Wanna go fishin’? No time like the present. Literally, things are in Full Fall Mode. The water’s just right. Air temperatures are just right. Fish availability is fanastic. It is a great time to go.
“This is what we’ve been waiting for”.

The endless heat of summer is letting up just a little. The afternoon thunderstorms have disappeared, the sun is less intense and traveling a lower path through the sky. The water and air temperatures are reaching an equilibrium. Winds are light. Baitfish schools are everywhere: And everyone wants to get out on the water!

Waving goodbye to the “dog days” of summer, October has started out with great results with a lot more of the month left to go! On this coast of Florida and around the Tampa Bay area, October is notorious for great redfish schools and heightened action. The actual action has matched the expectations. For five straight hours one day last week, it was “on”. Right into the midday hours, every spot we stopped produced redfish. Other days had more moderate action but the real excitement is in what was seen more than what was caught. On the low and rising tides, redfish and sheepshead were both feeding in the areas that started to fill in with water. Sixty, seventy, maybe up to eighty tails waving on the surface as these fish went nose-down-in-the-mud for a crab or shrimp.

We are blessed with great redfish stocks and things are going to be strong not only all fall but through the winter as well. Speckled trout will reach peak as soon as we start getting real cold fronts.

The flounder will be here all winter and will be mentioned (with photos) in future reports!

This is the reward for battling through all the hot summer months right here. Happy fishing to you!


Pompano action: Still very good and likely will remain that way for at least a few weeks. We have been routinely catching 25 per trip, which is good output. Trout: Wait, just wait. It’s OK but we are just weeks away from absolutely stunning action. Drum and cobia: Possible. Cobia, less likely, drum are still sucking on bridge barnacles (if that gives you any hint)
Kayak Fishing Skool is Thursday October 26 at the 8th Avenue Pub in Safety Harbor.

Call to book a trip if you want to get in on the fun.
As always: Be careful out there!
Neil Taylor Owner and guide:  www.strikethreekayakfishing.com (Cell) 727-692-6345  LivelyBaits@aol.com Owner and site administrator:  www.capmel.com

Poachers are common thieves. See a poacher, report a poacher!

If you suspect a wildlife or boating law violation, report it to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Reward Program: 888-404-FWCC (3922).

Cell phone users can reach us at *FWC or #FWC, depending on your service provider.
Most cell phones allow users to send text messages directly to an email address. You can text Tip@MyFWC.com; standard usage fees may apply.

Supply as much detailed information such as the location of the offender, the boat description, number of people on board, clothing, vehicle information and give the dispatcher your phone number. Do this discreetly. You do not want to have direct contact with these people.

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 www.capmel.com and eventually became that web site’s owner.
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