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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

April Fishing Report

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…

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Mid March Fishing Report

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…

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February Fishing Report

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…

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Mid-January Fishing Report

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…

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January Fishing Report

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…

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Mid-December Fishing Report

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…

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December Fishing Report

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…

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November Fishing Report

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…

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Mid-October Fishing Report

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…

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October Fishing Report

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…

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