With the arrival of the first cold fronts of the year look for fall fishing to start changing soon. Water temps are remaining in the lower 80's and bait is still very abundant. Snook fishing has remained very good with season open catching the slot fish has gotten tougher with the big fish running for cover.
Redfish can be targeted at the high stages of the tide and trout can be found along the points close to the passes. Pompano can be caught in the passes from Doctors to Caxambass Pass. Be prepared for the water temps to start showing signs of cooling and be ready to start using jigs tipped with shrimp. The above photos are of Carol Downing with a beautiful 27 inch trout and also some very nice upper slot redfish.
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Irma has really impacted the SWFL area creating some of the best fishing we have seen in years. Redfish have been plentiful with these fish running in the 20-34 inch range. Snook have also been all over the beaches and passes with some of the best fishing coming early during the tide changes. Stay close to the passes fishing nearshore bays due to all the amount of fresh water that has changed the salinity in the backcountry. Baits of choice have been pilchards and cut ladyfish. I have also had some luck using decent size finger mullet. Pompano have also been cruising up and down the beaches I highly recommend always carrying a pink Jackmack Jig (Found at Mikes Bait House) tipped with shrimp is a deadly combo.
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