Panama City Beach, FL– Instead of watching the near shore action from his beachfront property, a hotel executive joins Capt. Justin Leake to chase tarpon along Panama City Beach in It’s A Silver King Thing, this week’s all-new episode of “Chasin’ The Sun.” The award-winning fishing and coastal lifestyle television series produced by Visit Panama City Beach will air on Saturday, January 13, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern / Pacific and 7:30 a.m. Central on Discovery Channel and Sunday, January 14, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern / 8:30 a.m. Central on Waypoint TV.
Ethan Register of Holiday Inn Resort is an experienced angler who has never landed a silver king, which is all the motivation Capt. Justin Leake needs to help his friend experience the unparalleled thrill of fighting the highly prized gamefish. “This is a huge bucket list fish for many anglers and Panama City Beach is one of the best destinations to catch one,” says Justin.
Each year, beginning in late May, tarpon migrate westward along Panama City Beach, headed to their Mississippi River delta spawning grounds. It’s a one-way, non-stop trip – tarpon schools don’t cruise back and forth – and Justin knows boat positioning is key.
“You have to get the bait in front of the school so the tarpon swim into it,” says Justin. “The angles that we use to cast to these fish have to ensure that the bait is moving away from them.”
The tactic pays off when Ethan sets the hook on a silver king, but excitement turns to heartbreak when the beast leaps into the air and throws the hook. “That’s just tarpon fishing and that’s how it goes,” says Capt. Leake, who knows firsthand the disappointment of losing the battle to such a powerful fighter.
Justin and Ethan eventually save the day by pulling red snapper off an artificial reef. Later, they’re joined by their families for a special “hook and cook” treat – whole red snapper prepared by renowned Chef Paul Albrecht.
Produced in partnership with Pinfish Media, “Chasin’ The Sun” is sponsored by Florida Watersports, Holiday Inn Resort, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Pirates Cove Marina.
New episodes of “Chasin’ The Sun” will air Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific and 7:30 a.m. Central on Discovery Channel and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Eastern/8:30 a.m. Central on Waypoint TV.
Previous episodes of the show are available for online viewing at www.ChasinTheSunTV.com and on more than 50 of the leading on-demand and streaming services. For more information on “Chasin’ The Sun,” visit the website or stay connected via Facebook (@ChasinTheSunFishingShow), Instagram (@ChasinTheSunTV) and YouTube. Follow Capt. Justin Leake and Meredith McCord via Facebook (@justinleakePCB and@MeredithMcCordFishing) and Instagram (@captjustinleake and @MeredithMcCord).
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.visitpanamacitybeach.com. Live HD video of the world-famous beach is now available at http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/webcam/. Stay connected with Panama City Beach on Twitter (@Visit_PCB), Instagram (@Visit_PCB) and Facebook (@Visit_PCB).