September fishing:   It is a strange time.   More off days than any month other than January, I had a lot of time off to start September this year.      The schedule and then a storm.

Redfish.    Pretty good start to the fall season of redfishing.    Redfish are another good example:  More anglers every single day.    More fish being caught.   A limited number of fish, why is a 18 to 21 inch redfish legal to keep?     One of the stakeholders thinks we should go back to a closed season on redfish to give them a break.    I personally would just like to see the size limit change.    Leave the upper end at 27 but raise the legal minimum to 21 inches.    I haven’t killed one in about four years now.    I like redfish.   The more the better.

On that note, a lesson:   If I say fish are somewhere, they’re there.   Someone else says it, take it with a whole lot of grains of salt.    We picked a spot based on “information.”   Mistake.

On other species, since I mentioned redfish rules:  Same goes for flounder and sheepshead.    12 inches?   Throw those back.      Raise the minimum length to 13 inches on both.     Flounder action has been great all year but got very good again in the same locations they were in the spring.     Sheepshead are starting to show up more on the flats which they do every year.    Looks like it will be another strong winter for that species.

Like action:   Bluefish, mackerel, ladyfish and jacks are going to become easy pickings.   You have to be where the massive baitfish schools are.    Before the full moon they were all the way up the Bay.   Full moon arrived “disappearo!”       Head to the central Bay on south to intercept this action.     “Fall” is arriving.   So will these fish.

Kayak Fishing Skool is Thursday September 28.   The new home for Skool?  The 8th Avenue Pub in Safety Harbor.   This is the third month there.   People have really taken to it.     Best pizza in town.   The wings are excellent.   Everything on the menu is good.

Call to book a trip if you want to get in on the fun.    More next time.  Short report because I didn’t have as much to share.    Out there every day again so the next one will have more content.

As always: Be careful out there!

Neil Taylor
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Neil Taylor

Neil Taylor

Full time kayak fishing guide, Neil was an advocate for conservation since before the time he started guiding.Outdoor writer, speaker and radio show host, Neil connected closely with Captain Mel Berman and did many positives with Mel to promote ethical angling. After Mel passed away, Neil managed and eventually became that web site’s owner.
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