October is probably the best time of year to fish around the Navarre for several reasons. The weather is starting to cool down some; most of the tourists have left the area and pretty much everything that swims in our area will begin to fatten up for the approaching winter.
SOUNDS, BAYS AND RIVERS
Redfish, speckled trout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, ladyfish, bluefish, and jack crevalle will be available in Santa Rosa Sound and EastBay. The trout will be in 2 to 4 feet of water throughout the day ad will be actively feeding as long as there is moving water so pay close attention to the tides. Redfish will also be available in the same areas and will be targeting the schools of menhaden and mullet. Reds will also be stacked up in the Destin and Pensacola passes with the hottest action coming during the outgoing tide. Live baitfish fished on the bottom will produce non stop action when the bite is on! Area bridges such as the Brooks Bridge, Navarre, Bob Sikes and GarsonPointBridge are also great locations to target bull reds this time of year. Flounder will be in their fall migration and will be near most deep water structure as well as just outside the mouth of area creeks and streams that empty into the bay and sound. A live finger mullet, tiger minnows or bull minnows fished on the bottom is a deadly presentation that no flounder can resist. Just make sure to use a short leader and have a net ready, because flounder are notorious for spitting the hook
SURF AND PIER FISHING
Pier fishermen can expect to see plenty of action this month from king mackerel, spanish, blackfin tuna, bull redfish, whiting, pompano, bluefish, ladyfish, and sharks. Live bait will be the top presentation, but lures will work for many. In the surf the pompano bite should be in full swing. Redfish, whiting, blue fish, ladyfish and sharks will also be available to those fishing in the surf.
NEARSHORE AND OFFSHORE GULF
Offshore and nearshore anglers will see plenty of action whether bottom fishing for grouper, amberjacks, and triggerfish or trolling for pelagic species such as king mackerel, mahi mahi, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, and wahoo. Bottom fishermen will be targeting grouper and amberjacks with live bait and trigger and mingo snapper with cut bait. With Artificial deep diving plugs such as the Yo-Zuri, Rapala and Mann’s Stretch lures will also account for a lot of fish while trolling around pods of bait or area wrecks.Another great presentation is a blue and white or orange and black Islander rigged with a ballyhoo.
Until next month Tight lines and “Get out There”.