We are into our last week of the King Mackerel Tournament with the leader board unchanged from last week. The Tournament will end Sunday, November 12, at 6:00pm and the winners will receive their prizes. You can still register so don’t miss your opportunity to place and have your chance to win. We stand at 108 anglers competing. You can see the participation list with the 1st and 2nd place anglers, as well as a photo of the tournament prizes listed here: Sam Patrick - 2023 Bay County Outdoors King Mackerel Tournament... | Facebook
We continue to enjoy clean water with the temperature ranging from 70-3 to 72.9 degrees. We have had plenty of bait for most of the period with the density tapering off today. Whiting have been in the skinny water. Flounder have been caught in most locations and a few Red Drum have been around. The Spanish bite has been slow along with the King bite. A few Pompano were decked too.
Only four King Mackerel were caught this period. Rowell put the first fish on the deck at sunset Friday. Then it would be Monday afternoon before another one would be caught. Bounnam and Nory got a double hook-up mid-afternoon and brought both to the gaff. Bounnam’s fish was 18.17 pounds and Nory’s was about 11. Nory would strike again Wednesday but only a small 25 inch fish. Spanish Mackerel were very slow, but Phillip did manage to deck a nice one.
Even though Flounder harvest is closed until December 01, good numbers of fish were caught and released. The bite was best the first half of the period and tapered off through today. A few anglers caught multiple fish in a day. Here are a couple of the 15 that Von caught in his three day trip and one I got while trying for Reds.
Shallow water saw a few Red Drum and several Whiting caught. Jason got a Bull Red and Carlos shows a couple of the Whiting that were caught.
Thursday: water temp 70.3 -72.1 Mostly clean, two King Mackerel, a few Spanish Mackerel, Alewives, a few Cigar minnows, Goggle Eyes and Hardtails.
Friday: water temp 71.1 – 72.3 Clean to slightly silty, Two Kings in am and one in pm, a few Spanish Mackerel, Whiting, Pompano, Flounder, bait was scarce but a few Alewives, Cigar minnows and Goggle Eyes.
Saturday: water temp 71.2 – 72.7 Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Flounder, Pompano, a few Cigar minnows, Goggle Eyes and Alewives.
Sunday: water temp 71.1 - 72.0 Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, Flounder, Pompano, a few Cigar minnows, Goggle Eyes and Alewives.
Monday: water temp 70.3 – 72.7 Two Kings (Nory 11#, Bounnam 18.17#) a few Spanish, Flounder, Alewives and a few Goggle Eyes, Cigar minnows scarce.
Tuesday: water temp 71.1 – 72.7 Flounder, a couple Spanish Mackerel, Whiting in the shallows, bait was scarce but there were a few Cigar minnows and Alewives.
Wednesday: water temp 71.6 – 72.9 A few Whiting and Flounder, one small King (Nory 25 inches), other than small Alewives, bait was scarce.
Red Tide status: In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
New Moon Monday Nov. 13, 2023 Full Moon Monday Nov. 27, 2023
Tides for the upcoming week:
Sunrise: 6:03am Sunset: 4:50pm
Thursday 09th. 2:41am Low 0:7 8:13am High 0.8
12:30pm Low 0.7 7:56pm High 1.2
Friday 3:52am Low 0:5 7:41pm High 1.3
Saturday 4:48am Low 0.3 7:38pm High 1.5
Sunday 5:42am Low 0.1 7:58pm High 1.6
Monday 6:41am Low -0.1 2:07am High 1.4
Tuesday 7:44am Low -0.2 9:13pm High 1.8
Wednesday 15th. 8:45am Low -0.3 10:01pm High 1.9
Sunrise: 6:02am Sunset: 4:50pm CST
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
East winds 5 to 10 knots. Waves 1 foot or less. Protected waters a light chop.
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Waves 1 foot or less, then 1 to 2 feet with a dominant period of 3 seconds after midnight. Protected waters a light chop.
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet with a dominant period of 5 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.
East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas around 2 feet with a dominant period of 5 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.
East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet with a dominant period of 3 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.
Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with a dominant period of 4 seconds. Protected waters choppy.
Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with a dominant period of 5 seconds. Protected waters choppy.
Northeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with a dominant period of 5 seconds. Protected waters rough.
Northeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with a dominant period of 6 seconds. Protected waters rough.
Northeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Protected waters rough.
THURSDAY (76/64 rain 08% wind SSE-08)
FRIDAY (78/66 rain 15% wind SSE-07)
SATURDAY (79/62 rain 15% wind ENE-08)
SUNDAY (71/54 rain 48% wind NE-13)
MONDAY (69/56 rain 19% wind NE-14)
TUESDAY (71/55 rain 45% wind NE-14)
WEDNESDAY(71/57 rain 24% wind ENE-14)
PIER MANAGEMENT CONTACT INFORMATION:
Bay County Parks and Recreation – 5304 Majetti Tower Road Panama City, FL 32404
Vince Martin – Bay Co. Parks Division Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org - 850-896-6580
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