FOLLOW THE FISH
Capt. Pete Rapps
Fall is officially here and October will bring a change in the local fishery. As we get further into the month, the daytime air temperatures will average around 87 and water temps will hover around 81. October shows a much welcomed cooling trend, which will help prolong the bite throughout the day.
We are seeing some schools of large live bait pour into the area. Get them with your cast net close to the shorelines at high tide, and out just a little deeper in the low tides. Follow the tide line and look for the birds – you will be rewarded with the best bait around.
The Trout will show up in the shallow grass flats in good numbers. The key to catching them is to hit your favorite spots the last hour or two of the incoming tide. Most of your bites will happen in the 3’-5’ depth range. They will hit artificial bait just as well, if not better than some live baits. I prefer a 3/8oz buck tail jig that has a little flash in the tail. If you have some shrimp, put a real small piece on the jig hook and the smell will drive the Trout insane.
Fall is one of our best times of year for consistent Reds. It’s hard to beat the sight of tailing Reds in the calm waters around an oyster bar! For artificials, I love the Cotee Liv’Eye jig heads along with Glitter Shad Bodies. I like the 3/8 or . oz
Red heads, using the Green/ Red Flake Bodies. I also enjoy fishing for them with live Pilchards or Thread Herring, either naturally on a circle hook, or under a popping cork. Live shrimp work well under a popping cork too. Tie them to 3’ of 20lb fluorocarbon leader tied to 10-15 lb braided line.
Other fun targets are around feeding on all of the live bait in the area. For some great “catch and Release” action, Snook will be on the move and will gladly accept some of those live baits. The big mommas are feeding on a good moving out going tide around the outside barrier islands. They will begin their annual move to the inside later this month and into
November and December. Try those live baits for your best numbers. Artificials are always fun and Gulp Shrimp, DOA Baitbusters, and a good topwater plug will produce.
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