Regardless of the month, if it’s summer on the Gulf Coast you can count on rain to some degree every afternoon. On the other hand you have the mid summer heat with all it’s suffocating humidity. With the sun rising hot & early the inshore fishing can shut down in the early morning hours therefore one may want to consider a dock lights inshore fishing trip. The summer storm runoff does cloud the water but the dock lights themself provide anglers with an advantage. If it’s redfish & speckled trout your after buy your live shrimp the day before and hit the water around 6AM. For all you surf fisherman out there lady fish and pompano will be your friend as long as the storms corporate. The key to the surf fishing game is fish bites & sand fleas.
Much like the inshore bite the offshore bite is good later on in the day. We are running a lot of trolling / bottom fishing combo trips in the afternoons. The Gulf of Mexico is a big place so we can easily run around the afternoon storms as needed. Red snapper along with Amberjack & Trigger Fish are holding on the offshore reefs in the slightly deeper (55ft. Pluss) waters. Even thow these fish are fairly consistent through the mid summer months in PCB, remin aware the with both State & Federal governments setting Red Snapper dates it can get confusing. Be sure and check the FWC fishing regulations before you get your hopes up for a Red Snapper trip this summer.
Because our fleet does have comfortable center consoles with knowledgeable captains I would suggest taking advantage of the diversity July has to offer. Bottom fishing for snapper and grouper mid day while trolling your way in for kings or sight fishing for cobia & mahi mahi is a great way to spend 6 hours of offshore fishing. Please keep in mind that a long sleeve performance wear fishing shirt could make a world of difference when spending the better part of the day in the summer sun. Be sure and visit the Intercoastal Outpost and gear up before your next trip.
Its June its hot and the June grass is here. My advice… get out there and get over it. There is a reason that our anglers flock to our cast by the millions during June in search of Red Snapper. They are big and plentiful and willing and not afraid to bite as long as your willing to look for them. Along with Red Snapper you have Kings, Blackfin Tuna, and Vermillion all located within the 9 mile mark.
The limit on Redfish is 2 per person so once you have you limit head inshore for Redfish, Speckled Trout and Pampano along the beach. Sharks are very active along the surf this time of year so be careful and have fun if you decide to make camp on the beach at night. If you don’t want to deal with the heat then take us on a deal with the fishing trip at night its fun for the whole family and you might just have bay all to yourself.
Due to all the seagrass that came around pier fishing will become messy and somewhat difficult to tell if thats a fish on your line or just a big ball or grass. Because of the seagrass there is very little bait around however, when you book your inshore fishing trip @example.com they’ll have plenty of live shrimp so you’ll have the chance to catch your Mackerel, Trout, Redfish, and even a few Flounder and Blue fish.
Very little activity happening offshore, due to seagrass. However reports show Vermillion and Amberjacks have been spotted offshore. See a weedline better go grab your line!! Mahi Mahi
are being caught off those weedlines! If you’d rather not mess with the muck of the grass along the beach then book yourself an inshore or dock light fishing trip @example.com. Don’t forget your bread, mayo, and mustard, when headed offshore! The Black Fin Tuna are out and about, and it doesnt get any freasher than seafood on the back of the boat!
It seems as if the weather took the last 30 day to decide on spring or not. Finally the patterns have started to even out and the PCB area so balancing between the 70’s and 80’s once we have a consistent average of 70 the King Mackerle will come in to near shore wattos along the beach. However the Pampino spanish and ladyfish are already flocking to the beach in droves. If your inshore fishing adventure keeps you away from the beach and in the bays cruise the watters around the 5ft mark. In addition to larger Redfish the Speckeled Trout are starting to school up.
The offshore fishing in PCB has been hendered by rough waters. However those angles that have taken advantage of a break in the weather have started to see KINGS AND COBIA (BLOG) moving in. as always the trigger are taking up the reefs. As Spring sets in and warmer weather takes hold of the woods and water in the hog hunting action heats up. Be sure to check out our partners @intercoastal safaris to take full advantage
MARCH FISHING OFFSHORE
Mother nature does not discriminate when it comes to fishing. Both inshore and offshore fishing have been negatively affected by the harsh weather. Offshore, the wind is producing 4ft to 5ft swells. With high winds, swells, and cooler than normal temperatures, Amberjacks and Vermillion Snapper along with Trigger fish are about as good as it gets during March fishing offshore.
MARCH FISHING INSHORE
Inshore fishing has provided some consistency with a strong Sheepshead and Redfish bite near the jetties. If your headed to the jetties, I suggest fiddler crab and fish bits for bait. March is the last month for quail hunting along the panhandle. This is the month that the hogs start to venture out in the fields during the daylight hours for the first time since deer season ended so be sure and take full advantage of the dog hunting in Intercoastal Safaris.
FEBRUARY FISHING OFFSHORE
The majority of all the good stuff in the gulf has been closed to offshore fisherman. However, with February fishing the Tuna are hot! As the blackfin tuna are within sight of the beach, the yellowfin are hanging around the rigs. Those dedicated enough to try may very well be in for a treat.
FEBRUARY FISHING INSHORE
Much like January the name of the game for the inshore fishing in Panama City is redfish, and sheepshead. Along with the occasional black drum fish in the deeper water around bridges and jetties. If at all possible use live shrimp and fiddler crab for bait. It will make a big difference. While there are a few pompano; redfish, bluefish, and flounder make for an excellent catch.
JANUARY FISHING OFFSHORE
January fishing provides new opportunity. Federal waters open up for amberjack and triggerfish. Before you venture out please double check with the FWL to make sure your aware of any changes that may have taken place with the New Year, Although Grouper season is not in full swing the seabass along with black, white, vermillion snapper should provide those say trip warriors with plenty of fish to fight. For those of you brave enough to fight over night your going to have to cover some ground. the yellowfin have came a little closer to home.
JANUARY FISHING INSHORE
I’ll make this easy on you. There are tons of Redfish, BlueFish, Flounder and Sheepshead inshore. Big or small, it makes no difference. They are all here and ready to play as long as the weather cooperates. Even if the fishing conditions go south that usually means prime time for coastal duck hunting. The inshore fishing will be rather timid this time of year. The sheepshead fishing from shore around the jetties and the bridge pilings may be true way to go. Live shrimp and squid caught the night before can make for the perfect bait once the sun comes out. Obviously we want to earn your business so give us a call and we can make these holidays one to remember with CAST & BLAST.
DECEMBER FISHING INSHORE AND OFFSHORE
With temperatures ranging from 70 to 40 degrees, it’s the perfect time of the year to get the kids outdoors. While the yellowfin tuna are winding down from the peak month of November, they are still pretty hot. However, you don’t have to venture that far out to enjoy the great outdoors. The sheepshead, redfish and flounder can be easily found still in deeper inshore waters. Around the pass along the beach is another great option. Keep in mind a slot redfish are 18 to 27 inches. Have a camera ready because the bull reds are in town. December fishing is also a great month for quail and duck hunting. Be sure and give our friends at Intercoastal Safaris a call at 850-375-2223.
“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one ing natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
A HURRICANE’S EFFECT ON FISHING: BEFORE THE STORM
My wife and I packed to go on a professional education trip to Arizona three days before Hurricane Michael made landfall on Oct 11, 2018. We didn’t know just how eventful of a week the Gulf Coast would have while we were gone. The suspected tropical depression turned tropical storm was inching quickly towards a CAT 1 hurricane. On Day 2 of our working vacation, Jeff Sanders (Hospitality Manager) informed me of two things……#1 Hurricane Michael may become a CAT 2 overnight and #2 everyone on Perdido Key was ignoring the MANDATORY EVACUATION issued by Gov. Scott. In addition to the mandatory evacuation, the Weather Channel showed this strengthening storm barreling towards Panama City Beach. Some of our inshore fishing friends on Perdido were out on the water casting a line.
A HURRICANE’S EFFECT ON FISHING: LANDFALL
Before Michael hit landfall between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe Florida, these towns were considered by many to be one of the last strongholds for “Old Florida”. In addition to wiping out these to towns entirely and sinking the marinas, Hurricane Michael succeeded on toppling entire neighborhoods in Panama City Beach.
Unfortunately, when devastation of this magnitude hits coastal communities, an unforeseen side effect is the damage the waterways fall victim to. Think of all the tons of debris in conjunction with oil, has, raw sewage followed by silt and “river trash’ collecting in the bays and you will have a pretty clear picture of just how a hurricane affects fishing.
A HURRICANE’S EFFECT ON FISHING: THE AFTERMATH
We are going to keep this simple. Panama City Beach suffered severe damage. Front Beach Road is often referred to as the miracle Mile. It’s namesake comes from the attractions, restaurants, bars, and condos that line the coast. Officials say it may be at least 30 days before power and water utilities are restored. As if the massive amounts of debris and chemical/sewage runoff is not bad enough, Treasure Island Marina, as we know it has been destroyed. Have you seen that collapsed dry storage facility with all the boast piled up? (That’s our guys) If you’re wondering about the hog hunting operation just north of Panama City Beach, watch this video below. ALL HUNTING AND FISHING OPERATIONS EAST OF DESTIN HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.
NOVEMBER FISHING INSHORE
November fishing in Panama City Beach Florida has plenty to offer. When it come to top water action, speckled trout is a great option. Trout can be found in the deeper channels and around the docks. Fishing the bridges and around the pass can result in large redfish. Keep in mind that the bigger redfish are found closer to the shore.
November and December are typically the most productive flounder months in the bay and the gulf. Look for shallow water structures and fish just downwind with a Carolina rig. This should make for a very productive day. If that’s not enough action for you then check out our friends to the west. Intercoastal Safaris can provide great afternoon redfish and trout action. They can combine this fishing trip with a great morning coastal duck hunt. Check out their popular Sportsman’s Cast N Blast options.
NOVEMBER FISHING OFFSHORE
Nearshore and surfing fishing action along the shore is slow this time of year. There are few species available like redfish, sheepshead, and a few pompano. The real action is offshore! The winter bonita are here in the large numbers. Regardless of what locals might tell you, they can make for a very tasty distinguished meal. Many of the local restaurants can prepare you a hook and cook meal. Taking a venture out into the deeper waters will provide opportunities for the yellowfin tuna and swordfish. The seas are typically calmer in the winter months. Making a deep sea fishing trip a great option for all ages.