September is touted as one of the warmest months in Florida during the summer. However, with that heat, we also see an influx of rainfall as well. Temperatures during the day often hover around the 92-degree mark, and the water temperature can rise to the high 80s. The average monthly rainfall we see during this time is around 9–inches.
Because of this warmer weather, the fish won’t usually bite toward the early afternoon hours. This is also when our storms usually begin to roll in. However, it also goes a long way in cooling things down, so early evening fishing is always a good possibility in September.
During this time, you can find snook if you are fishing the outside barrier islands. Use the moving tides and live or natural bait. We recommend thread herring and pilchards if you want to catch some snook. September 1st marks open season for snook. It closes on December 1st, so make sure you have your saltwater license and snook stamp in hand.
During snook open season, as long as you have the license and stamp, you can possess one snook that is between 28-inches and 33-inches in length.
Redfish can also be found in abundance during the month of September. You can find them most often on the incoming tide of the outside barrier islands. You can also find them around the oyster bars. Gold Spoon and Berkley Gulp Shrimp work well for redfish. For natural bait, we recommend live shrimp, thread herring, or pilchards under a popping cork.
Finally, you can also find tarpon, however, they aren’t going to be as plentiful as the other fish varieties we have mentioned for September fishing. If interested, check out the outside bays and flats during the earlier morning hours before the weather begins to warm up. Late afternoon success can also be had once things cool down a bit.
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 on the water! We can be reached at 239-571-1756 or www.captainrapps.com.