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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

Thursday, December 22, 2016 2:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Cool weather has led to some very hot fishing in both the deep and shallow parts of the St. Andrew Bay. Up on the flats, redfish are hanging out with their noses in the mud – tailing on low negative tides in their search for small crabs, shrimp and baitfish. There are also lots of redfish mixed in with mullet schools right now. The next time...

Monday, December 5, 2016 4:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Recent cold fronts have caused a significant drop in water temperatures, triggering the appetites of many predatory species throughout the bays. One fish that seems to be eating just about everything in sight right now is the gag grouper. They can be found in water depths ranging from less than 10 feet to well over 100 feet. Currently, many inshore...

Friday, November 18, 2016 9:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Phenomenal fishing is happening right now in the waters surrounding Panama City Beach! Beautiful weather and pristine waters are making sight fishing a breeze for a variety of inshore gamefish. Up on the flats in the skinny water and along the shorelines, scores of redfish are eagerly waiting for you to throw a jig in their direction. If you want...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 2:51 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

I can’t remember the last time we’ve had a stretch of weather as good as the past few weeks. Abundant sunshine, moderate temperatures, and light winds have given us plenty of great days to enjoy on the water. The bays are so clear that they look like aquariums – especially with the amount of marine life that can be found in them....

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 3:17 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Starting on the flats… the trout and redfish have been piled up in the shallows. On higher tides, the fish have been right up along the shoreline, mixed in amongst the reed beds and feeding on finger mullet and pilchards. ​As the tide drops out, most of those fish move out to the many sandbars, depressions, and potholes that are scattered...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:55 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The fall fishing season is off to a great start, so let’s take a look at where you can find the hot bites. Local anglers list the flounder as one of their favorites. So far, it has been a fantastic bite and they are stacked up big time! If you’re hoping to catch good numbers on rod and reel, try deeper parts of the bays and inlets with...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:05 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The redfish bite continues to be the main attraction for bay and flats anglers looking for fast paced action. The topwater bite has been very productive just about all day long, but mid-day sight fishing with jigs is a good way to watch a few eat. If you are fishing them in the skinny water on the flats, be sure to keep noise to a minimum –...

Thursday, September 1, 2016 12:41 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The redfish bite has been on fire recently, with lots of fish on the flats and holed up on the bottom of drop offs and around docks. Fish on the flats tend to cruise more, usually in very shallow water near the shoreline. They’re often in water less than one foot deep, which makes them ideal targets for sight casting. Early in the morning,...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 11:27 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

There are a hundred reasons why I love living in Panama City Beach, and the variety of fishing opportunities is right up there at the top of the list. Never is that more important than during tricky conditions like we are experiencing now due recent heavy rains. The waters in many parts of the bay have gone from clear to very tannic and silty....

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:18 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The typical summer time bite has definitely kicked in. That means the best action on the flats comes during the first and last two hours of light each day. Throwing small topwater plugs around sandy potholes, small run offs, and outside the mouths of bayous and creeks should produce solid numbers of strikes from speckled trout and redfish. After...