Cooler Days Hotter Fishing
Capt. Paul Ollariu
October 7, 2008
Key West - Saltwater Fishing Report
My September was fun what with all the hurricane activity so enough said on that subject.
In October the waters will become cooler creating greater opportunities for the big bad bonefish.
Lots of these escape artists to the east and west on the flats looking for some serious bonefish
buffets. Some early tarpon and permit are in the gulf flats and channels. I know of small coral
heads out back that draw permit. It is easy to get their attention with a nice crab. There is some
real big cuda action (15/20 lbs) on light line that is quite a rush. At this time of year these
predators will eat anything. There are bigger than life bull sharks out front right now who will eat
your bonefish...before you get it out of the water. October is the best time to look for snook and
red fish in the east back country. I fish the mangroves a lot down here when it is windy where I
can catch reds and snook hiding in the shadows. The big trout are starting to pop out back and
are always a lot of fun to catch A trout and bone and a red can happen for you with two or more
lines in the water along with some great stories and laughs about fishing here and in Panama.
I have been a fisherman and a guide my whole life. I started down here mating on larger off-
shore boats in the summer in Marathon, worked my way up to my own boat and now I am famous
(ha ha ha), so I can put you on fish with a smile.
A word of caution if your are serious about your fishing adventures in the Lower Keys. If you
are going to book a trip on-line or on the telephone, make sure you are talking to the captain and
not a booking service. You will know who and what you are getting. When booking trips I talk to
my anglers two or three times. In the first ten minutes I'll know how to customize your trip, (rods,
bait, type of fish) and take the time to have everything ready when you step on my boat. So, don't
fish someone you never talked to. First thing I say is "what are we looking for today" and, if I feel
it is possible, then we go and I am ready for that type of fishing.
If you need help with finding accommodations while your here, we can help. I have a full
concierge service and I can find you the best deals not only on hotels or guest houses but with
any other water related activity you or your family may be interested in other than fishing.
I fish a Maverick Master Angler flats boat that will hold two people and a Spencer back country
boat that holds up to four people. We are your guide service in the Lower Keys. Flats and back
country trips are run with fresh or frozen bait and a chum block hanging off the back. I'll rig with
artificials if you want them or if you have a special plug that your Uncle Charlie just made and you
really really have to try it out. I am a pro guide and we will catch fish. No excused just results!
Tight lines and great sunsets
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