The first cool breezes of Fall have just started to move into the Tampa Bay area and that typically ushers in a great trout and redfish bite. The bite has been good the last couple of weeks but it will only get better as Fall weather settles in.
Speckled Seat trout absolutely love this time of year. It moves the bigger fish into shallow water around creek mouths, oyster bars and backwater flats. The cooler it gets, the tighter the schools of trout get. Catching 100 trout a day in the middle of fall is not uncommon. And, having fish average in size from 18″-24″ is pretty common too. You just don’t get that type of trout action in the warmer months.
Redfish schools will ball up too and make it easier for us to target them. My favorite tide in the fall for redfish in St. Petersburg is from the top of the tide to about 3 hours into the outgoing tide. As soon as you start seeing the mullet jump and move around, that’s when the redfish bite turns on. And, they will eat their way off the flat as they work to get into potholes and deeper cuts when the water leaves.
Fall is a special time of year to be on the flats and fishing in the Tampa Bay area. There’s just something special about the crisp air and all the activity in the water. If you want to get in on the Fall fishing action, be sure to give me a ring.
Capt. Bob Goodwin