I often get asked, "what time of year is the best time of year to fish?" Well, that time is right now!!!! With the arrival of fall bringing cooler temperatures, and shorter days, with that comes great fishing. This time of year the fish are either fattening up for winter, or preparing to make the long journey back to south Florida, but the only thing you need to know is that the fishing is on fire right now!!!!
Inshore: The flounder have really turned on and it looks like we are going to have a good year.
I have good reports of large numbers starting to show up on the near shore wrecks. Also, the red fish have started to stage up in anticipation of the Bait that is starting to move out of the bayou's. You will find large bull reds chasing schools of bait around the bridges ,and the pass.
The best way to target them is look for the birds diving on bait. The Spanish mackerel have been on fire with a lot of 5 and 6 pound fish being caught.
We are still catching a lot of king mackerel,
but the bite tends to be in the afternoon. So you don't have to get up early to catch a nice mess of fish. We are still seeing a few mahi mahi around,
but it should start to die off soon. Also, large schools of Bonita are just out side the pass on the tide lines. Look for the birds diving and cast small jigs to them and hang on these little suckers can pull.
If you really want a fight, the Amber jacks are on fire 🔥
and this is definitely the time of year you want to be here to target them, This time of year we catch them on top water baits. There is nothing more exciting than watching Amber jack chase your bait, and then crush it as you try to play keep away with the lure.
The bottom fishing has been really good. We are catching lots of vermilion snappers, white snappers, mangrove snapper, lane snapper and even a few grouper. So if you want to put some good eating fish in the box, we can do that also. Thanks everyone for reading my report, and I hope to see you on the water soon. As always tight lines and bent poles to all!!!
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