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The Fish Await the Fall Cooling Period

Capt. Dexter Simmons
October 14, 2009
Key West - Saltwater Fishing Report

The Fishing Report. Oct. 14, 2009. The Fish Await the Fall Cooling Period with great anticipation. The fall Bonefish spawn will soon begin in earnest. This coming weekend an approaching front will lower our air temps into the low 80's during the day and the low to mid 70's at night. That should bring our water temps down into the low 80's. Perfect for October and early November.Here is a nice Bonefish taken during the October spawn.

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The cool down will also help the Permit fishing. For the most part, the Summer heat has kept the schools on the deeper Gulf wrecks and Atlantic reefs. With the temps cooling, we should see a migration of some of these fish into shallower reefs and shoal flats. Here is a beautiful October permit taken in the Marquesas.

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Finally, there has been some discussion recently regarding a fall Tarpon run. Some guides claim that as the water cools a bit in the Fall, the bait migrates south along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf coast. They claim that the Tarpon on both coasts follow the bait run into the Keys waters producing a Fall run of Tarpon. While I am not going to openly endorse this theory, I will say that our resident Tarpon that are here year 'round seem to turn on when the Fall cooling starts in October. We will see them roll more often and there will therefore be more opportunities for hook ups. Here is an October Tarpon taken in the Marquesas during a cooling period.

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Most Tarpon taken during the Fall cooling are small "resident Tarpon" size like this twenty pound one.
Rarely will you catch a resident Tarpon over 50 pounds, even though there are some over 100 pounds in the local marina waters.

Grand Slam fishing is available during this cooling period, so if you are still after that elusive first Permit or Tarpon or Bonefish, now is the time!

Our Father (Mother) - Son (Daughter) Key West Flats Fishing Trips are now scheduled for throughout the winter,spring, summer and fall.
For more information about the Father and Son Flats Fishing Trips go to www.keywestflyfishing.com/fatherandson.htm
Once again, you may contact Capt. Dexter Simmons for a future fishing charter on his TOLL FREE CHARTER HOTLINE: 877-228-8497 ///// or at 305-745-3304 or by email at captdexter@prodigy.net

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