Panama City Beach, FL – Charter captains amass huge catalogues of fishy waypoints as they work the waters around Panama City Beach, but if you think you’re at a disadvantage without a list of secret spots, think again. Capt. Justin Leake and Meredith McCord find success on heavily fished public spots in Dog Daze Delight, 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 27, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern / Pacific and 7:30 a.m. Central on Discovery Channel and Sunday, January 28, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern / 8:30 a.m. Central on Waypoint TV.
On a flat-calm day late in red snapper season, Justin ditches his own “numbers” and turns to public reefs pre-programmed into his Humminbird CoastMaster® software. Instead of conventional, heavy-duty reels and hefty weights, he’s armed with light spinning tackle and a plan to mitigate the challenges posed by a highly pressured population of wary fish.
“I want to fish behind people and see what we can catch where they’ve already been but we’re walking a fine line,” says Capt. Leake. “When we’re light tackle fishing, we want to get those bites from the big, educated fish but we’re pushing it to the limit.”
After priming the water with small chunks of Spanish sardines, Meredith and Justin send their drop shot rigs to the bottom with a 30-pound leader and a tiny inline circle hook buried in the bait. On the first drop, Meredith hooks a huge red snapper but it’s a race to the boat as dolphins try to steal an easy meal. This time, the angler wins but it’s a signal that it’s time to move on.
“Dolphins are so smart and sometimes they outsmart us,” says Meredith. “They learn quickly what we are doing, and they sabotage.”
After a slight detour to lure the dolphins to another area, the duo returns to their hotspot and spends the rest of their day landing several species of snapper – red, vermilion and mangrove. It’s proof that there’s plenty of action to be had in a single spot on a public reef.
“This is not something that requires years and years of experience, and you don’t need that top secret spot,” says Capt. Leake. “If you fish it right, you can catch fish anywhere.”
Later in the episode, meet a group of divers from the Adapt-Able Foundation, which brings adaptive and able-bodied communities together to experience the wonders of SCUBA diving.
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.
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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.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).