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Old 07-29-18, 06:00 PM   #1
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Default Panama City in October

I've got a church member gifting me and my wife with a week in Panama City Beach. We'll be there the first or second week of October. What can I expect to catch if I carry my 8wt, where can I fish, flies to use, Outfitters in the area?

Also, any suggestions for a good place to eat? not interested in dive bars as much as a quieter setting for my wife and I.
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Old 07-29-18, 10:02 PM   #2
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Preach my two favorites are St. Andrews State Park and Phillips Inlet They have a ferry out to Shell Island that was cool and the Mrs. would like.
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About 30 minutes west on 30a is Cafe Tango, one of the best restaurants you’ll ever visit. Make a reservation and win husband of the year. Pompano should be around in the surf and maybe some reds. Nick Carter just wrote an article “ the forgotten coast” in Eastern Fly Fishing magazine. Look up half hitch tackle online, they have current and historical reports for the panhandle.
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Bill---Here is a thread from the past where Steve Hudson did a nice Post with a lot of general info about fishing the Pan Handle. Not specific to Panama City (more Destin) but much of it applicable to the entire Pan Handle.

http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/foru...d.php?t=102357
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not interested in dive bars
this dramatically diminishes my info.

I'll second the jetties at St. Andrews Park. But if you are going to throw an 8-wt, get there early as it is popular and will get crowded.
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If youre willing to go a little further towards Mexico Beach, Ive had good luck targeting reds in St Andrew Sound in October. Particularly where the points come together. Ive never seen that area crowded either.

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If you want to wade and fish, I had a fun morning in Choctawhatchee Bay early in the summer. You can park on the south side of the bay under the Highway 331 bridge (it's a nice park/boat launch). The bay to the west from the highway is all 3-4' deep and hard bottom, I didn't get into any mud and I covered a good bit of ground. It was my first time in the salt and I only had a handful of home-tied clousers. I still caught a few catfish, a couple reds, and a nice sized sea trout. I also caught fish in the surf right in front of our hotel in the surf one morning. Another guy was throwing topwater plugs on a spinning rod and was catching ladyfish left and right. He said you could catch fish all day in the surf if you could get away from the crowds.
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Old 07-31-18, 11:27 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies and tips! I'm pretty sure I'll get to fish a couple of days, weather permitting. Just on the outside chance, any guide recommendations? I don't know if it will be in the budget, but just in case.
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...Bill, there's a spot at Deer Point Dam a few miles North of PC where they have a concrete catwalk (nice and wide) and I have caught speckled trout and mangrove snapper there...

https://www.yellowpages.com/panama-c...-shop-15808796
...there is a bait store right next to the dam highway...Hwy 2321 West...

...I caught the snapper behind the catwalk facing the dam and casting (dropping flip) under the bridge using squid and shrimp..little pieces...

...oh yeah...it's fresh water above the dam and brackish below...

Blessings!

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