October 18-20

Red October is in full swing, and the redfish bite continues to be excellent. Fishing from Pine Island all the way to Gordons pass has been producing both great number days and large fish. The switch in our moon phase has changed up when the best bite will be. Moving through the week I would expect outgoing tides, especially the first few hours of it to be your best bet.

Snook fishing has been very good in upper Pine Island, the burnt store area, and Matlacha taking top billing. Fish have been schooled up especially in sandy or shelly bottom areas. When you find these fish remember if you can see them, they can see you. Your first time seeing them may not work out successfully, but you will have knowledge as to where they should be your next time by. With the gift of knowing their favorite hangout, you can now stop well ahead of them and present lures or bait before they know your there the second time around.
Trout fishing is starting to rebound after last years red tide issues. We did have them in North Pine Island, and throughout Charlotte harbor all last year. With that said trout have now filled in throughout the area and are starting to be targetable even near the mouth of the Caloosahatchee river through Estero bay. Most of these fish are 12”-18”, but they are there, and they will grow and spawn.

This first cool front begins the beginning of some new fish to target. We begin a better pompano bite starting now as well as us starting to see some fish we didn’t see much of in the summer. Bluefish, flounder, bonita, kingfish, and a mass of tripletail will be some of these species. So be ready to have some more options for both those who want numbers of fish or some more dinner options.

Tight lines,

Capt. Greg Stamper

Capt. Greg Stamper

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