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September Fishing Report

Recent heavy rains have stained the water in most parts of the bay but the trout and redfish have been thick and willing to eat all sorts of artificial lures. Topwater and surface lures fished over shallow grass flats have done very well early in the morning. During the day, I’ve been switching to…

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August Fishing Report

Wow, the fishing around Panama City Beach has been “lights out” lately! Bait fish schools are thick and the fish are chewing so there are great bites to be found in the bay, on the flats, and along the beaches. Early morning topwater action on the flats is still yielding lots of redfish. Solitary…

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July Fishing Report

Summer is one of my favorite seasons to fish the waters surrounding Panama City Beach because the diversity of the fishery is on full display. Our area is home to a wide range of predator fish, both inshore and nearshore along the beaches. Inshore on the flats, good numbers of trout and redfish…

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June Fishing Report

Summer is here and there’s a lot of angling action in the bays and along the beaches! On shallow grass flats, you’ll find good numbers of speckled trout being caught, usually early in the day and late in the afternoon when it’s a little cooler. Small topwater plugs that skitter or chug have been…

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May Fishing Report

The bite in the bays and on the flats has gotten much better with the arrival of schooling baitfish such as menhaden, glass minnows and a few pilchards. The clear water and abundance of fish have created great sight fishing conditions. Speckled trout are hanging out in 2-4 feet of water over grass…

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April Fishing Report

It’s that time of the year when the springtime bites we’ve been eagerly awaiting are finally happening! The water temperature is right at 70 degrees and the Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, pompano, mangrove snapper, amberjack, redfish and kingfish are all here. I even saw a cobia being caught a few…

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March Fishing Report

If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to break out the fishing poles and prepare for what is sure to be an action-packed season of fishing! Spring is right around the corner and signs of the season are all around the bay. Birds crashing baitfish out in the middle of the bay is a sure…

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February Fishing Report

One of my favorite things to do in the winter is wading tidal ponds in search of redfish and jumbo speckled trout. Given the difficulty of getting back into a lot of these areas, it’s rare that the fish get much pressure from casual anglers so they’re usually willing to cooperate. The fish will…

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January Fishing Report

Happy New Year! I hope this year blesses you with good fishing, great friends and unforgettable memories. Recent cold fronts have fish on the move. In the backwaters, look for groups of speckled trout up in bayous and on the outside edges of flats where there is a little more water. You can target…

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December Fishing Report

It has been another stellar year of fishing for us here in our little slice of paradise! Here’s hoping you’ve had your share of great catches. As the water temperature drops and food resources disappear from the shallow grass flats, trout will begin to work their way back toward deeper bayous where…

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