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First Spanish Mackerel Hit The Deck


 

 

Event Start Date: 2021/03/04

2021/03/04

Spring is just around the corner and we got a taste of it this week. Warmer temperatures and longer days resulted in our water temperature quickly rising to 67 degrees by the weekend. Then the clouds and rain brought us back to reality. However, we did get the first Spanish Mackerel of the year before the water cooled back down a few degrees. Over the weekend, the overcast and foggy skys made for some great Squid fishing. Catches of over 200 Squid in a few hours of jigging was not unusual. Early mornings brought some of the largest Squid so far.


We knew the Spanish had arrived when first casts with Squid jigs resulted in cut lines and lost jigs. Saturday morning,Geo was the first to score after loosing his jigs. Casey and Brenda were right behind him. Then more Spanish were caught Sunday morning. It didn’t last long and most were below legal size but at least they were here. Sunday morning had more legal size fish. Casey managed 10 keepers.

 

 


 

 

Squid were thick with most on the small size. George and Ivan scored on some of the larger ones. There were many caught that were over a foot long. Ivan got one that was 5 inches across and almost 20 inches. Then George holds one of his monsters.

 

 


 

 

What to we do with all this Squid? They are great bait and better table fair. Fresh Calamari is the best. Brenda sent me a couple of pictures of how she cooks them. The first is as a fried appetizer and then in a Stir-Fry dish. It looks yummy.

 

 

 

 

Pompano and Sheepshead were on the catch list too. Sheepshead have gathered in large numbers but have been particularly stubborn. I am only aware of one that John caught. A few schools of Pompano have been spotted in the shallows. Steve M. got his limit one afternoon.

 

 

 


Up until today only a few Reds were hooked and Bill B. got one that was just barely in the slot. Today, Wednesday, quite a few Red Drum were prowling but big Black Drum were the challenge of the day. There were more Reds lost to the pilings and broken gear than landed. Only a couple hit the deck and both were about an inch over slot. A large school of “Big Uglys” sporadically swam past the pier. Three were hooked and decked. Steve L. got it started early with a 28 pound fish that ate an artificial Squid. Paul B. cast a Fiddler Crab into the school and fought his 29 pound fish for about 30 minutes before getting it into the landing net. The big fish put up an hour long fight that took the angler from the east side of the first tee all the way to the end of the pier. It then crossed the front and started down the west side before finally giving up. Fred was glad the fight was over but still had enough energy left to pose with his 39 pound 7 ounce Black Drum.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Water temperature: 60-67 

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

03

03

12:54 am

N


12.0

19.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

48.2

63.3

-

-

-

-

03

03

12:48 am

N


15.0

20.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

48.6

63.3

-

-

-

-

03

03

12:42 am

N


13.0

21.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

48.9

63.3

-

-

-

-

03

03

12:36 am

N


14.0

19.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

48.9

63.3

-

-

-

-

03

03

12:30 am

N


15.0

20.0

-

-

-

-

29.98

-

49.3

63.3






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

New Moon Saturday Mar. 13, 2021  Full Moon Sunday Mar. 28, 2021  

Tides for the week:

Sunrise: 6:04am  Sunset: 5:44pm

Thursday 04th                                          1:00pm High 1.0

Friday                      1:08am Low -0.4       1:46pm High 1.2

Saturday                  2:22am Low -0.5       2:48pm High 1.2

Sunday                    3:21am Low -0.6       4:17pm High 1.3 

Monday                   4:13am Low -0.7        6:01pm High 1.3

Tuesday                  4:59am Low -0.6        7:16pm High 1.2

Wednesday 10th    5:41am Low -0.5        8:18pm High 1.1

Sunrise:5:57am  Sunset: 5:48pm 

                                                   

The Marine forecast for the next several days is: 

THURSDAY

Northwest winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.

THURSDAY NIGHT

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.

FRIDAY

East winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant

period 3 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to

16 knots early in the morning. Seas 1 foot building to 2 to

3 feet. Dominant period 3 seconds after midnight. Protected

waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers in the

evening, then chance of showers after midnight.

SATURDAY

Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.

Protected waters choppy. Chance of showers in the morning,

then slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Northeast winds 20 knots. Seas 3 to

5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters

choppy.

SUNDAY

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

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy.

SUNDAY NIGHT

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

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy.

MONDAY

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

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.


local forecast)

THURSDAY (70/49 rain  02% wind NNW-08)

FRIDAY   (68/51 rain  03% wind ESE-10)

SATURDAY (65/45 rain  24% wind  NE-13)

SUNDAY   (65/44 rain  03% wind  NE-13)

MONDAY   (67/47 rain  03% wind   E-11)

TUESDAY  (69/55 rain  12% wind ESE-11)

WEDNESDAY(71/59 rain  06% wind  SE-14)


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