A welcome weather change has came about with cooler weather you can stay warm with hot fishing. Snook fishing continues to be excellent with fish on the feed and fattening up for the winter. Slot size fish will readily take live bait and soft plastics as well as various top water baits. My favorites include the the skitter walk Rapala early in the morning and on cloudy days like we have seen for the past few days. With the fast early morning incoming tides we have had snook have stationed up on island points and deep water cuts adjacent to shallow water flat. A weed less jerk bait tossed in to the shallow water and worked back towards the deep water will pickup snook waiting for a meal to get washed into the deep water. The key is to present the bait in front of the snook not from behind. Redfish are broken up into smaller groups and working the bushes on the high tide and picking up singles is the best bet. A jig head in the 1/8 ounce with a shrimp imitation or jerk bait will be easy to skip under the bushes. after making a good cats let it settle before twitching and than quick jerk until the bait is out of the target zone. Work every edge nook and cranny of the shore line and make several tosses into the same spot some times red fish will readjust after your first cats and be able to see you bait when they couldn’t before.
King fish are definitely in the area and should hold well into November. Trolling always works but with fuel prices on the rise again you may want to catch bait and anchor and shut down the big motor. If you know fish are in the area and or you are in a traditional spot, once on anchor create a chum slick with menhaden oil and an occasional scoop of live or chunk bait and the fish will come to you. You have two options here the one being fly or just free line the baits a, a plus to this style of fishing is while you are waiting you can usually catch snapper and grouper if you anchor in the right spot. <br />
As always tarpon fishing is always on my mind and the season will be here sooner than you think. I have been booking trips already and at this time have done so at the same rate as last year. I bring this up because I heard stories form clients on my boat that after booking with other guides at their given rate they found out later that there was a fuel surcharge. I personally don’t believe in this practice so all trips booked will be at the rate at the time of booking regardless of the price of fuel next year, the rate you book at will be the rate. Hopefully the price of fuel will remain steady and there will be no reason to raise my rate.