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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, 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...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Despite a rather frosty start to the new year, the flats fishing – particularly for redfish – has been hot! The water temperature has dropped considerably throughout the bay, with the average hovering right around 50 degrees.  The passage of more cold fronts in the coming days will likely make the water cool even more.  While...

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...