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Panama City pier(s) #3122411
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Going down all next week... I typically fish off the "County Pier" (not the one across from Pier Park), and likely will do the same this time also. However, we're gonna stay way down close to St Andrews Park, so I wondered if there's any fishing off that pier? It looks really short.

Either way, have any of y'all been on the piers the last week or so? Anything in particular going on?


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Peach should be able to give you some sound advice.


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Pompano have been on fire the last couple weeks in PC. You should be able to do real well on those. Still a few cobia around but mostly smaller 25-40lb fish. Few kings here and there as well as spanish and the ever present ladyfish. Pomps are the most consistent thing going right now. Water temps are still a little cold for this time of year. Peach can probably give you even more detail since he goes way more than I do.

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Pier at St. Andrews is very very short. You should be good for the pomps if they are still around off of it, but honestly it is too short for me. I almost always fish off of County because our place is in Edgewater that is just down the beach from it. I will go to the City pier sometimes, but due to all of the walking traffic from Pier Park, and very little parking there I tend to stay away from it. I will be down the entire first week of June and will most likely be on the pier almost every day unless I take a boat out. The only reason I go to the beach is to fish.

Check out Bay County Outdoors and look at the pier reports to see what has been biting. Usually a good weekly update he does each Thursday with pics, etc. They even had a few chicken dolphin come through last week with kings, spanish, jacks, redfish etc. all hitting the deck.

Re: Panama City pier(s) [Re: ikillbux] #3122627
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Yeah, looking at Google I had the same thoughts about how short the St Andrews pier is.


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There is plenty of bait. Kings are started to show up. They have slaughtered the pompano lately, but that is coming to a halt. They have had some really good bonita and spanish days. Most of this is coming from the county pier. The city pier, which is 3 miles west of the county pier, has been about the same. I fished Navarre Pier today. Plenty of bonita and jack crevalle. Not much else.

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Peach my cousin that lives on the Palm Coast was fishing in the keys last weekend and got on some yellow jacks. He said that they make excellent table fair. Unlike jack crevalle.


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I don't know if it is the same thing, but they catch a lot of small jack crevelle in South Florida, (around 3-5 pounds), and they are considered a top food fish. That may be what they are calling a yellow jack?? I guess the smaller ones are better food fare than the big ones.

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This same week last year (I think?) I was on the County Pier and off in the distance I could see this very large group of fish coming towards the pier, angling towards the shore. I watched them for maybe 30 seconds and about that time the "pros" on the end of the pier noticed them and they stampeded down the pier to get close enough to cast to them. Turns out they were 20+ pound Jacks, and all of a sudden it looked like a place the size of a football field literally exploded like a volcano!!!! Only one of the fishermen hooked up, and holy crap it took him 10-15 minutes to get that fish close to the pier. They ultimately got it up and they said it was "about 25 pounds"....I'd say it was 3' long. I've caught hundreds of small Jacks while flats fishing further south, and as strong/violent as those little ones are, I couldn't imagine hooking one that big!!!!!!!

I typically just take three or four of my stouter bass rods and normal reels/line. I'll catch tons of fish every day, but they're mostly Spanish/Blues/Ladies in the "normal" size you catch off the pier. I did hook a nice King last year off the end of the pier on a MegaBass swimbait ( laugh grin I know, I know), and even managed to mostly whip the fish...I thought I was gonna get it, one of the other guys had a grapple on a rope ready, but right at the pier it finally broke my line (30# braid w/ a 20# flouro leader). It looked like I had the fish foul hooked under the chin. Another time I had a dadgum HUGE tarpon inhale a big 8" flutter spoon, I never even felt that fish, just instant break! Two young Japanese-looking guys saw it happen and they laughed (in a smart@$$ way). I didn't even know tarpon got around the pier.


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Originally Posted by ikillbux
This same week last year (I think?) I was on the County Pier and off in the distance I could see this very large group of fish coming towards the pier, angling towards the shore. I watched them for maybe 30 seconds and about that time the "pros" on the end of the pier noticed them and they stampeded down the pier to get close enough to cast to them. Turns out they were 20+ pound Jacks, and all of a sudden it looked like a place the size of a football field literally exploded like a volcano!!!! Only one of the fishermen hooked up, and holy crap it took him 10-15 minutes to get that fish close to the pier. They ultimately got it up and they said it was "about 25 pounds"....I'd say it was 3' long. I've caught hundreds of small Jacks while flats fishing further south, and as strong/violent as those little ones are, I couldn't imagine hooking one that big!!!!!!!

I typically just take three or four of my stouter bass rods and normal reels/line. I'll catch tons of fish every day, but they're mostly Spanish/Blues/Ladies in the "normal" size you catch off the pier. I did hook a nice King last year off the end of the pier on a MegaBass swimbait ( laugh grin I know, I know), and even managed to mostly whip the fish...I thought I was gonna get it, one of the other guys had a grapple on a rope ready, but right at the pier it finally broke my line (30# braid w/ a 20# flouro leader). It looked like I had the fish foul hooked under the chin. Another time I had a dadgum HUGE tarpon inhale a big 8" flutter spoon, I never even felt that fish, just instant break! Two young Japanese-looking guys saw it happen and they laughed (in a smart@$$ way). I didn't even know tarpon got around the pier.

Come to Okaloosa Island Pier during late June and early July. It’s common to see 100 or more tarpon hooked a day. I’ll be there!

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That trip SUCKED (fishing wise). I don't know what the deal was, but there just wasn't any fish. I fished several hours each on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, caught a TOTAL of 1 Spanish and 4 lady fish. Well, I caught about 10 hardtails also, but I don't count those. I didn't even see but maybe a couple of Spanish and 1 small King caught off the end of the pier. 1,978 Asians lined up shoulder to shoulder from the bathroom to the end of the pier, all throwing Sabiki rigs, and filling up huge coolers with hardtails. Something seems wrong about that.

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This has been the worst May I have ever seen off our Gulf Coast piers. They have been filling up coolers of Spanish Mackerel at Navarre pier but that's about it. County Pier in PC started turning on in late April and early May but that slowed down quickly. You should try fighting a 100lb tarpon and going through all the Asians with their sabike rigs.

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Originally Posted by Peach
This has been the worst May I have ever seen off our Gulf Coast piers. They have been filling up coolers of Spanish Mackerel at Navarre pier but that's about it. County Pier in PC started turning on in late April and early May but that slowed down quickly. You should try fighting a 100lb tarpon and going through all the Asians with their sabike rigs.


Come on Peach, you know how to deal with that. Get just past the first bar and hook a big bonita or jack up and get him pointed in the right direction, loosen your drag up and let him run straight up the pier burning off or tangling up every line you touch. Once he clears the end, tighten down on him and pop him off. Give it 10 min and repeat again and again. Those Asians are not about having to replace gear cause that costs $$. They will get mad, pack up and leave, at least they used to back when I pier fished a bunch. For the $0.75 total cost for 4 BO hooks, you can really lessen the pressure and clean things up. It's an azzhole move but it does work and will generally get rid of the 30 people in a single 1200 SF house, not here legally, "I'm gonna keep and clean, every single fish I catch, down to the smallest cigar minnow, and I dont care who I inconvenience doing it", crowd.

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Originally Posted by abolt300
Originally Posted by Peach
This has been the worst May I have ever seen off our Gulf Coast piers. They have been filling up coolers of Spanish Mackerel at Navarre pier but that's about it. County Pier in PC started turning on in late April and early May but that slowed down quickly. You should try fighting a 100lb tarpon and going through all the Asians with their sabike rigs.


Come on Peach, you know how to deal with that. Get just past the first bar and hook a big bonita or jack up and get him pointed in the right direction, loosen your drag up and let him run straight up the pier burning off or tangling up every line you touch. Once he clears the end, tighten down on him and pop him off. Give it 10 min and repeat again and again. Those Asians are not about having to replace gear cause that costs $$. They will get mad, pack up and leave, at least they used to back when I pier fished a bunch. For the $0.75 total cost for 4 BO hooks, you can really lessen the pressure and clean things up. It's an azzhole move but it does work and will generally get rid of the 30 people in a single 1200 SF house, not here legally, "I'm gonna keep and clean, every single fish I catch, down to the smallest cigar minnow, and I dont care who I inconvenience doing it", crowd.

Lol! I know all the tricks! Last year I had a tarpon going towards the beach and he was only about 20 yards from the pier. I told all the hardtail fishermen to reel their lines in because I was coming down with a big fish. Several of them did not comply. When I finally landed the tarpon, (got him to the pier), I had so many sabike rigs hanging off my line, it looked like Christmas lights. About an hour later I repeated the same process, but this time they all got their lines in.

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rofl I know for a fact that you know them all. I was mainly posting that as a "Whild bill pro tip" for some of these guys that didn't grow up fishing the piers down here like we did or dont fish them on a regular enough basis to know the ropes.

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👍I’m just glad they don’t allow sabikes on the end of the pier. That would not go over too well!

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I like nothing better than walking out to the end up the pier, wedging my way in, and casting as far as I possibly can with a 4 oz weight and big dead bait and doing a little bottom fishing. rofl

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I just got back from PCB and fished the County Pier Friday and Saturday. Fishing was really slow with record numbers of sabiki fisherman. They do have a yellow line painted at the end of the T, no pier carts and no sabiki or bottom fishing beyond it. That will help but I was hoping it would be for the whole T like they have on the pier at Gulf Shores.

Saturday, the T was packed due to a local tournament. Probably the most carts I've seen on the end. I didn't join the tourney but should have. I landed a 5 lb. 8 oz. Spanish that probably would have won the Spanish division. I left around 10:00 AM so I don't know what size Spanish won it.

I'm headed back this weekend and give it another try. Fishing at the end is not for the faint of heart especially if it's windy. Just be patient and try to keep a bait in the water as long as you can. I always bring a box of frozen cigar minnows to keep from spending all my time trying to catch bait instead of having a bait in the water.

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I used to fish Crystal Beach Pier down from Destin years ago. We had a "dock jock" walking on the rail, would run over yer ass up on the rail. Old fella slapped him off the rail one day and into the water. LOL

Watched another fella pop a 4oz pyramid sinker off a long spinning rod towards a 35 ft sport fisher that tried to troll right off the end of the pier and cut everybody off. Damn sinker knocked a hole in the boats side/bow. The boat didn't make another pass.


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Originally Posted by BhamFred
I used to fish Crystal Beach Pier down from Destin years ago. We had a "dock jock" walking on the rail, would run over yer ass up on the rail. Old fella slapped him off the rail one day and into the water. LOL

Watched another fella pop a 4oz pyramid sinker off a long spinning rod towards a 35 ft sport fisher that tried to troll right off the end of the pier and cut everybody off. Damn sinker knocked a hole in the boats side/bow. The boat didn't make another pass.

The guy that got knocked off the rail was Jim Mills. He still fishes Okaloosa Island Pier. Last year he jokingly told me that one day he was going to find out who knocked him off the pier! We used to all stand on the top rail and cobia fish. Liability took care of not being allowed to do that anymore. I believe that happened in the late 60's.

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