Great fish variety in October!
Lots of great fishing for the month of October! We have been having some unbeatable action on the water the past few weeks, with a great variety of fish, and tactics. Most of my trips are utilizing live bait, which has been widespread along the beaches and near the passes.
While I dont talk about fishing offshore much, lately there have been quite a few opportunities to catch some really fun fish just a mile or two off the beach. One of those fish is tripletail, one the most delicious fish you’ll ever eat! It’s stone crab season here in SW FL, so the gulf is lined with stings of crab pots. Tripletail are famous for hanging out under the buoys of the crab pots, and they will eat just about anything you put within a couple feet of them. There have also been vast schools of bait offshore, which are being demolished by spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and bonito. All three of those fish are very powerful, and prove to be some of the most exciting fish to catch on light tackle!
The backwater scene has been just as active most days. Snook and redfish are still our main targets right now, but we are getting mangrove snapper, goliath grouper, flounder, small barracuda, and jack crevalle in the mix as well. Snook being caught from 18-28 inches, and we are getting as much as 20 in a half day!
Redfish continue to eat well for anglers on almost every trip, sometimes getting as many as 10 in a day. The average size fish is 20-30 inches. As is normal for our area, the redfish bight is usually better when the tide is higher, and where there is good current.
One last thing for this month, October was the host of the annual Redsnook tournament here in Naples. This was my third year guiding a team in the tournament. This year I fished the Longhorn Steakhouse corporate team, who were sponsors of this great event. After two very long and challenging days of fishing, my team and I managed to secure a third place finish on our division!
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