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Capt Nathan
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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

March Fishing Report

For me, the month of March is the gateway to the best part of the year, and it just so happens to be a great time to fish! As the water temperature of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding bays starts to warm, a variety of species begin returning to our little chunk of paradise. Among those you’ll…

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February Fishing Report

First off, I recommend that you regularly check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website for changes to fishing regulations. FWC has gone back to closed season on seatrout for the month of February so, if you happen to catch them this month, they must be released healthy…

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January Fishing Report

Fishing patterns are unpredictable during the winter months, but one thing you can count on is extremely low water levels in the bays. It’s important to have an understanding of how to overcome the angling challenge this presents. Flats anglers need to be aware of the size and draft of their boat…

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December Fishing Report

Even though I prefer warm summer days to the chill of winter, there are some great bites happening right now that make getting out on the water worthwhile. As the water temperature plummets and food resources disappear from the flats, speckled trout work their way back towards deeper bayous where…

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November Fishing Report

If inshore fishing is your thing, then now is the time to get on the water and take advantage of the fantastic bites happening right now. Fish are gathering in schools and wreaking havoc on just about any bait they see! On the grass flats, the speckled trout bite is especially good. Early morning…

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October Fishing Report

Blue skies and clearing water have been the norm for the past several weeks and that’s the perfect combination for sight fishing! To top it off, the flats are littered with redfish cruising the shorelines and sandbars or laid up in potholes. I prefer soft plastic baits when sight casting to redfish…

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September Fishing Report

Cruising the bay while keeping an eye out for birds feeding on red minnow bait balls is one of my favorite ways to fish the early fall season. Birds hammering baitfish on the surface is a good indication that predatory fish are also feeding from below; otherwise, the minnows would go deeper to avoid…

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Fishing in the Fall

If you’re an angler looking for some fun, productive time on the water, then fall is definitely the time of year to be in Panama City Beach. As the water temperature cools, predator fish begin to gorge on the massive schools of baitfish preparing to migrate to warmer waters — the so-called “mullet…

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August Fishing Report

The summer months offer some of the most intense fishing action of the year! One reason that’s the case is the bays are full of bait fish. Whether it's mullet, pilchards and pinfish on the flats, menhaden in the bayous or rain minnows in the middle of the bay, the food sources are plentiful and…

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June Fishing Report

If you’re looking to hook into some redfish action, now is the time to do it! As is typical for this time of the year, there are a lot of big schools of bait-chewing fish along the beaches, in the pass and on several shallow marshy grass flats. The way I want to target them often determines where I…

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