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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

Springtime Fishing Tips

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…

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Warm Weather Brings Fishing Success

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…

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Cool water hot spots

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…

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The Key to Winter Fishing

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…

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Christmas fishing report

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…

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Cold fronts bringing in a hot bite

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…

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Sight fishing taking off!

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…

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Good weather, clear waters

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…

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Flounder, Pompano and Redfish Galore

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…

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Fall Fishing Season's Hot Bites

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…

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