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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

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

As we close the book on another fantastic year of fishing, I find myself eagerly awaiting the fishing opportunities that 2018 will have to offer. The year began with a shot of cold weather but that should help to congregate fish – especially speckled trout – in deep bayous and creeks.  Some redfish will also move into those same...

Friday, December 15, 2017 9:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

As the season transitions from fall to winter, several things begin to happen.  First, you will notice pinfish and most other baitfish disappearing from the shallow grass flats.  Mullet and bull minnows are the exceptions and will remain on and around the flats throughout the winter.  Other baitfish move into deeper water in bayous...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 10:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Don’t let the calendar influence your thinking… this time of the year offers fantastic weather and outstanding fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Many different species of fish are congregating in large schools, preparing to move toward their winter hangouts.  Some fish will move deep into the bay, some will...

Monday, November 13, 2017 12:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Recent changes in air and water temperatures have prompted many species to stack up in schools and gorge themselves while the food is still plentiful.  In many places, the pinfish are in big schools floating on the surface and, if you look closely, there are lots of speckled trout and redfish hanging out underneath them.  This is when...

Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

As we get deeper into fall and the cold fronts become more frequent, it’s time to adapt our fishing techniques to rapidly changing conditions. Pre-front conditions are generally warmer and overcast with increasing wind speeds from a southerly or southeasterly direction.  During this period, the barometric pressure begins to fall and the...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 8:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

With fall temperatures finally starting to creep their way down towards the Florida Panhandle, it’s time to start looking for fish to gather in big schools. One of the most anticipated migrations is the annual flounder run.  Although they’ll bite sporadically throughout the year, fall is the season when you can catch them piled up...

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...