Panama City - Surf, Pier, Jetty Fishing?
Pier fishing has been an early morning bite. I mean, sun up to noon. After that, you can play with the bait fish if you have your kids. Sabiki rigs are fun for that. In my opinion, nothing beats "Gotcha" jigs and bubble rigs. As tourist as they may be, I keep many in my bag as the go to stuff on slow days. Hands down, they catch fish. Frozen cigar minnows drifted alone from the pier is great for king mackerel. Just use a wire leader and a treble hook. Cast from the pier and twitch it occasionally. If I had to choose between pier/surf or jetty, I'd go to a pier. The water is warm and surf fishing is slow now.
Hope that helps. If not...ask away...
Try Half Hitch B&T. They are very reputable.
Good Luck and send a report!
Well, I'm back and had a blast.
I wound up fishing mostly off the St. Andrews jetty....never made it to the city pier.
It was excellent though. I caught quite a few spanish mackerel, mostly pretty small, on gotcha jigs mostly.
Then Friday morning, I had an absolute blast....it had rained the night before and wind was blowing hard from the west. The baitfish were stacked up on the beach side (west side of the jetty), and there was a school of BIG redfish gorging themselves near the end of it. I hooked up 3 times on some gold spoons, got broken off twice and landed one that was WELL over the slot limit (safely released). Those things pull hard! They are very strong fish.
The spanish were in there pretty good as well. You guys have it pretty good down there in Florida! I'm looking forward to our next trip, hopefully soon!
Thanks for the help.
Gags will be closed but red grouper and black grouper should be open ,as snapper..The best advice I can give you is if your planning a trip with charter boat or captain, reserve your spot as soon as you can , I see people come down all of the time and except to just jump on the next boat headed out , it doesn't work like most of the good captains and charters are booked months in advanced.
Here's the regs if you want to check them out.
I read your advice to another tourist fisherman about pier fishing. It was the info I was looking for. You are right about suggesting him to book a charter next time. For the last 7 years we have used Capt. B.J. Burkett of Hook'em Up Charters based out of PCB. EVERY time he has taken us to spots that have resulted in Amberjack, Grouper, Red Snapper and many of the others. We have always taken our limit. The four of us that usually go bring back 100lbs of fish! As far as the "pain" goes.....the fishing is so intense and continuous that my hands LOCK UP into fists. I have to pry my hands open just to grab the rod for the next drop. My family and I live for the next yearly vacation and the chance to go offshore again.