Pier/Beach Fishing








King Sunday
4/17/2019


Water temperature has reached our goal and the bite and species variety have improved. Bait still needs to be more consistent to hold fish around the pier. The water clarity was good most of the week but was blown out Sunday after the rough weather. As the weather got rough Sunday, the King bite exploded and we had the best catches of the year. As anglers arrived at the pier Monday morning, we were faced with poor water quality that only began to clear late Tuesday. Our water should briefly remain clear a short time before another “blow”  Thursday night/Friday morning. It looks like the water quality will get trashed again.

King Mackerel catches were the big news for the week. Sunday could  only be described as epic as the bite was fast and furious. A number of fish were hooked simultaneously and the fights caused many tangles, crossed lines and lost fish. There were more lost than landed but that is the nature of pier fishing. Natural bait was the clear winner  for the number of bites but artificial baits got fish too. We saw several fish decked in the 20 plus pound range with several more just shy of 20. The big fish was caught during the storm Sunday by David that weighed in at 28 pounds. There were a couple of anglers that got their first ever pier Kings - Jordan and Evan.  The list of successful anglers was long and included a number of visiting anglers. Here are a few of that group along with a few locals: Kevin, Rod, Lee, Evan, David, Jordan, Billy, Brenda, Will, Jason and Michael. Check these pictures of  Kings landed with David’s big fish first:     








Spanish Mackerel were roving the waters too and a few larger fish made their way on the deck. Spoons, Gotchas and bait got their attention. Many fishermen were rewarded with good catches and a few limits. Rod and George are shown below with a couple of the nicer fish that they caught. Granger got one that was 24 inches but unfortunately I didn’t get a picture. 


Kings and Spanish were not the only species to excite us. Cobia fishermen got in on the action too. Several fish were spotted and hooked only to escape the gaff. However, Tom put a 27 pound fish on the deck that came in the skinny water. Then, Mark was drifting a Threadfin Herring for a King when his 21 pound Cobia hit. I had a small fish eat a live Hardtail Monday but decided it was too close to the size limit to gaff so I popped it off pier side. 




Red and Black Drum put smiles on anglers faces with hard fights as usual. Rod, Bob and Howard landed nice Reds and Kermit put a “Big Ugly: Black Drum on the deck. 







Schools of Jack Crevelle have occasionally poured through and if you were prepared and willing to chase them down, a few were willing to bite. Rod, Tyler and Will were a few of the lucky anglers that decked  “tackle busters”. 



One unusual catch was recorded this week as a small Trigger was decked. Of course this is not a first but is fairly rare. 


Species caught: Cobia, Drum (Red and Black), Flounder, Jack Crevelle, Mackerel (King and Spanish), Pompano and one Trigger. Bait: Cigar minnows were in Friday morning then an occasional school of Threadfin Herring and Alewives. 


Water temperature: 69-70

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

04

17

7:06 am

E


12.0

14.0

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

64.2

69.6

-

-

-

-

04

17

7:00 am

E


11.1

14.0

-

-

-

-

30.09

+0.00

64.0

69.8

-

-

-

-

04

17

6:54 am

E


11.1

13.0

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

64.2

69.8

-

-

-

-

04

17

6:48 am

E


8.0

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

63.5

69.8

-

-

-

-

04

17

6:42 am

E


7.0

12.0

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

63.5

69.8

-

-

-

-


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


Tides for the week:  Full Moon Friday Apr.19th .  New Moon Saturday May 04th. 

Thursday 18th       4:46am Low    0.6    10:58pm High  0.8  Sunrise: 6:12am  Sunset: 7:13pm

                             5:39pm Low    0.3

Friday                   3:45am Low    0.7      1:00am High  0.7

                             7:05pm Low    0.1    10:52am High  1.0

Saturday              8:34pm Low     0.0    10:33am High  1.2      

Sunday                9:55pm Low    -0.1    10:56am High  1.4

Monday              11:02pm Low    -0.2    11:34am High  1.5

Tuesday                                                 12:16pm High  1.5 

Wednesday 17th  12:05am Low   -0.1       1:00pm High  1.5  Sunrise:6:06am  Sunset: 7:17pm                                                          


The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

THURSDAY

South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.

Protected waters a moderate chop.


THURSDAY NIGHT

South winds 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet

with occasional seas up to 8 feet building to 6 to 8 feet with

occasional seas up to 10 feet. Dominant period 6 seconds after

midnight. Protected waters rough. Chance of showers and isolated

thunderstorms in the evening, then showers and thunderstorms

likely after midnight.


FRIDAY

West winds 25 to 30 knots. Gusts to 40 knots. Seas 7 to

10 feet with occasional seas up to 13 feet. Dominant period

7 seconds. Protected waters rough. Chance of showers and isolated

thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of rain in the

afternoon.


FRIDAY NIGHT

Northwest winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 9 feet

with occasional seas up to 11 feet. Protected waters choppy.

Slight chance of rain.


SATURDAY

West winds 20 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with

occasional seas up to 9 feet. Protected waters choppy.


SATURDAY NIGHT

Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots decreasing to

10 knots after midnight, then becoming northeast 10

knots early in the morning. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional

seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters a light chop.


SUNDAY

Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop.




 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (77/67 rain  10% wind SSE-18)

FRIDAY    (69/54 rain  20% wind   W-22)

SATURDAY  (70/55 rain   0% wind WNW-17)

SUNDAY    (74/57 rain   0% wind  SE-09)

MONDAY    (76/60 rain   0% wind  SE-08)

TUESDAY   (78/63 rain  10% wind  SE-08)

WEDNESDAY (78/65 rain  10% wind  SE-09)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam





Welcome Cobia and Pompano


Thursday got the week off on a good note with the only King we would see caught. Pomano were hitting the deck and Cobia were spotted. Spanish Mackerel kept anyone interested casting their lures. The water looked great and our water temperature was hovering around 68. We expected a busy week. 

Tommy was working his X-Rap off the Southeast corner of the Tee when his lure got skyed on by a nice King. Tommy quickly brought his fish to the gaff and decked the 26.6 pound fish. Even though there were several other Kings spotted over the next 6 days, this would be the only one to hit the deck. X-Raps got more attention than natural bait. However, Jeffery had a fish eat his Threadfin but the hook did not find the mark. By Tuesday the water quality was trash and that was that. 



Cobia are here and made up for the lack of Kings. Jacob put the second Cobia on the deck Thursday when he landed a 30 pounder. Then Friday, Casey and Larry F. would add their names to the 2019 Cobia catches. Casey’s fish was about 35 pounds. Larry landed his 21.25 pound fish on an X-Rap. Several other fish were spotted through the week but no reports of more decked fish reached me.







Friday also brought Bonito and Sharks. Several Bobos were hooked and a few landed in spite of the Sharks. Tommy lost his to a Shark. Brenda managed to get her’s on the deck.  


Pompano and Spanish Mackerel were the only species to bite all week. We had the best Pompano catches to date. Several anglers left with their limit. Bobby B. displayed his catch on top of his cooler. They were caught in skinny water, as usual. As the water got rough Tuesday, they moved to the outer sandbar. Spanish were caught from the middle Tee out to the end. Most were caught inside the sandbar. A couple of larger fish were landed off bait but  were primarily caught on Gotchas. I got lucky with a 22 inch fish off a Cigar minnow. 




The rough water Tuesday got the Red Drum fired up. Several were caught in skinny water and even a couple of slot fish were in the mix. Bob put an upper-slot fish on the deck about lunch time. Needless to say it made his day. 


Species caught: Red Drum, Cobia, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Blues, Bonito and  Squid. Bait: An occasional Threadfin Herring and a few passing schools of Ballyhoo. Choffers are thick.


Water temperature: 68-69.

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

04

10

6:42 am

N

5.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

29.78

-

63.9

68.4

-

-

-

-

04

10

6:36 am

N

5.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

29.78

-

63.7

68.4

-

-

-

-

04

10

6:30 am

N

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

29.78

-

63.9

68.4

-

-

-

-

04

10

6:18 am

N

5.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

29.78

-

63.9

68.4

-

-

-

-



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


Tides for the week:  Full Moon Friday Apr.19th .  New Moon Saturday May 04th. 

Thursday 11th     12:46am Low    -0.2    2:06pm High  1.4  Sunrise: 6:19am  Sunset: 7:08pm

Friday                   2:06am Low    -0.3    3:04pm High  1.4

Saturday              3:10am Low     -0.3    4:15pm High  1.4      

Sunday                4:00am Low     -0.2    6:09pm High  1.3

Monday               4:39am Low     -0.1    8:09pm High  1.2

Tuesday              5:01am Low      0.1     9:41pm High  1.0 

Wednesday 17th    5:00am Low     0.3   11:04am High  0.6

                            4:08pm Low     0.5    11:13pm High 0.9  Sunrise:6:13am  Sunset: 7:12pm                                                          


The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


THURSDAY

South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant

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


THURSDAY NIGHT

South winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY

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

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY NIGHT

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop.


SATURDAY

Southeast winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet

building to 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet in the

afternoon. Protected waters a moderate chop.


SATURDAY NIGHT

South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet

with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy.


SUNDAY

Southwest winds 20 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with

occasional seas up to 9 feet. Protected waters choppy. Showers

and thunderstorms likely.



 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (75/65 rain  10% wind  SE-13)

FRIDAY    (75/65 rain  20% wind SSE-10)

SATURDAY  (77/69 rain  20% wind  SE-15)

SUNDAY    (74/55 rain  90% wind SSW-19)

MONDAY    (72/57 rain  10% wind  NE-10)

TUESDAY   (76/63 rain  10% wind  SE-07)

WEDNESDAY (78/67 rain  20% wind SSE-13)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam




First King hits the deck
4/4/2019

Cobia are still elusive and the few seen were not willing to eat. The first King for the year hits the deck. Pomps, are moving through the shallows and the Spanish are here in good numbers. The water temp is slowly rising and has flirted with 68 several times. The upcoming warmer temperatures should push us into the low 70’s by late week.

Cobia anglers have been straining their eyes searching for any signs of fish moving in. For the most part, they have been disappointed. Cobia are just not here yet. Only a few have been spotted and no more have hit the deck.

With the increasing water temps and moving into April we expected the first King to show and it did on the 2nd. I was out of town so I had to search for a picture. Thanks Jacob for the shot. Then yesterday a couple more Kings were seen making a pass at our bait but no takers. This weekend should be the beginning of the Spring run as conditions are lining up just right. Expect rail space to be a premium. 


Spanish Mackerel have been more plentiful. Almost every day they have been caught mornings and evenings in numbers. Gotchas seem to have worked best but fish were caught on other lures and on natural bait. Most of the Spanish are small keeper size but we are seeing a few larger ones moving through as well. 


Pompano have kept skinny water anglers excited again this week. The news traveled and the number of anglers targeting them have increased. Jigs tipped with sand fleas or bits of “fish bites” have worked well. A few were even caught on sabikis like the double Michael caught. Casey’s trip was quickly coming to an end but not before he got in on the Pompano action. 




Other skinny water action produced Red Drum and Black Drum. Joe and Tom have worked the shallows and have routinely put nice fish on the deck. Joe, again this week, decked a “Bull “ Red. Not to be outdone, Willy decked a stud Black Drum. 



As usual, Brenda was working all angles. She targeted the Sheepshead between Spanish runs and was able to catch two before they shut off. One was under limit and the other  just over. Both went back to grow. 


Species caught: Red Drum, Black Drum, Pompano, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Blues, Bonito and  Squid. Bait: A few Cigar Minnows early mornings.

Water temperature: 67-68.


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

04

03

9:54 pm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

30.29

-

65.5

67.8

-

-

-

-

04

03

9:48 pm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

30.28

-

65.3

67.8

-

-

-

-

04

03

9:42 pm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

30.28

-

65.3

68.0

-

-

-

-

04

03

9:36 pm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

30.29

-

65.3

68.0

-

-

-

-

04

03

9:30 pm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

30.29

-

65.3

68.0

-

-

-

-

04

03

9:24 pm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

30.28

-

65.3

68.0

-

-

-

-


The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

THURSDAY

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light to moderate

chop. Chance of showers in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light to moderate

chop. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

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

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers

and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth.

SATURDAY

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

Protected waters a light chop.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to

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

and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY

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

Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


SUNDAY NIGHT

South winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely.


MONDAY

Southwest winds 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with

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

Showers and thunderstorms likely.


 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (71/65 rain  60% wind  SE-14)

FRIDAY          (73/66 rain  80% wind SSW-12)

SATURDAY  (75/64 rain  20% wind   S-10)

SUNDAY       (77/67 rain  20% wind SSE-14)

MONDAY      (73/63 rain  90% wind   S-17)

TUESDAY     (74/62 rain  40% wind WSW-12)

WEDNESDAY (77/64 rain   0% wind WSW-10)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam









 































 






 











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