Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

Oct 31, 14 Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report

It’s taking its time but the cooler temperatures of Fall are on the way. Usually by now we have had more cool weather dropping the water temps a little more. This will promote a better bite as our fish start to prepare for Winter. With the middle of October having water temps in the mid 80’s it is no surprise that the bite has been slower than normal for this time of year. This does not mean that the fish have not been cooperating because they have, just not to normal expectations. We have had some good days recently, mostly with redfish, but the “gorge” from most of our fish has not started yet. When it does start we should be in for a treat. I feel like the old saying that a “watched pot never boils” is ringing true right now. This is normally an exciting time for me as I start to see a lot of my snowbirds start to show back up and I get to rekindle some of those relationships.

I received a couple emails this past month with questions that I will try to answer. The first one has to do with the effect of the noise that an outboard motor has on the fishing. It certainly is not a good thing. The noise of an outboard tends to have a different effect on different species of fish. Water depth is very important with the results. The deeper the water the less negative impact you will have from an outboard motor. In shallow water it is a little more crucial. Snook, trout, and flounder do not normally get too bothered by this. The bigger fish may be cautioned by it, but as a whole it’s not that much of a deterrent. Redfish on the other hand will normally not put up with any kind of unnatural sounds. I have had schools of redfish move away at a brisk pace at the sound of my trolling motor running from 100 yards away.

Robert Godfrey with a nice upper slot redfish he caught recently while fishing in Tampa Bay with Capt. Ric Liles.

For most anglers that’s just part of the attraction of the hunt and the satisfaction of the catch. Keep in mind that there are exceptions to everything. The best approach is always a quiet approach and getting the bait as far away from the boat as you can is best. The second question that I received has to do with my writing skills. It was brought to my attention that I have several grammar issues and that I do not punctuate properly. True and true. I am not a educated writer and readers of this column should thank their lucky stars that my computer has spell check. Rest assured there is not lack of effort. Keep the questions coming. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember: don’t let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing.
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