Yippie! October is right around the corner and, believe it or not, we will finally see our first signs of the fall cooling trends. This much-welcomed trend will help prolong the bite throughout the day.
We will begin to see schools of large Thread Herring and Pilchards pour into the area. You can catch them with your cast net close to the shorelines at high tide, and out just a little deeper in low tides. Follow the tide line and look for the birds – you will be rewarded with the best bait around.
It’s the time of year that will provide the most consistent Redfish fishing in the 10,000 Islands. It’s hard to beat the sight of tailing Reds in the calm waters around an oyster bar! I prefer to fish 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. For artificials, I love the Cotee Liv’Eye jig heads along with Glitter Shad Bodies. I like the 3/8 or ½ oz Red heads, using the Green/Red Flake Bodies. Tie them to 3 feet of 20 lb fluorocarbon leader tied to10-15 lb braided line.
Although Snook harvest season will remain closed until September 2011, they will still provide some great “catch and release” action as they are moving into the back waters. They will gladly accept some of those live baits mentioned above. For some awesome top water action, try a High Roller “RipRoller” 4.25” Greenback. Either way, be sure to beef your leader up to 3 feet of 40 lb fluorocarbon. They have abrasive teeth and sharp gills that will wear through anything lighter.
Other fun targets are around, feeding on all of the live bait in the area. Get into some drag screaming action with some nice Trout, Mackerel, Bluefish, large Jacks, and Ladyfish.
Tight Lines, and remember to make someone giggle today!
Hailing out of Chokoloskee Island Park Marina, Chokoloskee, FL, Capt Rapps has been fishing the Chokoloskee area for just over 20 years. He offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the Everglades National Park, and is happy to accommodate anyone from novice to hardcore seasoned pro. Pete is extremely patient and loves to teach. You can book a charter right online 24/7. See his online availability calendar, booking info, videos, recipes, seasonings, and first class web site at www.CaptainRapps.com.