MarineMax Panama City Beach to Host Free Seminar on Successfully Fishing the Flats

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., (March 31, 2016) – MarineMax announced today that their Panama City Beach store will be hosting a “Fishing the Flats” seminar. The seminar explains the proper techniques and methods to successfully fish the backwaters and nearby sounds around Panama City Beach. The event will be held at MarineMax Panama City Beach on Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in a fun, classroom environment.

In this instructive seminar, professional fishermen and owner of Half-Hitch Tackle Stores, Tom Putnam, will share his extensive expertise in shallow water sight fishing for redfish, speckled trout, flounder, jacks, as well as other species. Tom will detail how to target many of the species that forage in the grassy flats off the bayous and creeks surrounding West, North and East Bay. He will share when, where and proper approaches using various rods, reels, tackle and bait. Tom will also coach on bait presentation, casting, hook setting and landing techniques for these elusive fish.

Printed materials will be handed out for future reference and professional vocalist and seminar host Bob Fowler will provide entertainment during the halftime break.

“Fishing the flats requires special skills and knowledge that differ greatly from other styles of fishing. Tom will teach everything you need to know to be successful,” said Bob Fowler, sales consultant and broker, MarineMax Panama City. “Even if you are a seasoned inshore fishermen you may glean new skills and learn some successful tips when you attend.”

The event is free to the public and attendees will receive special discount coupon cards good at any Half-Hitch Tackle Store. To reserve a seat, RSVP by Friday, April 8, 2016 to Julie Eliasen at 850-708-1317 or email to

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