Panhandle Fishing for Cobia and Kingfish - Panama City, Florida

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Cobia and Kings

Some time around St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, a large and highly prized fish starts to show up along the beaches around Panama City Florida. Cobia, lemon fish, ling, whatever you prefer to call them, is well known and sought after throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along Panama City Beach.

Some of the guys I grew up with here in Panama City Florida save a large portion of their vacation time and take it during the cobia run. Peaking the middle of April each year the migration last about six weeks. What makes cobia fishing along Panama City Beach Florida and the Gulf Coast so exciting is the “hunting” the fish and “sight casting” at them when spotted. A lot of days they are as easy to catch as flipping a jig at them, other days, you have to work a little harder with presentation and bait. The size of the fish can range anywhere from 20 pounds up to 80 or more. Many fish in the 50 pound class are caught along Panama City Beach each year.

With my customized 22’ tunnel hull you can have “tower time” looking for and casting to these fish while they migrate along the gulf coast each spring. Of course I supply all of your gear but you are welcome to bring your own if you choose. Cobia trips are 9 hours. They can start either at 0600 or 0700. Along with the cobia fishing we will sight cast to pompano, jacks, sharks and others migrating fish along Panama City Beach.

Following the cobia run and not far behind come the king mackerel. Whether permitting I will take you king fishing just offshore of Panama City Beach from May thru September. We fish for kings several different ways. Slow trolling cigar minnows are the most popular although my favorite is drifting live bait over the wrecks. Along with kings other species that are caught during these trips can include bonito, cobia, sailfish, wahoo, snappers and amberjacks. My normal hourly rates apply with a possible live bait charge.

Capt. James Pic

2508 W. 9th Street
Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: (850) 319-7855

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