What a wonderful time of year it is! Football season is finally here and September usually marks the beginning of another Snook season. This year the Snook season will be a little different than any in the past as the FWC will make an announcement on September 16th concerning the state of the Snook fishery. My hopes are that they keep it closed until the Spring of 2012. Winning the lottery may be more probable. I look for September to be a lot like August with Trout, Spanish Mackerel, and Sharks being the easiest catches. When the weather conditions allowed August was a good month for these three species. I am also looking forward to the Redfish bite we are about to be on. I have already started seeing these big bruisers around the bay and have caught a few but not really given them a lot of attention yet. Recently it has seemed that when I get a good tide to Redfish, I have a group that wants to do something else and vise versa. Mangrove Snapper are finally starting to be on the agenda but they are not as plentiful as in the past few years. I'm not sure if that is part of the Cold weather we had last winter or just the fact that the last 3 years have been fantastic. Tarpon and Grouper are still here for the challenge and we might see an early arrival of King Mackerel and Bonita in the bay during the month of September.
On another note. The radio show that I cohost "Outdoor Fishing Adventures" on ESPN will have a booth at the Florida Sportsman show at the fairgrounds the last weekend of September. We would love to have you come by and visit with use while you are at the show.
Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water.
Remember: don't let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing.
Take care and tightlines,
Capt. Ric Liles
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Co-Host - Outdoor Fishing Adventures, ESPN Radio