There has been no improvement in our water condition. We continue to have the prevailing Westerly current bringing the Bay water directly to us. The beach renourishment program is in full operation on the west end of the beach. So, if the current reverses, there is a chance it will bring the dirty water from the sand being pumped from the dredge onto the beach. There have been rumors about Red Tide and I have noticed some hacking/coughing with burning to my nose as I leave the pier the past week. However, the FWC sampling is not showing any measurable levels of the organism nor have we had any fish kills. Bait fish and other small fish continue to be around. There has also been decent numbers of Red Drum in the skinny water. We can only hope the concentration stays so low that the level remains too low to show on the FWC tests. The cold front and North-Northeast wind over the next few days should help lessen the chance of a strong Red Tide. Our last Red Tide was 3 years ago 09-21-2018.
We are now 13 days into the BCO 1st King Tournament and still zero Kings entered. To my knowledge, there has not been a King bite in the past week. Anglers are still casting lures and bait in hopes to get a strike. Hopefully things will improve soon. As of today, we have 75 registered anglers participating in the Tournament.
A few Spanish Mackerel were caught sporatiicaly but no consistency. Gotchas, bubble rigs, small lures and sabiki rigs were used for the few bites that we got.
Skinny water produced quite a few Red Drum. The challenge was to keep your bait on long enough for a Red to eat. Pinfish, Hardtails, Yellow tail Jacks and Crabs were a nuisance. I got a report of one legal Flounder caught by an angler targeting Reds.
The surprise of the week came Monday afternoon after 5:00. Jacob hooked a Remora and as he brought it to the surface, a legal Cobia surfaced with it. Josh A. dropped a live Hardtail on his King rig and the Cobia immediately inhaled it. As Josh went to set the hook, the Cobia spit. It took a few minutes and more teasing but it finally ate. This time the hook set. Josh fought the fish for about 15 minutes before it was ready for the gaff. Jacob gaffed it on the first try. This was Josh’s first Cobia. It measured 41 inches and 24.87 pounds. Congrats Josh!
Bay County Outdoors in cooperation with Bay County Recreation is sponsoring a King Mackerel Tournament that began the 10th of September 2021. The registration page is on-line so anglers can register. The details are as follows:
Bay County Outdoors (BCO) 1st Fall King Mackerel Tournament
BCO, in cooperation with Bay County Recreation, is sponsoring a King Mackerel Tournament September 10th through October 22, 2021, at the M. B. Miller (County) Pier. Registration is FREE and open to all anglers fishing from the M. B. Miller Pier during the tournament. Registration is on-line at WWW.BayCountyOutdoors.com/tournament. Your name, phone number and email are required to register. A registration list will be posted on the BCO and Tournament Official’s Facebook pages. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place - $500.00 and 2nd place - $350.00. All prizes will be gear/tackle provided by sponsors, no cash. Prizes will be awarded at the close of the Tournament at the Pier. Sam Patrick will be the Tournament Official and can be contacted at: 770-265-2879.
- Fish must be caught (physically landed on the pier deck by a single angler) by rod and reel while fishing on the M. B. Miller (County) Pier during Tournament times.
- Fish must be landed between the official start and finish dates and times.
- The official catch times are between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- All fish must be weighed by the Tournament Official to qualify. Prior registration must be completed to enter a fish. Weigh-ins will be between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Saturday at M. B. Miler Pier.
- Fish may be caught by natural or artificial bait.
- In case of a tying weight, the first caught and officially entered fish will qualify for that position.
- Anglers may win both 1st and 2nd place with qualifying fish.
- All Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) laws, rules and regulations must be followed.
- All Bay County Recreation rules and regulations must be followed.
- Any angler found to have violated any of these rules shall be disqualified.
Good luck and Thank-You for participating in the Tournament!
Water temperature: 82-84
New Moon Wednesday Oct. 06, 2021 Full Moon Wednesday Oct. 20, 2021
Tides for the upcoming week:
Monday 12:37pm Low 0.5 1:01am High 1.8
Tuesday 2:13pm Low 0.4 1:49am High 1.8
Wednesday 29th. 3:17pm Low 0.4 2:44am High 1.8
Sunrise:6:35am Sunset: 6:30pm CDST
The Marine forecast for the next several days is:
East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 foot or less. Protected
waters mostly smooth.
MONDAY (86/70 rain 09% wind ESE-06)
TUESDAY (84/70 rain 10% wind SE-06)
WEDNESDAY(84/70 rain 16% wind SE-07)
PIER MANAGEMENT CONTACT INFORMATION:
Bay County Parks and Recreation – 5304 Majetti Tower Road Panama City, FL 32404
Travis Barbee – Bay Co. Parks Division Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org – 850-381-8155
James Beattie – Bay Co. Beach Operations Manager - email@example.com - 850-814-3771
Tight lines and screaming drags,