Stuart Jensen Beach Offshore Fishing Report and Forecast: October 2016


The summer fun may be behind us now, but fall offers more than just Octobers ghosts and goblins. Cooler waters and north winds will start our fall migration of mahi-mahi, sailfish, wahoo, and blackfin tuna. Live bait should still be readily available, but this time of year, I really enjoy trolling. A couple mullet dredges (we pull ours from Cannon 10ts) and a squid chain as teasers, along with four or five circle hook rigged ballyhoo should do the trick. Focus along the reef systems and along any current edges that you may see. Depths from 65 feet out to 165 feet are ideal this time of year, especially if you can find some suspended bait or large schools of small flying fish. Try trolling between five and six knots, working to the north, and more up sea and down sea then side to. October’s bottom fishing is pretty good as well, and you should see drastic improvements with each large north swell. In years past with warmer water than normal we’ve had a year-round mutton snapper bite. This October should be no exception. Anchor along the Loran Tower Reef between 65 and 75 feet of water and use just enough lead to hold bottom. Long leaders prevail here while using live bait, cut bait and sardines. As October comes to a close so will the mullet run, but while it’s still going on, the beach is a great place to target snook, jacks, and tarpon. This is predominantly sight fishing when the water is clean so make sure your Costa’s are clean. Whatever style of fishing you choose to do this October, I hope it’s Off The Chain.


Capt. Scott Fawcett is a full-time saltwater fishing guide in Jensen Beach, Florida, where he has lived for the last 30-plus years. He has fished throughout the Bahamas, the Keys and the Yucatan.

To land your dream fish with Capt. Fawcett, visit the Off the Chain website, call (772) 285-1055, or send Capt. Fawcett an email.