Pier/Beach Fishing

First two weeks of February
2/13/2019

 

Water quality continued less than desired as weather conditions cycle. It seems we are inundated with Bay water that just will not quit. Bait have not returned in any numbers yet which has resulted in our lack of fish. However, catches have slowly improved over the past couple of weeks.

 

Sheepshead are here in small numbers but have been extremely difficult to entice to bite. We bribed them with the usual live Shrimp and fresh Ghost Shrimp. Most of our efforts were ignored. Bob got things started, to close January, and convinced a nice one to eat on Monday, Jan-28. Then Wednesday, I managed to get two convicts after missing several and having the hook to pull on a couple. They took a hiatus  and it was the following Tuesday before another would hit the deck. The typical pattern was almost none  around until late afternoon. Your odds to get bit improve if you are willing to get into the cold water and pump Ghost Shrimp. 


 



Other action included Black Drum. We have seen more Blacks the past number of weeks than I can remember. If you can locate the schools and target them they have been willing to eat. A variety of bait has worked but your best bet is Ghost Shrimp. Robert put a nice one on the deck Feb. 1, and the bite improved after that. Tuesday, the 5th, I found a school milling around the pilings in skinny water and put 4 in my cooler. I missed and broke-off several more. 







 Red Drum were not as thick as the Blacks but we did have several schools of “Bulls” move through Friday morning. Since the Squid had been around all week this was expected. Casey was the only angler to successfully capitalize on this with an upper-slot Red. Several other “Bulls” were hooked but showed the anglers who was boss. A few slot fish did hit the deck over the past couple of weeks to keep us interested. Fresh Squid is the ticket for bait along with live Shrimp and of course Ghost Shrimp.







 

Squid finally showed on Monday the 4th. There were not big numbers but at least they are here.

 

Species caught: Sheepshead, Black Drum, Red Drum and our first Squid of the year. Bait: scarce.

 

Water temperature: 60.

 

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

10

7:54 am

E

8.9

13.0

-

-

-

-

30.39

-

57.4

60.1

-

-

-

-

02

10

7:48 am

ESE

5.1

13.0

-

-

-

-

30.39

-

57.4

60.1

-

-

-

-

02

10

7:42 am

E

5.1

12.0

-

-

-

-

30.39

-

57.2

60.1

-

-

-

-

02

10

7:36 am

E

5.1

15.0

-

-

-

-

30.38

-

57.2

60.3

-

-

-

-

02

10

7:30 am

ENE

8.0

12.0

-

-

-

-

30.38

-

57.2

60.3

-

-

-

-

 

 

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

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Tuesday Feb.19th .  New Moon Wednesday Mar. 06th.

Thursday            3:43am Low   -0.5     4:42pm High  1.0

Friday                 4:23am Low   -0.7     5:55am High  1.2

Saturday             5:07am Low   -0.8     7:04pm High  1.3

Sunday               5:55am Low   -0.8     8:12pm High  1.3

Monday              6:43am Low   -0.8     9:19pm High   1.2

Tuesday             7:29am Low   -0.7   10:28pm High   1.1  

Wednesday 20th 8:06am Low  -0.5    11:34pm High   0.9 Sunrise:6:17am  Sunset:5:35pm                                                          

 

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

 

THURSDAY

Southeast winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of rain.

 

(local forecast)

Monday    (69/64 rain  20% wind  SE-12)

TUESDAY   (69/45 rain  60% wind  SW-17)

WEDNESDAY (64/49 rain   0% WIND NNE-11)

THURSDAY  (65/59 rain  50% wind  SE-13)

FRIDAY    (69/46 rain  70% wind  SW-19)

SATURDAY  (61/46 rain   0% wind  NW-11)

SUNDAY    (64/53 rain  10% wind ENE-07)

MONDAY    (66/57 rain  40% wind ESE-11)

TUESDAY   (69/58 rain  40% wind SSE-10)

WEDNESDAY (69/59 rain  40% wind ESE-12)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam




 

Muddy water
2/1/2019

 

Fishing was sad with little action. The weather continues to be a big obstacle with wind, rain and rough water. Hence, dirty water has been the norm. It had just begun to clean a little by Tuesday only to be destroyed again by the next weather front. The last half of the week was a complete bust.

 

I had to pull a picture from Friday last week to show the Pompano that were feeding. Collin almost got his limit before darkness shut us down. Live shrimp were the golden bait and they were confined to an area between two pilings. The only other action  came Monday afternoon when George got an upper slot Red Drum. There were a couple of Flounder decked  to add to the catches.



 

Species caught: Flounder and Red Drum. Bait: scarce.

 

Water temperature: 59.

 

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

01

27

9:42 am

ENE

8.0

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.14

 

-

47.7

59.0

-

-

-

-

01

27

9:36 am

NE

7.0

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.14

 

-

47.7

59.2

-

-

-

-

01

27

9:30 am

NNE

6.0

11.1

-

-

-

-

30.13

 

-

47.5

59.2

-

-

-

-

 

 

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

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Tuesday Feb.190th .  New Moon Monday Feb. 04th 0

Sunday             7:00am Low  -0.7    8:49pm High   1.0

Monday             7:28am Low  -0.6    9:27pm High   1.0

Tuesday            7:44am Low  -0.5  10:02pm High   0.9  

Wednesday 6th  7:47am Low  -0.4  10:16pm High   0.8 Sunrise:6:29am  Sunset:5:24pm                                                          

 

 

(local forecast)


SUNDAY (66/58 rain 40% wind ESE-11)

MONDAY (69/60 rain 50% wind SSE-12)

TUESDAY (67/58 rain 80% wind SSE-11)

WEDNESDAY (68/55 rain 20% wind SE-11)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam



Fresh start
1/23/2019

 

Hopefully we will get a fresh start as we usher in 2019. Good riddance to 2018 as it was not kind weather wise and was an overall slow fishing year. We completely lost our Fall King Mackerel season due to the extended Red Tide. November was a bust for Flounder and the only consistent fish caught at the end of the year was Black Drum.

 

So far for 2019, the weather pattern has kept us in turmoil. Clear water seems to be too much to expect and the wind and rough water have left us fishing in poor conditions. About the time the water tries to improve, Bay water washes in followed by more wind and another cycle of dirty water.

 

We tend to expect a slow bite during January but we also expect there to be Bonito around to keep us entertained. So far, the Bonito are MIA. Black Drum continue to be the primary species caught, particularly early mornings. Sheepshead have begun to accumulate around the pilings but an almost no bite has been the case. Pompano are showing and have been caught in decent numbers off live Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp and dead Shrimp.. Bull Reds are absent however, a few slots have hit the deck. Flounder  started very slow  but the bite has improved as the month has progressed. Squidders have tried their luck a few times but are still waiting for the Squid to show. It should not be much longer.

 

Even with the poor conditions, we have caught fish. As you would expect, there have been good catches a few days and days with not a bite. So here are the pictures of the better days:

see: 


 











Occasionally we catch an unusual species. On the 7th, I caught one of these and had several questions on what it was. There were opinions that it was a Pompano, African Pompano or Permit. Neither. It is a Palometa. We do not see many caught but they are around. Notice the vertical bars and much longer dorsal and anal fins. The body is shorter with a narrower elongated tail. 




https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabit…/…/saltwater/jacks/palometa/

 

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

 

Water temperature: has fluctuated from a low of 59.6 tp 63.

 

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

01

20

10:42 am

NW

17.1

22.9

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

40.1

61.3

-

-

-

-

01

20

10:36 am

NNW

20.0

25.1

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

40.1

61.5

-

-

-

-

01

20

10:30 am

NW

15.0

22.9

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

40.3

61.3

-

-

-

-

01

20

10:24 am

NNW

18.1

22.9

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

40.1

61.7

-

-

-

-

01

20

10:18 am

NW

15.9

22.0

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

40.1

61.3

-

-

-

-

01

20

10:12 am

NW

18.1

22.0

-

-

-

-

30.10

-

40.3

61.5

-

-

-

-

01

20

10:06 am

NW

18.1

25.1

-

-

-

-

30.10

-

39.9

61.2

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

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

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Sunday Jan. 20th .  New Moon Monday Feb. 04th 0

Wednesday     9:14am Low   -0.7   11:54pm High   1.0

Thursday        9:30am Low   -0.5

Friday                9:19am Low   -0.2   12:44am High   0.7

Saturday           8:48am Low    0.0     1:19am High   0.4  4:03pm High 0.4

Sunday             6:56am Low    0.0     4:15pm High   0.8

Monday             3:05am Low  -0.2     4:40pm High   0.7

Tuesday 29th     3:46am Low  -0.42   8:17pm High   0.9  Sunrise:6:34am  Sunset:5:17pm                                                          

 

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

 

WEDNESDAY

South winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with

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

showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 20 knots becoming west

after midnight. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas up to

9 feet. Protected waters choppy. Rain showers and slight chance

of thunderstorms.

 

THURSDAY

Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with

occasional seas up to 8 feet. Protected waters choppy. Chance of

showers.

 

 (local forecast)

WEDNESDAY (66/50 rain 100% SSE-21)

THURSDAY (54/39 rain 20% wind NW-15)

FRIDAY (55/36 rain 0% wind NNW-12

SATURDAY (52/43 rain 10% wind ENE-8)

SUNDAY (53/36 rain 50% wind NW-13)

MONDAY (53/44 rain 0% wind NW-8)

TUESDAY (59/48 rain 20% wind SSE-11)

WEDNESDAY (53/36 rain 50% wind NW-11)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam



Closing  2018
1/4/2019

 

As we reach the end of 2018 we have finally seen an end to the Red Tide that has plagued us since September.We got a clean report from FWC in their latest testing. We have transitioned into our winter pattern with water temps hovering a couple of degrees around 60. The wind and rain have made conditions a roller coaster ride for anglers with water quality suffering a big hit. Fishing results have been hot-cold. One day might be great but the next a complete bust but that is fishing. Flounder, to this point, have never showed in numbers we are accustomed to. Pompano, Red Drum and Sheepshead are showing in small numbers. Black Drum have been the mainstay over the past few weeks. There were a few limits caught. No squid yet but it should not be long. Bait is still scarce.

 

George, Brenda, Giovanni, Bob, Dan, Paul, Kemil, myself and several others beat the water for the few fish that were caught. Most catches met the size limits but a few Sheepshead had to go back. Live shrimp was the most popular bait but if you could get fresh Ghost shrimp you were almost guaranteed to get bit. The Black Drum were not too picky and were caught on almost everything presented. No Whiting have been caught yet but should be in soon. Here are some of the catches of the past couple of weeks: (see: Giovanni-100341; George-4340,4346; Brenda-150711,111802; Bob-7269; Dan-7271; Paul B-7280; Kemil-7285; Sam-7291)

  

I am frequently asked by anglers the limits on the species we get off the pier. Here are a few of the common species this time of year with their regulations according to FWC:

 

Sheepshead:   12” total length  limit (8)  cannot use trebble hooks with natural bait

Red Drum: must be (slot)  between 18” to 27” total length, limit (1) cannot use trebble hooks with natural bait

Black Drum: must be (slot) between 14” to 24” total length, limit (5) one of the (5) may be overlength,  cannot use trebble hooks with natural bait

Pompano: 11” to fork of tail (not total length), limit (6) cannot use trebble hooks with natural bait

Flounder: 12” total length, limit (10), cannot use trebble hooks with natural bait

Bluefish: 12” to fork of tail (not total length), limit (10)

 

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

 

Water temperature: 62

 

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

12

30

7:12 am

ESE

8.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

66.0

62.6

-

-

-

-

12

30

7:06 am

ESE

8.9

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

65.8

62.6

-

-

-

-

12

30

7:00 am

ESE

9.9

11.1

-

-

-

-

30.14

+0.00

65.8

62.6

-

-

-

-

12

30

6:54 am

ESE

8.9

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.13

-

67.1

62.6

-

-

-

-

12

30

6:48 am

ESE

8.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.13

-

67.1

62.6

-

-

-

-

 

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

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Sunday Jan. 20th .  New Moon Saturday Jan. 05th 

Friday             6:47am Low   -0.7     8:04pm High   1.2

Saturday         7:26am Low   -0.7     8:38pm High   1.2

Sunday           8:00am Low   -0.6     9:14pm High   1.1

Monday           8:28am Low    -0.6    9:520pm High   1.1

Tuesday 8th    8:47am Low    -0.6   10:29pm High    1.1  Sunrise:6:40am  Sunset:4:59pm                                                          

 

 

(local forecast)

 

SATURDAY (60/45 rain 10% wind N-5)

SUNDAY (63/49 rain 10% wind N-5)

MONDAY (65/53 rain 10% wind ENE-6)

TUESDAY (65/49 rain 40% wind N-12)

WEDNESDAY (62/49 rain 10% wind NNE-8)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam
























 






 











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