October started out with sunny skies and crystal clear water but the recent weather has set us back just a little. Strong winds has limited fishing pretty much to the protected bays and grass flats. The good news, it shouldn’t be long and we can look forward to more fantastic October weather. Even with the unsettled conditions fishing has been pretty good. My clients have been doing well with trout and reds throwing artificial and when we could get out of the wind most of my fly fishing clients have managed to put some nice reds in the boat!
Live bait is just about everywhere, the bays and flats are loaded and it’s a great time of year to catch just about any species and not have to worry about heat stroke! Once the weather settles down the King and Spanish mackerel bite should be on fire near shore and in the bays. Large schools of false albacore will make easy targets just off the beach and provide for some great drag screaming action on light tackle and fly.
Flounder will begin to make their move toward the pass and just off shore providing some great table fare for those that enjoy catching and gigging them.
Even with all the recent rain the flats are still clear enough to sight fish. In fact, a little cloudiness to the water can make chasing and getting close enough to those spooky reds a little easier. Sight fishing with light tackle or fly this time of year is awesome! If you find area’s in the bay that are not loaded up with floating grass get out your favorite top plug and get to throwing. My clients have had a blast working over the trout and reds. Of course, if you are targeting reds and considering the recent weather and water conditions the old tried and true “gold spoon” has also been working great!
For those that may be turning their attention to the upcoming hunting season, please be safe and wear that safety harness “every-time”! I know way to many people that have had close calls to life changing injuries from falls out of their tree stands. In addition to the safety harness, please also consider using the safety ropes that allow you an attachment point going up and coming down so you are secured from the moment your foot leaves the ground.
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Captain Daniel Snapp
Grassy Flats Charters
“Sight Fishing the Emerald Coast”