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How to Hook a Tarpon in Newest Episode of “Chasin’ The Sun”

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – In the classic battle between angler and fish, a small hook at the end of a line is the final connection between two worthy adversaries. After taking a lesson from a finicky tarpon, Capt. Justin Leake and Meredith McCord put their hooks to the test in Hook Lessons, 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 7, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern and Pacific / 7:30 a.m. Central on Discovery Channel and 10:00 a.m. Eastern / 9:00 a.m. Central on Waypoint TV.

As hundreds of tarpon – also known as “silver kings” – make their way westward along Panama City Beach’s coastline during the annual tarpon migration, Justin and Meredith pay close attention to how hooks and presentations can affect their odds of a strike. Tarpon don’t have predictable fight patterns, but big hooks and heavy leaders are not options in the Gulf of Mexico’s crystal-clear water.

“Some of these fish are 50 years old and have seen it all, so it pays to be stealthy,” says Capt. Leake. “You have to respect the fish’s intelligence.”

The pair spots a school of tarpon rolling the surface, and baits zip through the air as Justin and Meredith eagerly anticipate a successful hookup and an epic aerial show by one of nature’s most beautiful and acrobatic gamefish.

Later in the episode, check out a taste of Bavarian charm at “Oktoberfest,” one of Panama City Beach’s most popular annual events.

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 on Discovery Channel through March 2023 and on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Eastern/9:00 a.m. Central on Waypoint TV through December 2023.

Previous episodes of the show are available for online viewing at 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 Live HD video of the world-famous beach is now available at Stay connected with Panama City Beach on Twitter (@Visit_PCB), Instagram (@Visit_PCB) and Facebook (@Visit_PCB).

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