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Huge Smoker King Decked


 

 

Event Start Date: 2021/05/20

2021/05/20

BAY COUNTY OUTDOORS in cooperation with Bay County Recreation is promoting a Cobia Pier Tournament. The Registration is FREE and the registration form is on BCO web page. It is simple to register and only requires your Name and Email. Entry began 04-09-2021 and the close of the Tournament will be May 22nd. at 5:00 p.m. Here is a link:

https://www.baycountyoutdoors.com/tournament

Tournament prizes will be from additional sponsors: Rapala; Suffix; VMC; DOA and Grudens. There will be three places:

1st: $500.00 equivalent of tackle

2nd: $350.00 equivalent of tackle

3rd: $150.00 equivalent of tackle


I will be the Tournament Official to Weigh and record all entries. If I am not on the pier, you can call me at 770-265-2879. BCO said if you are lucky and have multiple fish, you can win in 1 or all 3 categories. In case of a tie, the first fish weighed will take the lead in that catagory. The fish must be caught on the M.B. Miller Pier and all FWC laws and regulations must be followed.  


There are only three days left and a vast majority of Cobia anglers have quit looking. It is not over yet. Norito hooked a large fish this morning only to have a leader failure. Two more groups of Cobia were spotted near the pier later in the day.


 CURRENT STANDINGS TOURNAMENT SCOREBOARD:


First place: Jacob H. 39 pounds 6 ounces

Second place: Kelly P. 25 pounds 7 ounces

Third place:  Jackson Z.  22 pounds 4 ounces

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If you haven’t been on the pier lately, you would not believe how crowded it has gotten. Last weekend was unbelievable. Hardtails, Ladyfish and Bluefish have been plentiful and the angler population has matched the catch. Countless cooler fulls of fish have been carted off the pier. Spanish have run early mornings and a few Pompano are still hanging in the shallows. The water has held around 75 degrees and bait has arrived. We have had schools of Threadfin Herring, Cigar Minnows, Alewives and Spanish Sardine by the thousands. The parking has been reasonable during the weekdays but the weekends are a disaster.

 

 


The big news this week happened Monday afternoon as George M. was drifting a dead Alewife(Scaled Sardine) off the west side of the Tee. It was right after lunchtime when the large shadow quickly approached George’s bait. It was an immediate hit and the line began to fly off the spool. Thirty-pound braid on a Penn Slammer III 6500 would do the job but not before two screaming runs. George saw over 300 yards of line run off his reel on the first run with only a 100 yard gain before the second run. The fight was complicated by a second small fish that was hooked on the same side of the pier. Keeping the two lines separated was a challenge but good work by both anglers got it done. We all knew this was a big fish but we didn’t know how big until it was finally brought by pier side and to the two waiting gaffs. Brandon got a tail shot then Tiger sunk the bigger gaff into its head. Both were glad they could share the load as the massive fish was hoist onto the deck.  It was so long, we had to stand on a bench to lift the fish high enough to get a  weight. The scale read 53.33 pounds. This would take second place slightly below the 55 pounder that holds the pier record.  Later that afternoon Brandon was rewarded with a nice fish. Many Kings were hooked and landed over the past 7 days but none even close to this huge “Smoker”.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Spanish were caught most mornings and a few times during the evenings. Lures and bait worked. Some larger ones were decked as Dan shows a few he got.

 

 


Water temperature: 75-76

 


MM, 

D, D

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

1; Brandon9

7:12 am

E

8.9

14.0

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

68.5

75.0

-

-

-

-

05

19

7:06 am

ESE

8.0

13.0

-

-

-

-

30.14

-

68.7

75.0

-

-

-

-

05

19

7:00 am

ESE

8.0

13.0

-

-

-

-

30.14

+0.04

68.7

75.0

-

-

-

-

05

19

6:54 am

E

7.0

11.1

-

-

-

-

30.13

-

68.7

75.0

-

-

-

-

05

19

6:48 am

ESE

6.0

15.0

-

-

-

-

30.13

-

68.7

75.2







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

Full Moon Wednesday May 26, 2021  New Moon Thursday June 10, 2021  

Tides for the upcoming week:

Sunrise: 5:46am  Sunset: 7:34pm

Thursday 20th      1:43am Low  0.1         3:47pm High 1.2

Friday                    2:03am Low  0.2         5:08pm High 0.9

Saturday                2:06am Low  0.5         9:09am High 0.9

                              3:46pm Low  0.6         9:30pm High 0.7

Sunday                  1:01am Low  0.7         8:52am High 1.1

                              5:15pm Low  0.3

Monday                 6:28pm Low  0.0         8:33am High 1.6

Tuesday                7:38pm Low -0.3         8:44am High 1.6 

Wednesday 26th  8:46pm Low -0.4         9:20am High 1.8

Sunrise:5:43am  Sunset: 7:37pm CDST 

                                                   

The Marine forecast for the next several days is: 

THURSDAY

East winds 20 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet with

occasional seas up to 10 feet. Dominant period 7 seconds.

Protected waters choppy.

THURSDAY NIGHT

East winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet

with occasional seas up to 9 feet. Dominant period 7 seconds.

Protected waters choppy.

FRIDAY

East winds 20 knots decreasing to 15 knots

late in the afternoon. Seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas up

to 10 feet. Dominant period 7 seconds. Protected waters choppy.

FRIDAY NIGHT

East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with

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

Protected waters a moderate chop.

SATURDAY

Southeast winds 15 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with

occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 7 seconds.

Protected waters a moderate chop.

SATURDAY NIGHT

East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast 10 to

15 knots in the late evening. Seas 3 to 5 feet with

occasional seas up to 6 feet. Dominant period 7 seconds.

Protected waters a light chop.

SUNDAY

Southeast winds 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 6 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north 5 to

10 knots early in the morning. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period

6 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth.

MONDAY

North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 10

knots in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters

mostly smooth.


local forecast)

THURSDAY (82/67 rain  05% wind  ESE-17)

FRIDAY   (83/66 rain  03% wind   SE-16)

SATURDAY (81/67 rain  05% wind   SE-12)

SUNDAY   (83/68 rain  05% wind    S-11)

MONDAY   (86/70 rain  05% wind    W-11)

TUESDAY  (86/70 rain  04% wind  WSW-11)

WEDNESDAY(86/70 rain  09% wind  WSW-11)


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