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October Fishing Forecast

The great thing about fishing in the Florida Keys is the diversity of species.  It doesn’t matter what time of year, there’s always something biting.   Fall brings an unstable but refreshing weather pattern here in the Keys.  There will be several days with light winds followed by a front with days of high winds and rain.  This pattern will help cool water temperatures while providing the Everglades with much needed nourishments from the push of fresh water.

Although sight-fishing can be tough on those windy fall days, it’s still possible to work along the leeward side of shorelines looking for fish.  There’s still a good number of fish up on the flats throughout Florida Bay feeding on the schools of finger mullet that have invaded the backcountry.  Many of my most productive spots have come from fishing new areas in an attempt to hide from the wind.  When doing your homework the night before a trip, take out a chart or aerial photo to find a few new areas to try the next day.  Keep in mind that deeper channels abutting shallow flats become highways for baitfish moving with the current.  Those fishing the channels and flats around Florida Bay can expect a good bite of redfish, trout, jack cravelle along with the occasional tarpon and snook.  I have had the most success in the channels using a HookUp Lure with live or Gulp Shrimp. When possible use your trolling motor to cover ground while casting up onto the flat or mangroves then bouncing it along the bottom.  

The cooler water temperatures make for some great bonefishing here in the Upper Keys.  The Oceanside flats will remain productive throughout the day for those who enjoy stalking the elusive grey ghost.  Don’t be discouraged by a little more wind than the summer because a slight chop on the water helps anglers sneak-up on these spooky fish.  The lower stages of the tide are the most productive making it easier to see these exceptionally camouflaged fish.  The most important tool for bonefishing is the ability to spot the subtle clues bonefish leave.  It might be as easy as a tail waving in the air or puffs of mud as they feed along the bottom, but can also be as subtle as a slight wake created by a school of foraging fish.  Bonefish are the pinnacle of flats fishing and might be tough to catch but are the most rewarding thanks to their lightning speed. 

'Til next time, Tight Lines and Light Winds…….

Captain Lain