The snook are biting and the red fish are schooling, but if you don’t get out on the water you would miss this spectacular time of the year to fish. Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of the year to fish. A recap of last months trips emphasis this point.
I was fortunate to get to fish with a father, his son and his son’s friend. The father and son were from France and the friend was from Italy. They had never saltwater fished with live bait. After a half day charter of battling snook and red fish. They were hooked. The challenge of landing large fish on light tackle was addictive to them. So much so that they re-booked within a few weeks.
A nice school of red fish was found on this point and it seemed that we would have a banner day, but the fish moved on after 5 or 6 bites and we were not able to keep up with them. As we trolled around the corner, a school of yellow tail jack’s (at least that is what my dad always called them) appeared.
Jack Crevalle are always fun on charter. Lb for lb it is hard to find a stronger fighting fish. Moving on and going through my spots in Tampa Bay we found some snook wanting to bite.
Snook are one of the most challenging of light tackle Tampa Bay fish due to their propensity to run into the structure and break you off. This can be quite frustrating for Captains and clients, but the reward of getting a snook to the boat can not be overstated.
I almost forgot that I ran the World Champion Smoking Mountain Brewery Crew back and forth for the races at Clearwater Beach.
They also won the Clearwater Race this last Sunday. Here are some random pictures from the race: