October and The 1st Week of November 2019 Fishing Report

The month of October was outstanding for the Snook fishery. The warm temperatures in the upper 80’s and low 90’s and light winds made it easy. The first one to throw a Snook in the cooler was young Lucas with his birthday fish at 31 inches. His PB.Lucas31incher Then Cindy broke the scale with the largest Snook of the month at 42 inches.Cindy42incher

Followed up by Jay with a 36 incher and Bob with a 35 incher.

The weather pattern of October was more like summer, so the Redfish and Drums stayed offshore. But the summer time rat Reds and rat Black Tip Sharks filled in the gaps.

As the end of the month wound down and November peaked in, the waters started to cool, brining in some of our Fall fish. Sharks started showing up on the flats chasing the schools of Mullet . These Sharks are Spinner, Black Tip, and Lemon Sharks, and they are a blast on light tackle. The average size is 5 foot, 125 lbs. Other species that showed up are the Triple Tail. Pictured below is Matt with a beauty at 22 inches MattTripletaleThe Reds started finally coming in, the average size is 20 to 25 inches. Pictured below is Henry with a beauty at 24 inchesHenryRed The Sea Trout are also arriving in good numbers. Slot this year is 16 to 19 inches. And of course, the Snook are still around in good numbers. Snook season will close Nov. 31st.  Slot is 28 to 32 inches. Here is Travis with a very lucky 28 inch Snook that was let go to grow bigger.TravisSnook

The Red Tide is not present in the 10,000 Islands and I expect the fishing to stay strong. Give me a call if you would like me to put you on some fish. 239-325-7109.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Jim Fortman


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