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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

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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May Fishing Report

With air temperatures in the 80s and water temps in the 70s, it sure is starting to feel like summer! The fish are feeding, bait is getting more plentiful and lots of migratory species are a being caught with regularity. Kingfish, cobia, pompano, redfish, Spanish mackerel and black drum are being…

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March Fishing Report

Spring has already sprung in many parts of the bays, in the pass and along the beaches and the fishing patterns are changing. Deep in the bay, speckled trout are schooled up in the mouths of creeks and bayous. When deciding on an area to target, I typically look for wind blowing toward the shore so…

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February Fishing Report

Frequent, unseasonably heavy rainfall has plagued us all winter and it shows in the quality of the water in our bays. Away from the gulf, the water clarity is very poor and even the water near the gulf is still very much on the tannic side. That being said, fish still have to eat. You just have to…

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January Fishing Report

As I reflect on the many challenges we faced in 2018, I find myself feeling fortunate just to be able to share my passion for fishing with you. I hope the New Year brings plenty of opportunities for you to get out on the water and catch some fish. Due to excessive rain over the past few months…

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September Fishing Report

It’s a fantastic time to be fishing the waters in and around Panama City Beach, regardless of what you’re trying to catch. The huge quantity of baitfish in our bays is nearing the point of absurdity and there seems to be no shortage of predators taking advantage of seemingly endless feeding…

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