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Wade fishing questions/concerns?

I live in panama city beach area, and am willing to drive hour to get to spot. I am an avid, hard core wader, but I am new to area. I know I need to put my time in and find my own spots, but I have been told the bottom is soft in many areas and i could sink. With that said, if I search, will I find hard bottom flats? I prefer flats that have trees for shoreline as they offer wind protection and noise pollution protection. Any advice would be appreciated, and a pm will be respected and kept private. Thanks.


  • tk's joytk's joy Posts: 2,490 Officer
    I occasionally see wade fishermen in the shallows just before and after Post St. Joe. They just park along hwy. 98 and do their thing. Don't have a clue as to how they do, but you'll see them out there. I guess that's part of the entrance to St. Joe Bay. Good luck !

  • Red FishRed Fish Posts: 1,163 Officer
    I have waded all over the St Andrews, Choctawhatchee, and St. Joe Bays. If you are experienced in wading, you know that typically where you find grass it is firm. White sand around here is typically firm. Plenty of places to wade. The hardest spots I know to wade are not reachable unless you have a kayak or boat so if you are wading from the truck, you are going to be ok.
    Genesis 27:3 - Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
  • WadeFishermanWadeFisherman Posts: 456 Deckhand
    Thanks tk and red fish. I will post how I do, and I look forward to the peace of fishing a flat.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,899 Moderator
    Yeah, you'll know right quick what sands will support wading, and those that won't.

    For the most part around here, if it's salt water, it's quartz and steady. You can even find blackwater outflow from woods that is still crystal sand and firm.

    You mention "trees".... if there are trees within 5-40' of waterline, it'll be walk-able.

    Just watch out for sharks and "land owners." Those two creatures turned me off of wade fishing.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • MrNovemberMrNovember Posts: 108 Officer
    Shuffle a lot to avoid the rays.
  • WadeFishermanWadeFisherman Posts: 456 Deckhand
    I finally got out to do some wading. I usually fish twice a week, and lately, once in the last 6 months. I went Friday and Saturday. On Friday, I waded the St. Andrews State Park area, and just a couple small jacks, and a few lizard fish on my jigs. Water was cold, not much boat traffic. I did not fish the point, I stayed on the wind protected part. I also fished near Destin on Sat. and found nice hard bottom to wade, but there was no vegetation, it was a desert and water was cold on Saturday. It seemed like it would be good, but just a few hits, and I saw very little bait/fish.
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