This time of year as we approach the heart of Fall months. The fishing bite tends to heat up for us here in S.W. Florida as the temperature slowly subdues. A lot of the locals refer to October as “Red October” as many of our upper and over slot Redfish
begin schooling together getting ready to make their annual migration offshore.
Big schools of fish can often be spotted from hundreds of yards away as they push the calm waters in the Pine Island sound. Pretty soon these fish will make their way right off our beaches where the schools can easily reach 100 plus fish. There’s not much more of an exciting sight for saltwater fisherman than seeing a school of hundreds of Redfish turning the surface of the water to a golden glow! They’ll usually eat just about any type of bait precisely cast ahead of them. Usually a large thread fin Herring or Gulf shrimp doesn’t make it out alive if tossed in the mix.
Snook fishing can still be pretty good for us this time of year as well. The fish sense that water is gradually cooling down, and as a Tropical based fish, they start to make their way out of the passes and towards the rivers where the darker water retains warmth for the winter months. This time of year can also be awesome for our nearshore bite.
We start to see schools of Kingfish terrorizing bait pods a couple miles off the beaches. If you’ve never experienced a Kingfish smoking off hundreds of yards of line in a matter of seconds then you’re not doing yourself justice as a fisherman! They also are big favorite for cooks to put on the smoker that can result in an amazing fish dip.
One of my personal favorite things to do while on the way out to my nearshore fishing grounds is to run the beaches in hopes of spotting a Tripletail. I swear Tripletail are God’s gift to fishing guides. They can be easy to find, dumb, fight like hell, and definitely one of the best white flaky fish in the world to eat. A well placed free-lined shrimp or cut bait almost always gets them to eat! One thing about this time of year that I truly love is that our waters are so quiet and desolate from the lack of tourists. It’s not that uncommon to not see a single boat during your weeks venture to your favorite fishing holes. I’m sure the fish appreciate it just as well and are not as “spooky” when approached.
As you can see, Fall can not only be one of the nicest times of the year for weather but fishing too. Make sure to book your charter and get in on Fall fishing off the islands of Fort Myers and Sanibel Islands.
Capt. Matt Johnson
You can book a charter with Capt. Matt or our other Endless Summer Charter guides at 239-691-1966.
It is HOT! Not only the weather but fishing is hot despite the warm temperatures. We are lucky to live on the coast near the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers. The sea breezes give a little relief to our coastal areas while inland towns are sweltering.
It’s always nice to go swimming in the Gulf after a few hours of fishing and maybe even stop for a cocktail at Cabbage Key or Tarpon Lodge. We now even offer lunch trips to Useppa, a private club and island only reachable by boat. Take a dip in the pool grab a cocktail and get cooled down for an afternoon of fishing for redfish and snook!
We are thrilled to be able to offer our guests the special privileges of the Useppa Club as well as our family favorite, Cabbage Key. With early Fall coming it’s the perfect time to book a charter just as the weather cools down and the tourists aren’t around. Fall is beautiful here. Crisp air and clear water are two things that come to mind when I think of Fall fishing… hope you can join us!
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We look forward to having you aboard!
Charter Coordinator for Endless Summer Charters
We have had some real “Chamber of Commerce” days with our weather. November is my wife’s favorite time of year because it’s the best of everything, weather, fishing, clear water and no waiting time at restaurants!
The high pressure that gives us this great weather can also make for some unfavorable fishing conditions. However with a little planning you can you have an incredible day. I had the opportunity to fish with some great families for the last few days and we found ourselves with extra low tides in the morning. We started out by fishing exposed osyster bars and grass flats in Pine Island Sound which produced so many redfish we lost count! Several slot size snook as well as a few small bonnet sharks.
As the tide rolled in along with the wind we worked into the shoreline and creeks to stay out the wind where the schools of jacks were so abundant we almost ran out of bait. Several snook and snapper where caught as well. With winter fast approaching in this perfect days of fall are soon to come to an end which only means Pompano and sheepshead should be knocking on our door pretty soon.
This has been a strange few days here in SW Florida. We have had lots of wind and rain all associated with the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. With all that said, we have still been fortunate enough to catch some nice fish in between the rain the wind. This has made me change my tactics. With a SW wind and slow outgoing tides we found ourselves fishing leeward sides off mangrove islands just to be able to cast close to the tree line. In these conditions stealth is still important. The wind and waves can help hide your movement and get you in tight to the shore allowing you to cast to the trees as well as along the shoreline. Cut pin fish on a #2 circle hook and 1/4 ounce slip sinker allow you to make those cast in the wind. We also used small corks with white bait and allowed the wind to move the bait around to the corners and out with tide. Try these methods on your next windy day and you might be able to salvage what might be a fishless day. While fishing in these conditions, please always watch the weather, it can quickly change. Always watch out for lighting. It’s better to be able to come back and catch fish another day then making your last cast that could really be your last.
Capt. Bill Hammond