While this fall has not been off the charts it has been extremely good at times. We were catching snook and redfish each trip out but a few weak cold fronts would slow the action down. Some days were insane with 20 to 30 redfish and up to 50 snook. Most of the snook were undersized but some slot fish were caught and some bigger fish as well. Whether it was the lack of visibility or the redfish schools were further to the north I am not sure but I did not see as many schools as years past but that didn’t seem to effect our catch. October was a windy month so we did not get to venture offshore for the bull reds, kingfish and other species that are migrating this time of year. November so far has been excellent weather with light winds and cooler temperatures but not cool to shut off the bite. The water temperature remains in the low 70’s creeping toward 75 by the afternoon. Redfish Charters are great this time of year starting in September right through November.
It seems most of the bigger redfish have moved out and now the catches are still solid but more undersize fish are being caught with mid to upper slot fish mixed in. Yesterday we had a nice day catching 20 redfish, in which half were undersized and the keepers ranged from 22″ to 26″. The snook bite remains pretty solid with alot of small to mid size fish and lately some bigger fish have started to fatten up for winter. The biggest snook was well over 40″ and alot of fish in the 25″ to 35″ range. While this time of year I do not spend alot of time trout fishing we have caught a few gator trout while fishing for reds and snook. The few times I fished on the grass it seems to be the winter trend with alot of shorts and the occasional keeper. We hope the weather will hold out for a while and we have a late winter if not we always look forward to the fall.
Captain Clarence Reed