PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.– Capt. Justin Leake and Capt. Travis Holeman break out a new micro skiff and head for the shallows to ambush redfish in Chilly Micro Skinny, the latest episode of “Chasin’ The Sun.” The award-winning television show, presented by Visit Panama City Beach, will air on Saturday, January 30 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern & Pacific / 7:30 a.m. Central on Discovery Channel.
Panama City Beach enjoys many days of warmth and sunshine, but its location is not immune to the occasional cold snap. When overnight temperatures go low and the tides go lower, redfish are forced to move. Capt. Justin Leake and his friend Capt. Kyle Pitts spend a winter morning aboard the new micro skiff, navigating skinny water in pursuit of redfish on the flats.
“This micro skiff is specifically designed for sightfishing in super shallow water, which makes it perfectly suited for poling the West Bay flats at low tide,” says Capt. Leake. “There’s really not much to it – it’s basically a giant paddleboard that doesn’t need a lot of stuff – and that’s what makes it so fun.”
Although the day starts out with below-freezing temperatures, all other conditions are perfect for the micro skiff, including sunny skies, clear water and little wind. However, getting to the fish is the easy part; catching them requires more skill.
“When you’re that close to the fish, you have to be smart and make crazy accurate shots,” says Capt. Pitts. “Anglers have to fish it slow and really watch the fish to learn what they’re doing.”
After a successful outing with several nice catches, Capt. Leake returns to the flats with Capt. Holeman for another round of sightfishing before stowing the rods and heading to the Panama City Sports Complex to compete in a Home Run Derby.
The fishing and coastal lifestyle television program showcases the diverse angling, diving and cultural opportunities found in the emerald-green waters of Panama City Beach. Season six sponsors of “Chasin’ The Sun” include Dulce Vida Tequila, Fish Monkey, Grundéns, Half Hitch Tackle, Holiday Inn Resort, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Pirates Cove Marina.
Produced in partnership with Pinfish Media, new episodes of “Chasin’ The Sun” will air Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific and 7:30 a.m. Central. New episodes are also available for online viewing at www.ChasinTheSunTV.com. Previous seasons’ episodes can be seen on Amazon Prime, Vudu, STIRR and Samsung TV Plus and the show is offered on local affiliate television stations in the Outdoor America and Right Now TV networks. For more information on “Chasin’ The Sun,” please visit or stay connected via Facebook (@ChasinTheSunFishingShow), Instagram (@ChasinTheSunTV) and YouTube.
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About Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge. With 320 days of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. For more information, call 850-233-5070 or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.
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