Panama City Beach, FL – When Capt. Justin Leake and Meredith McCord’s beautiful Panama City Beach morning is met with a slack tide, the anglers shift their strategy and find a new path to redfish success in A Bridge To Red, 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, February 10, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern / Pacific and 7:30 a.m. Central on Discovery Channel and Sunday, February 11, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern / 8:30 a.m. Central on Waypoint TV.
It’s a picture-perfect late summer morning and, for Justin and Meredith, conditions are ripe and hopes are high for an epic day chasing redfish.
“Late summer redfishing is one of my favorite things to do in Panama City Beach because it’s a versatile fishery,” says Justin. “Whether you’re in six inches of water, thirty feet of water or anywhere in between, chances are you’ll be able to catch a redfish.”
Early mornings and late afternoons produce the best bites, so the anglers head toward the shallow flats just as the sun starts to rise over St. Andrews Bay. However, being in the right place at the right time and using the right lures and technique doesn’t always spell success. Aggressive speckled trout attack Justin and Meredith’s topwater baits but the redfish don’t cooperate. “They just weren’t acting right,” says Capt. Leake.
Fast forward to late afternoon and Justin shifts to a new strategy: targeting deep water bull reds around the Hathaway Bridge, one of three spans connecting the “island” of Panama City Beach to the mainland. Side imaging sonar helps find the fish and identify where they’re located in the water column.
“The reason some anglers have more success is because they’re not banking on luck to hope their lure runs into a fish,” says Capt. Leake. “They’re finding the fish and putting their bait in the strike zone.”
As the sun begins to set, Meredith and Justin finally crack the code and land several trophy-sized redfish before heading back to the dock.
Later in the episode, check out the sinking of the 239-foot Deep STIM III, a decommissioned oil industry vessel that will serve as an artificial reef, providing a new habitat for marine life and a new destination for divers and anglers.
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).
Click here to watch the episode promo video.
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).