Panama City Beach: Chasin' The Sun
Panama City Beach’s 27 miles of sugar-white sands and turquoise waters have beckoned generations of visitors seeking fun in the Florida sun. Lesser known, however, is its world-class fishery and easy access to a wide variety of angling experiences few other destinations can match. Whether offshore, inshore, near shore, from public piers or in the surf, heart-pounding saltwater action is just a cast away. To promote the fishery and support the local charter fishing industry, Visit Panama City Beach produces “Chasin’ The Sun,” a fishing, diving and coastal lifestyle television series. Aired on the Discovery Channel, this innovative series showcases the destination’s diverse fishery to a national audience of outdoor enthusiasts, stimulating incremental travel to Panama City Beach.
Each week, “Chasin’ The Sun” gives millions of Americans a glimpse of what makes fishing in Panama City Beach so special – with shimmering waters offering as much fun above the waves as below. Off the water, the series highlights the attractions, events, dining establishments and natural beauty that make Panama City Beach one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations.
Luckily for anglers, there’s always a bite waiting to be found in Panama City Beach. No matter the season, a “reel” fun fishing adventure awaits along the beautiful whitesand beaches. The turquoise waters are crystal clear, so it’s no wonder the coastline is the migration path for many species of game fish.
In the cooler months, anglers can expect schools of redfish and speckled trout back in the bays and inlets – perfect for a fishing kayak or paddleboard. Springtime brings migrating fish like sheepshead, black drum and pompano, which sometimes can be seen from the jetties at St. Andrews State Park. As summer kicks off at the Real. FUN. Beach, anglers from all over get ready for the annual tarpon migration. The acrobatic “silver king” is a prized trophy and known to give a good fight.
Check out “Chasin’ The Sun” host Justin Leake on Saturdays as he is joined by local charter boat captains, many of whom are Justin’s lifelong friends, and special guest anglers as they chase redfish, mahi-mahi, snapper, kingfish and the elusive tarpon.
The series has allowed anglers from all over the world to experience the wonderful fishery of Panama City Beach and has received numerous honors since its 2016 debut, including U.S. Travel Association Destiny Awards for “Best Video, Film or Podcast Series” and “People’s Choice,” as well as Visit Florida’s Flagler Award for niche marketing.
“Chasin’ The Sun” airs January through June as part of Discovery Channel’s Saturday morning outdoor programming. Produced in partnership with Pinfish Media, episodes are available for online viewing at ChasinTheSunTV.com and on more than 30 of the most popular digital networks and on-demand platforms, including Amazon Prime, Discovery GO, Roku, Vudu, STIRR and Samsung TV Plus.
For more information: VisitPanamaCityBeach.com