In October anglers can expect a cornucopia of action that is sure to produce a variety of tasty treats. Warm waters of the gulf will begin to cool as our days get shorter; it sends most species into a feeding frenzy with the fall patterns. Gag groupers have started migrating closer to shore and anywhere there are rock piles or ledges. Look for them in about 25 to 100 ft of water, and they WILL be hungry, getting fat to prepare for the winter.
Fire-truck red grouper will still be hot as ever, and look for them at 100ft and farther out. The fall kingfish run should start any day now, even though there have been some smoker kings around all year. The fall run can get wild and crazy, especially when you chum a large school. It’s like trick-or-treats while for grouper and snapper… That’s how I like to fish for kings; I make them come to me, instead of chasing them around.
Most species of offshore fish will be available and hungry, especially many mangrove & yellowtail snappers, as well as amberjacks. These are found in abundance in about 150ft on the wrecks and springs. can show up anytime in large schools, both near the beach to deep offshore. Mahi-Mahi (a dolphin unrelated to flipper) will be out deep until the first cool front pushes them south for the winter. Keep an eye out for blackfin-tuna; last fall we caught some nice ones on our flat lines. Summer action was boiling hot, but it’s only going to get hotter as the water temperature cools. Fall and early winter are my overall favorite times to fish. Now is the time to come out and GET YOU SOME!
Capt Larry McGuire
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Cortez Fishing Center
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