All I can say is WOW about every fishing charter I ran last week. Some of the most insane fishing I’ve seen all year took place. We smoked the king fish, cobia, Bonita, jacks, permit, and jumbo redfish on every trip. Every day was different but everyday we got into something epic out there. The offshore wreck fishing is on fire right now! Quads on Kings, sight fishing Big cobia, to hand feeding Bonita it’s all happening now.
Fall has begun yesterday marked our first cold front. Today was super nautical out there and had to cancel due to extremely high winds. The pre front bite was awesome yesterday and the day before. Tons of action with some keeper Snook scads of Snook ranging in the 20-27 inch range, dozens of keeper to barley legal trout with a mixed bag of nice jack crevalles and red fish. Bait is super plentiful off the beaches and in the bays. King Fish charters will be popping off soon as we can get a day to get out there.
Tarpon fishing the fall can be the most epic tarpon fishing of the whole year! Typically tarpon migrate north and spawn off the beaches of Sanibel, captiva, and boca grande during the spring. However, once the cold fronts start coming the tarpon will get driven back down south. Riding north winds down the coast eating everything in site to prepare for winter and the long journey ahead. Catching these hungry tarpon at the precise moment when they show back up can result in some phenomenal tarpon fishing. We should have the rest of this month and into early November to still have shots at the silver king!
October marks the beginning of one of my favorite months to fish in Fort Myers. The beaches and back bays of South West Florida are loaded this time of year with all kinds of bait. This time of year is special because water temperatures start to drop and the fish start to feed preparing for the winter months ahead. This past week was awesome! There were bird parties everywhere with tons of lady fish, trout, and jack. Fishing the birds can be an awesome charter fishing bite for beginners. We had a couple great days fishing for reds and snook too. Best day was 20 reds! There are numerous schools around at the moment. The rest of the month should be great as long as the weather cooperates!