Favorite Fishing Month

By: Eric Henson

September is my favorite month of the year because it is the first month of the year that¬†shows some relief from the summer’s long hot days, and it¬†also happens to be my birthday! As the days slowly begin to shorten and the temperatures lower a bit, it triggers the majority of fish to start feeding heavily. The species have been spending their time spawning all summer, so they will be on a tear looking for their next meal. You can see this feeding response¬†pretty much all over Florida. With¬†that being said, it’s great for me, especially because I like to travel to different locations throughout Florida celebrating my birthday!

One of my favorite¬†places to travel this time of the year is to the Florida Keys! Trust me, I know we are blessed here in Southwest Florida with our water, but we don’t have bonefish here, or at least not that you can actually¬†target on the regular. Plus, it’s one of the greatest times of the year to target permit, so it’s pretty¬†much a win-win!¬†The only real downside is that it’s the tail end of hurricane season and winds can still be horrid. I’ve had some incredible¬†trips canceled for this reason; nonetheless¬†when it’s good it’s good!

Like I said earlier, it is great fishing here in Sarasota¬†and really just about anywhere¬†in Florida. Pick a spot, load your kayak and gear up, then hit the water for some line burning fun! There’s nothing better than fishing and learning how to fish a new area. If you aren’t comfortable on your own or would like a little help on the learning curve, hire a guide. Just do yourself a favor and get out there and enjoy yourself. Look forward to catching you all out there!