The water temperature is cooling down nicely now with the frequent cold fronts moving through regularly this month. Look for increased action on both hard baits and spoons as game fish become more active before winter sets in after the holidays.
Lures that have been working for me lately have been the Mirrolure She-Pups & Mirrodines, plus the Z-Man Diezel Minnow 4″and the dependable Aqua Dream “green” spoons with a little dab of Pro-Cure (inshore scent) tied onto about 2 feet of Ohero fluorocarbon leader (20lb). I’ve been targeting an average depth of about one foot with these baits and have had great success, especially in areas where “checkered bottom”is available versus solid sea grass.
The big trout bite has picked up in the past few weeks! Big soft plastics like the 5″ Z-Man Jerk Shadz in Redbone & Shiner have been doing well on a weighted rigging hook for sea trout cruising turtle grass flats with sandy pot holes. Also, the Mirrolure She-Dog and She-Pups are getting mugged by big sea trout in shallow water during the early morning hours especially during the incoming tide phase.
Mirrodines have absolutely been my most reliable snook bait lately. I’m fishing potholes and broken bottom on flats that have back bays and creek mouths nearby. Make sure you employ at least 30lb. fluorocarbon leader… or you will be buying a few more Mirrodines for sure! Again the Z-Man Diezel in Bad Shad & Pearl with a 1/4oz. jig head can get it done to when the water is a little deeper. Pro-Cure gel scents will help seal the deal on those tougher days so apply liberally when needed.
Finally, the redfish schools are starting to break-up which actually makes fishing for them easier. Good lures to utilize around the heavier mullet activity are the Aqua Dream Spoons and the Z-Man Chatterbait! With the water getting clear from lack of rain, it’s important to target the mullet muds with these flashy lures. Focus on the day just prior to a cold front arriving and you should have plenty of redfish action this month!
Please practice conservation ethics, catch and release ensures we will have healthy fisheries to enjoy.
That’s all I’ve got for now folks. If you are interested in doing an all-artificial Flats Class Charter, please shoot me an email at flat...@gmail.com and we will get you booked while the fishing is hot this Fall.
Report by Capt. C.A. Richardson