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Florida Fishing Report for Panama City & Destin

Capt. James Pic
April 23, 2003
Panama City - Saltwater Fishing Report

Panama City Area

The fishing lately is hot and cold with the weather. We have had several cold fronts in April which will bring

everything to an abrupt stop when they pass and the temperature drops. When not fishing these conditions

things have been heating up.

In the bay, the growth of the grass flats has been slow which has kept a lot of the bigger trout in their winter

haunts. The reds are starting to school the flats but have been hit and miss to get to strike. Most of the

trout and reds are being taken on live shrimp.

Throughout the bay and along the beach the spanish have showed up in big numbers. Limits can easily be caught using "Gotchas!" and straw rigs. Some of the bigger fish are in the four and five pound range.

Mixed in with the spanish are blues. Along the beach we have been able to catch pompano with the spanish but pompano fishing has been mostly sight fishing to avoid cut-offs.

The cobia run has been good this year with one fish weighing 90 pounds.

Offshore, the snapper fishing has also been affected by the cold fronts but a lot of good fish are being caught.

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Sight casting fly and spinning for reds, trout, bonita, spanish, jacks and many other species. Live bait trips available as well as hot topwater action in the bay around Panama City, Florida. Depending on the time of the year I can normally put you on legal grouper in the bay, monster speckled trout, lot's of fly fishing action and just about everything else that swims and good tablefare.

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Phone: 850-215-5578
Alt. Phone: 850-319-7855
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