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Surf fishing on the west end of Panama City Beach, FL

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I have been fishing in Panama City Beach every year for the past 15 years or so, and have never had a lot of luck.  I am 23 years old, and have never really had anyone to show me the finer points of the how-to.  I have a kayak, and 3 surf fishing poles as well as a penn senator 6/0, penn slammer combo for shark fishing.  I have made several rigs for sharks that I found on line (including this forum).  Basically I would like to know what the best bait (that I can catch from shore) would be for sharks as well as anything else that may be within 500 yds of the beach.   I am going the first week in July near Laguna beach (the west side of PCB) and August 18-25 on Thomas drive about 1.5 miles from St. Andrew's park pier.   Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Andrew

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Andrew, Sorry to tell you but your comming down at one of the slowest times of the year. The water is very warm and the fish will move off shore. Your best bet will be from one of the two piers and your Yak. Sharks should be plentiful. Catch some skipjacks (Lady fish) or BoBo's for bait. 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 before sunset may yield some King or Spanish Macks as well as Tarpon Stop in Half Hitch Tackel and they will put you in the right direction. There are some great Yak guides working in that area as well. Good Luck and let us know how you do! Tight Lines!

Mike
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Thanks Mike.

 

We go this time of the year every year and I always fish, and rarely catch anything of any size.  I have caught a couple hard tail and ladyfish.  What is the fish you called a "bobo"?  Is that a bonita?  Just curious.  Thanks for your imput.

 

Andrew

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Andrew, Yes that would be bonita. They are thick this year as well. The spring run for Kings has been one of the best in years, and still going. I wish you the best of luck! Tight lines!
Mike
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Thanks Again Mike,  Hoping to do better than usual this year. 

 

Andrew

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Well I didn't do too well from the beach where I was.  I only caught 3 ladyfish.  But I went to the pier two days.  The first day I went from about 0500 to around 0900 and only caught a lady fish and a spanish mackerel.  The second day when I went back, I got to the pier about 0445 and on the first cast I caught the fish pictured below.  It was a 9.8 lber.  Then on my second cast, I caught a 5 1/2 lber.  Unfortunately I forgot to bring a cooler so I had to leave to keep my fish from spoiling.  Sad day.

 

 

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BTW this was the first King Mackerel I have ever caught.  Pretty exciting

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Congrats on your first king! highfive.gif The fishing has slowed down ALOT in the last two weeks. I fished 6 hours on Saturday and only hooked one Mack, and flipper ate him frown.gif I hope you enjoyed your stay.
Mike
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I did!  Cant wait to go back in August for the whole week!  Thanks Mike

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Nice! What did you catch the Kings on?

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Frozen cigar minnows. I went out at 5am (sunrise) and threw off the end of the pier. Everyone down there was raking them in. I forgot my cooler so I had to leave after the first 2 I caught. People were also catching them on live cigars and LY's.
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Cigs are candy for Macks. This time of year you have to chum them, with a gold hook rig. Tie a three hook, gold hook rig. On the top hook, attach half of a cig and on the other two small pieces of cigs. Lower the rig until it's just on top and watch the cigs come running biggrin.gif Elwives are 2nd choice. I have been freezing cigs for the fall run. Looks like it will be a good one this year. Tight Lines!

Mike
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Old post, but will give it a try and hope to get a response. We be in pcb the week of Easter. Want to shore fish for my son and hope to get some nice fish for him. Seem one told me the sand bar at the point of andrews state park is a good spot to fish for Mack's...any ideas? Having never fished salt water before from shore...suggestions on how to rig the line and what bait to use
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Originally Posted by fourguinness View Post

Old post, but will give it a try and hope to get a response. We be in pcb the week of Easter. Want to shore fish for my son and hope to get some nice fish for him. Seem one told me the sand bar at the point of andrews state park is a good spot to fish for Mack's...any ideas? Having never fished salt water before from shore...suggestions on how to rig the line and what bait to use

Heavy bass set up, 50-60lb mono or light wire and gotchas. That point off of st. andrews is deep water point and it is a pretty good spot. How old's you're kid? The spring migration is just starting so there should be plenty of fish to catch. Piers are going to be the spot to fish and the jetty's at st. andrew can be very productive.
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Son is 7 years old.  I'll have to pick up a couple cheaper salt-water rigs at Walmart or rent from Half-Hitch when down there.  Maybe try the pier too.  Is there decent parking close to the sand bar at Andrews or near the Jetty?   Also heard that the Jetty is a pretty good place to lose a lot of lures?  Having never shore fished in the ocean...all uncharted territory for me...... 

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