Wow, what an exiting summer so far. I have been extremely busy. Locals and vacationers are enjoying what the beautiful Panama City area has to offer and it seems like everyone wants to go fishing! I have had numerous calls and instant messages on Facebook inquiring about the area and how to target specific fish. I appreciate the questions and enjoy talking to everyone and of course listening to all of the fishing stories.
Up on the flats, the red fish and trout bite has been either on or off for a lot of anglers from what I’m hearing. Hopefully you have been one of the lucky ones and have been able to find and stay on fish. This time of year can be difficult due to the heat, however, if you get an early start or fish late in the afternoon you can increase your odds of catching some fish. If you have a problem with artificial lures you may want to try live bait. The bait has been thick in a lot of the bayous and out around some of the points throughout the bays. Get a livewell full and fish them on the bottom, under a popping cork, or simply just free-line them over a grass flat or drop off. If needed, throw some out into the water to turn the bite on.
Off the beaches there are several species to target this time of year. Tarpon, Sharks, Jacks, Kings, and Bonita all will make for a great day on the water. These fish can be targeted with live bait, artificial lures, and my personnel favorite, fly fishing! For details on rigging, give me a call or stop by a local tackle store for everything you will need.
It should go without saying, but this time of year you need to stay hydrated. Take in plenty of fluids throughout the day.
As always, I encourage you to give me a call if you have questions about fishing in the
Panhandle at (850) 832-4952 or for additional information about Grassy Flats Charters, please visit
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Captain Daniel Snapp
Grassy Flats Charters
“Sight Fishing the Emerald Coast”