Naples to Flamingo
Includes Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee

October 9-11

I don’t see the hunt for the Reds in October being too difficult. Among weird things I’ve had happen this week one that stands out is catching a slot redfish on a shrimp on the bottom in 45 feet of watter while snapper fishing. It seems as though there are a lot of reds invading our region, what a terrible problem to have. Tides this weekend will be modest with big highs in the morning 3.6 foot around 6:18am pushing out to 0.61 foot at 3:21pm. That big, long, falling tide should make for a productive day and back in time for dinner. The cooler mornings are already inticing me to go for some longer haul trips, that usually involve pushing back the mangrove branches, swatting bugs, and dusting off some old plugs for the ride. We’re not quite to that point yet, with plenty of bait around and fish active on points and outflows, but when the live bait slows, and the water cools, what I most look forward too is exploring the unknown areas, and throwing a plug into the clutches of a mangrove pocket praying a big snook sticks to my lure instead of a bush or limb. For now, it’s definitely cut bait and chill season, there’s no doubt snook and reds love to munch on a big stinky peice of lady fish or mullet chunk. Near rivers or creeks with the start of the outgoing water if you’re an early bird and can tolerate the No-see-ums should be rewarding. Later on the edges of bights, deeper cuts, and island points, should come to life with the dropping of the water. The fall season brings a lot of tournaments I’d like to give a shout out to the Trex tournament next weekend the 16th and 17th of October, out of Goodland boating park, check out the Trex one last cast tournament on their website at sign up for a good time, and great family-friendly event! The weather this weekend will remain a little breezy with the recent tantrums of the tropics, SSE at 10 to 15mph Saturday and SSW 5 to 10 mph Sunday. It’s been a tough call but I tend to favor east winds over anything west. Who knows? Y’all go find some fish, any day of the weekend looks fishy to me!

Captain Matt Sturdivent

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