High Hopes Charters Fish Reports

Monday, September 24, 2012

October Fish Forecast

North Naples - Bonita Beach - Ft. Myers Beach
Get ready for the best fishing of the year! October should be smokin". From smoker kings to cobia or tarpon. Anything is possible as the migrating palagics cruise the coastal reefs and beaches of Southwest Florida. This month the silver spoons you've been catching Spanish mackerel with will attract king mackerel. Be ready for some reel screaming fun if you hook a big king on a light spinning rod. Chumming and heavy chunking will improve your chances. A balloon rig with live threads or even frozen sardines will also fool the mackerel as well as cobia, sharks and barracuda. As the water temperature drops to the mid to low 80"s the bottom fishing will improve. Grouper and snapper are starting to move back in to the near shore reefs after a long hot summer. Cut or live bait will work now. Don't be surprised if you get a nice cobia right on the bottom. Even huge catch and release snook as far out as the five mile reefs have been reported in late September. So, anything is possible in October.  Expect a little more help from the gulls and terns this month. There will be enough bait on the surface to keep them flying and feeding all day. Find the birds and you will find the fish.
As the water cools. the backwater fishing will start to heat up too. Small to medium live shrimp will put mangrove snapper, red fish, flounder and black drum on the dinner table. Go light, feel the bite.  There have been 25 to 35 inch snook hanging around some of the docks in hickory bay for the last month. Use 12 to 15 pound tackle to pull them away from the pilings. Huge shrimp, small pins or threads should trigger a monstrous bite. Small tarpon are showing up in the bays but you will need to be there at first light to have a shot at them. Stealth matters here. Drift or pole in and cast your live baits out in front of the fish.  
Capt. Lindy Yow has fished the waters from North Naples to Ft. Myers Beach since 1993 gaining an extensive knowledge of the near shore reefs and the areas back waters. Offering private charters tailored to fit your needs. Whether it's family fun or more serious fishing adventures, I can make it work. Call me at 239-273-6122 or visit www.highhopescharters.com for more details. 


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