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Witness the World’s Luckiest Fish in New Episode of “Chasin’ The Sun”

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – One might think a rare day off with no charter trip booked or clients to entertain would give a full-time fishing guide a welcome break. For passionate anglers Capt. Justin Leake and Capt. Todd Jones, it’s a chance to get back on the water for a day of sight fishing in World’s Luckiest Fish, 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 14, 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.

Capt. Leake invites his old friend and fellow fishing guide Capt. Todd Jones onboard to test new techniques, tactics and baits – something they don’t do when guiding clients on a charter trip. “It’s hard to explain how much fun we have when we jump on the boat together and just go fishing,” says Justin.

When a powerful jack crevalle lands on deck, Justin and Todd decide to use the fish as bait for a goliath grouper. Goliaths can grow to eight feet in length and weigh 800 pounds over a life span of more than 30 years. In Florida, they have been off limits to harvest since 1990 and must be immediately released unharmed. The jack crevalle is one of the few fish legally allowed for use as bait to target these beasts.

Goliath grouper live in the nooks and crannies of reefs, making them extremely difficult to catch on conventional tackle. Capt. Todd opts for “handlining,” a primitive method of fishing using only line, bait and a hook. The jack crevalle has no idea what’s in store, but the amazing survival saga about to unfold over the course of the day makes it perhaps the “world’s luckiest fish!”

Later in the episode, check out “Beach Home for the Holidays” in Aaron Bessant Park, an annual Thanksgiving weekend event that kicks off Panama City Beach’s holiday season.

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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