October brings cooler weather and the long awaited mullet run. Snook, tarpon, redfish and trout will all be cooperating this month. Matching the hatch is the way to go this time of year. Super spooks, D.O.A. Bait Buster’s and jerk baits will be the go to baits. When there is so much bait available to predators, it is sometimes hard to get a bite on your presentation. Try going with a less natural color that stands out in the pack. Focus your cast on the edges of the mullet schools and you will do well.
The fall dolphin run should be in full effect this month. Look for them to begin the move into shallower water compared to their summer patterns. The bottom bite has been particularly good to us during the fall months. Look to target mutton snapper and yellowtail snapper in 80-to-100 feet of water. I like using mullet this time of year for both bottom fishing and trolling. It is readily available and a great hardy bait to keep alive on your kayak.
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