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Panama City Beach Fishing Report

  • Panama City Beach Fishing Report 07-17-2018

    The heat is driving away all the fish early morning; it is best to wait until the wind cools things off by mid to late afternoon. Not only are the fish hiding out with this heat it is also making live shrimp hard to come by. If you're dedicated enough to brave the heat and get out there remember to protect yourself from the sun with performance clothing and headwear designed to keep UV rays out. Inshore: Has been slow, especially in the morning; it's been very hot with very little wind. Redfish and Trout are being caught with Spanish showing up. There is not much live shrimp to use as bait because of the heat, use Mirro Lures and Spooksfor Redfish and Trout instead. Use Clarkspoons for Spanish. Offshore: Red Snapper is still in season for four more days! It closes midnight July 20th. Grouper has been caught along with Triggers and Amberjack. Triggers and Amberjack are out of season until August 1st.Nice sized Vermillion are being snagged use Squid as bait. Snapper, Grouper, and...

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Destin Fishing Report

  • Destin Fishing Report 07-17-2018

      Tarpon, Tarpon and more tarpon along the beaches and at the pier. Most of the tarpon on boats are caught on live baits and the ones on the pier are caught on swim baits. This is also the last week to catch red snappers this year unless the stock assessments come back good and they give us some extra days. It will close midnight Friday 20th, so go get them while you can. Deep Drop Bottom Fishing Swordfish bite is back on this week for daytime swordfishing. We have seen a few nice hauls of Tilefish, Snowy Grouper and Barrel Grouper. Bottom Fishing Of course, the snapper bite is still good in depths 125-300ft, red and gag grouper in natural bottom 190-350ft. Plenty of bull Mingo snappers fishing rock bottom on reefs. Again this year there has been more Cobia caught bottom fishing in July than there was during Cobia season. Black snapper is still good if you chum. Trolling Nearshore Kings seem to have finally turned on, troll live baits, Yozuriand Rapala Lures, and Troll them with...

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Navarre Fishing Report

  • Navarre Fishing Report 07-10-2018

    We are pretty much into our standard summer weather and fishing pattern right now, so that means that unless you’re offshore and fishing during the middle of the day you’re probably not catching. The water temperature affects inshore making it next to impossible the catch anything past 10 am and for those fishing the beach and the pier the heat brings the tarpon and the June grass. If you’re looking to do more catching than fishing in the sound and bays, go early, go late or go at night. It’s not universal, but the bite slows down greatly past 11am and only picks up in the evenings once it’s cooled off. Specks, reds, black drum, black snapper, and Spanish are the most targeted species right. Spanish, specks and reds are mostly being caught in 3 to 8 feet of water on the deeper parts on the flats on the north side of the sound. The top presentation has been live croakers under a popping cork with live finger mullet coming in a close second. Black drum, redfish, and black snapper are...

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Port St. Joe Fishing Report

  • St Joe Fishing Report 07/13/2018

    Bayou Bash Tournament this Saturday. Registration begins Friday at St Joe Marina from 8am-5pm, 5pm-8pm at Dockside Tiki Deck, & Saturday morning from 5am-9am at the Marina. Categories are Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, and Mangrove Snapper. Fishing begins at first light on July 14 and weigh in starts at 4pm, all anglers must be in line to weigh no later than 6pm. Good Luck to all those fishing! -St Joe Bay-     On to the fishing report for the week. Trout bite has slowed a bit in the flats. Reds are still being caught, but they're scattered. Try fishing topwater for the first few hours of the morning. If unsuccessful try a Pinfish under a poppin' cork, it's been pretty productive. Also, free-lined Pinfish works well around the grassy areas of the flats.      Flounder have been caught around the marina. Drag a bull minnow on the bottom for best results. If none are available, ZMan MinnowZ& Gulp work just as well. -Cape San Blas-      Shark fishing has been very...

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