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October fishing report

Welcome to the Coastal Angler magazines October fishing report. Pack your fishing bag, because we are going to the beach! The Mullet schools will be in full swing at this time of the year. Anyone with beach access or a boat can get involved in this awesome fishing experience. You don't need to look hard, the tell-tale sign will be flopping fish on the surface in a giant black mass. In the schools you're going to find predator fish like Tarpon, large Jacks and hard-fighting Snook. The best bait of choice..? well, that would be a live Mullet fished on the outside of the schools. Artificials work well too, as long as you keep it in the same color scheme as a Mullet. Some of these schools will be very close to shore so, if you're on a vessel, be cautious of your depth. It's very easy to lose track trying to catch that monster Tarpon. Awareness is the key!

For you deep water anglers the Dolphin bite will be good offshore. Head to the weed lines past 300ft of water. The Dollis won't be large , but there will be lots of them swimming together. Look for floating debris, this will hold bait that the Dolphin feed on during their migration pattern. I like to have a Penn medium action rod with a SpinFisher reel ready to pitch to a hungry fish. Also, don't forget that there may be Triple Tails floating on the heavier weed lines. I suggest having a few live shrimp to cast to them because they do have small mouths and they can be very finicky fish. October is generally a windy month, so prepare yourself by checking the weather before heading offshore. If the wind is blowing more than 13 miles an hour generally the seas will be a little bit rougher. You have been warned!

Capt. Weston Russell



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