Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fishing was far from dry during wet September

Bob Parrish of Plant city caught this redfish on a MirrOlure Top Dog while fishing around Buttonwood Harbor.

Fall is our favorite time to fish along southwest Florida.

It's a time when a wide variety of fish are available in Sarasota Bay, surrounding salt waters and area 
Parrish also landed some nice bluefish.
freshwater lakes and rivers.

September, one of the wettest months we've had in quite a while, was a month of diversity. Anglers fishing with me caught a plethora of species, including spotted seatrout, snook, redfish, flounder, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, permit, flounder, ladyfish, blacktip shark and bonnethead shark.

Dave Cyr, a repeat client from Maine, got things started off on a fine note. We fished the Buttonwood Harbor area off Sarasota Bay and did well. We totaled 40 spotted seatrout to 21 inches, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jack crevalle and mangrove snapper. Most of the fish were caught on MirrOlure MirrOdines and D.O.A. CAL Jigs with gold paddle tails.

Mike Esposito of Kentucky battles a blacktip shark.
Dr. Everett Howell of Nashville, Tenn.,  had a decent outing in the same area. We managed 25 trout to 20 inches, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper and a redfish on MirrOdines, jigs and D.O.A. Deadly Combinations.

Bob Parrish of Plant City received a four-hour kayak fishing trip from his dad. But the action was good enough that he increased it to a six-hour outing. Parrish caught redfish to 28 inches, trout to 23, bluefish, ladyfish, jack crevalle, flounder and a bonnethead shark. He used MirrOdines and D.O.A. CAL Jigs.

Michael Esposito  of Louisville, Ky., fished Buttonwood Harbor and had a tough but rewarding day. Even though the fish weren't exactly jumping in the kayak, he caught trout to 18 inches, jack crevalle, ladyfish,  mangrove snapper and a blacktip shark on D.O.A. Deadly Combinations and MirrOlure MirrOdines.

Dr. Everett Howell of Tennessee enjoys the morning action.
Steve Manning of Sarasota joined me for a trip to Tampa Bay. We caught 40 spotted seatrout to 19 inches on MirrOdines and D.O.A. CAL Jigs. We also landed a pair of blacktip sharks.

Vinny Caruso of Bradenton fished with me on a number of occasions. We targeted sharks in Tampa Bay. Using live ladyfish, dead ladyfish, pinfish and bonito strips, we hooked a number of sharks over three outings and landed blacktip sharks to 50 pounds. We had 21 pickups over the three trips and landing a half dozen fish. In addition, we caught spotted seatrout, mangrove snapper, jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper while waiting for sharks to home in on our baits.

On our first trip to Tampa bay, we landed snook to 25 inches, flounder to 21, 15 trout to 18, ladyfish and gag grouper. We also encountered a bunch of sharks, but didn't have the tackle to handle them.

I fished a few different areas on scouting trips. I tried the Vamo area of Little Sarasota Bay and caught snook and spotted seatrout on MirrOlure Top Dogs and MirrOlure Lil Johns on light jig heads.

We had record amounts of rain during September. Although we needed the precipitation, we're hoping that October is just a little drier!

We're looking for good action in October. Redfish and snook should please on the flats. Spotted seatrout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pompano, ladyfish and jack crevalle are expected to cooperate over deeper grass in four to six feet of water.

Shark action should continue strong in Tampa Bay until the first cool snap.

October is a great month to fish. It's one of my favorites times to be on the water.

If you're interested in a fun day on the water, please give me a call or shoot me an email.

Steve Gibson
Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing


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