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Fishing reports in Panama City Beach


Summer - 2017

The summer months are the most versitile time of year for fishing in Panama City Beach. Beach tarpon, yep. Bay fishing for trout and reds, always. Snapper action on the reefs, got em. Kingfish, Mahi, bonita, and sailfish around the massive bait balls, you bet! The weather usually dictates what the best option will be so just check with our local guides and we'll point you in the right direction.

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Spring 2017

After an extremely mild winter, things are heating up quickly! On calm days, the natural reefs are fishing well for a mixed bag of Snappers. The artificial reefs are loaded with Jacks willing to bite jigs, flies, or plugs. If you want to stay closer in, no problem. The Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish, and Pompano are here and we are catching them. Mild temps and abundant sunshine make for some unforgettable days on the water!

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Fall/Winter 2016 

We have had a relatively dry fall which creates extremely clear water in the bay for some perfect sight-fishing conditions. The bait is making its annual migration out of the bay to seek shelter in the deeper, warmer waters of the Gulf. This concentrates all kinds of game fish around the pass from redfish to sailfish. After the bait moves out, the redfish on the flats will be our main target species. Don't forget our "Cast & Blast" trips if you want a full day of outdoor excitement!

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Summer 2016

This summer has given us some killer sight fishing conditions! Lots of sunny days and very little rain have kept the water very clear. From tarpon to redfish, there is something for everyone here in the Florida Panhandle. As much as we hate to see the summer wind down, the cooling water temps will only improve the bite as we move into the fall.

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Spring 2016

We have been on the bite this spring despite a wet and windy start.  Our spring fisheries have been producing some exciting action! The pompano, cobia, and mackerel have been on the beaches where we can sight fish them in the emerald green water along PCB. The flats are clearing up nicely to provide some good red fishing opportunity. As usual, the reef fishing action is basically non stop for a variety of jacks and snapper. Don't miss out on a great day on the water with our Local Guides!

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Fall 2015

Well, the secret is out about the killer fishing action here in Panama City Beach during the cooler months! In the early fall, the pelagics like mahi, kingfish, and cobia will move along the beaches. With each passing front, the flounder will be on the move and we can catch them in good numbers. Once winter sets in, the best action will come from the redfish on the flats and deeper parts of the bay. Also, if whistling wings get you excited, we can coordinate a "cast and blast" trip to shoot some of the migratory ducks that winter in the Florida Panhandle.

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Summer 2015

This summer is shaping up perfectly! After a very dry spring, our water clarity is perfect! The bay fishing has been great for redfish, trout, and flounder. On the beaches, the tarpon and jack cravelle have showed up and are ready to play. The reef fishing has been nothing short of awesome for various jack and snapper species!


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Spring 2015

The warming waters are a welcome change here in the Florida Panhandle.  As the water temps climb into the 70's, bait fish of every size and species begin to invade the beaches and bays.  Naturally, predatory fish are hot on their tails to feed on this massive bait migration.  We can now catch redfish and sheepshead in the bay, pompano and cobia on the beach, or hit the reefs for a variety of snapper and jacks.  

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Winter 2014-2015

"Cast and Blast" season is in full swing now!  The huge flights of redheads have arrived in Panama City Beach and limits are taken on most hunts.  Along with the redheads, bluebills and buffleheads are here in good numbers and have trouble staying out of our decoy spreads.  After a morning of gunning in the bay, you can jump on one of our skiffs or bayboats and bend a rod.  On the bayboats, we are catching trout, sheepshead, redfish and sand trout.  On the skiffs, we are poling in 1' of water, sight fishing for reds with fly and spinning tackle.  

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Fall 2014

As water temps cool, the fall fishing opportunities just get better.  One of our main fisheries we target in the fall is our shallow water redfishing.  Our clear water has been ideal for sight fishing redfish with fly & spinning tackle.  Along the beaches, schools of migratory baitfish are under attack from bonitos, king mackerel, blackfin tuna, and sailfish.  Add to this some of the best weather of the year and you have the perfect excuse to miss a few days of work!

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Summer 2014

The action this summer has been fantastic!  The water is gin clear on the beach and the Tarpon and Jacks have been numerous and fun to sight fish.  The reef action has been hot with various Snapper and Jacks keeping the rods bent.  The Redfish have been thick in the pass, but have slowed down on the flats except early in the morning.

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Spring 2014

After one of the coldest winters on record in the Florida Panhandle (and the rest of the country), the warming sunshine is more welcome than ever!  Right now the sight fishing opportunities are as good as ever.  There are Pompano and Cobia on the beach, and plenty of Red Fish on the flats.  The water is clear and our expansive flats usually covered in sea grass, are now mostly sand bottom.  The large schools of reds are roaming about, not knowing how well we can see them without the grass.  We can catch Pompano, Sheepshead, Spanish, Redfish, and Cobia now.  We have a lot of variety and options in the spring!

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Winter 2013-2014

Another year has come and gone here in Panama City Beach and what a year it was.  As we start 2014, things are shaping up nicely on the water.  This year we have added a 'Cast and Blast' charter to our lineup.  You can duck hunt in the morning, then catch some reds or trout as the sun warms the shallow waters of the Panhandle.  The duck hunting has been epic this year due to good water levels and some pretty extreme cold up north.  The Red fish and Sheepshead bite has been strong in the pass.  The water on the flats is very clear and large schools of red fish are roaming about looking for food.  There is a lot of fun to be had in Panama City Beach, even in the cold!

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Fall 2013

Its not often we get out of the boat to fish in the panhandle, but when we do... If you want to experience sight fishing at its best, come try wade fishing for reds with fly or spinning gear this fall. You WILL get hooked! The wading is easy on hard sand flats, no mud or muck to walk through. Also, we can get incredibly close to these fish even in gin clear water making them perfect Fly Fishing candidates. Give us a call for details or to book your wade fishing trip this fall.  If you would rather stay in the boat, there is plenty of action from Albies to Grouper.

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Summer 2013

We are moving into our standard summer patterns now.  The tarpon are here, hopefully the nice weather will keep them happy all summer!  In the bay, trout, reds, and spanish will be the main targets with live pilchards.  On the reef, snapper, jacks, and macks will keep the rods bent.  We have a lot of options now, give us a call and get in on the action!

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Spring 2013

It has all busted loose, from Reds and Sheeps to Macks and Cobia, we got em now.  After the coldest March in history this warm spring weather is a welcome change.  This is what we have been waiting for all winter, come catch some with us!

Winter 2012-2013

The weather is following our standard winter patterns this year, with cool mornings giving way to very nice daytime tempuratures.  Redfish and trout will be our main targets all winter with a few sheepshead in the mix. 

Fall 2012

The cool air and low humidy is a welcome change from the wet summer we had this year.  What this means is great sight fishing conditions for the fall.  This is REDFISH TIME!  The redfishing will be good for the next few months.  The Albies are starting to foam the surface around the pass.  The Reds and Albies are both exciting on fly or light tackle.  On the Gulf side, the Kings, Grouper, and Jacks have been hot on the near shore reefs.   The Flounder fishing will improve with each passing cold front as they begin thier migration out of the bay.

August Update- The late season Tarpon are CHEWING.  There are plenty of Kings and Jacks on the shallow reefs, they have been a very consistant bite.  We have also been catching some Cobia while fishing the reefs.  The Trout bite has been good and the Redfishing is getting better as the bay water begins to cool with afternoon showers and shorter days.

Summer 2012

This summer is shaping up to be a banner year in Panama City Beach.  With tropical storm Debby behind us we are back to chasing fish all over the Florida panhandle.  The beach fishing is really starting to pick up with some huge schools of Jack Cravelle patrolling the surf.  The Tarpon fishing is in full swing.  The Kings, Snapper, Grouper and AJ's have been red hot on the near-shore reefs. We have a lot of variety this time of year, let us customize a trip for you.

Spring 2012

Everything has busted loose here in Panama City Beach!  The water temperature is in the 70's and the Cobia and Spanish are here.  The redfish are on the beach and roaming the shallow flats of St. Andrews Bay.  We are catching plenty of reds on fly and light-tackle on the skiffs.  On the Bay Boat we are catching Sheepshead, Redfish and Spanish Mackerel.

Winter 2011

The winter weather is starting to settle in.  What most people dont know, is that some consistant cold weather can mean some fantastic fishing is upon us.  The reds are going to be roaming the flats in their big winter schools.  The bonitas will be crashing bait in the pass and along the beaches.  Flounder can be caught around the inshore wrecks, and the trout have moved into the deep creeks and canals.  If you want to experience some inshore winter action, put on your jacket and give us a call!

Summer 2011  (7-01-2011) The weather has stabilized and the tarpon fishing is red hot!

With water temps in the low 80's everything is here.  Tarpon are showing up in good numbers and the Tripletail are here.  There are some huge schools of Jacks on the beach that we are catching on topwaters and popper flies. The night Redfish bite is in full swing, and we have been catching some nice Trout and Flounder on bucktail jigs and bull minnows.  If you are in the Panama City area and want to catch some fish, come get in on the action!

Light Tackle and Fly Fishing Inshore Charters, serving the Florida Panhandle.  Let us customize a fishing trip with one of our local guides to suit any of your inshore fishing needs.  Panama City Beach has many different fisheries for us to take advantage of. From beach tarpon fishing to light tackle reef fishing, we have it all!  It is well worth the drive from Santa Rosa Beach or San Destin to experience the best flats and shallow water fishing in the Florida Panhandle.  We will cordinate a fishing charter that is convenient for you wherever you choose to stay on the Emerald Coast!