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Redfish are Moving In!

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Hi everyone! Thank you for reading my latest fishing report. I hope you all are having a great start to the fall season. Fishing has been great so let's get to it!
Redfishing has been on fire lately in the Clearwater area! Fish of all sizes have invaded the flats! Deep water edges as well as schools moving along the mangrove shorelines. Pinfish seem to be the preferred bait for the larger fish while the smaller reds have been grabbing the sardines netted each day. This is a good push for the area and I'm hopeful it lasts until the winter.
Snook are moving back into the backcountry regions. Although some are still holding out along the passes, most are in transition. The water temps are in the mid 80's so they aren't fully committed to their winter hideouts, but they are at least moving that way. It's total instinct for snook to move away from the beaches after spawn season and inhabit the flats again. They are eating the sardines also known as whitebait. Occasionally, pinfish will get eaten by these linesiders too!
Trout are all over the normal places. Still mainly small, the bigger trout are found on the deeper potholes and edges of the flats on moving tides. Small jigs with a paddle tail or a jerkworm will often get nailed over the grasses. Ladyfish and mackerel are also moving into the areas holding the trout.
As the waters cool over the next month, I'll be heading offshore more, dropping for groupers and also kingfishing during their southern migration. Don't hesitate to get out on the water for your special day of fishing. I will work hard to get you on the fish! Call me at 727-365-7560 or email me at to arrange your trip and experience the best fishing around!

Capt. Brian

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