Pier/Beach Fishing


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




Finally no Red Tide detected
12/20/2018

 

According to FWC as of December 14, their latest testing, K. brevis was not observed in Northwest Florida.. No new fish kills were reported. Hopefully this will translate to improved catches.

 

Winter officially begins Friday December 21st at 5:23 p.m.  Winter Solstice, here in the Nothern Hemisphere, gives us our shortest day and longest night of the year. In combination with the upcoming full moon on Saturday, we will have some of our lowest tides of the year. Starting Thursday our low tides are negative and by Sunday they are -0.8. The term “skinny water” will be the case and boaters beware. This “skinny water” will be evident in the “Pomp Hole” at the pier. We already have lost depth due to the beach re-nourishment project and storms moving the sand.

 

Our week started with calm cool water and the pier looking like a ghost town. Fish were few and anglers even fewer. As the week progressed, the winds picked up, the water got very rough and a few anglers braved the elements. Compare these two shots taken from the pier web cam Monday and Friday. 


 



Bob, Brenda and Casey worked the pier end to end and put a few Black Drum on the deck. They even managed a Sheepshead or two although small ones. I only caught two fish all week…a small Black Drum and a legal Pompano. Ghost Shrimp or live Shrimp seemed to be the only bait to get their attention.



 

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

 

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

16

7:42 am

NW

1.0

2.9

-

-

-

-

30.19

-

51.1

62.4

-

-

-

-

12

16

7:36 am

NNW

1.9

4.1

-

-

-

-

30.19

-

51.3

62.4

-

-

-

-

12

16

7:30 am

N

4.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.18

-

51.4

62.6

-

-

-

-

12

16

7:24 am

N

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.18

-

51.6

62.8

-

-

-

-

12

16

7:18 am

N

4.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.17

-

51.8

62.6

-

-

-

-

12

16

7:12 am

N

1.9

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.17

-

52.0

62.4

-

-

-

-

 

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

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Saturday Dec. 22nd New Moon Saturday Jan. 05th 

Friday               6:19am Low   -0.6    8:03pm High   1.4

Saturday          7:10am Low    -0.7    8:47pm High   1.5

Sunday            8:02am Low    -0.8    9:38pm High   1.5

Monday           8:50am Low    -0.8   10:30pm High   1.4

Tuesday 25th  9:34am Low    -0.7   11:20pm High   1.3

Wednesday   10:09am Low   -0.6    Sunrise:6:37am  Sunset:4:50pm                                                          

 

 

(local forecast)

 

FRIDAY (55/44 rain 20% wind WNW-20

SATURDAY (59/53 rain 0% wind W-6)

SUNDAY (63/49 rain 10% wind WNW-4)

MONDAY (62/50 rain 0% wind ENE-8)

TUESDAY (64/55 rain 20% wind E-9)

WEDNESDAY (65/58 rain 50% wind ESE-9)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam



PCB Pier Report

12/07/2018

 

 

In Northwest Florida over the past week,(Dec. 01-07) 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) occurred only in one sample from Collier County over the past week. “Medium” K. brevis concentrations were detected in and/or offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties. Relative to last week, K. brevis concentrations generally decreased from Pinellas to Lee counties and increased in parts of Collier County. K. brevis was present in three Northwest Florida counties and one East Coast county, but not at bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells per liter).

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

In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to very low concentrations in Santa Rosa County, and low concentrations in Okaloosa and Gulf counties.

 

Fishing continues to be slow with limited catches. If you add together all the catches for the week, it would equal what we should be catching in a day. The most Flounder in a day was three and Pompano are fewer to none. Small Red Drum and Black Drum are sporadic and picky. Ghost shrimp seem to be the key. One couple from Atlanta caught six Sheepshead but only two were big enough to keep. They worked hard to pump a few Ghost shrimp to score those two. Patience is the rule and keep your expectations low. Hopefully things will improve soon.

 

I did manage to get a few pictures. Mam with a Black Drum, Bob and Carlos with a pair of Reds and Casey with a Sheepshead. I copied a shot from David’s FB of a Flounder he got. (see: 7214; 7215; 7216, DavidR)


 



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

 

 

Water temperature:

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

09

7:12 am

W

21.0

25.1

-

-

-

-

29.88

-

61.7

64.8

-

-

-

-

12

09

7:06 am

W

24.1

27.0

-

-

-

-

29.88

-

61.7

64.9

-

-

-

-

12

09

7:00 am

W

24.1

28.0

-

-

-

-

29.88

+0.02

62.2

64.9

-

-

-

-

12

09

6:54 am

W

22.9

27.0

-

-

-

-

29.88

-

62.2

64.9

-

-

-

-

 

Tides for the week:  Full Moon Saturday Dec. 22nd New Moon Saturday Jan. 05th 

Saturday       10:47am Low    0.1     12:51am High   0.8

                                                                7:26pm High   0.6      

Sunday         10:16am Low    0.2       6:54pm High   0.7

Monday           9:27am Low   0.2       6:56pm High   0.8

Tuesday          4:58am Low   0.0       6:59pm High   1.0

Wednesday     5:03am Low  -0.2       7:06pm High  1.1  Sunrise:6:34am  Sunset:4:46pm                                                          

 

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

 

SATURDAY (58/46 rain 10% wind NW-11)

SUNDAY (60/50 rain 10% wind NNW-7)

MONDAY (63/51 rain 10% wind NNW-6)

TUESDAY (64/55 rain 10% wind SE-5)

 

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam

 



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.

 
























 






 











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