Fishing Tournament along side PCB Seafood Festival

Deep-Sea & Bay Fishing Tournament is coming to Capt. Anderson’s Marina the last weekend of October.


They are calling it the Lionfish Dive Tournament, officially it is the inaugural  “Lion Tamer Spearfishing Tournament” and will be held in  conjunction with the PCB Seafood & Music Festival: UNwineD 2012 Saturday, Oct 27, 2012.

Capt. Anderson’s is “Calling all old salts, new salts, (even slightly salty) Fishers & Divers to take part in this awesome opportunity to have FUN, introduce a whole new generation of kids to fishing and raise money for these local Bay County Charities:  Anchorage Children’s Home, Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Boys & Girls Club.”

Categories Include:
Tuna (any)/ Dolphin / Wahoo / King Mackerel
Red Grouper / Gag Grouper / Amberjack / Beeliners (Vermilion Snapper) / White Snapper (Red Porgy)
Speckled Trout / Flounder / Spanish Mackerel / Blue Fish / Pompano / Sheepshead
Lionfish / Red Grouper / Gag Grouper / Amberjack
*Lionfish will be “wild cards”, each one to count as 1 lb towards fish of diver’s choice*

Tournament Entry Fees (excluding trip cost):

– Head Boats – ONLY $5.00 for each angler
– Private Charter Boats – ONLY $25.00 per Boat up to 6 anglers, $5.00 for each extra head
– Divers –ONLY $5.00 for each diver

Tickets will be on sale until 1pm CST and must be purchased PRIOR to fishing or diving (on your honor!)

Weigh-In @ Lady Anderson dock (behind Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant):
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012

2:00 – 5:00PM DIVERS

3:00 – 6:00PM FISHERS

There are rules for the tournament that we will not go into here, other than the official tournament begins at 5 am central time, regardless of your departure time, and that there is a MANDATORY safety briefing required of participants on 10-24-12 at 7PM on the Lady Anderson.

For a more detailed list of rules, please contact Lady Anderson’s Marina, 850- 234 -3435.

There will be a FWC Tent to  educate locals about the lionfish species and how it is disrupting our local ecosystem.

Candy Hansard of the Emerald Coast Reef Association will be demonstrating how to safely handle the Lionfish, and the Boatyard Restaurant will grill them so we can all have a taste of this beautiful delicacy!

Capt. Anderson’s Marina , “Where the Fish are always biting and the Kids are always smiling” is located at 5550 N. Lagoon Dr. in Panama City Beach.

For tickets to the PCB Seafood and Music Festival itself go to:

For more event listings like these or to submit your own event, go to www. and after the fun is over…make sure you share your BIG CATCHES with PCB Daily!


PCB Chamber Seafood and Music Festival

Weekend Events – Clint Black at Taste of the Bay

This weekend is going to be one of the best weekends in Panama City Beach. Clint Black will be playing a free concert at Taste of the Bay. Wine and food lovers will be coming to Pier Park to partake in Taste of the Bay. Triathletes from all over will be participating in the Ironman Triathlon this weekend. And for the local philanthropist there is a comedy show supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Kaleidoscope Theatre. Continue reading “Weekend Events – Clint Black at Taste of the Bay”

Grand Lagoon National Cancelled for this year

Well, I hope this is not a sign for times to come for Bill Spann and his new fishing tournament, the Grand Lagoon National.  The first year out of the hole the competition was postponed, postponed again, and now totally cancelled all together.

Regardless of what some told me, I truly thought it was to be a good addition to this years Panama City Beach festivities.  With Spann’s experience, and after a couple of conversations with him, it was very apparent that this was not his first rodeo.  He has been doing this very type of event for years, and has always put on a good show.

This year, so far, has certainly not been without peril, with regards to the weather.  With 6 tropical storms and/or hurricanes to have come into our Gulf waters this hurricane season, planning anything for our area is challenging at best.  Jack Bishop remarked at the last TDC meeting that it is always risky planning event during this time of year.  The last couple years have been very calm, but this year has been very active.  We can only speculate what is to come next year.

So at this point, what comes of the $50,000 the TDC gave The Grand Lagoon National to help it “get off the ground”?  That money was to be an “investment” that had some promise of return with a potential of profit.  I’m sure that money has been spent as some festivities did take place, but no revenue was generated through registration fees.  Does the TDC stand to recover that money next year?  Will the Grand Lagoon National receive $50,000 next year as allocated in the FY2008-2009 budget?

Welcome to Grand Lagoon National – Video and Almost Live Coverage

That’s right, you read correctly. Almost live coverage of the Grand Lagoon National Fishing Tournament. By Almost Live, I mean that I’ll be posting tournament results and updates as often as I can, but not exactly as they occur.

Crews were getting set up today for the events to start tommorrow, a day later than originally planned due to Tropical Storm Fickle Fay. Of course, now, Fay is expected to make her way back over our area Friday and Saturday.

Continue reading “Welcome to Grand Lagoon National – Video and Almost Live Coverage”

Grand Lagoon National Suffers Changes from Tropical Storm Fay

Tropical Storm Fay is already reaching its sea fingers up our way to effect our newest fishing tournament on Panama City Beach. So far the effects only encompass a few delays.

In addition, Tropical Storm Fay has inspired a new Champion Award, the Miz Fay Grand Champion Award. This award will pay $10,000 to the angler who “comes closest to, or breaks by, the largest amount, the Florida State Record of any eligible tournament fish.”

Continue reading “Grand Lagoon National Suffers Changes from Tropical Storm Fay”