The fishing has been great the last week or so. When the weather cooperates we head offshore and fish for the elusive and endangered Red Snapper. I think we only missed getting our limit once this season so far(we can't all be perfect). Along with the Red Snapper are lots of Vermillion, White and Lane Snapper. The bait of choice for me has been fresh Bonito. It stays on the hook a lot longer than cigar minnows so you get more than one chance at nibbling Snapper. The White and Vermillion prefer squid on a double hook rig. Don't forget to throw a flat line out with a light piece of wire and a cigar minnow or a Spanish sardine for a King Mackerel.
On the days we can't get offshore we are catching Red fish in the pass. Live pilchards seem to be what they prefer right now. The schools are hanging really tight together so when we get on them it is not uncommon to get 3 or 4 on at the same time.
Panama City Fishing Forecast:
Grouper opens in July
Good luck on the water,
Capt. Todd Jones