PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Panama City Beach’s 27 miles of white-sand beaches and emerald-green waters have long been popular among anglers of all skill levels. As an ideal social distancing activity and with the destination’s short-term vacation rental ban lifted, now is the perfect time to visit and cast a line. Capt. Justin Leake, host of the destination’s award-winning, fishing and coastal lifestyle television show “Chasin’ the Sun,” shares his top four tips for anglers fishing on the beach, pier, boat, kayak or standup paddleboard.
“Fishing is by nature a social distancing activity and Panama City Beach’s scenery is a huge part of the overall experience. The outdoor therapy alone is worth the trip and catching fish is just a bonus,” says Capt. Leake. “For those wanting to pick up a new hobby, these fishing tips will turn any angler into a pro in no time.”
For those ready to begin their next fishing adventure in Panama City Beach, see the below tips from Capt. Leake.
- Beach Fishing Tip: You do not need live bait. One of the best baits for beach fishing is fresh shrimp, bought in the seafood section of your local grocery store. Not many people use it, but it is inexpensive, easy to find and attracts a number of fish in the surf, including pompano, whiting, redfish and black drum.
- Pier Fishing Tip: Always go to the pier with an open mind. If you fish for just one species, most of the time you are not going to be successful. Instead, check with the guys at the tackle store or walk out on the pier and ask the anglers already out there what’s biting before deciding what to target.
- Boat Fishing Tip: Whether you are fishing in the bay or in the gulf, always look for bait fish concentrations. In the bay, you can usually spot pelicans diving near schools of pilchards, which will also attract gamefish such as spotted sea trout, redfish and Spanish mackerel. In the gulf, look for concentrations of Spanish sardines or cigar minnows, and you will usually find king mackerel.
- Kayak or Standup Paddleboard Fishing Tip: Similar to fishing by boat in the bay, always check for bird activity when sight fishing the shallow grass flats. In Panama City Beach, West Bay’s shallow grass flats are the best spots for finding redfish.
For those looking for an extreme angling experience, private fishing charters can be booked for small groups of up to four or six individuals. In relation to precautionary measures due to coronavirus, Capt. Leake shares that charters and fishing guides already follow heightened cleanliness protocols due to saltwater conditions, scrubbing boats from top to bottom each day. Most fishing guides also wear a face mask or covering to protect themselves from the sun. For more information or to book a fishing charter in Panama City Beach, visit https://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/things-to-do/fishing-charters/.
The fishing and coastal lifestyle television program showcases the diverse angling, diving and cultural opportunities found in the emerald-green waters of Panama City Beach. Season five’s sponsors of “Chasin’ The Sun” include B&W Trailer Hitches, D.O.A Fishing Lures, Dorado Custom Boats, Dulce Vida Tequila, FireDisc Cookers, Grundéns, Holiday Inn Resort, Humminbird, Minn Kota Motors, Native Eyewear and Pirates Cove Marina.
Episodes of “Chasin’ The Sun,” produced in partnership with Pinfish Media, will air weekly on Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Eastern & Pacific / 7:30 a.m. Central on Discovery Channel. Discovery Channel reaches nearly 100 million U.S. households. The show is also available on demand on Amazon Prime and Vudu. For more information on “Chasin’ The Sun,” please visit www.ChasinTheSunTV.com or stay connected via Facebook (@ChasinTheSunFishingShow), Instagram (@ChasinTheSunTV) and YouTube.
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About Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge. With 320 days of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. For more information, call 850-233-5070 or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com. Live HD video of the world-famous beach is now available at http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/webcam/. Stay connected with Panama City Beach on Twitter (@Visit_PCB), Instagram (@Visit_PCB) and Facebook (@Visit_PCB).
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