Fall Fishing Report

DSC_0545October and November are some of our favorite months to fish in Southwest Florida.  The days are cooler and very comfortable, the summer rains have subsided and the water cleans up nicely and most importantly the fish are very active.

If you are out there on the water just about anything can happen.  Just this week an angler fishing at the Sanibel Pier jumped a tarpon, which almost everyone considers a spring and summer fish but it just goes to show you what kind of variety is available.  We have also had a few anglers catch king mackeral.  Some very large redfish and snook have also been caught at the pier and at Blind Pass on the Gulf side.

We also really like this time of year because the Sheepshead get very active, if you’ve never caught a sheepshead they are really unique fish with black and white stripes, they primarily eat crustaceans (shrimp and crabs) and they have an unbelievable set of teeth.  If you like to keep fish for eating, they are also great tasting.  This time of year the seatrout also get very active and will readily take spoons, flies, plugs and a variety of baits.  There are ladyfish, jacks and spanish mackeral everywhere.

We have even caught a few groupers in the passes while drifting live baits.

We do get a few cold fronts this time of year but they are relatively short lived and the fishing turns right back on within a day or two, so if you’re in town and want to go fishing, don’t let a cool front cancel your plans, we can get you out on the water, put a bend in your rod and a smile on your face.

Please keep the pictures coming in, we love to see our clients having a great time catching fish. If you have any questions about fishing the area, or would like to spend a day on the water, please give us a call at 239-579-0399 or email us, info@whitneysbaitandtackle.com and let’s go fishing.




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