Capt. Jason Prieto
I would not officially say its fall yet but it is sure starting to take a turn in the right direction. As days get shorter, both air and water temperatures start to decline, and fronts are starting to form in the north part of the country. I would say we are just weeks away from some of the best fishing of the year.
As of late I have noticed the transition of Trout, Redfish, and Snook slowly making the transition from deeper areas to the outer flats. As we get that first harsh cold front these same fish will make their way to the backcountry and this will officially kick the fall season off. As we wait for the first front you will still find some great fishing towards the outer faster that line the South Shore. On a recent charter while fishing a high morning tide flowed by a swift drop we found a great bit of success fishing the outer flats just inside the sand bar on low water. As the water drops out it forces fish to the deeper potholes around the flats. This is an optimum time to target all three inshore species Snook, Trout, and Redfish and that day we caught all three in the same spot.
You will also find a ton of trout on the outside of these same bars in 4 to 6 foot of water. All you need is a lot of grass and moving water. As mentioned above the water still is kind of warm so most will be the smaller schools but as we get a strong front you can bet that those big Gator Trout will start to show in big numbers. My favorite bait has to be greenbacks free lined with a #1 Daiichi circle hook as bait is still running small. If artificial baits is what you prefer then you can’t go wrong with the Mirrolure Mirodine. As for color pick the one you like best. They all work and trout are not too picky. Remember to handle every Trout with extreme care if you are releasing as they are a very delicate fish. I recommend using a de-hooker; this will increase their chances of survival.
Last on the list would have to be Redfish. Due to the crazy wet summer pattern we have had most big fish have hung around the gulf areas as water seems to be a little better quality. Don’t let this deter you from targeting Reds, there are plenty of fish hanging around in the flats in that 20 to 24 inch range. The key is to still beat the heat and look for good moving water. Tightlines
Capt. Jason Prieto
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