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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

Monday, July 23, 2018 1:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The fishing action is hot along the beaches, in the bays and on the flats these days, as hungry predators take advantage of the abundant baitfish that are currently in our area. Spanish mackerel can be seen flying out of the water as they ferociously gorge on schools of baitfish along the beaches, especially around the channel buoys.  Casting...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 1:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

We’ve experienced quite a few thunderstorms over the past couple of weeks, but the bite around the bay has been really good. Speckled trout are stacked up in areas that transition quickly from shallow grass to deeper sand. The presence of bait and current are definite giveaways when looking for feeding fish. On falling tides, I target the...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 3:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Although the weather has been less than ideal over the past couple of weeks, the fishing continues to be excellent! Mangrove snapper have piled up on shallow water structures throughout the bay and have been quick to bite for the most part.  Anchoring up current and dropping back a flat lined live glass minnow, shrimp, pilchard or similar...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Summer is fast approaching and our beaches are filling up with visitors eager to enjoy the warm weather, emerald green water and sugar white sand.  We certainly enjoy sharing our slice of heaven with them, but big crowds can put a slight damper on the fishing during certain parts of the day.  With that in mind, it’s best to get out...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 8:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

  What a fantastic time of the year!  Air temperatures have finally broken into the 80's, water temperatures are in the low-to-mid 70's and the fish are cruising for easy meals. Along the beaches, the pompano bite has been absolutely on fire in the surf.  Whether you target them by boat, at one of the piers or from the beach,...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 9:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

If you haven’t already retrieved your fishing gear from the closet and oiled up the reels, then now is a great time to do so.  With water temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, many species of fish have been making their presence known in local waters. Just off the beaches, schools of Spanish mackerel, bonita, jacks and redfish have...

Monday, April 9, 2018 1:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Spring has sprung and it’s an exciting time of the year to be out on the water fishing! The bays and nearshore coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico come alive in the spring, as hordes of migratory fish species such as Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jacks take up residence in our area.  One thing all these fish have in common is that they...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The much anticipated arrival of Spanish mackerel has definitely taken place along the beaches, in the pass and inside St. Andrews Bay! Look for areas where birds are bombing baitfish on the surface or where you see baitfish jumping out of the water – sure signs that Spanish mackerel are feeding.  If no action is present, try trolling...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 10:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

With a warming trend expected to continue throughout the month, the already great fishing will only get better! As water temperatures rise and low winter tides give way to higher water levels, speckled trout will begin to show up in the shallows.  You might find some of the fish still stacked up in bayous, but the bulk of them will be staging...