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Flounder Beginning To Show Up


 

 

Event Start Date: 2020/11/19

2020/11/19

Cooler temperatures, especially at night, have brought our water temp down. We are flirting with the 60’s which will possibly happen before the weekend. The water has finally cleaned. The wind has been predominately out of the North-Northeast which has helped in the water to settle out.  A few bait have returned. Cigar minnows, Scaled Sardine and Alewives have been around most of the period. A few Bonita were caught but for the most part, they stayed too far out to reach. Kings were missing completely except for one small one. Spanish were around on Saturday but mostly small. There were a few others caught during the week but no limits. Sheepshead have been around the pilings in small numbers but have had lock jaw. The main game for the week has been Red Drum and Flounder.


Several “Flatties” cooperated with anglers and made their way to the table. Live bait was the most productive by set lines or slow troll along the bottom. Bull minnows, Tiger minnows, Small Cigar minnows and even small Squirrel fish got you a bite. The catches were all along the pier from skinny water out to the end. Rowell won the big fish prize with a 20.5 inch Flounder. He got several others during the week as well as Brenda, Paul and myself.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Red Drum were taking advantage of the small bait that surrounded the pier. They were mostly prowling under the pier. You had to be on your game as soon as they bit or you would loose them to the pilings. I lost several as they bolted straight for the pilings before I could grab the rod. It was unusual that more of the Reds caught were in the slot as opposed to the normal over-slot fish. Paul was getting frustrated as he had only gotten one Red in a week. We had fished all afternoon Tuesday with nothing but a Flounder in the box. I told him we had only a few minutes left before sunset. His wishes were rewarded as he landed a 26” slot 5 minutes before we were to leave. Then Wednesday afternoon we located a small school of slots and put 5 on the deck in about 20 minutes. Two went home with us and the other three were released.

 

  


 

 

It is time to introduce you to another of our Bay County Parks and Recreation staff.. Vince M. is a Pier Crew Leader. He has 11 years experience with Bay County. He holds Certifications  as a USLA Lifeguard and Open Water Nitrox Dive. He is Turf Management Certified and has prior training in Carpentry. He is currently working on his BA degree in Parks and Recreation Management. Vince is charged with management of pier staff to include scheduling and preparing time sheets. His maintenance responsibilities include the Pier facility, 43 Beach accesses, 10 Parks small craft launches and all beach flagpoles.

 

 


Water temperature: 70-74

MM

DD

TIME
(EST)

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

11

18

6:54 am

NE

11.1

15.0

-

-

-

-

30.42

-

48.9

70.5

-

-

-

-

11

18

6:48 am

NE

9.9

15.0

-

-

-

-

30.42

-

48.9

70.5

-

-

-

-

11

18

6:42 am

NE

9.9

17.1

-

-

-

-

30.42

-

49.1

70.5

-

-

-

-

11

18

6:36 am

NE

12.0

17.1

-

-

-

-

30.42

-

49.1

70.5

-

-

-

-

11

18

6:30 am

NNE

9.9

17.1

-

-

-

-

30.42

-

49.1

70.5

-

-

-





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

Full Moon Monday Nov. 30, 2020  New Moon Monday Dec. 14, 2020   

Tides for the week:

Sunrise: 6:12am  Sunset: 4:44pm

Thursday 19th        11:01am Low -0.3      11:52pm High 1.7

Friday                      11:52am Low -0.2      

Saturday                  12:32pm Low  0.0      12:35am High 1.5

Sunday                    12:45pm Low  0.1        1:11am High 1.3 

Monday                   12:28pm Low  0.3        1:41am High 1.0 – 9:06pm 08

Tuesday                  12:12pm Low  0.4        7:43pm High 0.9   

Wednesday 25th      5:01am Low  0.5        7:22am High 0.6

                                10:53am Low  0.5        7:40pm High 1.0

Sunrise:6:17am  Sunset: 4:43pm 

                                                   

The Marine forecast for the next several days is: 

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING

THURSDAY

East winds 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with

occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.

Protected waters choppy.

THURSDAY NIGHT

East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet

with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.

Protected waters choppy.

FRIDAY

Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.

Protected waters a moderate chop.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet

with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.

Protected waters choppy.

SATURDAY

Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.

Protected waters choppy.

SATURDAY NIGHT

East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet

with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds.

Protected waters a moderate chop.

SUNDAY

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

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight

chance of showers.

MONDAY

North winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.


(local forecast)

THURSDAY (72/56 rain   0% wind ENE-12)

FRIRDAY  (78/60 rain  10% wind  NE-09)

SATURDAY (78/60 rain  10% wind  NE-10)

SUNDAY   (78/60 rain  10% wind ENE-08)

MONDAY   (78/55 rain  20% wind   N-07)

TUESDAY  (75/63 rain  10% wind  SE-08)

WEDNESDAY(76/56 rain  30% wind SSW-09)


PIER MANAGEMENT CONTACT INFORMATION:

Bay County Parks and Recreation – 5304 Majetti Tower Road  Panama City, FL 32404

850-248-8730


Travis Barbee – Bay County Parks Division Manager – tbarbee@baycountyfl.gov – 850-381-8155


Tabitha Kimball – Bay County Beach Operations Manager - tkimball@baycountyfl.gov  - 850-896-6078



Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam