As fall ushers in, the water temperatures begin to cool down and the bait comes in creating a great opportunity to catch a variety of different species. Captain Todd says the fishing in the gulf is great this time of year. He’s catching a lot of mahi, king mackerel, amberjack and seeing sailfish, too. When bottom fishing he’s targeting snapper, grouper and triggerfish and inshore fishing is action packed with speckled trout, redfish, spanish mackerel, black snapper and more. The water in the Panama City Beach area is very clear and as a result, fishing is visual in these waters. Captain Todd says he is out in the gulf catching big amberjack on top water plugs, chumming them up to the surface using pilchards, throwing big Rapala Surface Pro baits and you can see fish all around you and watch them react. There are a lot of different baits anglers can use and Captain Todd says they cast net for some of those like pilchard. They also have access to quality bait via bait barges that go out and catch some of the bigger baits like cigar minnows, pinfish, grunts, blue runners and more. Captain Todd says fishing in the gulf he focuses on natural limestone ledges and ridges, as well as man made structures like ships, aircraft, bridge rubble and other structures used to create artificial reefs.
Panama City Beach has more than just fishing to offer, Captain Todd is also a duck hunting guide. Hunters can take redheads, bluebills, buffleheads, canvasbacks and a few other sea ducks as they hunt out on the big open bays. In December and January, Captain Todd books combination “cast and blast” trips for clients, duck hunting in the morning and fishing in the afternoon to maximize their time and experience.
What you see on “Emerald Tails” is what you get, Captain Todd says. Everything that viewers see on the show is what you can experience as a client. Fall is a great time to head to Florida and experience some fantastic fishing and hunting. Be sure to listen in and book a trip with Captain Todd. In the meantime, catch “Emerald Tails” Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET on World Fishing Network and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel.
Hook ‘em in the mouth,