Fishing despite the doom and gloom reports has been very productive in the bay. Fishing in the clean areas have been good. October is a month of change for just about every inshore species as weather cools off. It’s a good time of year to get out and do some fishing.
Snook fishing for me will be the go to this month. You should start to see a push of fish into the flats and with the first cold fronts you will see bait on the flats start to thin out and more fish start to feed. Good places to start targeting are cuts and potholes on the flats. Another key element would be the change of tide heights due to north winds. As we see the fronts move in you will have more winds out of the north. With this you can expect lower tides which will push fish into the potholes and deeper areas on the flats. Working these same areas will prove to be very successful when targeting Snook.
Red fishing continues to be awesome as well. Schools of fish will show up regularly on the new and full moons. Bait of choice for Reds would have to be artificial on the big schools of fish. One of my favorite options would have to be the Zman Minnowz with a ⅜ jig head for distance on your cast. Live bait is also a good option if you are working a flat for single fish. Another great tip is to work the mullet schools. Reds also like to hang out with the big schools of mullet if you don’t find that big school of Reds. Sometimes the fish will spread out. Working the potholes as mentioned above also work well for Red fish.
Trout fishing is the last of our big three inshore species. Trout fishing throughout the summer is not very productive due to extreme water temps. October is the month that it all changes as water begins to cool down extremely. BIG Trout start to move onto the outer flats and creeks and really get active. You can’t go wrong working a Mirrolure top dog at daybreak on the flats. Trout are suckers for surface disturbance. Another great Trout combo would have to be a Cajun Thunder float matched with Ohero 25 lb Fluorocarbon leader and a Daichii wide gap circle hook. Trout fishing this time of year can be a blast with non stop action.
Captain Jason Prieto is a native resident of Tampa and has fished Tampa Bay and its surrounding waters for the past 20 years. He is owner and operator of Steady Action Fishing Charters which is based out of lower Tampa Bay. To book
a charter, you can reach him at 813-727-9890 or www.
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