October is here and our Tampa Bay fishing options are endless. Water temperatures started to fall last month and will continue drop. October is one of my favorite months to fish. The weather starts to cool, the redfish bite is going off, snook are on the move, trout continue to keep rods bent. Why wouldn’t October be everyone’s favorite?
The Tampa Bay redfish bite was good last month and should continue to get better this month. The redfish have been taking live white bait (scaled sardines). The key is to have plenty of bait to keep the redfish chummed up and interested. If artificial is your thing, top water plugs with a mullet pattern would be my choice.img_0018
The snook fishing around Tampa Bay continues to be steady. Most fish are on the move but will be settling in as we start to see some cold fronts push south. Live bait is the most productive way to catch snook but not the only way. I like to throw MirrOlure Top Dog (red head/white body) surface bait. Watching a snook of any size crush a top water lure is exciting.img_2724
Fishing trout in Tampa Bay has been great and will continue as temperatures drop. Look for any grass flat with good tidal flow and a good source of bait, and you are sure to run into some trout. I prefer a live shrimp under a cork. Most soft plastics with a 1/8 ounce jig head, is hard for a trout to turn down.
To book your Tampa Bay fishing charter with Captain Will Shook, call 813.732.5971

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