October is the time of year most of the country thinks of leaf-peeping and pumpkins. But, it’s our last month of summer here in the Keys!
Snapper fishing was off the chain in August and September, and I’m optimistic it will continue this month. The reef, patch reefs, bay and bridge venues should all produce excellently.
The reef abounds with mangrove, yellowtail and mutton snapper. And, with each passing week we see increased amounts of baitfish pouring in from the north which, in turn, ignites the feeding activity for our resident fish. We will discuss this at length in our November article.
The fishery that really comes to life in October is mangrove snapper and seatrout in Florida Bay. As we get deeper into the month, we will also have keeper size gag grouper.
You’ll find average size mangroves and trout on the grass banks, whereas you’ll need to fish the near-shore wrecks for the larger mangroves and grouper.
Our favorite baits for the snapper and trout are fresh-caught chunked ballyhoo. But, the grouper tend to favor either live ballyhoo or live pinfish.
Seven Mile Bridge
Another venue with increased activity this month is the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge. The primary target here again is mangrove snapper, although you can catch plenty of keeper size yellowtails and muttons here as well.
We fish around the pilings of the Old Seven Mile Bridge with fresh shrimp and small live pinfish. We also begin to find pilchards this time of year. They are the top choice for the largest mangroves and muttons plus the occasional keeper grouper.
Fishing offshore of Marathon during October, we usually get a decent run of nice size dolphin, fish in the 10- to 20-pound range. The run doesn’t last nearly as long as our spring/summer season, but what is lacking in quantity is made up for in quality.
Finally, the Marathon humps typically produce quality tuna in the 10- to 20-pound class during October. Both trolling and run-and-gun style fishing will work.
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SeaSquared is expanding!
We are pleased to announce we have added a new boat to the SeaSquared fleet. In addition to our Parker 28-foot center console, we also have a Pursuit 27-foot center console. This boat is a real workhorse. At 9’ 6” wide, she has ample 360-degree fishing room for up to six anglers. Her name is the Klimax and she is skippered by Capt. Chris Klimas, who provides all the same types of fishing trips that we run on the Parker. We hope you’ll give us a call to fish on the Klimax soon!October 1, 2013 Capt. Chris Johnson SeaSquared Charters Marathon Florida Keys 305-743-5305
Capt. Chris Johnson is a member of the Yamaha National Fishing Team and specializes in offshore, reef/wreck, gulf/bay, shark and tarpon fishing with SeaSquared Charters out of Porky’s Bayside Restaurant and Marina in Marathon. You can reach him at 305.743.5305, http://SeaSquaredCharters.com. For daily fishing reports with pictures, please click over to http://Facebook.com/MarathonFishing.
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