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By Capt. Brylee
The fall air is starting to blow in and the cooler temperatures are providing better hits and more active fish. The gulf waters are at around 81 degrees now and only going to get lower as the month progresses. The cooler waters will increase the fish activity making for some good fishing for anglers both in shore and off shore.
The trout are on the flats and feeding well according to Richard Holley of Carrabelle. In three separate outings last week Holley reported limiting on trout with most of them well over 15 inches. Gulp baits on a popping cork in waters less than six foot seemed to work the best while free lining a jig in the deeper waters worked there.
The red fish were also on the flats and hitting live pin fish and jigs. The pin fish were more productive than the jigs and he found his best luck in the shallows near docks. As the waters cool even more you will find the trout and reds moving into the rivers and or deeper waters and off the shallow flats. As always having grass and bottom structure present will give you the best results finding the fish.
In addition to trout and reds I have gotten an unusual amount of reports of grouper being caught in as little as nine foot depths. Grouper have been caught in Lanark Bay as well as waters just south of Homosassa. In both cases anglers reported catching them on pin fish.
Look for the activity to only increase as the fall months elude us and the winter chill begins it’s influx in late November.
Please obey all state and local laws and remember to catch and release. Good luck catching.