Sunday, September 23, 2018

10,000 Islands Fishing Forecast for October

FOLLOW THE FISH


Kevin holds up his catch- a nice snook. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

Kevin holds up his catch- a nice snook. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

While we are all trying to return to some normalcy after Irma, I hope everyone is doing as well as possible during the rebuilding and clean up stages after this terrible storm! On a positive note I will let you know that the fish do not remember anything about it. They are just as hungry as they were before the storm and October is generally one of the best fishing months in our area. Hurricane clean up is exhausting both physically and mentally. Pace yourself. Nobody gets a prize for cleaning up the quickest. Take some time away to clear your mind. What better way than to get out on the water and be surrounded by nature.

As we get into October, the thread herring, pilchards, mullet and other types of live bait will begin to come in abundance into the 10,000 Islands area. To catch the live bait, it is best to stay along the shoreline and cast your net. If you are searching by boat, you will want to be on the lookout for birds working the water surface. You are almost guaranteed that live bait is where the birds are flocking and swooping.

This snook was caught on a mangrove shoreline.

This snook was caught on a mangrove shoreline.

Snook will be in abundance in the month of October as the water begins it fall cooling trend. They love live bait and will be found along the hard bottom of the outside islands and also the mangrove shorelines.

If you are looking for spotted sea trout during this time of year, you will most likely find them in shallower grass flats around three to five feet deep. While they love live shrimp and other live baits, they will also be attracted to soft plastic baits on 1/4 oz. and 3/8 oz. jig heads as well.

A slot red caught on a Captain Rapps charter.

A slot red caught on a Captain Rapps charter.

Redfish prefer live shrimp under a popping cork. They will also be attracted to other live bait such as pilchards or thread herring. If you prefer artificial bait to catch redfish, then you will want to consider using jig heads with a root beer colored soft plastic body. For reds, your jig head should be tied to about 3’-4’ of 30 lb. fluorocarbon leader, and use ten to fifteen-pound braided line on your spool.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter.

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch team accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site at www.CaptainRapps.com, or call 239-571-1756.

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