The Fall weather is here and with it brings some of the best fishing of the year. Almost every part of the bay is holding good numbers of gamefish and the near shore and offshore fishing is red hot as well. Inshore fishing for Snook, Redfish, and Trout has been excellent and a Florida Inshore Grand Slam which consists of one of each of the above mentioned species is almost a guarantee, even on a half day of fishing. The Snook have started to move into the rivers, estuaries, and small bays, and are feeding almost 24/7 to fatten up for Winter.
The Redfish have finally started to school up on the flats in really big numbers and most of the ones we are catching have been in the 25-35 inch range. There are also some breeder Redfish moving through our region and they offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to tangle with one in the 30-50lb range. You can even try it on light tackle if you think you are up for the challenge.
The Trout bite has been excellent, especially on the south shore and middle bay. The Little Manatee River produced several trout over 25 inches last week. The best action has been a little deeper in the 3-5 ft. range which can sometimes make them a little harder to locate, but when you do, you will probably hit the mother load and will reach your limit in no time.
There are also a few Cobia still hanging around too. They are not here in the numbers they were a few months ago, but are definitely still worth dedicating a little time to. Focus your efforts on sight fishing for them on the slack part of the tide and in the middle of the day when the sun is overhead.
Offshore fishing is all about the near shore Grouper and Kingfish right now. As water temps drop, the Grouper move shallower making the trips to the fish shorter. Over the last month, we have hit our limit of Gag Grouper on every trip and in less than 80 ft. of water. Farther offshore there are still plenty of nice Grouper and even some Dolphin still around.
Kingfish Season is Here!!!
The Kingfish have started their Fall migration and the big boys are already here. Smoker Kings are a blast to catch, and no matter what anyone tells you, they are great to eat too. I challenge anyone to come try some of my Kingfish dip or grilled Kingfish dinner and see if you don’t think it’s great. In fact, I think I am going make some dip this week, just have to go out and catch a King first. Old Salt Fishing Foundation’s “King of the Beach” tournament is just over a week away and should be a great event. I expect to see some great fish weighed in. Hopefully, the biggest will come from me and the rest of the “Hooked Nation” Team after posting a great fish last year.
With the great weather and even better fishing we are having, now is a great time to get out on the water and catch a bunch of fish!