With clean and cool water… cooler than it was, in our west central Florida gulf coast region the fish are starting to get in the mood, reports Captain John Fischbach Of Absolute Flats Fishing Charters, a long time professional saltwater sport fishing guide service of over 20 years now. Fish don’t need anything to feel the decrease in daylight hours as each day passes. The redfish and snook are feeding more aggressively and the top slot and oversize trout are getting closer to making the move from the inshore reefs back to the flats, some have been caught on my 3/4 day 6 hour charters. Small to medium sized live bait from pilchards to pinfish have been working well to catch trout and catch redfish while the snook have settled for a medium sized bait, the old mighty horse minnow always gets the “POP” by the LINESIDERS!! Juvinile tarpon
have been here and there also, and in good numbers. The offshore bite is strong. Limits of gag grouper and other groupers have been very good. Snapper are being caught on their return from the spawn. Pelagics are starting with cobia, they’re here! and the king mackeral and Spanish are
moving down along our area here along the west central Florida gulf coast. 20-40 pounds has been the average weight of the Kingfish in years past, this past spring and the showing of these magnificent fish this early in their southerly fall migration has been 35-60 pounds!!! Grouper trips with flat lined dead and live bait on spinning tackle has kept my fish box filled with a variety of species.