October redfish bite right on schedule!
Capt. Rob Modys
October 13, 2014
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report
October is without question one of the best months of the year to fish. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler and the fish are on the move and feeding. We begin to receive a series of small cold fronts and those are the key to great fishing. Just before the front arrives the barometric pressure lowers and fish have a way of sensing this and it puts them into overdrive. Being on the water with a rod in your hand when this occurs will leave you with a wealth of fishing memories.
The past week ranked right up there with one of the best weeks of fishing since this past spring. The air temperatures finally dropped a bit, thanks to a cold front, and the fish responded accordingly. Most noticeable was the redfish bite. They were hungry and they were big and they seemed to be at just about every location. Best bet was along mangrove shoreline with a combination of good inbound tide and a breeze blowing against the target zone. Almost every one of them was around 4 pounds with a few in the 7 to 8 pound range. We also got a nice assortment of blackdrum, sheepshead and mangrove snapper in the same location. Live shrimp was the bait of choice along with cut ladyfish and threadfin herrings.
The large grass flats from the south of Mound Key all the way down to New Pass were good for a mix of fish. Spotted seatrout were the target but we also found ladyfish, jacks, pompano and small sharks. Live shrimp or artificial shrimp under popping corks worked best.
The nearshore Gulf waters are loaded with spanish mackerel. Find the small bait pods and you'll find the fish. Want some rod bending action? The big sharks are still around.
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