Pier/Beach Fishing


Best Red Tide report since early September
12/8/2018

 

In Northwest Florida over the past week,(Nov. 24-30) K. brevis persist in Southwest Florida but were not observed in Northwest Florida or on the East Coast this past week. Additional details are provided below.

In Southwest Florida, observations of >1,000,000 K. brevis cells per liter (“high” concentrations) were patchy and occurred in Pinellas, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. “Medium” K. brevis concentrations were detected in and/or offshore of these same counties and in Manatee and Collier counties. Relative to last week, K. brevis concentrations generally decreased in Pinellas, Manatee, and Charlotte counties, and some areas of Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties. Cell concentrations increased in other parts of Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties. K. brevis was present in seven Northwest Florida counties and two East Coast counties, but not at bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells per liter).

§  In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to high concentrations in Pinellas County, background to medium concentrations in Manatee County, low to high concentrations in Sarasota County, background to high concentrations in Charlotte County, very low to high concentrations in or offshore of Lee County, very low to medium concentrations in Collier County, and background to very low concentrations in or offshore of Monroe County. For additional information, view the southwest coast report Adobe PDFand map Adobe PDF

§  In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to low concentrations in Escambia County, low concentrations in Santa Rosa County, background to very low concentrations in Okaloosa County, very low concentrations in Bay County, background to low concentrations in Gulf County, background to low concentrations in Franklin County, and background concentrations in Wakulla County. For additional information, view the northwest coast report Adobe PDFand map Adobe PDF.

§  Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. For additional information, view the east coast report Adobe PDFand map Adobe PDF.

Fish Kills
In Southwest Florida, fish kill reports were received for Manatee, Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties. In Northwest Florida, fish kills were reported in Escambia and Gulf counties. Fish kills were not reported for the East Coast of Florida. More detailed information is available at http://myfwc.com/fishkill.

 

The pier saw many days of few or no anglers as the weather temps, wind and rain kept them away. The pier webcam documented the evidence: 







 

However, for the anglers that did brave the conditions, the species list grew slightly as the water began to clear and Red Tide subsided. We should be killing Flounder but they have yet to show in numbers or size. There were a few caught but most were under the size limit. Red Drum were in the shallows and were mostly under or barely slot. A few Pompano have begun to show with a few decked almost every day. Black Drum were  common catches several days. None were the “Big Uglys” but most were in the slot. Bluefish were more than willing to eat. Bonito should have been thick with the winds but only one hit the deck in two weeks. Granville got it on a ghost X-rap.








 

Species caught: Red Drum, Black Drum, Pompano, Bluefish, Flounder. Bait: absent except for a few rain minnows.

 

Water temperature has been hovering about 64.

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

12

02

7:42 am

S

18.1

20.0

-

-

-

-

29.79

-

71.6

64.8

-

-

-

-

12

02

7:36 am

S

15.9

17.1

-

-

-

-

29.80

-

71.1

64.8

-

-

-

-

12

02

7:30 am

S

15.9

17.1

-

-

-

-

29.79

-

71.2

64.8

-

-

-

-

, 12

02

7:24 am

S

15.0

17.1

-

-

-

-

29.79

-

71.4

64.6

-

-

-

-

12

02

7:18 am

S

15.9

20.0

-

-

-

-

29.78

-

71.4

64.6

-

-

-

-

 

 

Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Dec. 07th. -  Full Moon Saturday Dec. 22nd.

Saturday         8:11am Low   -0.4     9:14pm High   1.4      

Sunday           8:45am Low   -0.4     9:53pm High   1.4

Monday           9:13am Low   -0.4   10:33pm High   1.3

Tuesday          9:37am Low   -0.3    11:12pm High  1.2

Wednesday   10:00am Low   -0.3    11:49am High  1.1  Sunrise:6:21am  Sunset:4:42pm                                                          

 

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam





PCB Pier Report 
Finally better water clarity
11/24/2018

 
In Northwest Florida over the past week,(Nov. 10-16) K. brevis was observed at low concentrations in Escambia County, low to medium concentrations in Santa Rosa County, low concentrations in Okaloosa County, and medium to high concentrations in Bay County.
 
Fish Kills
In Southwest Florida, fish kill reports were received for multiple locations in Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties, and in and offshore of Charlotte County. In Northwest Florida, fish kills were reported in Okaloosa and Bay counties. On the East Coast of Florida, a fish kill was reported in Palm Beach
County. More detailed information is available athttp://myfwc.com/fishkill.
 
The pier is slowly coming back to life. Even though the Red Tide testing indicated presence of K. brevis, the water near the pier was improved, especially by week’s end. A few Flounder were caught but were scattered through-out the week. There was not a consistent bite like you would expect for a typical November. A few Red Drum were caught and on Saturday, Brenda put an over-slot Black Drum on the deck. The bait situation is poor but a few Cigar minnows were caught by casting as far off the westide of the Tee as possible. 


 
Species caught: Red Drum, Black Drum and Flounder. Bait: Cigs.
 
Water temperature has been hovering at 68 the past couple of days but was 69 this afternoon.
 
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
11
18
8:24 pm
NNW
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.17
-
59.2
69.4
-
-
-
-
11
18
8:18 pm
N
5.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.17
-
59.5
69.6
-
-
-
-
11
18
8:12 pm
N
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.18
-
60.3
69.6
-
-
-
-
11
18
8:06 pm
NNW
4.1
5.1
-
-
-
-
30.17
-
60.4
69.6
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Dec. 07th. -  Full Moon Wednesday Nov. 23rd.

Friday             6:51am Low   -0.2     8:52pm High   1.6
Saturday         7:53am Low   -0.3     9:35pm High   1.7      
Sunday           8:50am Low   -0.4    11:12pm High   1.6
 
Monday           10:34am Low   -0.5     11:59pm High   1.5
Tuesday          11:17am Low   -0.3    
Wednesday     11:50am Low   -0.1     12:42am High   1.3
Thursday         12:03pm Low    .01       1:17am High   1.1  Sunrise:6:21am Sunset:4:42pm                                                          
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
FRIDAY
East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Protected
waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers.
 
(local forecast)
FRIDAY (67/61 rain 90% wind E-14)
SATURDAY (70/59 rain 20% wind WSW-7)
SUNDAY (72/59 rain 20% wind S-8)
MONDAY (65/49 rain 40% wind WNW-12)
 

Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam


New Pier Ordinance
10/20/2018



There has been considerable banter over the years about the restrictions of boats, kayaks, surfboards, swimmers, etc. near the pier. Bay County has now installed the proper signage on the front and sides of the pier that state: Stay Back 400 Feet From the Pier per ordinance 5-84C. Below I have pasted Bay County Ordinance, Section 5-84 -Boat and water safety, as well as the penalties  for everyone’s viewing so there is no question as to what the rules are. (See: 7106, 7111)
Sec. 5-84. - Boat and water safety.
(a)
The diving, jumping or leaping into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico from any dock or pier is hereby prohibited.
(b)
No person shall possess or utilize any glass container in or on any public park, pier or recreation area, or upon the sand beach areas.
(c)
The use or possession within or on the Gulf waters of the unincorporated Bay County, within 400 feet of any dock or pier, of any surfboard or boat, whether powered or unpowered, or other floating devices of any nature whatsoever, except life jackets, life rafts or other devices intended and used primarily for lifesaving purposes, is hereby prohibited.
(d)
No person shall knowingly swim within any channel properly marked pursuant to subsection 5-86(a).
(e)
No person shall knowingly remain within any properly sized and clearly marked landing and take-off zone established pursuant to subsection 5-86(b).
(f)
No person shall operate or assist in the operation of any motorboat, sailboat, sled, watercraft, motor driven floating device or device of any nature propelled by any method, in or upon the Gulf waters within 900 feet of shore at a rate of travel in excess of idle speed.
(g)
No person shall lease or hire, as lessor or lessee, any motorboat, sailboat, sled, watercraft, motor driven floating device or device of any nature propelled by any method, which is operated in the Gulf waters within 900 feet of shore at a rate of travel in excess of idle speed.
(h)
It is unlawful to enter or remain in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico along the shores of the unincorporated areas of Bay County when water conditions are unsafe as evidenced by the display of double red flags by the Bay County Sheriff's Office, and after verbal warning of such condition by any law enforcement officer within his or her jurisdiction. Those persons surfing with a surfboard attached to the surfer by a leash are exempt from this section. A surfboard means a fiberglass, epoxy, closed-cell neoprene or closed cell Styrofoam instrument with one or more fins or skegs attached to or inserted through the bottom, including windsurf boards and sailboards, but does not include rubber rafts, floats, belly boards, skim boards, or boogie boards. Notwithstanding the penalty in subsection 5-90(a) of this article, a violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor and punishable pursuant to subsection 5-90(b) of this article.
(Ord. No. 95-02, § 4, 3-7-95; Ord. No. 99-04, Exh. A, § 1, 4-6-99; Ord. No. 08-41, § 1, 8-19-08; Ord. No. 08-42, § 1, 9-16-08)
Sec. 5-90. - Penalties.

(a)
Violation of any provision of section 5-84 of this article may be punished by issuance of a citation for a noncriminal infraction pursuant to Ordinance 90-12, as amended, and Resolutions 1594 and 1740, as amended.
(b)
Violation of any other provision of any other section of this article is a misdemeanor and may be prosecuted in the name of the state in a court of appropriate jurisdiction by the prosecuting attorney thereof, and upon conviction shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00 or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed 60 days or by both such fine and imprisonment. A violation may also be punished by issuance of a citation for a noncriminal infraction, if one is specifically provided, pursuant to Ordinance 90-12, as amended, and Resolutions 1594 and 1740, as amended.

 



Red Tide continues to haunt us
11/15/2018
 
In Northwest Florida over the past week,(Nov. 03-09) K. brevis was observed at very low to medium concentrations in or offshore of Escambia County, low to medium concentrations in Santa Rosa County, low to medium concentrations in or offshore of Okaloosa County, low to medium concentrations in Bay County, low to medium concentrations in Gulf County, background concentrations in Franklin County, and background concentrations in Pasco County.


Fish Kills
In Southwest Florida over the past week, fish kill reports were received for multiple locations in Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. In Northwest Florida, fish kills were reported in Escambia, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay counties.
You can see the current report here: http://www.myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide
 
The pier has mostly looked like a ghost town as anglers have found other spots to try as this Red Tide continues to haunt us. I only fished a couple of times this week with no action. Wednesday I soaked bait for three hours. When I left, I took off the same bait I had put on when I got there. The only report I got was Brenda managed to get a keeper Red on Sunday. 


 
Species caught: Red Drum and a couple of small Spanish.
 
Water temperature was:73
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
11
11
6:12 am
NNE
8.0
9.9
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
49.5
72.7
-
-
-
-
11
11
6:06 am
NE
7.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
49.5
72.7
-
-
-
-
11
11
6:00 am
NE
8.0
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
+0.00
49.5
72.7
-
-
-
-
11
11
5:54 am
NE
8.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
49.5
72.9
-
-
-
-
11
11
5:48 am
NNE
8.0
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
49.6
72.7
-
-
-
-
11
11
5:42 am
NE
8.9
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
50.0
73.0
-
-
-
-
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Dec. 07th. -  Full Moon Wednesday Nov. 23rd.
Thursday        11:58am Low    0.2     12:57am High   1.3
Friday             12:22pm Low    0.3       1:40am High   1.2      
Saturday         12:38pm Low    0.4       2:26am High   1.0
                                                             8:14pm High   0.9
Sunday           12:38pm Low    0.5       8:03pm High   1.0  Sunrise:6:11am  Sunset:4:45pm                                                          
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
 
THURSDAY
North winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.
Protected waters choppy. Chance of showers.
 
(local forecast)
THURSDAY (58/46 Rain 40% wind NNW-11)
FRIDAY (62/49 rain 10% wind NNW-9)
SATURDAY (65/48 rain 0% wind NNW-9)
SUNDAY (61/46 rain 0% wind N-11)
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Red Tide presence still a problem
10/8/2018
 
In Northwest Florida over the past week,(Oct. 27 to Nov. 02) K. brevis was observed from very low to medium concentrations in or offshore of Escambia County, low to medium concentrations in Santa Rosa County, low to medium concentrations in or offshore of Okaloosa County, low to medium concentrations in Bay County, and low to medium concentrations in Gulf County. 

You can see the current report here: http://www.myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide
 
Water quality continues to resemble rusty chocolate milk. It seems to be a little better early mornings and what few fish that were caught were early. I had reports of a Black Drum and a few Spanish Mackerel caught. There were a few Cigar Minnows and Threadfin Herring caught.
 
This morning, Nov. 04, 2018 was the first time I have been able to walk the beach without coughing. The water looked some better so we can only hope the Red Tide is subsiding.
 
Species caught: A Black Drum and a few Spanish.
 
Water temperature was:73
 
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
11
04
10:54 am
ENE
8.9
12.0
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
64.8
73.2
-
-
-
-
11
04
10:48 am
ESE
7.0
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.19
-
64.2
73.2
-
-
-
-
11
04
10:42 am
NE
12.0
14.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
63.9
73.2
-
-
-
-
11
04
10:36 am
ENE
8.9
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
63.7
73.2
-
-
-
-
11
04
10:30 am
ENE
8.9
13.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
63.0
73.2
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Nov. 07th. -  Full Moon Wednesday Nov. 23rd.

Thursday         7:11am Low    0.1       8:55pm High   1.6
Friday              8:07am Low    0.0       9:29pm High   1.7      
Saturday          8:56am Low    0.0     10:08pm High   1.7
Sunday            9:39am Low    0.0     10:50pm High   1.6  Sunrise:6:05am  Sunset:4:48pm                                                          
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 
 
THURSDAY
Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.
Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
 
(local forecast)
THURSDAY (78/67 Rain 30% wind SSE-9)
FRIDAY (74/55 rain 80% wind WNW-11)
SATURDAY (67/53 rain 10% wind NNE-15)
SUNDAY (66/54 rain 10% wind NE-12)
 

 
 





Getting Back To The Pier

Hurricane Michael and Red Tide Two punch.
10/31/2018 
 
The latest FWC testing did not include Red Tide status in Bay County due to the hurricane. All personnel are being utilized in the recovery efforts. However, I can assure you it is still here as coughing and burning nose and throat have been consistent over the past three weeks. We have also had several fish kills over the past days one of which was as significant as was the first one back in September. You can see the current report here:http://www.myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide
 
I have not submitted a report over the past weeks as most are overwhelmed in the recovery effort. Also, with the red tide continuing to be ever present  in our local waters, there has been little to report. We had hoped the storm would have a silver lining and break the cycle of waves of red tide but that did not happen.
 
The good news is that our piers survived the hurricane and only sustained minor damage: (a few blow out panels, rail boards and benches) They were closed for a few days after the storm but are up and running. That being said, I would not plan a trip to the area yet as the infrastructure is not yet ready for quests. We still have residents that do not have power or the ability to take care of basic needs independently. Traffic is a nightmare and Panama City Beach is providing living quarters for thousands of neighbors who’s homes were destroyed and disaster recovery teams. This will be a lengthy project but the area will be excited to host tourism as we rebuild our community. (see:7153, 7154)


 
Fishing has not been a complete failure as a few Red Drum, Flounder and Whiling have made their way onto the deck and into coolers. There was even one small Tripletail caught  after the storm. Skinny water is hard to fish as the constant waft of Red Tide makes it’s way off the water.
(See: Brenda: 155834; Sam: 7152, 7156)




 
I had shared the information about County Ordinance 5-84 in the last report with the intent on giving enforcement policies in this report. However, due to all agencies working 24/7 on recovery efforts, that will have to be reported later.
 
Species caught: Whiting, Red Drum and a Tripletail.
 
Water temperature was:75
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
28
11:54 am
WSW
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
70.2
75.6
-
-
-
-
10
28
11:48 am
WSW
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
70.2
75.6
-
-
-
-
10
28
11:42 am
WSW
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
70.0
75.4
-
-
-
-
10
28
11:36 am
W
4.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
69.8
75.4
-
-
-
-
10
28
11:30 am
WSW
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.20
-
69.6
75.2
-
-
-
-
10
28
11:24 am
WSW
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.21
-
69.6
75.0
-
-
-
-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Nov. 07th. -  Full Moon Wednesday Nov. 23rd.
Thursday          2:39pm Low    0.2      2:59am High   1.6
Friday               3:05pm Low    0.4      4:10am High   1.4      
Saturday           3:08pm Low    0.6      7:38am High   1.2
                                                            9:49pm High   1.0
Sunday              2:05am Low   0.8      8:16am High   1.0  End Daylight Savings time.
                          1:59pm Low   .08      8:41pm High    1.1 Sunrise:6:00am  Sunset:4:53pm                                                          
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
  
WEDNESDAY
Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Protected waters a light chop.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
South winds 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet
building to 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet after
midnight. Protected waters choppy. Slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
Southwest winds 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with
occasional seas up to 8 feet. Protected waters choppy. Showers
and thunderstorms likely.
 
(local forecast) Looks like Fall finally shows by mid-week.
WEDNESDAY (81/72 rain 10% SSE-11)
THURSDAY (77/58 Rain 90% wind SSW-24)
FRIDAY (69/55 rain 10% wind NW-13)
SATURDAY (70/54 rain 10% wind NNW-8)
SUNDAY (72/58 rain 0% wind NE-10)
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
 
Sam




Red Tide rears it’s ugly head again
10/4/2018
 
The latest FWC testing reports medium concentration of Red Tide in Bay County. You can see the current report here: http://myfwc.com/redtidestatus  : “In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at very low concentrations offshore of Walton County, low to medium concentrations in Bay County, background to medium concentrations in Gulf County.
 
We had another fish kill at St. Andrews State Park. Many anglers experienced a cough and burning nose when near the beach.
 
No Kings decked this week but one was lost pier side due to a pulled hook and one skyed on a lure early week. By Friday evening, a few Spanish were caught on Gotchas.
 
Species caught: Spanish Mackerel, Ladyfish and Hardtails. One morning there were Cigar Minnows.
 
Water temperature85
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
30
7:42 am
NE
6.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
76.6
84.9
-
-
-
-
09
30
7:36 am
ENE
7.0
8.0
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
76.6
84.9
-
-
-
-
09
30
7:30 am
NE
6.0
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
76.6
84.9
-
-
-
-
09
30
7:24 am
ENE
5.1
6.0
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
76.6
84.9
-
-
-
-
09
30
7:18 am
ENE
5.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
30.13
-
76.6
85.1
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Oct. 08 -  Full Moon Sunday Sept. 24th
Thursday         4:31pm Low    0.3    5:21am High   1.8
Friday              5:09pm Low    0.5    7:35am High   1.7      
Saturday          5:28pm Low    0.7    9:00am High   1.6
                                                        11:39pm High  1.0
Sunday            2:09am Low    1.0   10:19am High  1.5  Sunrise:6:40am  Sunset:6:21pm
                        5:22pm Kow    0.9   11:11pm High  1.1  
                                                         
 
 
(local forecast)

THURSDAY (88/74 Rain 10% wind E-7)
FRIDAY (87/74 rain 20% wind ESE-9)
SATURDAY (86/73 rain 10% wind ESE-8)
SUNDAY (87/73 rain 10% wind E-11)
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam
 




Conditions improving
9/25/2018
 
The latest FWC testing reports low concentration of Red Tide in Bay County. You can see the current report here:http://myfwc.com/redtidestatus  In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at very low to low concentrations in or offshore of Okaloosa County, low concentrations in Bay County, background to medium concentrations in Gulf County, and background to very low concentrations in or offshore of Pasco County. 
 
We experienced no new fish kill early week and the water conditions improved. By Thursday bait schools had returned and a few Kings were caught. Flipper got is share but there were six hits and three decked. Bobby and Jay got their fish on the deck in whole condition but Gabriel had to pat the “flipper tax”. 



 
The only other action, other than Ladyfish and Hardtails was two small Flounder.
 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Ladyfish, Hardtails, two under size Flounder and the following bait: a few small Cigar Minnows and Scaled Sardines..
 
Water temperature86-87
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
09
23
7:24 am
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
30.00
-
75.9
86.7
-
-
-
-
09
23
7:18 am
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
29.99
-
75.9
86.7
-
-
-
-
09
23
7:12 am
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
29.99
-
76.3
86.5
-
-
-
-
09
23
7:06 am
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
29.99
-
76.5
86.5
-
-
-
-
09
23
7:00 am
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
29.99
+0.00
76.3
86.5
-
-
-
-
09
23
6:54 am
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
29.99
-
76.6
86.5
-
-
-
-
09
23
6:48 am
E
2.9
7.0
-
-
-
-
29.98
-
76.6
86.5
-
-
-
-
09
23
6:42 am
NE
4.1
7.0
-
-
-
-
29.98
-
76.3
86.5
-
-
-
-
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Oct. 08 -  Full Moon Sunday Sept. 24th

Wednesday     6:21am Low    0.8       12:06am High   1.3
                         5:04pm Low    1.1      1:31pm High   1.2
                                                             11:40pm High   1.4
Thursday         7:34am Low    0.7     11:12pm High   1.5
Friday              8:55am Low    0.6     
Saturday         10:19am Low    0.6    12:12am High   1.7
Sunday            11:47am Low    0.5    12:51am High   1.8  Sunrise:6:36am  Sunset:6:29pm
                                                         
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas
1 foot. Protected waters mostly smooth. Chance of showers and
thunderstorms.
 
(local forecast)
WEDNESDAY (85/76 50% S-7)
THURSDAY (847/75 Rain 50% wind SSW-8)
FRIDAY (85/74 rain 50% wind ESE-5)
SATURDAY (87/74 rain 20% wind E-7)
SUNDAY (86/74 rain 50% wind ENE-9)
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Confirmed Red Tide-Fish Kill
9/20/2018
 
The latest FWC testing reports medium concentration of Red Tide in Bay County. You can see the current report here: http://myfwc.com/redtidestatus   Today, 9-16-18, there were large numbers of dead fish on the beach. The species I observed included almost all of the typical bait fish as well as Whiting, Flounder, Red Drum and a variety of others. Concentrations seem to be varied depending on where along the beach you are. There are also reports of areas in the Bay that are also effected. Respiratory irritation is common as well as the stinch of decaying fish. Anyone with sensitive breathing issues should avoid the area. 


 
Red Tide is a natural occurrence brought on be the bloom of the organism  Karenia brevis. You can read more about it here:
 
Unfortunately, there is no catches to report for the week.
 
Species caught: Ladyfish.
 
Water temperature83-84
 
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
16
12:42 pm
S
8.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.88
-
85.3
83.7
-
-
-
-
09
16
12:36 pm
S
7.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.89
-
85.5
83.5
-
-
-
-
09
16
12:30 pm
S
8.0
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.89
-
84.9
83.5
-
-
-
-
09
16
12:24 pm
S
8.9
8.9
-
-
-
-
29.89
-
84.7
83.5
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Oct. 08 -  Full Moon Sunday Sept. 24th

Friday              5:42pm Low    0.6      8:19am High   1.6
Saturday          5:44pm Low    0.7      9:17am High   1.6
Sunday            5:49pm Low    0.8     10:15am High  1.5  Sunrise:6:32am  Sunset:6:38pm
                                                          11:57pm High  1.1
 
Local forcast:
FRIDAY (86/75 rain 50% wind ESE-6)
SATURDAY (87/74 rain 30% wind ESE-6)
SUNDAY (86/74 rain 30% wind SE-6)
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




Slow Week-Possible Red Tide
9/12/2018
 
FWC reports very low concentration of Red Tide in Bay County. Today, 9-10-18, there were a number of dead fish on the beach near the pier as well as a few reports from pier patrons of symptoms related to Red Tide. Hopefully this will not become a full blown event.
 
The past week has been painfully slow with only 3 Kings caught. Spanish were caught in decent numbers and Red Drum were keeping the shallow water anglers entertained.
 
The King bite was almost non-existant. One tiny King was caught mid-week on a lure. Then Ned fished Tuesday from before sunrise until almost sunset to get one bite. His diligence was rewarded with a 22 pound King. One other King was decked on Friday after 6:00p.m. Billy decked a 16 pound fish to close the week. 



 


If Ladyfish and Hardtails are your game, you were in luck as they bit all week. The only other game was a few Red Drum in the shallows. Brenda put in her time targeting the Reds and got a nice 24 inch slot fish on Sunday. Donald was visiting with me and got schooled by a Bull Red before landing this 28 inch fish which went back to fight another day. 


 
Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Hardtails. Bait: Alewives and small Hardtails.
 
Water temperature85-86
 
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
10
8:24 pm
S
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.97
-
83.7
85.8
-
-
-
-
09
10
8:18 pm
SSW
9.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.97
-
83.7
85.8
-
-
-
-
09
10
8:12 pm
SSW
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.97
-
83.7
85.8
-
-
-
-
09
10
8:06 pm
SSW
8.9
11.1
-
-
-
-
29.96
-
83.5
85.8
-
-
-
-
 
 
Tides for the week:    New Moon Saturday Aug. 11 -  Full Moon Sunday Aug. 26th
 
Wednesday     7:26am Low    0.8      1:06am High   1.2
                        5:51pm Low    1.1      2:50pm High   1.2
Thursday         9:09am Low    0.7    12:44am High   1.4
Friday            10:59am Low    0.6    12:37am High   1.5
Saturday         1:15pm Low     0.6      1:11am High   1.7  Sunrise:6:28am  Sunset:6:48pm
 
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
 

WEDNESDAY
Northeast winds 10 knots becoming south 5 to
10 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period
6 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of
showers and thunderstorms.
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
North winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.
Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth. Chance
of showers and thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY
East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south late in the
afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light chop.
Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT
Northwest winds around 10
knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
SATURDAY
West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected
waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
 
 
 
(local forecast)
WEDNESDAY (89/75 40% NNW-6)
THURSDAY (88/76 Rain 30% wind ESE-6)
FRIDAY (87/77 rain 20% wind WNW-8)
SATURDAY (87/77 rain 20% wind WNW-10)
 
 
Tight lines and screaming drags,
 
Sam





















 






 











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