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Fishing Into Fall!

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Hi Friends! Thank you for reading my latest fishing report! It's been a hot summer, requiring frequent adjusting to the conditions. But now we are heading into fall and things will be changing. We've caught lots of fish lately, so here is what's been going on...
Inshore fishing gets tough in the middle of summer. The higher tides always prove the best since the water tends to be a little cooler. Redfish school mostly around the strong moon phases so as long as the the tides and moon line up, we are catching Reds. Cut baits seemed to be the best bait since the fish didn't have to chase them. Otherwise as the tide falls and the shallow water heats up, the fish get a little lethargic. Trout are cooperating through the falling tides on the deeper edges of most flats. But, even as they slow we keep moving towards the passes, fishing under the bridges for flounder or snook. There is a lot of water movement here as well as cooler water temperatures usually. Snook have really started to migrate back towards the east. They are not as easy to hook like they are in the summer months along the beaches, precisely why the season opens on September 1st!
My preference on these hot days has been to head out to some offshore locations. My range is up to 9 miles so we've been able to hook up on grouper, mangrove snapper, mackerel, cobia, grunts and sharks! As long as my clients are willing I am gonna take them out to a more action filled area! I like to drop down pinfish and grunts I've trapped overnight for the grouper. At this limited distance we catch a lot of short fish, but plenty of keepers mixed in throughout the day. Flatlining baits on a long-shank hook can draw strikes from spanish mackerel in the area too.
As you can see there are plenty of options even though some days can be a challenge. Tides play a major role in our success. Moving into fall, the days become shorter and the water cools a bit. Kingfish will make their run back to the south eventually and things begin to change for the better inshore as the water cools. I look forward to a busy fall season and I've already booked several trips through the next two months. Don't hesitate to book your day on the water with me. I promise to work hard for you and give you every chance to have a great day out here! Call me at 727-365-7560 or email me through my website. Let's go fishing!

Capt. Brian

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