High Hopes Charters Fish Reports

Sunday, September 18, 2011

September Fish Forecast

Published in Coastal Angler Magazine.
September fishing in South West Florida is Great! Possibly the least fished month of all. After Labor Day weekend there will be very few fisherman on the water. Less pressure on the reefs and backwaters means more fish and more aggressive bites for the lucky few that get the chance to wet a line. The near shore reefs are producing nice mangrove snapper and some 15 to 20 inch flounder. Use live shrimp or cut sardines for the best action. Gag grouper will open in the Gulf on September 15th. for one month. Heavier tackle will give you a chance to bring home a grouper dinner. Expect to see schools of Spanish mackerel chasing bait on the surface with barracuda and shark in hot pursuit. Try a slow troll through the bait schools or over the reefs. A four rod spread using a verity of lures from silver spoons to deep divers will give a respite from bottom fishing and possibly a hook up with the biggest fish of the day.
The beaches, passes and back waters are hot with catch and release snook action. Small tarpon are still in Hickory, Fish Trap and Estero Bays and the Imperial River but only for the early risers. Mangrove snapper, sea trout, red fish and flounder seem to be just about everywhere. Fishing the back waters and passes you will need to pick your spots according the the tide. Water movement is key to the fish biting, or even being in the area. Read the water.

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