October is often considered one of the most favorite months of the year for an angler in the 10,000 Islands because the regular rainstorms we are used to seeing throughout the summer will now begin to taper down as the seasons begin to change from summer to fall.
While the daytime temperatures still hover in the high eighties, the water will hover in the low eighties, and with it, you can find a few good bites as the bait gets washed in and out with the big tides.
Live bait will begin to flourish in October including thread herring, pilchards, and mullet that all begin to come to our area. To find the live bait, you will want to take your cast net and look around the shorelines during those higher tide times of the day.
If you are out looking during lower tides, you are going to have to look a bit deeper in order to find them; therefore, it is probably best to stick to the higher tide times of day to find a good selection of live bait.
If you see a bunch of birds flocking to a particular area at one time, then it probably means that the live bait is out and ready for picking.
You can also find some decently sized redfish during October as well. Shrimp under a popping cork is ideal for catching them. However, they do also love their live bait. Jig heads with a root beer colored soft plastic body and about three feet of 30 lb. fluorocarbon will also work well to catch redfish.
Snook is also coming out in full force, and you can find them swimming around the outside bars and cuts. They will also be moving into the backwaters. Live bait, again, is a good choice for Snook. You should also take a look around the mangrove shorelines and along the hard bottom of the outside islands.
You will also find a good amount of speckled sea trout as well during October, and you can find them near the outside grassy flats. Look around the three to five-foot water depth mark and remember, they will most likely be feeding on the incoming tide.
A popping cork with a weighted shrimp is the perfect bait to use if you are interested in the many speckled sea trout swimming around the 10,000 Islands in October.
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. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park, Florida. We can be reached at 239-571-1756 or www.captainrapps.com.
Captain Brandon has been fishing the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park as a full time guide for the last 11 years. He grew up fishing these waters and has never left them. He has since been joined by his two sons, who now guide with him. He and his wife opened Everglades Bait and Tackle back in 2012 so his whole family has fishing in their blood.