Pier/Beach Fishing


Tarpon On 
7/17/2019

The first half of the week was a waste as Tropical Storm Barry had our water rough and dirty. The bait that had been hanging around the pier was gone and so were any fish. By Sunday afternoon the water had calmed and began to clear. Monday, there were a few bait schools and the Tarpon returned. The weather has been HOT and the water temperature has been its warmest of the year. Alewives are back and a decent number of baby Bonita have been around the past couple of days.

Kings have been absent. None have hit the deck. There were a couple seen Tuesday and one hit a bait Wednesday but no hook-ups. Only a hand full of Spanish were caught as well.

The only game has been Tarpon. Schools continue to move through with several a day willing to eat. Many more bites than hook-ups and most hook-ups ended too soon. However, several anglers were able to bring their fish to the pier for a catch and release. Big swim bait has out performed natural live or dead bait this week. 


In other action, a few Summer Bonita have made their way onto the deck. Tyler and I got a couple to eat yesterday. Alewife and X-raps got the job done. There were also a few Red Drum caught in skinny water using Pin fish and Alewives.



Species caught: Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish, Bonita  and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives and a few baby Bonita. 

Water temperature: 87-89

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

07

18

5:36 am

N

5.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.08

-

81.9

87.3

-

-

-

-

07

18

5:30 am

N

4.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.07

-

81.7

87.3

-

-

-

-

07

18

5:24 am

N

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.07

-

82.2

87.3

-

-

-

-

07

18

5:18 am

N

5.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.07

-

83.1

87.3

-

-

-

-

07

18

5:12 am

N

4.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.07

-

83.5

87.3

-

-

-

-

Tides for the week:  New Moon Wednesday July 31st  Full Moon Tuesday July 16th. 

Thursday 18th.        9:48pm Low    0.1     11:09am High   1.7  Sunrise: 5:53am  Sunset: 7:44pm

Friday                     9:54pm Low    0.2     11:44am High   1.6

Saturday                9:58pm Low    0.3      12:15pm High   1.5      

Sunday                 10:04pm Low   0.4      12:45pm High   1.4

Monday                 10:01pm Low   0.5       1:12pm High   1.2

Tuesday                 7:47am Low   0.9        5:30am High   0.9

                               9:09pm Low   0.6        1:35pm High   1.0

Wednesday 24th.      8:28pm Low   0.7        5:27am High   1.0  Sunrise:5:57am  Sunset: 7:41pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

TODAY

Northwest winds around 5 knots becoming southwest 10

knots in the late morning and afternoon. Seas 1 foot. Dominant

period 4 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth. Chance of

showers and thunderstorms.

TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY

West winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters smooth. Slight chance

of showers and thunderstorms after midnight.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots early in the evening

becoming light and variable winds. Seas 1 foot or less. Dominant

period 3 seconds. Protected waters smooth. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms after midnight.

SATURDAY

Light and variable winds becoming southwest 5 to

10 knots in the late morning and afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less.

Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters smooth. Chance of

showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot.

Protected waters smooth. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms after midnight.

SUNDAY

Light and variable winds becoming south 5 to 10 knots in

the late morning and afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less. Protected

waters smooth. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots.

Seas 1 foot. Protected waters mostly smooth. Slight chance of

showers and thunderstorms.

(local forecast)

THURSDAY  (89/79 rain  20% wind   W-10)

FRIDAY    (87/77 rain  20% wind WSW-10)

SATURDAY  (87/78 rain  40% wind  SW-09)

SUNDAY    (87/78 rain  30% wind WSW-09)

MONDAY    (86/78 rain  20% wind WSW-10)

TUESDAY   (86/76 rain  40% wind WSW-10)

WEDNESDAY (85/75 rain  50% wind WSW-09)


Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam




FWC clarified Tarpon Tag Regulations
7/12/2009

At the Dec. 12-13 Commission meeting in St. Augustine, a tarpon tag rule cleanup item was approved that will clarify that a tarpon tag may be used when in pursuit of a Florida state record (FWC recently took over management of the state record program) and clarify that tarpon over 40 inches fork length cannot be removed from the water unless harvested in pursuit of a state or world record using a tarpon tag. See agenda for details. 

Regulations Gulf and Atlantic State Waters

Minimum Size Limit: None. Tarpon over 40 inches MUST remain in the water

Daily Bag Limit: Tarpon is a catch-and-release only fishery. One tarpon tag per person per year may be purchased when in pursuit of an International Game Fish Association (IFGA) record. Vessel, transport and shipment limited to one fish. 

Gear Requirements:

Legal Gear: hook and line only.

Snagging, snatch hooking, spearing and the use of a multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait is prohibited

Tarpon have been flooding through and pier anglers have been taking advantage of the opportunity. Numerous Tarpon were hooked in the past week with several brought to the pier and quickly popped off. All swam off in good condition. During the week, most were caught on a swim bait but a couple were on Alewives. The pattern has been a big run early mornings and late evenings with a few spread between. Check the following short videos of a couple of the Tarpon that Tommy and I brought in and released. (see: 7088, 7089, 7090 and 1562691663, 1562696358)






The King and Spanish Mackerel bite has been painfully slow. Only a few were seen and fewer caught. There were a few Spanish caught on  bubble and Clark spoon rigs and natural bait was chosen over X-raps for the few Kings that hit. One nice King was decked by Johnny, a visiting angler from Rome, Ga. He landed this 23 pound fish on a gold spoon.


Huge Bull Red Drum were hanging in the shallows and were caught on live Alewives.

One unusual catch happened Monday when an angler caught a small Barracuda on a bottom rig. 

Species caught: Tarpon, King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish, one Barracuda  and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives , a rare Cigar minnow and a few baby Bonita. 


Water temperature: 83-85


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

07

11

6:36 am

E

7.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

29.90

-

79.7

83.5

-

-

-

-

07

11

6:30 am

E

7.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

29.90

-

79.5

83.5

-

-

-

-

07

11

6:24 am

E

7.0

11.1

-

-

-

-

29.90

-

79.2

83.5

-

-

-

-

07

11

6:18 am

E

8.9

12.0

-

-

-

-

29.90

-

79.2

83.5

-

-

-

-

07

11

6:12 am

E

8.9

13.0

-

-

-

-

29.89

-

79.5

83.5

-

-

-

-



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


Tides for the week:  New Moon Wednesday July 31st  Full Moon Tuesday July 16th. 


Thursday 11th.        5:29pm Low    0.2      6:53am High   1.3  Sunrise: 5:50am  Sunset: 7:47pm

Friday                     6:10pm Low    0.0      7:19am High   1.5

Saturday                6:52pm Low   -0.1       7:52am High   1.6      

Sunday                  7:36pm Low   -0.1       8:29am High   1.7

Monday                 8:17pm Low   - 0.1       9:09am High   1.7

Tuesday                8:55pm Low   -0.1        9:51am High   1.7

Wednesday 17th.     9:27pm Low    0.0      10:31am High   1.7  Sunrise:5:53am  Sunset: 7:44pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING



SATURDAY

South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 7 to 10 feet with

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

Protected waters choppy. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the

morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the

afternoon.


SATURDAY NIGHT

South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 7 to 10 feet

with occasional seas up to 13 feet. Protected waters a moderate

chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.


SUNDAY

South winds 15 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with

occasional seas up to 9 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.

Chance of showers and thunderstorms.


SUNDAY NIGHT

South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with

occasional seas up to 8 feet. Protected waters a light chop.

Chance of showers and thunderstorms.


MONDAY

South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with

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

Chance of showers and thunderstorms.




(local forecast)


SATURDAY  (86/80 rain  80% wind SSE-19)

SUNDAY    (86/79 rain  60% wind SSE-16)

MONDAY    (87/79 rain  40% wind   S-11)

TUESDAY   (89/79 rain  30% wind SSW-10)

WEDNESDAY (89/79 rain  20% wind WSW-10)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam



Few Kings beginning to show
7/4/2019


June grass is thick in the skinny water but fortunately the end of the pier is mostly clear. Water temperatures are hovering in the low 80’s and we have had good afternoon wind. Tarpon continue to move through with the early morning and late evening bite being the best. Summer Bonita are around with several decked over the week. Red Drum are working the skinny water and a live Alewife is your best chance for a hook-up. The King bite has been better with mornings and evenings getting the most strikes. However, a few have been caught mid-day.


Finally, a few King have hit the deck and some were a decent size. Live Alewives seem to get the most attention. X-Raps got a few strikes as well. Jordan gaffed this fish Friday and David put a nice King on the gaff Saturday. Jackson Z. hooked two Tuesday getting the bigger one on the deck. It weighed 19 pounds 4 ounces. His second one was lost at the gaff. Willy got one Wednesday morning just before the pier closed at 8:00 a.m.to load the fireworks for the July 4th celebration.






Summer Bonita gave several anglers a fight and took a few to school. More were hooked than landed. Mikel and Bob got a double hook-up within a couple of minutes on Friday. 



Species caught: Tarpon, King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives and small Spanish Sardines. 


Water temperature: 81-83

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

07

03

9:36 am

WNW

7.0

9.9

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

81.9

82.0

-

-

-

-

07

03

9:30 am

WNW

7.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

81.7

82.0

-

-

-

-

07

03

9:24 am

WNW

7.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

81.5

82.0

-

-

-

-

07

03

9:18 am

WNW

6.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

81.1

82.2

-

-

-

-

07

03

9:12 am

WNW

7.0

8.9

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

81.0

82.4

-

-

-

-

07

03

9:06 am

WNW

6.0

7.0

-

-

-

-

30.03

-

81.0

82.6

-

-

-

-



Tides for the week:  New Moon Wednesday July 31st  Full Moon Tuesday July 16th. 


Thursday 04th      10:16pm Low  -0.3     11:27am High   1.9  Sunrise: 5:46am  Sunset: 7:48pm

Friday                    10:50pm Low  -0.2     12:19pm High   1.8

Saturday                11:12pm Low   0.1       1:06pm High   1.6      

Sunday                  11:16pm Low   0.3       1:42pm High   1.4

Monday                  11:03pm Low   0.5       1:55pm High   1.1

Tuesday                   9:48pm Low   0.6       6:36am High   0.9

Wednesday 10th.         4:54pm Low   0.5       6:35am High   1.1  Sunrise:5:49am  Sunset: 7:47pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


FRIDAY

Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south 5 to

10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot. Dominant period

3 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


FRIDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot.

Protected waters mostly smooth. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers and

thunderstorms after midnight.


SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1

to 3 feet. Protected waters a light chop. Showers and

thunderstorms likely in the morning, then chance of showers and

thunderstorms in the afternoon.


(local forecast)

FRIDAY    (91/79 rain  40% wind SSW-08)

SATURDAY  (87/80 rain  50% wind  SW-09)

SUNDAY    (89/80 rain  40% wind WSW-12)

MONDAY    (90/79 rain  40% wind   W-12)

TUESDAY   (90/78 rain  40% wind   W-09)

WEDNESDAY (89/78 rain  40% wind   W-07)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam




Tarpon bite still strong!
6/27/2019

The water clarity has been very silty with June grass getting thick in the surf. The water in the surf out to the first Tee has been very dirty. Today, June 26, the water has finally cleared for most of the pier. Bait continues to be Alewives and small Spanish Sardines. The Tarpon bite has been phenomenal with Swim baits and natural bait getting their attention. The King bite was very slow except Monday morning there was a window where around a dozen small ones hit the deck. After that the bite was sporadic at best. Spanish have been few and scattered.  A few Red Drum were caught in skinny water and even one Pompano was caught.

Tarpon have been streaming through with multiple fish hooked each day. Most anglers were throwing big Swim baits with good success. Hoook-ups ranged from just a few to around 25 per day. There were even a few times when as many as 4 were hooked at once. Most of the fish either spit the hook or chaffed through the leader after only a short battle. A couple of anglers were completely stripped of all their line. Numerous videos are posted on Facebook and the list of anglers who caught fish is too long to list. However, I am including a few shots of some of the anglers and their Tarpon. 



The King bite has been a big disappointment all year. So far, June has not changed that. We had several days out of the past 7 with no Kings. Monday was the best day as the morning produced around a dozen “schoolie” fish. Tuesday we only had 2 small fish and Wednesday there were a couple in the morning and a short bite in the afternoon with 3 fish hitting the deck. Eugene was one of the lucky anglers Monday morning with a decent fish. Nate made his mark Wednesday morning and Daniel and I got a double hook-up Wednesday afternoon. I got lucky with mine as I was targeting Tarpon with a mono leader. The hook set was in the edge of the mouth and somehow the fish didn’t bite through the leader. 



In other action, Guy brought a huge Jack Crevelle to the gaff and Jason found a Pompano. Red Drum were in the dirty water feeding on Alewives. Several slot fish were decked. 


Species caught: Tarpon, King/Spanish Mackerel, Jack Cerevelle, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives and small Spanish Sardines. 

Water temperature: 84

M

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

06

26

9:36 pm

NNW

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

88.3

83.7

-

-

-

-

06

26

9:30 pm

NNW

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

88.3

83.8

-

-

-

-

06

26

9:24 pm

NNW

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

88.2

83.8

-

-

-

-

06

26

9:18 pm

NNW

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

88.3

83.8

-

-

-

-

06

26

9:12 pm

NNW

5.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.11

-

88.2

83.8

-

-

-

-

06

26

9:06 pm

NNW

5.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.10

-

88.2

83.8

-

-

-

-


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


Tides for the week:  New Moon Tuesday July 02nd.  Full Moon Tuesday July 16th. 

Thursday 27th.        6:01pm Low     0.4      7:28am High   1.2  Sunrise: 5:44am  Sunset: 7:48pm

Friday                     6:09pm Low     0.2      7:31am High   1.3

Saturday                 6:36pm Low    0.0       7:42am High   1.5      

Sunday                   7:15pm Low   -0.1       8:09am High   1.6

Monday                  8:01pm Low   -0.3        8:49am High   1.8

Tuesday                 8:49pm Low   -0.3        9:38am High   1.8

Wednesday 03rd.      9:34pm Low   -0.4      10:31am High   1.9  Sunrise:5:46am  Sunset: 7:48pm 

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

THURSDAY

East winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant

period 3 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of

showers and thunderstorms.


THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT

East winds 10 to 15 knots.

Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a

light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.


SATURDAY

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Protected waters a light chop. Showers and thunderstorms likely

in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the

afternoon.


SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY

Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots.

Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters mostly smooth. Chance of

showers and thunderstorms.


SUNDAY NIGHT

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

Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms after midnight.


MONDAY

West winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected

waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tight lines and screaming drags,      Sam





Tarpon bite was on

6/21/2019

Water is warm, some indications of the beginning of June grass is present and bait is thick. The King bite continues to be slow but a few fish were decked. Spanish have been caught in good numbers. Ladyfish and Hardtails are everywhere and some anglers are filling their coolers. Bonito have been marauding the tiny Spanish Sardine. Rail space is getting crowded as the Summer influx of visitors make their way out to try their luck.

The wait is over and the Tarpon are biting. I’ve lost count how many bites and short fights have happened during the week. Quite a few fish have been successfully brought to the pier and released. Schools of Poons are making their way by the pier with swim baits and fresh bait hitting the mark with hook-ups. Competition is high to target the schools as they pass. Gabriel got his first Tarpon back to the pier last Thursday. Taylor brought a beauty pier side. Attached is a great picture of his fish. Yesterday, I got inhaled on my light weight King set-up on a dead Cigar Minnow. Fortunately it was a smaller Tarpon and I managed to bring it to the pier for a short video. Thanks Jacob! 




Tarpon were the highlights of the week but Kings got a little of the attention. Norito got the biggest one of 4 caught last Sunday when he decked a 21 pound fish. George got one of the other three. Then Monday I got lucky with the only two bites we had. My two weighed in at 18 pounds 12 ounces and 15 pounds 9 ounces. Both were caught on frozen Cigs. After that, the water clarity went down and the Kings were MIA. 



The Spanish bite was not bad and were caught all week. Bubble rigs, spoons and mostly small Spanish Sardines fished on Flurocarbon leader got you bites. Gary got the big Spanish of the week Monday. Young anglers  Ethan and Gavin showed their skills and put several fish in the cooler too. 



Bonito were sporadically caught several days but they were thick yesterday. Natural bait, bubble rigs and spoons worked. Even a couple of bigger Summer Bobos were caught. 



Species caught: Tarpon, King/Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives and small Spanish Sardines. 

Water temperature: 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

06

20

11:06 am

W

13.0

14.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

82.0

84.0

-

-

-

-

06

20

11:00 am

W

12.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

+0.01

79.2

84.0

-

-

-

-

06

20

10:54 am

W

13.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

78.3

84.0

-

-

-

-

06

20

10:48 am

WSW

15.9

20.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

76.6

84.0

-

-

-

-

06

20

10:42 am

WSW

15.0

19.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

76.6

84.0

-

-

-

-


Tide times and charts for Panama City, Florida (West Coast) and weather forecast for fishing in Panama City in 2019



Tides for the week:  New Moon Tuesday July 02nd.  Full Moon Monday June 17th. 


Thursday 20th.        10:46Pm Low   -0.1      11:43am High   1.6  Sunrise: 5:42am  Sunset: 7:47pm

Friday                     11:01pm Low    0.0       12:21pm High   1.5

Saturday                 11:14pm Low   0.2        12:55pm High   1.4      

Sunday                   11:25pm Low   0.3          1:27pm High   1.3

Monday                   11:28pm Low  0.4          1:54pm High   1.1

Tuesday                  12:06pm Low  0.9          8:17am High   0.9

                                10:45pm Low  0.5          2:09pm High   0.9

Wednesday 26th.          9:51pm Low  0.6          7:26am High   1.0  Sunrise:5:43am  Sunset: 7:48pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


REST OF TODAY

Southwest winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet

with occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.

Protected waters choppy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms

through the day.


TONIGHT

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

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.

Protected waters choppy. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


FRIDAY

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

Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight

chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning.


FRIDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY

Southwest winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2

feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.




 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (87/81 rain  20% wind  SW-19)

FRIDAY    (88/80 rain  40% wind WSW-13)

SATURDAY  (88/79 rain  20% wind WSW-11)

SUNDAY    (88/79 rain  10% wind  SW-10)

MONDAY    (88/79 rain  10% wind WSW-11)

TUESDAY   (90/78 rain  40% wind   W-09)

WEDNESDAY (88/77 rain  40% wind WNW-07)


Tight lines and screaming drags,  Sam

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King bite slow-Tarpon bite builds
6/14/2019

Thursday, June 6th, Will and Tyler got the week started with Bonito and a Jack Crevelle. The water quality was good with decent wind and the bite was on. Bonito were hitting almost anything you put in front of them. Then the weather changed and we had 4 days of Thunderstorms, rough water and that resulted in the water quality suffering. The weekend was slow and so was the clearing of the water. Even the bait got pushed out. By Tuesday, conditions had improved. 



Tuesday, as bait began to return and the water quality improved, the Tarpon bite began. It was not fast and furious but enough to keep us entertained. Tommy L. got hooked-up early morning to have a long run before the hook pulled.  There were several close encounters where nice fish rolled on swim bait but no connections. Midday, I got lucky and hooked a Tarpon on an Alewife. The fish didn’t jump but gave a good fight before I popped the 60-70# fish off pier side. The remainder of the afternoon was slow but schools were occasionally passing. By 6:00p.m., my fun meter was about pegged. I reeled my bait in to leave but it was still alive. I have a thing about quitting with a live bait so I made one last cast. The bait hit the water and was hit almost immediately. It was a small Poon about 50# so the fight was short but sweet. Several Tarpon were hooked over the week but I am not aware of any others landed. The beginning of the Alewife die-off has begun so the bite should consistently improve over the next few days. Tuesday would produce other catches. A school of big Jack Crevelle came across the front of the Tee about 11:00 a.m. Two of the “tackle busters” were hooked and landed. Johnny L. landed this one: 


The King bite was painfully slow. Very few fish were seen the entire week. Casey broke the ice Wednesday afternoon. The Spanish Mackerel bite had finally turnd on, so he began casting his Gotcha. To his surprise, a nice King smacked it. The first thing he said was I only have a mono leader. The fish took a long run but Casey worked worked the 15 pound 7 ounce fish like a pro and landed the it with light tackle on 12# mono and a 60# mono leader. The hook set could not have been placed better to keep from being a quick bite-off.



Species caught: Tarpon, King/Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevelle, Bonito, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives. 

Water temperature: 82

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

06

13

7:06 am

NNW

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

29.99

-

74.8

81.9

-

-

-

-

06

13

7:00 am

NNW

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

+0.03

-

81.9

-

-

-

-

06

13

6:54 am

NNW

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

74.7

81.9

-

-

-

-

06

13

6:48 am

NNW

5.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

74.7

81.9

-

-

-

-

06

13

6:42 am

N

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

74.7

81.9

-

-

-

-


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

Tides for the week:  New Moon Tuesday July 02nd.  Full Moon Monday June 17th. 


Thursday 13th.        12:04am Low   0.6       8:10am High   1.1  Sunrise: 5:41am  Sunset: 7:45pm

                                 5:43pm Low   0.4

Friday                       6:17pm Low   0.2       8:17am High   1.3

Saturday                   6:59pm Low  0.0        8:29am High   1.4      

Sunday                     7:44pm Low -0.0        8:45am High   1.6

Monday                    8:30pm Low  -0.2       9:09am High   1.7

Tuesday                   9:12pm Low  -0.2       9:43am High   1.7

Wednesday 19th.       10:22pm Low  -0.1     11:03am High   1.7  Sunrise:5:41am  Sunset: 7:47pm 

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


TODAY

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

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Showers and

thunderstorms likely in the morning, then slight chance of

showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.


TONIGHT

West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north 10 knots

early in the morning. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period

4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY

East winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southeast 10

knots late in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period

4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT

Southeast winds 10 knots.

Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a

light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.


SUNDAY

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

Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms in the morning, then slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms in the afternoon.


SUNDAY NIGHT

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Protected waters a light chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


MONDAY

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

waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.



 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (85/77 rain   0% wind WNW-10)

FRIDAY    (87/73 rain   0% wind   E-11)

SATURDAY  (85/76 rain  20% wind  SE-12)

SUNDAY    (86/76 rain  20% wind  SE-09)

MONDAY    (84/77 rain  40% wind SSE-10)

TUESDAY   (85/78 rain  40% wind   S-09)

WEDNESDAY (84/79 rain  50% wind  SW-12)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam




Mahi, Bull Reds and Bonito 
5/6/2019



Water temperatures have ranged from a high of 84.7 to as low as 79.5 during the week. The clarity has been great with good winds most of the time. Large bait schools of Alewives and small Spanish Sardine have remained near and close to the pier. Tarpon numbers are increasing and are finally moving west. The bite should be soon. Mahi have been a regular but Kings and Spanish are hit and miss. “Flipper” has been a constant bother and is probably a huge factor in that. Bonito have kept us entertained with large schools marauding the Spanish Sardine. Bull Reds have moved in feasting on the Alewives. We still are waiting for Sailfish to show.

The Mahi action has been phenomenal. Small wads of Mahi were sporadically feeding on the Sardines and most any bait we tossed near them. They were all in the “chicken” size range but still great table fare. Numerous anglers decked fish all week. Here are a few shots with some of the lucky anglers:Ned, Sam, Tommy H., Norito, Logan and Bill S. with his first ever Mahi.




Unlike Mahi, Kings and Spanish have been reluctant to bite with the constant threat of “Flipper” ever-present. The problems with the Dolphin have gotten to the point we lose more fish to them than we deck when they are around. Most of the fish caught were “scoolies” or barely legal fish. We saw good numbers of fish but they would not commit to eat. They came upon our bait only to streak by without hitting. Ted got lucky and put a couple of Kings on the deck before “Flipper” got there. Doug barely managed to pull this Spanish away from “Flipper” and a young angler holds a Spanish he landed. 




Quite a few Bonito were decked over several days. No big “Summer Bonito” yet but they still give a great fight. Here is Yanec with a Bonito he landed. This was typical for the size Bonito that were caught. 



Schools of Bull Red Drum gathered to feed on the Alewives. I was told if you tossed an Alewife near them it was a certain hit. Mark F. quit counting at 7 one afternoon. All were over slot fish and safely released. 

Species caught: King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Mahi, Bonito, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Bait: Alewives and small Spanish Sardines. 

Water temperature: 83

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

06

06

8:06 am

ENE

5.1


9.9

-

-

-

-

29.93

-

77.0

82.9

-

-

-

-

06

06

8:00 am

NE

9.9


13.0

-

-

-

-

29.92

+0.02

77.0

82.9

-

-

-

-

06

06

7:54 am

NNE

8.0


13.0

-

-

-

-

29.92

-

76.5

82.9

-

-

-

-

06

06

7:48 am

N

5.1


7.0

-

-

-

-

29.91

-

77.9

82.9

-

-

-

-

06

06

7:42 am

N

1.9


5.1

-

-

-

-

29.91

-

79.2

82.9

-

-

-

-

06

06

7:36 am

S

2.9


5.1

-

-

-

-

29.91

-

80.6

82.9

-

-

-

-


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

Tides for the week:  New Moon Monday June 03rd.  Full Moon Monday June 17th. 

Thursday 06th.        11:11pm Low  -0.3     12:05pm High   1.8  Sunrise: 5:41am  Sunset: 7:43pm

Friday                     11:52pm Low  -0.2     12:53pm High   1.7

Saturday                                                     1:36pm High   1.6      

Sunday                   12:24am Low   0.0       2:14pm High   1.4

Monday                   12:41am Low  0.2       2:38pm High   1.1

Tuesday                  12:41am Low  0.4       8:33am High   0.9

Wednesday 12th.       12:04am Low  0.6       8:10am High   1.1  Sunrise:5:41am  Sunset: 7:45pm 

 The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

TODAY

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

period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.

Showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning, then chance of

showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.


TONIGHT

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

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

Protected waters choppy. Chance of showers and isolated

thunderstorms in the evening, then showers and thunderstorms

likely after midnight.


FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots.

Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant

period 6 seconds. Protected waters choppy. Showers and

thunderstorms.


SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY

Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4

to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. Protected waters

choppy. Showers and thunderstorms likely.

 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (83/77 rain 100% wind   S-13)

FRIDAY    (83/77 rain  90% wind  SW-16)

SATURDAY  (82/75 rain 100% wind  SW-14)

SUNDAY    (84/76 rain  90% wind  SW-13)

MONDAY    (85/74 rain  90% wind  SW-11)

TUESDAY   (86/73 rain  60% wind WNW-09)

WEDNESDAY (85/74 rain  40% wind  SW-10)


Tight lines and screaming drags,
Sam


First Tarpon Brought To The Pier
5/30/19


Water is warm with tons of small Spanish Sardine and Alewives surrounding the pier. Tarpon schools are moving buy with one hooked and brought to the pier. Kings are here but mostly window shopping. “Flipper” has been ever present and surely affected the bite.  Mahi are passing by with a couple each day hitting the deck. Spanish are being caught but are mostly window shopping like the Kings. We have had good winds and clear water. No Sailfish yet.

Kings were present all week but reluctant to bite. We had numerous window shoppers but the constant presence of “Flipper” kept the bite cool. There were  fish caught but most were schoolies. James spent his last day dealing with :Flipper” and lost his  chance to land his King. He was only able to get its head back. We did have a few big King make an appearance but only one, that looked to be about 25 pounds, was hooked and brought to the pier. Unfortunately, the fish took the angler to school and wrapped the piling and broke off. 


Like Kings, Spanish were warry to bite. There were Spanish hooked and decked but a few were eaten by the Dolphins. I did see one “Axe Handle” decked Wednesday, that hit a Cigar Minnow. Gotcha’s, spoons and Bubble rigs got a few fish as well.

Mahi were coming by in small groups and were willing to eat. Most were caught on natural bait but I did see one landed on a X-Rap. Several were caught a couple of days. All were “chicken” size. 




The excitement has been building anticipating the Tarpon bite. A couple have been hooked but this week, Mikel got the first one back to the pier. He had just cast a fresh lively Alewife Tuesday, when a small school of Tarpon came by. One fish peeled off the group and inhaled his bait. After a couple of good jumps, the Tarpon put Mikel to the test for a long hard fight. This went on for almost two hours before Mikel intentionally broke the fish off on the west side bar. 


Species caught: King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Pompano, Bonito, Ladyfish, Blue Runners and Bluefish. Bait: Alewives and small Spanish Sardines.. 

Water temperature: 83-84


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

05

30

7:36 am

S

9.9

14.0

-

-

-

-

29.97

-

80.1

83.7

-

-

-

-

05

30

7:30 am

S

9.9

15.0

-

-

-

-

29.96

-

79.9

83.8

-

-

-

-

05

30

7:24 am

S

12.0

14.0

-

-

-

-

29.96

-

80.1

83.8

-

-

-

-

05

30

7:18 am

S

12.0

17.1

-

-

-

-

29.96

-

79.9

83.8

-

-

-

-

05

30

7:12 am

S

8.9

13.0

-

-

-

-

29.96

-

80.1

83.8

-

-

-

-

05

30

7:06 am

S

11.1

13.0

-

-

-

-

29.96

-

80.1

83.8

-

-

-

-


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


Tides for the week:  New Moon Monday June 03rd.  Full Moon Monday June 17th. 

Thursday 30th        5:49pm Low   0.4      8:47am High   1.1  Sunrise: 5:42am  Sunset: 7:39pm

Friday                      6:18pm Low   0.2      8:45am High   1.3

Saturday                 7:04pm Low   0.0      8:46am High   1.4      

Sunday                   7:55pm Low  -0.1      9:07am High   1.5

Monday                   8:47pm Low  -0.2      9:42am High   1.7

Tuesday                  9:38pm Low  -0.3    10:26am High   1.8

Wednesday 05th.    10:26pm Low  -0.4     11:15am High   1.8  Sunrise:5:41am  Sunset: 7:42pm 

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

TODAY

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

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


TONIGHT

Southwest winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY

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

Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight

chance of showers and thunderstorms through the day.


FRIDAY NIGHT

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight

chance of showers and thunderstorms.


SATURDAY

West winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet building to 2

to 4 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds in the afternoon. Protected

waters a moderate chop.


SATURDAY NIGHT

West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet

subsiding to 1 to 2 feet after midnight. Protected waters a light

chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.


SUNDAY

West winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected

waters a light chop.


SUNDAY NIGHT

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

Protected waters a light chop.


MONDAY

West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected

waters a light chop.

 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (85/77 rain  20% wind SSW-11)

FRIDAY    (86/75 rain  20% wind WSW-12)

SATURDAY  (86/75 rain  20% wind   W-13)

SUNDAY    (90/76 rain   0% wind   W-13)

MONDAY    (91/75 rain   0% wind WNW-12)

TUESDAY   (90/76 rain   0% wind   S-09)

WEDNESDAY (88/76 rain   0% wind SSW-11)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam


First Mahi
5/23/2019


Our water temperature has warmed quickly and is hovering around 83 degrees. The clarity is good and patches of Sargasm are floating in from off shore. Tarpon schools continue to pass moving East. The King bite has slowed but for a couple of late evenings. Spanish are scattered and Hardtails are still thick. Our first Mahi have shown. The Pompano bite has been good in skinny water. Hot weather is forecast for the upcoming weekend and week to follow. 


Kings were absent most days with the only good bite coming after 6:00 p.m. a couple of evenings. Around a dozen were decked each evening. Otherwise, just a few were hooked during the rest of the week. Willie walked onto the Tee Monday afternoon and made one cast with his #12 X-Rap. He immediately got hit and landed an 16 pound King. There hadn’t been a fish seen before he walked up. Then right at dark, JT got slammed and landed a respectable 27 pound King. 




The report was that a couple of Mahi were Caught Sunday afternoon. Then Tuesday, we had mats of gerass pushed in and a few Mahi were seen. Four were hooked and two made it onto the deck. James and Bob were the lucky anglers to land their Mahi.  



Species caught: King/Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Pompano, Ladyfish, Blue Runners and Bluefish. Bait: Alewives, a few Threadfin Herring and small Spanish Sardines.. 


Water temperature: 83



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

05

22

9:36 pm

WSW

4.1

4.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

79.9

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:30 pm

W

4.1

4.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

79.9

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:24 pm

W

4.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

79.9

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:18 pm

W

5.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

80.1

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:12 pm

W

4.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

80.1

83.1

-

-

-

-

05

22

9:06 pm

W

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.09

-

79.9

83.1

-

-

-

-


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


Tides for the week:  New Moon Monday June 03rd.  Full Moon Monday June 17th. 


Thursday 23rd                                        12:35pm High   1.6  Sunrise: 5:44am  Sunset: 7:35pm

Friday                    12:01am Low  -0.1      1:15pm High   1.5

Saturday                12:28am Low   0.0      1:54pm High   1.3      

Sunday                  12:48am Low   0.2       2:32pm High   1.2

Monday                   1:03am Low   0.3       3:07pm High   1.0

Tuesday                  1:13am Low   0.4       9:10am High   0.9

Wednesday 29th.    12:59am Low   0.5       8:46am High   1.0  Sunrise:5:42am  Sunset: 7:39pm 

                                6:22pm Low   0.6       8:58pm High   0.6                                                     


The Marine forecast for the next several days is:


THURSDAY

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

Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


THURSDAY NIGHT

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY

Southeast winds 10 knots becoming south 5 to

10 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period

4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


FRIDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest

5 to 10 knots late in the evening, then becoming east 5 to 10 knots

after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.

Protected waters mostly smooth.


SATURDAY

East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 5 to

10 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected

waters mostly smooth.


SATURDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming

southeast after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a

light chop.


SUNDAY

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

waters a light chop.


SUNDAY NIGHT

West winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop.


MONDAY

Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 10

knots in the late morning and afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a light chop.


 (local forecast)

THURSDAY  (85/72 rain  10% wind SSE-12)

FRIDAY    (85/72 rain  10% wind   S-10)

SATURDAY  (90/75 rain  10% wind   W-09)

SUNDAY    (88/75 rain  10% wind   S-10)

MONDAY    (90/75 rain  10% wind WSW-12)

TUESDAY   (90/76 rain   0% wind  SW-10)

WEDNESDAY (87/76 rain  10% wind SSW-11)


Tight lines and screaming drags,


Sam

























 































 






 











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