Fall is here! (Or at least Indian summer.) This is my favorite time of year on the Emerald Coast, and a fantastic time to get out on the water to do some fishing!
Spanish mackerel have been biting good on the tail end of the incoming tide just south of the East Pass in Destin, biting mostly artificial lures. Red snappers are open on the weekends and there are lots of other fish to catch Monday through Friday. We are seeing lots of Vermillions during the week along with some Kings, Mahi, Black Snapper, Grouper, etc. The fall Red Snapper season opened up for 4 days over Labor Day weekend with lots of anglers getting good catches on the days calm enough to go. The remains of Hurricane Hermine had the Gulf a little rough for a couple days but all in all we got off easy, unbelievably we didn’t even get any rain! Then the beginning of October we got some wind and choppy waters off the coast from Matthew which kept boats close to shore for a few days, but all in all a pretty uneventful Hurricane Season, and the storms barely put a dent in the fishing, with the exception of possibly red snapper, but that will be made up to us come November! (See below.) And Red Snapper will remain open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the rest of October.
Temperatures are starting to cool off a bit and generally that means the redfish and speckled trout bite picks up and that is what we are seeing. You can pick up bull reds and sheepshead and black drum around the bridges and deepwater structures also.
Florida State waters will also be open for 7 more days in November due to the storms”raining on our parade”. November dates will be the 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 25th, 26th & 27th.