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Panama City Fishing, St Andrews Bay Fish Species

Popular Sport Fishing Species of the Panama City region, including St Andrews Bay, and the entire NW Florida fishing coast. As you can see when it comes to Panama City inshore fishing there are many great inshore sportfishing species including big redfish. When you make the trip to Panama City or any region of the middle Florida Panhandle area for your fishing vacation you certainly have a chance at catching one or most of these pictured species. So check out the fish, book your charter vacation, and get ready to hook up with one of these magnificent sea creatures on your next Panama City Florida fishing trip.

Fort Myers Redfish
Red Drum - Redfish
Other Names: Sciaenops Ocellatus
Physical Description:

Usually bronze or reddish with white underside, but sometimes quite pale all over. Prominent ringed spot or several spots at base of tail fin; occasionally, without the spot. Silhouette is similar to black drum and colors can sometimes be confusing in very large fish, but the redfish has no chin barbels and the black drum never has the tail spot.


All Florida Coasts. Other than Florida they have been caught as far north as Maryland and Virginia and as far west as Texas. Red drum are found in the western Atlantic from the Gulf of Maine to northern Mexico, though they are rarely seen north of the Maryland coast and are most abundant in the Gulf of Mexico.

Feeding Habits:

Red drum have several different feeding patterns. They often hide behind structure and ambush prey. They will also feed in schools at or near the surf, around shallow reefs and in bays. Another technique is to use their down-turned mouth to vacuum food from off the bottom. While doing this, the red drum’s tail is bent upwards and often sticks slightly out of the water. Red drum eat a variety of fish, including Atlantic croaker, pinfish, mullet, menhaden and flounder. They also consume crabs and shrimp.

Sporting Qualities:

One of the most popular and widespread game fish along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, red drum (commonly referred to as redfish) are known for their excellent fighting ability, as well as the many ways they can be caught. Because the red drum occurs in a wide variety of locales, fishing methods vary dramatically, but most involve shallow water techniques. Sight fishing, where anglers visually spot the fish before casting, is an especially popular technique.


Occurring most often over sand and sandy mud bottoms in coastal waters and estuaries, red drum are both an inshore and offshore species. They commonly inhabit estuaries and tidal passes, large flats, canals and the surf near shore; offshore, they are often found near wrecks and rigs. They may spend their entire life in the river or estuary of their youth or migrate annually to offshore areas, a migration common for adult red drum during the winter.

Speckled trout
Speckled Trout
Other Names: Cynoscion nebulosus
Physical Description:

The spotted seatrout has a long, streamlined body similar to a freshwater trout, though it is actually a member of the drum family. Its coloration is darker over the dorsal area, usually a gray or greenish color shading to a silvery to white tone on the sides and underneath. The seatrout is also covered in black spots over most of its upper half as well as its dorsal and tail fins.


Spotted seatrout are found along the western Atlantic coast from New York to southern Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

Feeding Habits:

Spotted seatrout are opportunistic carnivores whose choice of prey depends on the size of the fish. Smaller seatrout feed mainly on crustaceans such as shrimp. Medium-sized spotted seatrout add small fish to their diet, and larger seatrout primarily feed on other fish such as anchovies, mullet and pinfish.

Sporting Qualities:

The spotted seatrout is one of the most popular game fish among inshore anglers. It is considered a hard striker on a variety of baits, and, although it is not known to be overly strong or a long runner, the seatrout is a thrasher at the surface that often jumps.


Although they can occasionally be found in deep offshore waters, spotted seatrout usually inhabit inshore waters such as bayous, bays, canals, channels and estuaries. They are very common in shallow waters with grassy or sandy bottoms and will also be found consistently in salt marshes, tidal pools, flats and even several miles inland in coastal rivers.

More Panama City inshore fishing Species

  • Catfish
  • Cobia
  • Crevalle Jacks - Other Jacks
  • Grouper - Many Varieties
  • King Mackerel
  • Ladyfish
  • Redfish
  • Sharks
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper - Many varieties
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tripletail

When fishing in Panama City you are subject to catch any number of a multitude of saltwater species that are available. Although our trips usually are for redfish and speckled trout there is still the possibility of hitting another popular species while fishing for something entirely different. That is what is great about Northwest Florida and Panama City fishing, there is always something available so if one fish isn't hitting then we can change up and target another species entirely.

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Panama City Fishing Captain

Captain Steve Roberson
Panama City Fishing
Panama City FishingPanama City, Florida
Panama City Fishing850-914-2913

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