What can I say about this summer of fishing. It has been a while since my las report but it has been a crazy busy summer filled with some spectacular fishing. Snook stole the show this summer with one of the best Snook bites I have ever seen. Countless big Snook came to the boat on almost every trip. Although Tarpon season was a little slower than normal we still managed to hook a bunch of fish. We had a bunch of late fronts that kept the Tarpon away but the Snook made up for it. I want to thank all of my great clients for keeping me on the water almost everyday this summer.
Now get ready for some of the best Redfish action of the year. September through the end of the year typically is one of my favorite times of the year to fish for Redfish. Big schools of upperslot to overslot fish start to invade the flats of St. Josephs Sound and are hungry. We have already started to see them show up and when found have been very aggressive eating every bait that you throw at them. Having a livewell full of bait wo keep these fish chummed up will ensure to keep the bite going. Starting in September, we have negative tides in the morning after the moons. This pushes the fish into potholes making them easy targets. Once the tides push in, look for these fish to push up into the mangrove shorelines near where you found them on the lower water.
Snook season is about to open on September 1st. although we do like to release as many as possible, these fish are one of the tastiest inshore fish we have. Most of the Snook have spawned and moved out of the passes. Look for these fish on the beach near the pass and just inside the passes. They have begun to spread out as I have been seeing more and more fish already move up to the mainland getting ready for the fall and winter. Sardines with a lot of chum is what will get these fish to cooperate.
Although trout fishing has fallen of the last couple months, the big girls will soon be making a comeback to our area. We usually start to see them show up string in October and will continue to only get better right through the spring.
Don’t wait to book, this is one of my favorite times of the year to fish!!!