News Details

Spanish Mackerel Are Here


 

 

Event Start Date: 2020/03/13

2020/03/13

Our water temp is slowly but steadily rising and the first report of bait fish is in(Ballyhoo). Also,  Pin fish have invaded in big numbers. Spanish Mackerel arrived, a few more Pompano are being caught and Sheepshead numbers are increasing. Cobia anglers’ excitement is driving their desire to spend hours staring at the water in hopes of being the first to catch one this year. 


February is typically Sheepshead month but it seems that that schedule got delayed a little. The past couple of days, numbers of Sheepshead have been gathering and they are big. However, extreme patience has been the rule as they have been doing more window shopping than biting. Paul, Mikel and I have spent hours hanging over the rail with live bait only to have them look and pass over and over. Tenacity has paid off as I managed a 7 lb. 3 oz. fish the 8th, followed by Mikel’s big fish today and Paul’s beast today that was 8 lb. 3 oz. All were caught on live shrimp.

 

 


 

 

 

Pompano have been caught several days this week with multiple fish being decked almost daily. Many were barely legal but several were nice size fish. Ghost Shrimp, Sand Fleas and “FishBites”  were to go to baits. It was not unusual for a few anglers to get their limit.  Dan S. took a few for  dinner as seen in this picture.

 

 

 


Spanish Mackerel made their presence known as they were destroying the Rain Minnows that had moved into skinny water. Big Sabikis were getting the job done with 2 and 3 Spanish at a time hitting the deck. Buble Rigs were getting hits as well. Ivan got his limit in short order but it cost him 5 Sabikis to do it.

 

 


Red Drum were prowling near the pilings and several were landed during the week. A few slot fish were caught in skinny water and “Bulls” tested equipment outside of the first Tee.

 


Sand Jam 2020 (April 24, 25 & 26) is coming and the notice at the pier gate gives the days and times the pier will be closed for the event. I am attaching a photo of the sign for those who have not had a chance to visit the pier lately. The event organizers will begin setting up in the pier parking lot Sunday, April 19th and the first two sections of our parking will be closed. This will include all parking west of the pier entrance and east just past the center driveway. By Friday the parking will be limited to a few spaces west of the Alf Coleman Road entrance and the few spots east of that entrance. The lot on the east side of Alf Coleman that we used last year will NOT be available for FREE parking. So, parking will be extremely limited. Pay parking will be available but other than that, you will be parking at risk of being towed. While set-up and tear-down is being done, entrance to the pier will be at the pedestrian crosswalk at the traffic light directly in front of the pier gate.

 

 


Species caught: Red Drum, Pompano, Squid, Spanish Mackerel and Blues. Bait: A few Ballyhoo in shallows. 

 

Water temperature: 64-65

MM

DD

TIME
(EDT)

WDIR

WSPD
kts

GST
kts

WVHT
ft

DPD
sec

APD
sec

MWD

PRES
in

PTDY
in

ATMP
°F

WTMP
°F

DEWP
°F

SAL
psu

VIS
nmi

TIDE
ft

03

11

9:42 am

SE

7.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.21

-

63.9

64.4

-

-

-

-

03

11

9:36 am

SE

7.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.21

-

63.9

64.4

-

-

-

-

03

11

9:30 am

SE

7.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.21

-

63.9

64.4

-

-

-

-

03

11

9:24 am

SE

8.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

30.21

-

63.7

64.4

-

-

-

-

03

11

9:18 am

SE

5.1

6.0

-

-

-

-

30.21

-

64.0

64.4

-

-

-

-



https://tides4fishing.com/us/florida-west-coast/panama-city


Tides for the week: Full Moon Tuesday Apr. 07, 2020 – New Moon Tuesday Mar. 24, 2020 .   


                                                                                 Sunrise: 6:54am  Sunset: 6:50pm

Thursday 12th.      6:23am Low    0.4       2:38am High 0.6

                             9:20pm            0.0       1:07pm         0.9 

Friday                 11:38pm Low   -0.2       1:01pm High 0.9

Saturday                                                   1:33pm High 1.1

Sunday                 1:39am Low   -0.3       2:19pm High 1.2

Monday                2:58am Low   -0.4        3:15pm High 1.2 

Tuesday               3:58am Low   -0.4        4:31pm High 1.2

Wednesday 18th.   4:48am Low   -0.4        6:29pm High 1.2                                                                              Sunrise:6:47am  Sunset: 6:53pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is: 

FRIDAY

Light and variable winds becoming south 5 to 10 knots in

the afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less. Dominant period 3 seconds.

Protected waters smooth.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Light and variable winds becoming northeast 5 to

10 knots early in the morning. Seas 1 foot or less. Protected waters

smooth.

SATURDAY

Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Protected waters mostly smooth.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Light and variable winds becoming east 5 to 10

knots after midnight. Seas 1 foot or less. Protected waters

smooth.

SUNDAY

South winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot or less. Protected

waters smooth.


 (local forecast)

FRIRDAY  (73/60 rain  10% wind SSW-07)

SATURDAY (76/61 rain  10% wind  SE-07)

SUNDAY   (77/61 rain  10% wind SSE-06)

MONDAY   (76/63 rain  10% wind  SE-08)

TUESDAY  (76/65 rain  10% wind SSE-08)

WEDNESDAY(77/66 rain  20% wind SSE-11)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam