Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tarpon Springs Fishing Report 10-24-09

Finally, a Break from the Heat!

Hey Friends. Happy fall! We finally have some cooler temperatures in Florida and it feels great! It will have an affect on the fish but only for a short time while they adjust to the water temp dropping a few degrees. I even ran some trips with last weeks cold front coming through and we were still successful. I filmed an episode for 'Hooked on Fishing' with Capt. Bill Miller this week which will air first on Tuesday the 27th. So for those of you with Brighthouse Networks cable in the Tampa area, please tune in and watch yours truly talk fishing. Here is my report...

Snook fishing has begun to slow some. Certainly the drop in water temps have forced them to move toward the back country. On the warmer days approaching, I still expect to hook some great fish in the warmer bays around the oyster bars and darker bottoms. The beach fish have mostly moved around the corner, through the passes, and inhabited the mangroves, waiting to push all the way to the eastern shoreline for winter. The very cold nights are still a long way away so Snook should still respond for a while. Sardines remain in the area and are my preferred bait for the linesiders, but a variety of artificials will work well too. Red and white bucktail jigs are my favorite artificial around the bridges and deeper cuts.

man with redfish

Redfishing was decent through the last big moon phase. The east winds and cooler water made them harder to find the past few days, but I am sure they haven't moved far away. The higher tides have been the best, but the middle tides have been good too if you know where to look. The larger schools have been mudding up the flats, making them easy to spot on bright days. Cut baits will get a hit pretty quick if you are near the mudding fish. The Reds have also been traveling with Jack Crevalle, so don't pass up a school of Jacks because you never know if the Reds will be right behind.

Trout have been consistent on and around all of the grass flats. The deeper drop offs have held plenty of them. Smaller baits get hit quickly but a larger Sardine will eventually get eaten by the larger Trout. Again, a variety of artificials get taken as well. I like the Old Bayside Shadlyn for the Trout. I use a 1/8 jig head worked slowly around the edges.

As the water cools, the Snapper, Grouper and of course Mackerel bite will heat up. These are all great options when the inshore tides aren't as strong. I hope you can find the time to get out on the water and a have a great time with me. Let's go fishing!!!

Capt. Brian

Capt. Brian Caudill

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