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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

June Fishing Report

Summer is here and there’s a lot of angling action in the bays and along the beaches! On shallow grass flats, you’ll find good numbers of speckled trout being caught, usually early in the day and late in the afternoon when it’s a little cooler. Small topwater plugs that skitter or chug have been…

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May Fishing Report

The bite in the bays and on the flats has gotten much better with the arrival of schooling baitfish such as menhaden, glass minnows and a few pilchards. The clear water and abundance of fish have created great sight fishing conditions. Speckled trout are hanging out in 2-4 feet of water over grass…

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April Fishing Report

It’s that time of the year when the springtime bites we’ve been eagerly awaiting are finally happening! The water temperature is right at 70 degrees and the Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, pompano, mangrove snapper, amberjack, redfish and kingfish are all here. I even saw a cobia being caught a few…

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March Fishing Report

If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to break out the fishing poles and prepare for what is sure to be an action-packed season of fishing! Spring is right around the corner and signs of the season are all around the bay. Birds crashing baitfish out in the middle of the bay is a sure…

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February Fishing Report

One of my favorite things to do in the winter is wading tidal ponds in search of redfish and jumbo speckled trout. Given the difficulty of getting back into a lot of these areas, it’s rare that the fish get much pressure from casual anglers so they’re usually willing to cooperate. The fish will…

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January Fishing Report

Happy New Year! I hope this year blesses you with good fishing, great friends and unforgettable memories. Recent cold fronts have fish on the move. In the backwaters, look for groups of speckled trout up in bayous and on the outside edges of flats where there is a little more water. You can target…

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December Fishing Report

It has been another stellar year of fishing for us here in our little slice of paradise! Here’s hoping you’ve had your share of great catches. As the water temperature drops and food resources disappear from the shallow grass flats, trout will begin to work their way back toward deeper bayous where…

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November Fishing Report

With cooler temperatures finally setting in, it's starting to feel more like winter than fall. While I’m sure it will warm back up again, the cooling trend will cause fish to start gathering in groups. Pinfish, pilchards, glass minnows and the like will become more scarce on the flats and in the…

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October Fishing Report

Happy fall pattern! It’s the time of the year when the heat finally starts to give way to cool morning breezes and the fish chew all day long. Despite heavy rainfall over the past few months, the fishing has been fantastic. The water in most parts of the bay is quite dirty but the trout and redfish…

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September Fishing Report

After a long hot summer, we’re finally feeling a touch of crispness in the air that we haven’t felt in quite some time. The cool breezes are a welcome departure from the stagnant humidity of summer and there are signs that fall is drawing near. The combination of shorter days, a lower angle of the…

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