Journalists Chasing Fish on “Chasin’ the Sun”

Panama City Beach’s “Chasin’ the Sun” TV Show Honored at 38th Annual Telly Awards PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., March 29, 2017 – In the eighth episode of “Chasin’ the Sun” titled Media Savvy, outdoor journalists experience their first fishing trip to Panama City Beach. “Chasin’ the Sun,” a fishing and coastal lifestyle television show filmed in Panama City Beach, airs Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. EST / 7:30 a.m. CST

on Destination America network, which reaches approximately 56 million U.S. households.

“Watching visitors experience Panama City Beach fishing for the first time is always a treat,” says President and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach Dan Rowe. “We’ve seen that novice and experienced fishermen alike are thrilled with the variety of fresh and saltwater fishing options here.”

In this Sunday’s episode, Paul Rackley of Florida Game & Fish Magazine and Bryan Hendricks of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette discover a healthy and abundant fishery that nearly leaves them at a loss for words. Host Justin Leake explains how artifical reefs – deployed with materials ranging from concrete pyramids to decommissioned U.S. Air Force jets – provide excellent habitat and help alleviate fishing pressure by attracting fish to multiple locations. Local guide Capt. Todd Jones positions his boat above one of the reefs and Rackley witnesses the food chain in action when the cigar minnow he uses for bait attracts a red snapper, which is then swallowed by a goliath grouper. Meanwhile, Capt. Leake and Hendricks use topwater lures to target aggressive amberjack, then drop anchor above a long line of natural hard bottom and entice red snapper to the Gulf’s surface with chunks of live bait. Back at the dock, Rackley finally settles on three words to describe the Panama City Beach fishery: “variety, availability, proximity.” With tired arms and a big smile, Hendricks says, “I’ll be back!”

“Chasin’ the Sun” is produced by Visit Panama City Beach with support from sponsors including national brands such as AFTCO, Yo-Zuri, MarineMax, Sperry, Shimano and ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

The show will also air on NBC Sports Network in June 2017.

Photos from Episode 8 available here: http://barberstock.com/collection/visitpanamacitybeach/chasin-the-sun-season-2

Chasin’ the Sun website: www.ChasinTheSunTV.com

Follow on Twitter & Instagram: @ChasinTheSunTV

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ChasinTheSunFishingShow

Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8_MVhtonlafVMvveKUPZtg

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) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/visitpanamacitybeach).

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