A little tiptoeing around weather fronts continues to yield great fishing, both inshore and offshore. The beautiful weather doesn't hurt, either.
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
Probably our most inconsistent bite has been on the speckled trout. We smash em one day on the oyster reefs, and the next day the fish are in deeper canals. The live bait helps, but when you fish trout this time of year, it’s usually smaller school trout, so plastics work too. A hearty live shrimp under a Boat Monkey popping cork is tough to beat.
The bonus for using the live shrimp has been the enormous sheepshead we are seeing over the oyster reefs. If you have never tried to eat sheepshead, you just don’t know what you’re missing.
Snapper season is still open. We are hearing unconfirmed rumors that the season may stay open a few more weeks, until the quota is filled. The “cool” thing about snapper fishing in the fall is the mild temperatures. It’s not 100 degrees, the crowds are almost non existent, and the cooler the water, the closer the fish come to shore. Your monster big snappers are still gonna hang out in the deeper offshore water, but legal sized snappers come in much closer.
Our redfishing seems to just get better and better. The shallow ponds and canals are loaded with minnows, grass shrimp and crabs. This is a redfish paradise. We should have great shallow water fishing for reds over the next several weeks. I always prefer the rising tide, mainly for going deeper into the marsh and not getting stranded. Just make sure your wind isn’t stronger than the tide. A stout northwest wind will drain the marsh.
As always, have fun and be safe.
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