Published Feb 17. 2019 - 5 years ago
Updated or edited Feb 17. 2019

The Shallow Season

As the Fall set in and weather cools the Fly fishing for redfish here in our local water of Panama City Beach heats up. The redfish get shallower than they do at any other time of the year. Stalking on foot is often the only way to get shallow enough to hunt these "backing" fish.

Panama City Beach Fly Fishing is a premiere fishery in Northwest, FL. The waters in Panama City Beach make up some of the most productive water in Northwest FL for fly fishing and light tackle fishing. Shallow Water Expeditions Guide Service is based out of Old Florida Outfitters, the exclusive outfitter located in the Watercolor Resort. Strategically positioned between Destin and Panama City Beach, along the beautiful Beaches of South Walton.

There are an array of species to target when Fly Fishing in Panama City Beach. Tarpon, Redfish, False Albacore are probably the top 3 we purse while Fly fishing Panama City Beach. There are 2 main Fly Fishing zones in Panama City Beach; inshore bay waters and the near shore Gulf. The inshore waters consist of West Bay, North Bay and East Bay. These 3 bays make up the St. Andrews Bay system and are home to a variety of shallow flats. These shallow grass flats are some of the best in Florida to hunt “tailing” redfish. Panama City Beach Fly Fishing can boast some of the best tailing redfish action in the state and Shallow Water Expeditions Guides are experts at poling clients into position to get the shot. This shallow inshore fishery is productive year-round with Fall and Winter being the best.
A stones throw off the white sand beaches lie shallow sand bars, these sand bars act as highways for thousands of migrating tarpon each summer. Specific sandbars act as natural contours guiding the traveling fish along the coast. Tarpon “track” down the edge of these bars and we are there to take a shot and present a fly These ambush points are very specific and your Guide will have an intimate knowledge of where and when to be. Fly selection is also a critical part of your guides skill-set, here at SWE we are HYPER selective with our flies. Each guide ties his own patterns and watches how small changes effect the fish. We share this secretive info with each other and this helps insure our clients success. This sharing of learned knowledge is one of SWE’s biggest strengths!! Shallow Water Expeditions guides look forward to tarpon season every single day of the year…..we are absolutely obsessed with the pursuit of these fish and your experience with us on the water will prove it! Our Flats boats and Bay Boats can either Fly fish or use Light Tackle to target Tarpon.

Panama City Beach Fly Fishing also encompasses the pursuit of one of the most under-rated game fish in Florida….The False Albacore (Bonito) These small tuna-like fish are abundant along our Panhandle waters especially from Destin to Panama City Beach. Less than a mile from the beach the water depth drops quickly allowing these “Albies” to feed close to shore. Both our Flats boats and Bay boats are ideal to pursue the large schools we see year-round. Panama City Beach Fly Fishing is a pursuit that has a wealth of fishing opportunities to target, we have been Fly Fishing this area for well over 20 years and have an intimate knowledge of what it takes to catch fish with a fly rod.

Martin Joergensen

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