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I'm in panama city and I wanna catch any saltwater fish that will bite, I'm gonna go to the store in the morning and buy a cheap spinning rod and reel with some hooks and bobbers and wanna toss a line out at the marina and chill with my homies lol what would be a good bait to use? Can I just put some meat like a piece of hotdog or something on a hook under a bobber and have a good chance at catching anything...

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Frozen Mullet or some form of cut bait or shrimp. Berkley Gulp is a option too.. Enjoy!

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Get some shrimp.

X2, bait shrimp are pretty cheap and something will eat them. Kind of like the nightcrawler of the ocean :) 

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Shrimp bobber or no bobber toss to the backside of a sandbar. 

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Well I've been out here with shrimp for awhile and have gotten no takers :( tried with and without a bobber

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Well you're not exactly there at the best time of year...

 

My advice is to go to Half Hitch tackle, tell them what you want to do and they'll give you some good pointers.  There are a few Half Hitch locations in PCB, including both City and County piers.  I recommend you go to the full store on Thomas Drive.

 

Some of the places they're likely to suggest are County Pier, City Pier, and St. Andrews State Park.

 

https://www.halfhitch.com/stores/half-hitch-tackle-panama-city/monthly-forecasts

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Chris is right, it's winter.  

I've been doing much less inshore this winter than I normally do, fished cuda yesterday and didn't see one in 2 hours.

Location has a lot to do with it, offshore fishing has been good and there is always something being caught in the Keys.

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If you have grass covered Flats where you are, rent a kayak and get off the bank.

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X2, bait shrimp are pretty cheap and something will eat them. Kind of like the nightcrawler of the ocean :)

X3. Plenty of guys will have small storefronts just w/shrimp or mjllet. If you can find live, get it... But if nobody has anything live, frozen will do.

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There's gonna be next to no fish in the surf there this time of year. If you go to St Andrews state park, there's a huge jettie that you can get on and there's always fish around it. Big ones too. Bring alot of tackle though because if your bait fishing you'll be hung up alot.

If you have the means, rent a kayak and put in at the state park into St Andrews bay. Wait for an afternoon high tide to flood the sun warmed flats and throw a spook In the warm shallow water . You will catch trout and reds all day. Few things in the world are better than catching a red on topwater.

Trout- 4 fish 15"-20" one over 20"

Reds- 2 fish 18"-27"

Yum.

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go get some berkley gulp camo sandworms in 2 inch size AND carolina rig that .  best bait ever

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Thanks for all the tips guys, my trip is over and I'm back home in georiga. When I go back to PC this year I will definalty be giving this thread another look!

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C&G,

If you get the chance to come back through Tallahassee, let me know. Ill take you down to the coast on my kayaks and we will have a topwater redfish bonanza. Lol.

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C&G,

If you get the chance to come back through Tallahassee, let me know. Ill take you down to the coast on my kayaks and we will have a topwater redfish bonanza. Lol.

That would be awesome!

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Shrimp or squid.

 

X2,

 

Fish on bottom.

 

You can get Calamari at Wal-Mart cheap.

 

Finished wrestling?

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In my area of Florida inshore species are not being caught too readily, some are catching a few on live bait.  Down here we call it the winter doldrums.  Every now and then fish will show up, you can't plan it you just have to be there. This is the first year since I've been in Florida that I'm devoting more time to early morning bass fishing, it's been fun but I'm getting antsy for those inshore fish.

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X2,

Fish on bottom.

You can get Calamari at Wal-Mart cheap.

Finished wrestling?

Not yet, still have 4 tournaments left.

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Live shrimp is definitely your best bet.  Try putting a live shrimp under a popping cork with about 18 to 24 inch of leader.

 

Check out this page for corks and video on how-to:

 

http://www.egretbaits.com/#!/Vudu-Rattling-Corks/c/6923161/offset=0&sort=priceAsc

 

I really like their green colored corks for popping live and artificial shrimps.  Corks worked so good, the speckled trout and spanish mackerel were actually taking a bite out of the cork, LOL

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Rattling corks can be bought at DSG, pretty cheap, even cheaper and just as effective are the foam bobbers at Walmart.  Just ad a leader for your lure, sometimes you may want to add a little weight.  Most any lure can be used, about the most popular are Clark spoons.  The movement of the cork is the attraction, there is really no need to go spend 6 bucks on a bobber.

 

Going the bait route, a chicken rig tipped with squid is about as good as gets.

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winter fishing here on emerald coast is tough. Sheepshead on shrimp with smaller hook, white trout on shrimp or cut mullet.

Redfish are still around, fish the lights at night if you can, cut bait or big curly tail.

I fish on the bottom, carolina style rig. 

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Winter fishing is always slow around here, this year seems to be one of toughest.  I had a hot 4-5 days but that has ended, maybe the next outgoing tide will perk things up a bit.

Being a C&R fisherman even in saltwater where many people are not, I'm strictly an artificial user.  I may fish live bait a few times year (about the same number using a senko for bass) but I don't find it to be too stimulating.

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^^^ agreed completely. Its a bad bad day if you see me throwing live bait- espicially shrimp. Its not much better if I'm using gulp.

I will keep the occasional red or trout for dinner. But its normally just one midslot and then the rest go about their business.

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