Pier/Beach Fishing

First Cobia hits the deck!
3/22/2019

 

Water temperature was on a slow but steady increase all week and our hopes of things bursting loose were high. We made it to 68 degrees by Friday only to have another cool front move in and we were back to 64 by Saturday. However, the water clarity is good and a few bait have begun to show. The first Spanish came over the rail Sunday on a sabiki rig but was small. Then Saturday morning they came in in force and the deck was littered with Spanish. Several anglers caught their limit. A few of us tried for Kings with Cigar minnows and X-Raps with no takers.

 

Wednesday, about 1:00 p.m., the first Cobia of the year hit. Steve M., Rowell and I were on the Southwest corner of the Tee catching the first Cigar Minnows of the year when Steve caught a glimpse of  the Cobia. He quickly grabbed his rod and surprisingly the fish was still on the surface. A “first cast” was made and the fish hammered the jig. Steve made short work of the fight and Rowell made a bull’s eye gaff shot on the first attempt. Congratulations Steve on decking the first Cobia that was 41 inches and 25 pounds. Hopefully the first of many. We are overdue a good season. 


 





The Black Drum run seems to be over as none were caught this week. Red Drum took their place and more were caught than any previous week this year. Fresh Squid, Ghost Shrimp and life Shrimp seemed to be the preferred bait and early mornings or late evening the premium time for a bite. Joe C. caught Reds back to back mornings and Robert put one on the deck right after sunset. I got a couple that were just over the slot at 27 ½ and 28 inches. Small Pompano were caught all week but Rowell got the only legal one on Wednesday afternoon .



 





In other action, Parker, his brothers and Dad were  vacationing and decided to give the pier a try. Things were slow when a Bluefish lifted their spirits. Parker got their trip started with this Blue: 


 

Species caught: Red Drum, Pompano, Sheepshead, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel Blues and  Squid. Bait: A few Cigar Minnows and a couple of Alewives.

 

Water temperature: 64-65.

 

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

03

17

8:12 am

N

8.9

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.21

-

50.7

64.4

-

-

-

-

03

17

8:06 am

NNE

5.1

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.20

-

50.9

64.4

-

-

-

-

03

17

8:00 am

NNE

5.1

8.9

-

-

-

-

30.20

+0.01

50.9

64.4

-

-

-

-

 

 

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

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Wednesday Mar.20th .  New Moon Friday Apr. 05th.

Friday                  6:39am Low    0.4     1:15am High  0.7

                            7:21pm Low    0.1   12:44pm High  0.6

Saturday             5:14am Low    0.5     2:42am High  0.6

                            9:08pm Low   0.0    12:28pm High  0.8

Sunday              11:04pm Low  -0.1    12:26pm High  1.0

Monday                                               12:58pm High  1.2

Tuesday             12:51am Low -0.2      1:39pm High  1.2  

Wednesday 20th    2:12am Low  -0.2     2:25pm High  1.2 Sunrise:6:37am  Sunset:6:59pm                                                          

 

 

 (local forecast)

SATURDAY  (73/57 rain   0% wind ESE-09)

SUNDAY    (74/63 rain  20% wind  SE-13)

MONDAY    (75/64 rain  40% wind SSE-13)

TUESDAY   (75/62 rain  40% wind  SW-13)

WEDNESDAY (74/62 rain  30% wind SSE-11)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam

 

 


Water temp reset

3/15/2019

 

We had almost hit that target water temperature only to have another cold front knock us back down to 62 at the beginning of the week. We gained some of that back as the week progressed and should get more warming  through next weekend. Another cool front is predicted beginning next Sunday but it should not have as much affect as the last one. The Spanish Mackerel have yet to show but it should not be much longer. Black Drum continue their unusual stay near the pier and a few Red Drum schools are arriving early mornings and late afternoons. Sheepshead were thick  early week but it was tough to get a bite. Small Pompano are being caught in skinny water however, keeper size fish are still not in the mix. Big Squid are here very early mornings and a mix of sizes in late evenings. Schools of Bluefish are here and are slowly biting.

 

The fun began Monday with a small group of Black Drum hanging under the pier in the shallows. A slow presentation of a Ghost Shrimp almost guaranteed a bite. Once you felt the bite, the fight was on to keep them away from the pilings. Most of the fish were inside the slot. Occasionally, a Red Drum would beat the Black to the bait and several anglers found out the hard way how powerful they are. The bite lasted all week and numerous Black and several Red Drums were caught. Small Pompano were feeding under the pier as well. I got 5 Friday but the biggest one was only about 9 inches. 


 






Sheepshead are probably the most challenging fish to catch from the pier and they proved that this week. The first half of the week they were thick around the pilings off the end of the pier. You could hang a bait at their nose and they would ignore it. Finally, Wednesday morning a few decided to eat. John was able to put three nice ones in his cooler using live shrimp. Then, Mark stuck a stud mid afternoon using Ghost Shrimp. As the week progressed they became more scarce. 



 



Just a reminder, as you make your April fishing plans, “Sand Jam 2019” is scheduled  and the pier will have limited  access from April 21st to 30th. The parking  will be the biggest problem as it will be mostly closed to us. The pier will be closed the three afternoons and evenings during the concert. 


 

Species caught: Red Drum, Black Drum, Pompano, Sheepshead, Blues and  Squid. Bait: scarce.

 

Water temperature: 65-66.

 

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

03

10

8:12 am

SE

8.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.10

-

65.8

63.0

-

-

-

-

03

10

8:06 am

SE

7.0

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.10

-

65.7

63.0

-

-

-

-

03

10

8:00 am

SE

6.0

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.10

+0.05

65.5

63.0

-

-

-

-

03

10

7:54 am

SE

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

65.5

63.0

-

-

-

-

 

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

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Wednesday Mar.20th .  New Moon Friday Apr. 05th.


Friday                  4:00am Low   -0.4    4:56pm High  1.2

Saturday             4:48am Low    -0.4    6:38pm High  1.3

Sunday               5:34am Low    -0.5    8:06pm High  1.3

Monday               6:18am Low    -0.4    9:24pm High  1.2

Tuesday              6:57am Low    -0.3  10:41pm High  1.1  

Wednesday 20th   7:21am Low     0.0  11:58pm High  0.9 Sunrise:6:46am  Sunset:6:54pm                                                          

 


 (local forecast)

FRIDAY    (70/51 rain  80% wind  SW-13)

SATURDAY  (60/47 rain  50% wind   N-13)

SUNDAY    (63/48 rain  10% wind NNE-11)

MONDAY    (65/49 rain   0% wind NNE-11)

TUESDAY   (62/52 rain   0% wind NNE-09)

WEDNESDAY (67/51 rain  10% wind  NW-11)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

 

Sam



Things looking better- and then another cold front.

 

This past week brought warming water and better quality. Fish began to show in small schools. Bait is still scarce except for Squid. This resulted in increased catches, if you were willing to put in a full day. The bite was better late in the day. By this time last year, we already had Spanish Mackerel and three Kings had hit the deck. We had turbo Cigar Minnows everywhere. With that said, the weather guessers predict another cold front  to hit beginning Sunday night Monday morning. It will dominate the week with improved temps starting next Friday. This will definitely set the water temp back and delay the Mackerel season.

 

I am beginning to see a few anglers bringing their Cobia jigs with hopes of getting that first one. I am guessing a little more patience will be needed.

 

The first Pin fish of the year was caught Sunday. A few more Red Drum came in and the Black Drum remain. Small Pompano were eating and even though Sheepshead were here in good numbers, they had lock jaw. Mark got things started Monday morning with a slot Black Drum. Then the afternoon produced a couple of barely over-slot Red Drum. Mark and I both just missed the slot with 27.5 and 28 inch fish. Michael had been targeting Sheepshead for over a week. They had refused live Shrimp, Fiddlers and even Ghost Shrimp. However, one fish finally ate and went home with Michael. 


 




Wednesday, Thursday and Friday brought more Black Drum, a huge Pin fish and a lone keeper Pompano. They were picky but could not resist Ghost Shrimp. Several Blacks were decked each day. I managed a limit Thursday and had a fifth fish on Friday only to have the hook pull. Here’s one that Paul invited to dinner:  


 





Species caught: Red Drum, Black Drum, Pompano, Sheepshead and  Squid. Bait: scarce.

 

Water temperature: almost 67.

 

MM

DD

TIME
(EST)

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

03

03

7:42 am

SE

4.1

4.1

-

-

-

-

30.00

-

66.0

66.4

-

-

-

-

03

03

7:36 am

ESE

2.9

2.9

-

-

-

-

30.00

-

66.2

66.6

-

-

-

-

03

03

7:30 am

ESE

2.9

4.1

-

-

-

-

30.01

-

66.0

66.6

-

-

-

-

 

 

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

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Wednesday Mar.20th .  New Moon Wednesday Mar. 06th.

Monday 04th        6:10am Low   -0.3    8:56pm High  0.9 Sunrise:6:05am  Sunset:5:44pm

Tuesday              6:18am Low   -0.2    9:42pm High  0.9

Wednesday         6:13am Low   -0.1  10:31pm High  0.8

Thursday             6:16am Low    0.0  12:39am High  0.3

                            3:46pm Low    0.3  11:24pm High  0.7

Friday                  6:15am Low    0.1  12:42pm High  0.4

                            5:15pm Low    0.2

Saturday             5:43am Low    0.2   12:22am High  0.5

                           6:54pm Low    0.2   12:36pm High  0.5

BEGIN DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Sunday               6:05am Low    0.3     1:33am High  0.4

                           9:39pm Low    0.1     1:13pm High  0.7

Monday             11:20pm Low   0.0     1:25pm High  0.8

Tuesday                                               1:58pm High  1.0  

Wednesday 13th   1:31am Low  -0.2     2:42pm High  1.1 Sunrise:6:54am  Sunset:6:50pm                                                          

 

The Marine forecast for the next day is:

 

THURSDAY

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

Protected waters a light chop.

 

 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (61/53 rain   0% wind ESE-07)

FRIDAY    (68/61 rain  20% wind SSE-11)

SATURDAY  (73/65 rain  20% wind  SE-14)

SUNDAY    (74/62 rain  50% wind SSW-15)

MONDAY    (72/56 rain  20% wind WNW-09)

TUESDAY   (71/58 rain  10% wind  SE-11)

WEDNESDAY (72/62 rain  40% wind  SE-11)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam



Painful two weeks
2/26/2019

 

The last two weeks have produced nothing but frustration and “skunks”. I am aware of two Red Drum, 3 tiny Pompano, a few Catfish, Bluefish and several Stingrays being caught. Sheepshead have been hanging around the pilings but refused live Shrimp, Fiddlers and even Ghost Shrimp. Squid have been the only quarry that kept us coming back.

 

Squid have been regular catches both daytime and evenings. Several days they were quite plentiful. Most were small but Casey got one that was the largest I have seen this year. 


 

Skinny water was the only producer and the three tiny Pompano hit Ghost Shrimp right at dark on the 17th. I had fished all day without a bite and got the Pomps in a 15 minute window. 


 

To add to our fishing woes, “Sand Jam 2019” is coming soon. The County has posted the following notice at the pier entrance advising us the City will be honoring our passes during the time the H. B. Miller Pier and parking lot will bed restricted. I guess our Cobia season just got shorter. 


 

Species caught: Red Drum, Pompano and  Squid. Bait: scarce.

 

Water temperature: 67.

 

MM

DD

TIME
(EST)

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

02

24

8:24 am

WNW

13.0

17.1

-

-

-

-

30.06

-

65.5

67.3

-

-

-

-

02

24

8:18 am

WNW

12.0

17.1

-

-

-

-

30.06

-

65.3

67.3

-

-

-

-

02

24

8:12 am

WNW

13.0

17.1

-

-

-

-

30.06

-

65.1

67.3

-

-

-

-

02

24

8:06 am

WNW

13.0

15.9

-

-

-

-

30.05

-

65.1

67.3

-

-

-

-

02

24

8:00 am

WNW

14.0

15.9

-

-

-

-

30.04

+0.05

65.5

67.1

-

-

-

-

02

24

7:54 am

NW

11.1

14.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

65.8

67.3

-

-

-

-

 

 

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

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Wednesday Mar.20th .  New Moon Wednesday Mar. 06th.

Monday 25th     12:55am Low   -0.1     1:29pm High  0.9 Sunrise:6:12am  Sunset:5:39pm

Tuesday             2:11am Low   -0.3     2:30pm High  0.9

Wednesday        3:06am Low   -0.4     3:33pm High  1.0

Thursday            3:52am Low   -0.5     5:05pm High  1.0

Friday                 4:34am Low   -0.5     6:22pm High  1.0

Saturday             5:11am Low   -0.4     7:20pm High  1.0

Sunday               5:45am Low   -0.4     8:09pm High  1.0

Monday              6:10am Low   -0.3     8:56pm High   0.9

Tuesday             6:18am Low   -0.2     9:42pm High   0.9  

Wednesday 06th  6:13am Low   -0.1   10:31pm High   0.8 Sunrise:6:02am  Sunset:5:45pm                                                          

 

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

 

TUESDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT

East winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2

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

Chance of rain.

 

WEDNESDAY

Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest

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

Rain likely.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Light and variable winds. Seas 1 foot or less.

Protected waters smooth. Slight chance of rain.

 

THURSDAY

Southwest 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot or less.

Protected waters smooth. Slight chance of rain.

 

 (local forecast)

Monday    (68/54 rain   0% wind  NE-14)

TUESDAY   (68/60 rain  40% wind   E-10)

WEDNESDAY (68/60 rain  50% WIND ESE-07)

THURSDAY  (71/63 rain  50% wind   S-10)

FRIDAY    (71/64 rain  30% wind   S-12)

SATURDAY  (70/50 rain  50% wind   W-13)

SUNDAY    (62/50 rain  20% wind  NE-12)

MONDAY    (61/48 rain  50% wind  NE-13)

TUESDAY   (62/49 rain  50% wind  NE-14)

WEDNESDAY (62/51 rain  50% wind  NE-12)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam




























 






 











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