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Hi,
I am a 42 year old Ga boy with a wonderful wife and an awesome 11 year old son. We love to vacation in Fla. and do some fishing from piers. We especially like Panama City and fish from the city pier and from St Andrews St park pier. We don't really care what we catch as long as it is something. My wife recently had to quit her full time job to finish her education (she will be an RN in about 1 year), so we are currently on a pretty tight budget, so I was wondering when would be a good time to come to Fla during the offseason (when motel rates are much cheaper) and still catch some fish.
Also, anyone know of any good books I can read this winter about pier or surf fishing?
Thanks for the help.
Randy Holbrook
 

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Welcome RandyH
Here are some links to read will not last the winter read slow.:)
You may have seen these before ?

Some Techniques for fishing in the Gulf.
http://www.floridasaltwater.com/how_to/index.htm

Pier
http://www.dto.com/swfishing/methods/method.jsp?Articletypeid=120&Articleid=303&search.x=47&search.y=7

http://www.dto.com/swfishing/article.jsp?articleid=355

http://www.worldseafishing.com/shore/pier_fishing.shtml

http://www.worldseafishing.com/shore/pier_fishing_tactics.shtml

http://capmel.com/how_to_fish_piers.htm

Surf
http://www.stripersurf.com/scast101_2.html

http://www.stripersurf.com/scast101_1.html

http://www.stripersurf.com/lyons_3.html

http://www.stripersurf.com/otbc.html

http://www.dto.com/swfishing/methods/method.jsp?Articletypeid=114&Articleid=297&search.x=44&search.y=5

http://www.dto.com/swfishing/methods/method.jsp?Articleid=359&Articletypeid=114

http://www.worldseafishing.com/

http://capmel.com/beach_fishing.htm

http://capmel.com/beach_fishing2.htm

Fishing Calendar

http://www.gulfcoastangling.com/fishing_calendar.htm


Jetties/Bridges

Use the same type of tackle as you would if fishing off the piers. It is very important
when fishing these areas to check out the area's tides. The tides will bring baitfish in
and out of the inlet.
The falling tide seems to be the best for fishing. This would be when the water is going
back out into the inlet.


Piers

Working the end of the pier is usually better, for it is generally deeper water. Use an
8-10 ft. surf rod with a reel holding 240 yards of 15-30 lb.test. Snook and Tarpon
will usually hang out near or under the pier because it attracts baitfish and is a good
hiding spot for them.


Intercoastal/Bridges

The darker or dirtier the water, the less chance a snook will be able to see your lure.
Tides run about every six hours. Any moving water is generally better for fishing.


Snook

They prefers to hide in the shadows, and feed out into the light.
When fishing a bridge, flip the lure under the bridge, and let the current take the lure
out to the shadow line.


Tarpon

Fish around the spillways with a big wild shiner sun fish. Wait for the spillways to be open.
When the fish jumps, quickly point the rod out (in the direction of the fish), and keep it
down, bowing.


Red Fish


Its best to try and cast ahead of the game fish, and then work the lure towards them.
I work my plugs with an ambassador reel in the 5000 series, with 12- 17-lb. test. If your
surf casting, then use a 10-12' rod with 20-30# line, with about 225 yards of backing.


Sea Trout

Look where grass intermixes with one another, or where you have a slight drop off
from a flat.
Shrimp, finger mullet 3-6", glass minnows, or sardines are favorites among the live bait

Fishing Techniques
http://capmel.com/how_to_articles.htm

Instructional Fishing Books Directory
http://www.fishingworks.com/videos_books/instructional_books/index.cfm

I call the off season hear June , July and Aug to hot for alot of folks .

Hope the info helps ya out
Good Luck
 
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