If you have been putting offfishing until the weather and the bite is right, now is the time! We are enjoying some of the best fishing of the year. The Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout bite were in full swing this week.
The Snook were everywhere from the docks in Apollo Beach to the back country of Cockroach Bay to just about every little nook of the Little Manatee River. Our biggest fish of the week was only 34 inches but we managed to catch quite a few of them. Green backs were the Snook bait of choice with most of our fish preferring them freelined.
The Redfish have taken up residence down in the Fort DeSoto area with almost every little island holding at least a couple of fish if not a whole school. We found the same to be true in Cockroach Bay as the Reds have taken to the mangrove islands there as well. We found floating greenbacks under a cork as close to the treeline as possible was our best bet on high water. When the tide gets up they are looking for the safety and shade of the those trees. It also creates a great ambush point for feeding.
Capt. Billy enjoyed a great week of Speckled Trout fishing. He was working some deep water oyster bars with freelined greenbacks and had several days in which he caught his limit. We also had good luck on the Trout down around Fort DeSoto using DOA Shrimp under a popping cork and also with the Berkley Gulp 5 inch Jerk Shad in Nuclear Chicken. Work the 3 to 4 foot range for the bigger fish. We caught several this week over 20 inches.
Well folks this week it would be easier for me to tell ya what ain't biting rather than what is.
This past Saturday Captain Mike and myself ran a 4 hr trip with both boats landing over one hundred fish each. I love fall. Our catches included Spanish mackerel, snook, snapper, speckled trout, cobia, tarpon, bluefish, and jack cevalle. Later in the week we had the same scenario but added redfish to the list.
I think the key to being successful this time of year is to be ready for anything. It even starts when you're catching bait. I always try to have too much bait and if I can get different types even better. I mean week before last we fished to several large cobia throwing everything at them but pinfish, why I didn't have any.
This week same thing but we had the magic cobia bait. We tried everything with no takers. Then we put on the pinner and the race was on. So we continue to go snook fishing after the cobia, on our way birds are going nuts on the water, we stop throw jigs and whitebait and the Spanish and bluefish action was world class with macs up to six pounds. By this time the tide had come in and off to the snook and redfish. Let me tell ya the big girls are home and open for business it seems they know winter is just around the corner and they are trying to bulk up.
On one trip with Dave Roy, we had four fish in the twenty pound range that really put up a fight so much so that it made short work of the 15 pound line we were using but what a rush. There are schools of redfish all the way from the gulf all the way up.
Once you find them just take you time they will eat. So when your heading out this time of year be ready for anything and everything because they are all there and ready to eat.