January Tides – Fish the January Tides on St. Andrew Bay!
To fish the January tides you may have to bundle up a little bit. The air temperature will be mostly pleasant. However, our waters have cooled off quite a bit and therefore it can get a little chilly out on the water. The early mornings on the water can be chilly but once the sun comes up it warms up quickly. The best solution is to dress in layers. ‘Course if you are cold blooded like my wife Vivian those layers can get a little thick. Check out this photo. It was 60+ degrees on this day. 🙂
December fishing was fantastic. The flounder migration was a little later than some of the most recent years but it was productive! With limits of the flounder (flatties) being caught by many folks fishing with bull minnows and shrimp. The jetties, and along the beaches were good locations early in the migration, with the near shore wrecks being better later in the migration. Large numbers of flounder were being caught on public numbers (wrecks) with 1-3 miles of the mouth of the jetties. So even smaller boats and kayakers can take advantage of the migration. All you have to do is get out there! 🙂
As winter progresses there will be opportunities to target the wily sheepshead, aka Convict Fish. This fish will begin show up in the pass and along the jetties. One popular spot can be the B.V. Buchanan Bridge that goes over the Intracoastal Water Way on Hwy 79 just north of Panama City Beach. Small j or circle hooks, rigged with just enough weigh to get you bait down, can be effective. I have good luck with shrimp, live or dead and live fiddler crabs if you can find them, can be killer.
We hope you get to get more fishing time in and fish the January tides! 😉
St. Andrew Bay – Alligator Bayou Tides
St. Andrew Bay – Channel Entrance Tides
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Mike and Vivian Foate