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Big Crowds For the 4th


 

 

Event Start Date: 2020/07/09

2020/07/09

Panama City Beach was probably the most crowded for the July 4th week that I have seen. Traffic and population on the pier was crazy. Add in the closure and partial closure of the piers for the fireworks and we experienced  reduced fishability. In spite of this, anglers found their mark and managed to put Kings, Spanish, Bonita, Red Drum, Hardtails and Ladyfish on the deck. Tarpon were moving through and the Alewife “die-off” began. This generated quite a few bites both on lures and bait. We even had a Sailfish make an appearance one afternoon but slipped away without feeding.


Tarpon are the target quarry this month and they are now cooperating. The bite has been OK so far but it seems to have improved this week as the Alewife “die-off” has finally started. Up to now, the bite has been limited to big swimbaits but they are now hitting natural bait as well. Yesterday, I hooked three drifting live Alewives. Several other anglers hooked-up too but I witnessed only one that was brought pier side and considered a caught fish. Tommy hooked it on a deep runner swimbait and was able to get the fish laid-up on the west side of the tee before releasing it.

 

 


 

 

It has been a tough year so far for the King Mackerel fishermen. Bait was scarce early season but that has improved with the mass schools of Alewives under the pier. Cigar minnows have been here mostly in the early mornings. The bite has been sporadic at best but anglers that persisted were rewarded. Norito, Reid and Rowel got their Kings all on natural bait. Norito’s fish, as far as I know, was the biggest for the week. Most of the Kings were about the size Rowel holds. None of us could be prouder than Dan, Reids Dad, as he watched Reid land his first pier King.

 

 


 

 

Bonita were streaking by most of the week and quite a few were aggressively feeding. Many were chewing natural bait but lures worked well too. They averaged from 3 to 5 pounds.

 

 


 

 

Skinny water was rough most of the week and had become muddy by yesterday. In spite of this, a few fish were decked there. Gary was soaking a live Sand Flea when he hooked this 24 inch slot Red. Someone had a fine dinner.

 

 


Water temperature: 79-80

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

07

08

8:24 am

WNW

9.9

13.0

-

-

-

-

30.01

-

77.9

79.2

-

-

-

-

07

08

8:18 am

WNW

12.0

15.9

-

-

-

-

30.01

-

77.9

79.2

-

-

-

-

07

08

8:12 am

WNW

13.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

30.01

-

78.1

79.3

-

-

-

-

07

08

8:06 am

WNW

13.0

15.9

-

-

-

-

30.01

-

78.1

79.3

-

-

-

-

07

08

8:00 am

WNW

13.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

30.01

+0.03

77.9

79.3

-

-

-

-



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Tides for the week: New Moon Monday July 20, 2020 Full Moon Monday Aug. 03, 2020   

                                Sunrise: 5:49am  Sunset: 7:47pm

Thursday 09th      10:47pm Low  0.3    12:48pm High 1.5

Friday                    10:41pm Low  0.4      1:10pm High 1.3

Saturday                10:25pm Low  0.5      1:29pm High 1.1

Sunday                    9:08pm Low  0.6       6:13am High 0.9

Monday                   5:35pm Low  0.6       6:09am High 1.1

Tuesday                  5:28pm Low  0.4       6:12am High 1.2

Wednesday 15th.       5:47pm Low  0.2       6:22am High 1.4                                                        

                                 Sunrise:5:52am  Sunset: 7:45pm 

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is: 

TODAY

West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant

period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance of

showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms through

the day.

TONIGHT

West winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant

period 5 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop. Slight chance

of showers in the evening. Slight chance of thunderstorms through

the night. Chance of showers after midnight.

FRIDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT

West winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3

feet. Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.

Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT

West winds 10 to 15 knots.

Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a

light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY

West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected

waters a light chop. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY

West winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2

to 3 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers and

thunderstorms.


(local forecast)

THURSDAY (86/79 rain  80% wind WNW-12)

FRIRDAY  (89/80 rain  40% wind WNW-13)

SATURDAY (89/79 rain  50% wind WNW-12)

SUNDAY   (89/79 rain  20% wind   W-12)

MONDAY   (88/78 rain  50% wind WSW-13)

TUESDAY  (88/77 rain  20% wind   W-09)

WEDNESDAY(88/76 rain  30% wind   W-07)


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam