Fall Fishing Is On Fire!!!!

Two over slot reds caught out of Tarpon Springs,FL.

Two over slot reds caught out of Tarpon Springs,FL.

What can I saw but phenomenal!!!!! October was absolutely amazing. The fish acted almost  like they were in a spring time pattern and so did they weather. Hopefully it will continue right into November. Most of the time however it brings even more cool air which brings even a hotter bite.  This month is by far one of my favorite months.  There is so much going on that it is hard to figure out what to fish for.  Your best bet is going to be speckled trout.  This time of year our region gets flooded by large numbers of trout and I mean some monsters!   There are a couple of things that you can do to increase your odds with catching some trophy size gator trout.
The first area that will produce some gator trout is the shallow flats around Anclote Island and the spoil island just outside of the Anclote River.  You will want to fish last of the incoming tide around these area.  Those big gator trout will be up shallow and I mean shallow.  The water is a lot warmer up there which the trout prefer to lay in. To catch these fish you will want to be as stealthy as possible, make super long casts so you don’t spook these fish.  I like to throw top water first thing in the morning with a moderate retrieval.  Once you hook up with one work that same area hard!  These trout tend to be bunched up together sometimes only one or two, other times there can be two to three dozen, or even more.  Another method you can use is good old white bait, once you have located the trout take one or two net full of white bait and chum the water with them.  This will get them fired up and will make for some exciting action. Don’t
be
shocked if you hook up into a nice red fish or even a snook!
Another area you want to look at is the spoil islands north of Dunedin.  You will want to anchor up on the deep sides of the spoil island so that you can drift you baits back towards the island.  There are many different baits that you can use,  I like to use shrimp or scaled sardines (white Bait) on a 2/0 hook with approximate 18 to 24 inch 20 lb. leader on a 7 ½ ft. rod med  light with a 2500 spinning reel with 10 lb. braid.  This will make for an outstanding fight on such light tackle.  You can also throw artificial around the spoil island.  One deadly combo is a DOA shrimp under a popping cork.  You will want to make several casts paying attention to your retrieval so you can dial in what speed is producing for you.  I like to use a steady pop pop, then pause for a second or two, and a pop pop again and keep repeating these motions.
Redfish bite will also be on fire with lots of fish being over size. You want to locate the large mullet schools because redfish will be milling around in them. As the mullet work around in the shallows they are scaring everything up from small baits, to shrimp and small crabs. You want to use lure that can be worked shallow and that cover a lot of water. One of my favorites is a gold spoon 1/2oz or a topwater early in the morning or late afternoon. Another technique that is deadly is cut bait placed in front of the mullet school. Reason for this is that you don’t spook the mullet which in returns spooks the reds.
November also brings a killer bite offshore.  This time of year you can expect to catch many species of fish.  Kingfish, grouper, cobia and spanish mackerel have all moved in due to the cooler water and the large amount of bait.  You can pretty much anchor on any local wreck or ledge and expect your share of these fish.  Take these methods to the water and they will produce some trophy fish for you.  Screamin Reels and Tight lines! Capt.Will Burbach owns and operates Fish Tampa Flats Charters from Hudson to Clearwater. To reach Capt. Will Burbach for a charter, please call 727 410-3822 or visit his website: www.fishtampaflats.com or follow him on facebook at Fish Tampa Flats