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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, May 31, 2017 8:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Before getting into what’s biting around the beach, here’s a little advice that will make your time on the water far more enjoyable – regardless of how the fishing is going. First of all, before you leave out on any fishing or boating adventure in the summer, make sure you pack plenty of water.  Although you may just be out...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

The number of fish in the bays right now is staggering! That’s especially true on the flats where redfish are laying in shallow water right up along the shoreline.  Some fish are cruising the shallows but a significant number of them are literally just sitting in potholes, positioned on top of sandbars or hanging out in the flooded reed...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 1:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

In addition to the white sandy beaches and emerald green water, Panama City beach also offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Whether your angling passion is in the bay, on the flats or out in the gulf, we have you covered. Early mornings on the flats offer healthy doses of topwater action for speckled trout and redfish. The best time...
Before I get into just how great the fishing has been in Panama City Beach… Let’s review a few situations where a little courtesy can go a long way. For most of us, the first thing to do before starting our adventure on the water is to launch the boat. Now that the weather is warmer and more people are looking to get out on the water,...

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

This is a fantastic time to get out and enjoy some beautiful weather and phenomenal fishing! Throughout the bays, a variety of fish species are schooling up and ready to feed at nearly every opportunity. The number of redfish out there in the shallows is staggering – several flats have schools of well over a hundred fish and, in some...

Friday, February 24, 2017 3:00 PM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Let me start by saying that this winter has been anything but typical. Calling it “mild” would be an understatement since it’s the middle of February and we have water temperatures nearing 70 degrees in the afternoon. Many species of fish shouldn’t even be in the bays right now, but they’re swimming around even if in...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

As the weather cools, look for fish to adopt typical winter patterns as they seek refuge from cold water. Common areas to target speckled trout on cold days are bayous with at least 4-5 feet of water, small creeks with either deep holes or depth in the middle of the channels, and the Intracoastal Waterway. In some parts of the bays, trout will...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 11:00 AM by Capt. Nathan Chennaux

Among the most difficult aspects of fishing in the winter months is dealing with the inconsistency in weather and water conditions. Air temperatures, wind direction, barometric pressure and water levels are subject to change on a daily basis, or at a moment’s notice. As frontal systems move through the area, temperatures can rise or fall...

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...