Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fall Tarpon, Snook, Redfish Sept 18, 2011

The days are getting shorter and the water temps are finally coming down here in Naples. The mornings and late afternoons have been very enjoyable weather wise as we have a nice northeast wind. The fishing has also gotten much better over the last few weeks in the Naples are. The pilchards are still on the small size, but thats what the fish are eating. Im gonna start with the redfish bite that has been strong with great numbers of fish off the beaches, passes and back bays. The reds in the back bays have been eating well on the incoming tide with a pilchard under a popping cork or a Gulp Shrimp on a 1/8oz jig head. In the passes and off the beaches Ive been fishing a live pilchard with a split shot. Once found the reds are pretty much every cast until the dolphins show up and ruin the party. Most of the reds are keepers in the lower slot 18-23" and make a great dinner. Snook fishing is still going strong in the normal places and have been eating very well on the outgoing tides. Live pilchards are the bait of choice when the sun is up and swim baits in the early morning hours are doing great. We did manage one big fish this week in the 20+lb range on a big mullet while tarpon fishing. Last but not least tarpon, they made a good showing on the full moon and where really eating mullet well. These were resident fish in the 30-70lb range and made for some good mornings. As the waters cool more and the bait stacks up on the beaches we should experience some of the best tarpon fishing of the year. October is my favorite month to fish so dont wait to book your days. Tight lines