Pompano, Ladyfish, Blue Runners and Bluefish. Bait: A few Cigar minnows early mornings and Alewives. 


Water temperature: 75-77

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

05

15

7:18 am

NNE


4.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

60.1

75.6

-

-

-

-

05

15

7:12 am

NNE


2.9

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

60.1

75.7

-

-

-

-

05

15

7:06 am

NNE


2.9

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

59.7

75.7

-

-

-

-

05

15

7:00 am

NNE


5.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

+0.04

59.4

75.7

-

-

-

-

05

15

6:54 am

NNE


5.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

59.2

75.7

-

-

-

-

05

15

6:48 am

N


5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.02

-

59.4

75.9

-

-

-

-

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


Tides for the week:  Full Moon Saturday May 18th .  New Moon Monday June 03rd. 

Thursday 16nd.        1:30am Low   0.7     9:31am High   1.1  Sunrise: 5:48am  Sunset: 7:31pm

                                6:09pm Low   0.3 

Friday                      7:18pm Low   0.1     9:32am High   1.3

Saturday                 8:19pm Low  -0.1      9:32am High   1.5      

Sunday                   9:13pm Low  -0.2      9:53am High   1.6

Monday                 10:02pm Low -0.2     10:29am High   1.6

Tuesday                10:46pm Low -0.2     11:10am High   1.6

Wednesday 22nd.    11:26pm Low -0.1     11:53am High   1.6  Sunrise:5:49am  Sunset: 7:30pm                                                          


The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

THURSDAY NIGHT

South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east 5 to

10 knots in the late evening. Seas 1 foot. Dominant

period 4 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth.


FRIDAY

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 1 foot. Protected

waters a light chop.


FRIDAY NIGHT

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 1 foot.

Protected waters a light chop.


SATURDAY

Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


SATURDAY NIGHT

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to

2 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers

and thunderstorms.


SUNDAY

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

waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.


 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (83/68 rain   0% wind SSE-09)

FRIDAY    (83/70 rain  10% wind SSE-10)

SATURDAY  (84/71 rain   0% wind  SE-12)

SUNDAY    (83/71 rain  10% wind SSE-14)

MONDAY    (83/72 rain  10% wind SSE-10)

TUESDAY   (85/72 rain  10% wind SSE-11)

WEDNESDAY (85/72 rain  10% wind   S-10)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam





First Annual “King of the Pier” Tournament
5/9/2014

The fish gods were good to us this past week providing great conditions. Water temperatures were ideal, the clarity was great, we had good winds, choppy water, bait schools and the fish cooperated. There were multiple catches of King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Bluefish, Blue Runners and Ladyfish. The only species missing from the catch list were Mahi and Sailfish.

To add to the big week, we held the First Annual “King of the Pier” Tournament organized by Kevin G. and several others. The Tournament was a great success and the young anglers showed their skills by ending in the top spots. 




The “King of the Pier” Tournament was held Saturday, May 04, 2019 on the M. B. Miller (County) Pier. The biggest King Mackerel and biggest Spanish Mackerel were the categories. The rules were simple: First line in the water at 05:00 and last  fish must be landed and at the scales by Sunset or 7:23 p.m. There were two pots with 24 anglers participating in the King Mackerel division and 18 anglers participating in the Spanish Mackerel devision. There were local anglers as well as many from out of state. The participating anglers for the biggest King were: Paul M., George M., Johnny L., Nicholas L, Joe M., Rowel Z., Jeffery T., Von C., Daniel L., Antonio C., Bill S., Sidney P., Hunter I., Danny N., Albert G., Kevin G., Tyler G., David P., Tommy L., Evan W., Casey B., Allan H., Cohen H. and Tyler K. The Spanish Mackerel participants were: Casey, Tyler, Kevin, Danny L., David, Danny, George, Antonio, Von, Paul, Johnny, Nicholas, Joe, Rowel, Bill, Jason, Dylan and Albert. The event got started promptly at 05:00 a.m. with a flurry of bait and lures hitting the water. Jeffery got hit almost immediately but by the wrong quarry. An under size Cobia that was quickly released. He immediately cast another bait and it had not been in the water long before a screaming run took line off the spool. The fish fought hard but Jeffery handled it like a pro. Just as we thought everything was under control, “Flipper”, the “tax man” surfaced not far from the fish. Apparently Jeff was up to date on his taxes as he was able to bring his fish to a successful gaff. Jeff’s fish was hung on the scales at 05:43 a.m. and weighed 28 pounds 12 ounces. Many anglers’ faces showed the stress of the first fish setting such a high mark but they fished on. I jokingly thanked Jeffery for making my job easier by reducing the number of fish I would need to weigh in. Every angler fished hard all day and there were a number of fish decked. Nicholas hooked a fish that might have challenged Jeffery’s fish but the fight ended too soon to know. Two other nice size fish were weighed: Tyler G. – 19 pounds and Nicholas L. – 19 pounds 3 ounces, but nothing challenged Jeffery’s catch and his fish placed him as the 2019 King of the Pier winner.  



Jeffery had no real competition for his win but the Spanish Mackerel division was a lot more competitive. Big Spanish Mackerel were flooding through all day and too many to count hit the floor of the pier. Daniel L. got the competition started when he weighed in the first Spanish at 2 pounds 13 ounces. That mark did not hold long as Kevin G. took over the top spot with a 3 pound 5 ounce Spanish. Again, other anglers fished on and the weigh in got busy. The next  three fish kept raising the bar an ounce at a time. Nicholas L. brought a 4 pound 2 ounce Spanish to the scale then Bill S. a 4 pound 3 ounce fish. Kevin G. topped that one by an ounce with his 4 pound 4 ounce fish. All nice Spanish but that was not the end. A short time later, Dylan W. came to the scale with a big smile on his face. It was a well deserved smile as his fish weighed 5 pounds 0 ounces and kept him in the top spot and the winner of the Spanish Mackerel division. Other anglers not participating in the Tournament were catching big Spanish as well. The big Spanish of the day beat Dylan’s fish by 4 ounces. In the next few days, the big Spanish continued biting and a 6 pound Spanish was landed. 


I often refer to the group of anglers on our pier as “pier family” and that term applied during this Tournament. Many times we see the competition during Tournaments bring out the worst in participants. However, I am proud to say this was NOT displayed in any of this group of anglers. Sure, friendly jokes and jabs were exchanged but every participant showed a high level of respect, courtesy and general pier etiquette which made for a fun day for all. KUDOS to you!

The winners of the Tournament were not the only winners for the day. Several anglers won in other ways by gaining experience and knowledge. Others either got their first fish or topped their personal best fish. A couple of those were Joe M., a visiting angler that decked his first King Mackerel and Evan W. who topped his personal best King and landed his first pier Cobia. 


Saturday was the highlight of the week but not the only action for the week. Kings were caught all week. Johnny L. and Marty E. were fishing the southeast corner of the Tee when they both hooked-up. Both Kings fought hard but were skillfully brought to the gaff and decked. Johnny’s fish was the first King over 30 pounds for the year. Not only was it the first “Smoker” for the year but his personal best fish at 30 pounds 1 ounce. Marty’s King was no baby and weighed 22 pounds 7 ounces. Bill H., Marty E. and Dean would land several other Kings before the week was done. Catches became more than I was able to document and many anglers decked fish not shown here.   




Like Kings, Spanish were caught all week. As many were caught on natural bait as lures. Schools of big Spanish marauded bait schools and thrilled anglers with their aggressive bites and good fight. 


It is getting late in the season but the Cobia are still around. Several were caught over the 7 day period and a few missed. Natural bait was the top pick this week. Johnny, Evan, Sam and Tom landed keeper fish and several other under-size fish were released. 


Tuesday, James came out late to get in a little pier therapy. He got a surprise hook-up off the east side of the pier. A 100 plus pound Tarpon inhaled his bait and put on a show. James got 2 jumps off the east side, one off the front and then two more off the west side at the sand bar before the fish chaffed off. Could this be a preview of our Tarpon run?


Species caught: Cobia, King/Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Ladyfish, Blue Runners and Bluefish. Bait: Cigar minnows  mornings, a few Threadfin Herring, Spanish Sardine and Alewives. 


Water temperature: 77-79


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

05

09

7:06 am

SE

22.0

25.1

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

76.3

78.4

-

-

-

-

05

09

7:00 am

SE

22.9

26.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

+0.00

76.3

78.4

-

-

-

-

05

09

6:54 am

SE

24.1

26.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

76.3

78.4

-

-

-

-

05

09

6:48 am

SE

24.1

26.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

76.5

78.6

-

-

-

-

05

09

6:42 am

SE

22.9

27.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

76.5

78.6

-

-

-

-

05

09

6:36 am

SE

22.0

26.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

76.5

78.6

-

-

-

-


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


Tides for the week:  Full Moon Saturday May 18th .  New Moon Monday June 03rd. 

Thursday 02nd.                                       12:57pm High   1.7  Sunrise: 5:53am  Sunset: 7:26pm

Friday                   12:21am Low  -0.3      1:46pm High   1.6

Saturday                 1:17am Low  -0.2      2:37pm High   1.5      

Sunday                   2:05am Low  -0.1      3:32pm High   1.3

Monday                  2:37am Low    0.1     4:44pm High    1.1

Tuesday                 2:47am Low    0.3   10:11am High    0.8

                               2:15pm Low    0.8     8:27pm High    0.9

Wednesday 08th.      2:39am Low    0.5     9:31am High    0.9

                               4:37pm Low    0.5   10:27pm High    0.7  Sunrise:5:49am  Sunset: 7:30pm                                                          


The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


TODAY

Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming 10 to 15 knots

later this afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 4

seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.


TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2

to 3 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light to

moderate chop.


SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT

South winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2

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


SUNDAY

Southwest winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY

West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3

feet. Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (81/72 rain  20% wind SSE-15)

FRIDAY    (82/72 rain  20% wind SSE-10)

SATURDAY  (81/73 rain  30% wind   S-13)

SUNDAY    (79/68 rain  90% wind  SW-17)

MONDAY    (80/63 rain  20% wind WNW-11)

TUESDAY   (82/64 rain   0% wind NNW-09)

WEDNESDAY (81/66 rain  20% wind  SE-09)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam




















 































 






 











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