The fishing is heating up and spring is in the near future. The annual sheepshead spawn is happening right now and should last for at least another month. Catches of 20+ large sheepshead have been the norm. We have also been catching some nice mangrove snapper and large grunts mixed in. Triple tail have also been abundant. A few spanish mackerel have already started showing up. As the water warms our annual run of king mackerel, spanish mackerel, bonita and cobia will start. Inshore we are still catching sheepshead as they don’t to move offshore. We are also catching good numbers of redfish and speckled trout. Snook fishing will improve as the temps rise. Tarpon season is also right around the corner.
The severe red tide outbreak has made things difficult but not impossible.
Offshore, we have still been able to catch snapper, grunts and porgies among others. There have also been some Spanish mackerel along the beaches.
Inshore, tarpon of all sizes can be found in Charlotte harbor around the mouths of the Peace and Mayakka rivers. They can also be found in all of the creeks in our area. Snook, redfish, and snapper fishing has been good in the backwaters as well. As the temperatures start to drop over the next couple of months, we will encounter some of the best fishing of the year.
The weather is finally cooling off making for some great fishing. We should see the best fishing of the year over the next few months. Offshore, the gulf is alive with bait fish and predators. This includes mackerel, tarpon, redfish, bonita, sharks, jacks, among others. Bottom fishing will also heat up as the water cools and the gag grouper move in close to shore.
Inshore fishing has also been on fire. Snook fishing has been great as we caught over 50 yesterday. Redfish have also started showing up and will be schooled up over th next month. Trout fishing has also picked up and will continue to be good as the water cools. This is the best time of year for fishing in our area. Now is the time to go!
offshore, the mangrove snapper fishing has been great. We've also been catching a few grouper but fishing for them will get better as the water cools off. We've also been encountering sharks, barracuda, big jack crevelle, mackerel and bonita.
Inshore, the snook and snapper fishing has also been very good. We've also been catching a few redfish. The reds are starting to school up and we will see the best fishing of the year for them over the next few months.
Offshore, the bottom fishing has been very productive. Snapper, grouper, triggerfish, porgies, and grunts have been plentiful. The sheepshead are just starting to show up and should be abundant over the next three months. There are also a few tripletail and cobia around.
Inshore, the trout fishing has begun to heat up and should continue to get better in the next couple of months. Redfish have also been cooperating on the flats and around the docks. Pompano and sheepshead have also added some flavor to the cooler.
Offshore, the king mackerel migration has been in full swing for the last couple of weeks. This may only last for another week or two. Once the water temperature dips below 70 degrees, they will be gone. November is my favorite month for tripletail fishing and one of my customers pulled in a nice one yesterday. Grouper fishing is picking up and should continue to get better as the water cools. Snapper fishing has remained productive. November is one of the best months to catch flounder and a few nice ones have come aboard this week. I have also started to see a few cobia.
Inshore, fishing for redfish has been great. We were able to get on some really nice schools of fish over the last few weeks. As the water cools, the fish will become more spread out. Trout fishing has picked up and will continue to be productive throughout the winter. Flounder, sheepshead, and black drum will also be mainstays this month.
The smell of fall is finally in the air. The dog days of summer are past us and it's starting to cool off. The fishing has really picked up over the past week and should continue to get better and better as the water temperature drops. October is my favorite month for fishing in our area.
Inshore, the big schools of redfish are here. On all of my recent trips, we have had success catching several of them. The snook bite also continues to be strong. Most of the fish have been on the smaller side but we've been getting a few keepers mixed in. We should start catching more slot-sized fish over the next few weeks. Snapper fishing is also still very good inshore.
Offshore, the gag grouper bite has picked up with the slight drop in water temperature. Fishing for the grouper will get better and better as the water cools. We are also still getting our limit of mangrove snapper consistently. Cobia have already starting showing up including a forty pounder we got two weeks ago. The king mackerel, spanish mackerel, bonita, sharks, tarpon and tripletail will also start showing up next month.
Once again, the best fishing of the entire year will happen over the next couple months. Now is the time to get out there.
Summer is here with Fall coming soon. We will experience the best fishing of the year over the next three months.
Inshore, snook and mangrove snapper fishing has been excellent. Snook season remains closed until next month but they are still a blast to catch. We've had several 50+ fish days during the last few weeks. Snapper are always open and are among the best eating fish we have in the bay. The redfish are starting to group up for their annual fall spawn. The best redfish fishing of the year will happen during the next two months.
Offshore, once again, mangrove snapper have been the most consistent. Gag grouper season is open until December 3. We've been able to pull a few here and there. The grouper will become more abundant as the water cools next month. Goliath grouper, barracuda, and a few permit and cobia have been around the reefs.