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10/18/02 10:16 PM
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Southwest Fishing Report 10/13/02

October is progressing as expected. Water temps have dropped slightly and have brought with it hoards of Pelagics, bait.

Snook: The Snook bite is very much on. This week I switched my focus to the preserve and Pine Island Sound. Snook were feeding aggressively. This weeks mid day low tides pushed large numbers of Snook into the potholes and feeder channels. While live Pilchards were never resisted, the Snook also ate Jigs, Jerk Baits and Gold Spoons.

Redfish: Schools of Bull Reds were again working Pine Island Sound. Clear days made approaching these fish difficult. A stealthy approach and long casts usually resulted in a hook up. Gold Spoons, Top Dogs and Chug Bugs provided the distance, and the right presentation was tough to resist by the hungry Reds. Smaller concentrations of Reds were also found through out the preserve, the east and west end of the east walls, as well as many of the shallow grass flats in the sound.

Trout: With the dropping water temps, the trout bite is starting to pickup. All of the deep grass flats held quality fish. Look for deep grass, bait and moving water, and you will find the specks. Focus on the potholes and channel edges on low tide.

While the top three species provide for consistent action this week, the “Hot” bite was found just off the beaches. Acre size schools of Spanish Macks, with many as large as 4-5 lbs, and Little Tunny up to 10lbs were gorging on bait schools from Boca Grande Pass north to Sarasota. As far as the eye can see, it was school after school after school. In the mix were Kingfish, Cobia and the occasional Tarpon. This is a fly-rodder’s dream. Chug Bugs, small silver spoon and any minnow imitating fly will result in an instant hook up.

Overall, this week’s fishing will be similar to last weeks. We’ll have a one day tide early in the week, with an early morning low tide by the weekend.

Good catching, and until next time…tight lines and many healthy releases.

Capt. Allan B. Beraquit
1-866-4-TARPON (482-7766)

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