Hello everyone, here is the fishing report for October 2014. So far it has been a good month with action in the mornings for going out and looking for tailing permit. A few days ago, I got into great tailing action on permit and landed a nice 12 lb permit which was caught on a live blue crab. It was pretty impressive to watch him eat the crab as he spit it out the first time then, the permit lit up and got excited because he couldn't find his breakfast. With a second shot at the same fish he ate my half dead blue crab. This time I was sucessful with a hookup and landing the fish. A lot of times this doesn't usually happen with a permit because they are very spooky when targeted on the flats.
The Bonefish this time of year in the lower keys brings some great action in the fall when in the right place at the right time you can really put some numbers on the board in catching these what I like to call " saltwater missiles " as I'm referring to bonefish. There has been some reports of fish tailing in the mornings as well when you get the right tailing conditions. The bonefish this time of are generally bigger with fish average around the 6 to 8lb range. But there is a chance to catch one that might be in 10lb range. Just recently, the marathon international bonefish tournament brought big numbers of fish that were caught in the tournament. 48 fish total were caught with tarpon and permit mixed in.
Mangrove snapper which is my most common food targeted species in the backcountry. Just recently I had found a big school of them just out on the Oceanside area on some of the coral patches here in the lower keys.
Snook season is under way and the fishing has pretty good in the Lower Keys. So far I have caught some snook in the 8 to 15 lb range. But there has been some reports of fish up in the 20 lb range as well. The key to sucess is having the right bait and the right conditions. On the other hand the best reports of snook have been coming from the flamingo area with fish coming up on the flats which makes a great target on fly!
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