Thursday, February 25, 2010

Panhandle Fishing Report 2-25-10

Report for 02/23/2010

Salt Water

The temperatures just aren’t dropping that much and the fish are still hanging out in the deeper water at the 120’-200’ range. Since live bait is so hard to come by, bring some Northern mackerel, Cigar minnows and squid as back up and also try jigging diamond jigs. The amberjack were still around the deeper wrecks hitting jigs such as the AJ glow jig or cigar minnows.

Although bits unusual for this time of year but some nice flounder caught this week in, the deeper holes out in the head of the bay. Live shrimp is what they are biting on. Many trout caught and released in the gulf canal this week along with some fair sized redfish. Use live shrimp directly on your jig heads or frozen shrimp on the bottom using a Carolina rig and mutu light circle hooks size 1/0.

redfish from the surf

(Novice surf fisherman Ron Tenold, enjoys great success!)

Some nice sheepshead are being caught around the seawall and out around the marker buoys. Use a small shank Mustad live bait hook and fluorocarbon leader with just enough weight to keep your rig under control. The whiting bite slowed in the surf and the few that were caught were off Cape San Blas around the "Stump hole" area and lighthouse and Crooked Island beach. Use the custom pompano rig made of 100 percent fluorocarbon with mutu light circle hooks rigged up with some fresh shrimp.

Flounder are still being caught around the inshore wrecks. Since live bull minnows are hard to come by, use small frozen cigar minnows cut in half. Target the edges of the wrecks. The Amberjack bite has been steady over the bridge spans and any large structures. Glow jigs and Butterfly jigs work well and if you can manage to find some live bait works as well. Beeliners and white snapper (Porgy) have been steady in the 120 ft range on frozen squid. Grouper season will remain closed through March 31st.

Sheepshead are being caught more regularly around the jetties with live shrimp and fiddler crabs. The White Trout bite is still happening. They can be found in deep water under the Hathaway and Tyndall Bridges, but some searching to find the schools may be in order. Use live shrimp on a Carolina rig for best results. The Bull Reds are still being caught with live shrimp and pinfish around the jetties. Speckled Trout closes the month of February. For catch and release, concentrate on deep bayous, creeks, the intracoastal waterway and the hot water discharge canal.

Fresh Water
Sorry No Report this Week!

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Panama City, FL 32408

Fishing Report prepared by Half Hitch Tackle Staff.

The Captains Corner Fishing Report is provided by local charter captains and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Half Hitch Tackle.

This report is dedicated to the memory of Al Hubbard.
Al Hubbard was a field editor for Florida Sportsman magazine, an outdoor writer for the News Herald and a board member of the Florida Outdoor Writer's Association.
Mr. Hubbard was also the owner of Al's Outdoors Outfitting Services.

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