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Bonita Bonanza


 

 

Event Start Date: 2021/11/12

2021/11/12

Red Tide seems to have been pushed off from the pier as there have been no visible (no fish kills) or physical (coughing or burning) indications the past week. However, 3 samples taken in the past 8 days near the Dan Russell (City) Pier resulted in 2 medium and one low sample result for Karenia brevis. No samples were taken near the M. B. Miller (County) pier but 4 samples in Saint Andrews Bay resulted in medium concentration. Water temperature continues to drop slowly so hopefully we are past the worst. Our water clarity has been good and a few Cigar minnows have been caught. Bait is scarce so don’t depend on catching you own at the pier.


Sunday brought a Bonita frenzy. They came in thick and the bite lasted from daybreak until about 09:00. The report was that as many as 50 hit the deck. Brenda and George sent me pictures of their catch.

 

 

 


Kings were absent but Spanish Mackerel were here in limited numbers. Early mornings brought the best bite.

 


 

Red and Black Drum made their appearance several times during the week with Tuesday being the best day. Around lunchtime Tuesday, a large school of BIG Black Drum approached the pier migrating south. Two anglers were able to get a bait in front of them as they swam by. James hooked up on a light weight rig and broke off his fish. Dat got a jig inhaled and found out how hard the Drum could fight. He was able to bring the “Big Ugly” to the pier and into the net. It weighed 26.4 pounds. This was Dat’s first ever Drum. Several “Bull” Reds were caught throughout the week. Only a couple other slot fish were caught. Jay C. got this Bull and released it after a quick picture.

 

 


A few Flounder have been caught but had to be released as the recreational season is closed until December 01. At least we know there are some around.


There was a rare catch from the Dan Russell (City) Pier. It isn’t the first one caught but still unusual. A legal Gag Grouper decked this week.

 

 


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


New Moon Thursday Nov. 04, 2021  Full Moon Friday Nov. 19, 2021

Tides for the upcoming week:

Sunrise: 6:48am  Sunset: 4:48pm

Friday                     1:54pm Low    0.2        2:06am High 1.4

Saturday                 1:43pm Low    0.4        2:52am High 1.1

                                                                    9:06pm High 0.9

Sunday                  12:23am Low   0.8        6:40am High 0.9

                                1:06pm Low   0.6        8:05pm High 1.0 

Monday                   4:20am Low   0.6        8:29am High 0.7

                              11:35am Low   0.7        8:03pm High 1.2

Tuesday                  4:57am Low   0.4        8:04pm High 1.3

Wednesday 17th.     5:32am Low   0.2        7:57pm High 1.4

Sunrise:6:10am  Sunset: 4:45pm CST  

                                                  

The Marine forecast for the next several days is:

FRIDAY

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

period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of

showers.

FRIDAY NIGHT

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

Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Chance

of showers through the night.

SATURDAY

Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.

Slight chance of showers.

SATURDAY NIGHT

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters choppy.

SUNDAY

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

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.

SUNDAY NIGHT

North winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.

MONDAY

Northwest winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Protected waters a moderate chop.


local forecast) A cool front is approaching with cool temps starting this weekend.

FRIDAY   (75/54 rain  07%   wind    N-09)

SATURDAY (68/43 rain  13%   wind  NNW-12)

SUNDAY   (64/48 rain  02%   wind   NW-08)

MONDAY   (68/46 rain  01%   wind  NNW-08)

TUESDAY  (66/50 rain  01%   wind  ENE-09)

WEDNESDAY(71/54 rain  03%   wind  ESE-10)


PIER MANAGEMENT CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

850-248-8730


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


James Beattie – Bay Co. Beach Operations Manager -  jbeattie@baycountyfl.gov - 850-814-3771


Tight lines and screaming drags,

Sam