After a lot of rain at the beginning of October we are finally seeing stable weather with fall like temps!¬† This will really get the Fall fishing in to high gear!¬† Here are the fish I target during October and how I like to fish for them.
Speckled trout are not too hard to catch, but knowing what lures to use and when can really make a difference in how many you catch.¬† I prefer to use grubs and hard baits in deeper waters (six to twenty feet) like MirrOlure 52m & 52MR‚Äôs or the newer 18MR series.¬† The grubs I prefer are Berkley Gulp 3‚ÄĚ shrimp, the new 3‚ÄĚ Ripple mullet and Saltwater Assassin Seashads in 4‚ÄĚ size.¬† When I‚Äôm targeting Speckled trout in shallower waters (two to six feet) I prefer lures like the MirrOlure 17MR and catch 2000 jr: on very calm mornings try a MirrOlure She pup top water plug will get those trout to blow-up out of the water!¬† It‚Äôs so exhilarating to see a big fall Trout hit a top-water lure!¬† If you would rather use live bait, try live mud minnows or live shrimp; rig the live bait on a light Carolina rig for deeper water or a float rig for shallow waters.
During October you can catch very good size and numbers of Flounder.¬† I catch most of my October flounder around the inlets, creeks and channels that lead to the inlets.¬† Casting lures like Berkley Gulp Jerkshad in sizes five and six inch should put some keeper Flounder in the cooler for you.¬† If you would rather use live bait; try a Carolina rig with a three to six inch mullet in the same areas.¬† Try a Eagle Claw L42 1/0 size hook for your flounder Carolina rig.¬† Just remember to take your time when you hook that door mat Flounder, they are great at getting off the line and have a good landing net close by like an EGO net.
As the waters cool down from the fall air the Redfish really get active and this is the time to catch some good numbers in shallow water.¬† The mullets will be in full run by early October and the Redfish take full advantage of this!¬† Casting top-water lures along marsh grass banks and oyster rocks in creeks and along the ICW will sure to put a Redfish on your line.¬† Try these top-water lures; MirrOlure‚Äôs Top-pup or Sebile‚Äôs Ghost Walker.¬† Remember work these lures with good side to side action(walking the dog) for a sure strike bite action!¬† Also you can cast live finger mullets on rattling or popping corks for these shallow water Redfish as well.
The bigger Reds start to show up in the ocean on hard bottoms and around the inlets during September; this year has been a epic early fall Bull Red bite.¬† You never know when you might hook one of these hard fighting fish.¬† When I fish for bigger Reds, I use fresh cut or live menhaden and mullet.¬† I use fish finder rigs with 7/0 or 8/0 circle hooks and eighty pound Berkley Big game mono leaders. Don‚Äôt forget to keep your drag tight when using circle hook so they will do their job.¬† One tip I can give you when fishing for Bull Reds, is don‚Äôt use to light of tackle for these bigger Reds.¬† If you fight them to long, there is a chance you can tire them out to much and kill them.¬† Try a med/heavy rod and a reel with at least thirty pound mono or braid, this will help you get the fish in quicker; with a better chance of a good release.¬† Check to see if the Red has a yellow tag in its back; there are a fair amount of tagged Big Reds out there.
Spanish mackerel and False Albacore fishing can be great during October.¬† The Spanish and False Albacore run the biggest all year during the fall.¬† You can cast or troll for them and the fly fishing can be great as well.¬† The Spanish and False Albacore will be around the inlets and near shore artificial reefs.¬† Look for jumping/busting fish and diving birds; that is where you will find the Spanish and False Albacore.¬† Casting small spoons or jigs on light spinning tackle will put some fish in the boat for you.¬† If you would rather troll, give a Blue Water Candy Daisy Chain a try on top and a #1 planner down deep with a Clark spoon.¬† If you would like to give fly fishing a try, use a six to nine weight set up with floating line with a small minnow pattern fly or epoxy minnow pattern; my favorite!
Tackle run down: PENN Battle II‚Äôs and Clash Spinning reels 2000,2500, & 3000 sizes for the Redfish, Speckled trout, Spanish, Albacore and Flounder. Bull Reds PENN Fathom casting reels or SpinFisher spinning reels.¬† Rods PENN Battalion 6‚Äô6‚ÄĚ & 7‚Äô medium and med/heavy for the Redfish, Spanish, Albacore and Flounder.¬† Med/light for the Speckled trout. Bull Reds PENN Rampage Jigging class rods in 50 to 100 class. Line Spiderwire Ultra-cast in ten and fifth-teen pound.¬† Berkley Pro Spec fluorocarbon leader material in twenty pound.¬† Bull Red line Thirty pound Berkley Pro-Spec Chrome mono.
Capt. Jot Owens
PENN Tackle Elite Staff
Ranger Boats Pro Staff