I have to start off by saying that this cool air that I have been feeling in the morning feels good but has brought back some bad memories concerning last years cold. I'll use that as the segway to pass along the information concerning the FWC ruling on Snook. The FWC has ruled that the Snook season be closed until September 2011. I applaud them and feel that this will be the best long term decision. With the water cooling a little, October should be fantastic. September was a pretty good month and we caught a lot of fish under the right conditions. October should be better. The Trout, Redfish, and Grouper bite will increase dramatically as the water temps drop into the 70's. We are also on the cusp of the King Mackerel migration. These fish will be heading south and will make a brief visit in our area. Along with them will be the bigger Spanish Mackerel and the Bonita (Little Tuny). If you have ever been on the other end of the line with a Bonita then you know the battle and the fun it produces. They are not good for eating but are great for catching. The Big Black Drum are under the bridges in the Bay and schooling up and will soon depart and head offshore when the water drops below their comfort zone. I have not taken a trip for them yet but have gotten good reports from my peers. Tarpon are still in a few places, but time for them is limited with the Fall season headed our way. I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween. 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.
Capt. Ric Liles
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