PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – The “Chasin’ The Sun” crew goes bigger, farther and deeper than ever before on a quest for new angling adventures when Capt. Justin Leake joins an experienced offshore crew in search of pelagic fish in the Gulf of Mexico’s DeSoto Canyon. The award-winning television show, presented by Visit Panama City Beach, will air on Saturday, April 10 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern & Pacific / 7:30 a.m. Central on Discovery Channel.
Capt. Leake yields the helm to Capt. Jeremy Mullis, a professional offshore guide, who pilots a 43-foot Everglades center console to a newly deployed Fish Aggregating Device (FAD), which is tethered to the bottom in 1,650 feet of water, some 70 miles off the coast of Panama City Beach. The anglers know that FADs are designed to attract large pelagics such as billfish and tuna and offer a place to target efforts in wide open water.
“This FAD has only been out here for a couple of months and it is already attracting a lot of life,” says Capt. Leake. “These devices give the average angler a place to start and a high chance of success right off the bat,” adds Capt. Mullis.
Justin and crew reel in some nice catches of mahi mahi and blackfin tuna near the FADs, then decide to focus on the gulf bottom. Before heading back to Pirates Cove Marina, they break out electric reels, multi-hook rigs and five-pound weights for some ultra-deep drops targeting golden tilefish.
Later in the episode, “Chasin’ The Sun” co-host Capt. Travis Holeman revisits NOAA’s Panama City Laboratory to learn how marine biologists are monitoring the gulf’s natural limestone bottom as part of ongoing efforts to protect and preserve crucial fish habitat.
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 network. 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.