Author: Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Captain Nathan is a USCG licensed captain, fishing guide, and outdoor writer at Bay County Outdoors. He fishes out of Panama City Beach, FL.

Captain Nathan can be reached at (850) 258-7235 or CaptainNate@BayCountyOutdoors.com

Friday, September 15, 2017 10:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Hurricane Irma did a massive amount of damage to a large portion of Florida but, here in the Panhandle, it actually helped to flush out the majority of the stained water left in our bays.  We experienced the opposite of a storm surge – instead of water from the Gulf of Mexico being pushed inshore, it was blown away from us and...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 3:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Action and variety have been the trend for the past few weeks, with numerous species of predatory fish targeting the many “bait balls” scattered throughout the bays and along the beaches. Starting way up in the bay, trout and redfish have been pounding schools of finger mullet and menhaden.  We have been doing very well with...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

As is the case most times of the year, Panama City Beach is offering some fantastic fishing these days.  Whether you’re looking to target fish inshore in the bays, along the beaches or near shore in the gulf, there are plenty of great bites out there. Inshore – in the bays and on the flats – fishing is about as good right now...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 3:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

With the late summer heat bearing down on us during the day, the benefits of fishing the flats early are numerous – especially if you want to catch trout and redfish on artificial lures. For starters, it’s much cooler in the early hours of the morning and that makes fish a little more inclined to chase a lure.  Because the light...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The early morning topwater bite continues to be scorching hot on the flats, especially around the numerous bait schools that have shown up seemingly out of nowhere. Many of these bait schools have taken up residence on points, prompting hungry predator fish to do the same.  As the tide starts running, most of the bait has been on the up...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 4:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The inshore bite throughout the numerous bay systems and along Panama City Beach is on fire right now! If you get out on the flats early, then expect to get into a very productive topwater bite for speckled trout and redfish. I have found the bigger trout to be holding in areas with sandy bottoms and big patchy grass beds with a water depth of one...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 8:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Before getting into what’s biting around the beach, here’s a little advice that will make your time on the water far more enjoyable – regardless of how the fishing is going. First of all, before you leave out on any fishing or boating adventure in the summer, make sure you pack plenty of water.  Although you may just be out...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The number of fish in the bays right now is staggering! That’s especially true on the flats where redfish are laying in shallow water right up along the shoreline.  Some fish are cruising the shallows but a significant number of them are literally just sitting in potholes, positioned on top of sandbars or hanging out in the flooded reed...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 1:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

In addition to the white sandy beaches and emerald green water, Panama City beach also offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Whether your angling passion is in the bay, on the flats or out in the gulf, we have you covered. Early mornings on the flats offer healthy doses of topwater action for speckled trout and redfish. The best time...
Before I get into just how great the fishing has been in Panama City Beach… Let’s review a few situations where a little courtesy can go a long way. For most of us, the first thing to do before starting our adventure on the water is to launch the boat. Now that the weather is warmer and more people are looking to get out on the water,...