December Tides – Fish the December Tides!
Vivian and I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day!
I really enjoy fishing the December Tides in St. Andrew Bay and the Gulf Of Mexico. Typically fishing pressure is low, with just not that many folks on the water. The exception being a few duck hunters. So if you have a chance don’t hesitate to get out on the water and fish the December tides! 🙂 Not many folks are out so you can get some solitude as well.
While I was not able to get out as much as I would have liked, in November the few times I did, the fishing was very good with good catches of trout and redfish. For me slowly walked topwater lures and slowly worked twitch and suspend baits have been successful. The water is cooling off and as a result the fish may not bite until later in the day when they can get warmed up enough to get hungry. The flounder have started to move to the Gulf and a few of my neighbors have taken advantage of the move. Recently, Shawn Smith got a day to go and came back with quite a few flounder.
Bull minnows are plentiful at Howell Marine and Tackle Supply in Panama City and Half Hitch Tackle in Panama City Beach. The bull minnows work great for flounder bait. I have found them to be pretty hardy and if its cool they will keep in the water in a live bait container for as long as 4 days. Interestingly you can’t get bull minnows in the summer because they just can’t be caught. They are burrowed on the mud most of the time. Its the fall and winter when they school up that the folks that catch them to sell can get them. All our bull minnows come from out the the state like Mississippi. Rig them on a small j hook, circle hook or jig. Have enough weight to get to the bottom and fish slow!
We hope you get to get more fishing time in and fish the December tides! 😉
St. Andrew Bay – Alligator Bayou Tides
St. Andrew Bay – Channel Entrance Tides
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Have a HAPPY day!
Mike and Vivian Foate