News Details

Pier King And Spanish Tournament


 

 

Event Start Date: 2020/05/29

2020/05/29

Memorial Day weekend was off the chart busy. Panama City Beach opened most of it’s businesses after being shut down by the Covid 19 scare and people flocked to the beach. Traffic was a nightmare and the pier saw crowds that were close to a record. What better time to hold a pier tournament. I arrived at the pier about 5:00 am and the parking lot was already half full. Anglers were standing in line waiting to wet their lines. The Hardtail anglers easily outnumbered the tournament group. Rail space was a premium and making your way to the Tee was like walking the gauntlet. The crowds continued all weekend and all day Monday.

 

 


 

 

 

The tournament started early with first lines hitting the water at 5:30 am. The last fish had to be over the rail by 6:30 pm to be entered. Two divisions were offered with the King Mackerel anglers comprising 22 contestants and the Spanish Mackerel 23 contestants. The wind, water quality and presence of bait had everyone excited with high expectations. The suspense didn’t last long as the first King hit the deck at 5:36 am and weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces. Von H. was the lucky angler and immediately got a line back in the water as he never expected this fish to stay on top of the board long. Apparently I was distracted registering anglers and failed to get a picture of Von’s King. (sorry Von) Spanish began to cut bait and it wasn’t long before Dylan A. brought the first one to the scale. His 1 pound 6 ounce fish got the Spanish division started at 6:12 am. At 8:34 am, Marty E. would deck the next Spanish to be weighed. Marty raised the bar with his 4 pound fish. Mid-morning, Kevin G. got a solid hit and line began to peel off the spool. Kevin worked his King across the front to the west corner only to have the hook pull. His chance to top the leader board vanished.  As the minutes and hours ticked by, no other Kings would be caught. Marty’s Spanish was only challenged at 10:26 when Dillon brought a 3 pound 7 ounce Spanish to the scale. As the deadline passed, Von’s 7#7oz. King and Marty’s 4# Spanish held all day. Congratulations winners! Fortunately for Marty, Jeff from Alabama was not entered in the tournament.  I weighed a 5 pound 8 ounce Spanish he decked at 8:09 am. 

 

 


 

 

 

In other action during the tournament, Dillon decked a Smooth Puffer “Rabbit fish” on a Cobia jig.

 

 


The pier produced King, Spanish, Sheepshead, Red Drum, Hardtails and Ladyfish on days outside tournament day. Sunday, several small Kings were decked and another that was  reported to be high teens. Steve L. caught his personal best Spanish that weighed 4 pounds 8 ounces. Mark and I got Reds and Sheepshead.

 

 

 

 

 


Water temperature: 78-80

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

05

27

6:24 am

ENE

4.1

5.1

-

-

-

-

29.90

-

71.6

78.4

-

-

-

-

05

27

6:18 am

E

4.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

29.90

-

71.6

78.4

-

-

-

-

05

27

6:12 am

E

5.1

7.0

-

-

-

-

29.90

-

71.6

78.4

-

-

-

-

05

27

6:06 am

E

5.1

8.0

-

-

-

-

29.90

-

71.6

78.4

-

-

-

-

05

27

6:00 am

E

6.0

8.0

-

-

-

-

29.90

+0.00

71.6

78.4

-

-

-

-


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Tides for the week: Full Moon Friday June 05, 2020  New Moon Sunday June 21, 2020  

Sunrise: 5:43am  Sunset: 7:38pm

Friday                  12:42am Low -0.1        2:29pm High 1.4

Saturday               1:11am Low   0.1        3:13am High 1.2

Sunday                 1:27pm Low   0.3        3:52pm High 0.9

Monday                1:20am Low   0.5         8:42am High 1.0

                             5:17pm Low   0.6         9:24pm High 0.7

                           11:45pm Low   0.6 

Tuesday               5:55am Low   0.2         8:36am High 1.2

Wednesday 03rd.   6:48pm Low  0.0          8:33am High 1.4                                                        

Sunrise:5:41am  Sunset: 7:42pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is: 

FRIDAY

South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest in the

afternoon. Seas 1 foot. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected

waters mostly smooth. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east early in

the morning. Seas 1 foot. Protected waters smooth. Slight chance

of showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

East winds around 5 knots becoming southwest 5 to

10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot. Protected waters smooth.

Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot.

Protected waters mostly smooth.

SUNDAY

North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west in the

afternoon. Seas 1 foot. Protected waters a light chop.


(local forecast)

FRIRDAY  (82/74 rain  80% wind SSW-08)

SATURDAY (84/72 rain  20% wind   W-07)

SUNDAY   (86/70 rain  20% wind  NW-07)

MONDAY   (87/72 rain  10% wind ESE-10)

TUESDAY  (84/72 rain  20% wind ESE-13)

WEDNESDAY(84/73 rain  10% wind  SE-11)



Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam