Fall is in the air, which means the early mornings are nice and cool. Days quickly heat up but mornings give us a nice taste of the changing season and all that means for angling. The fishing is just epic now and will only get better.
Red fish are schooling up in large numbers of 15 to 30 fish in a school. Mid-incoming and the first part of the outgoing tide are producing a great red fish bite. Live green backs rigged with a 25 pound flouralcarbon leader in 1/0 to 2/0 circle hook is my go-to inshore set up.
Snook season is here and the snook bite is great; we are catching over two dozen snook every day with some monster 35+ inch snook mixed in. Live green backs are the best bait for snook, hands down. Any moving tide is producing a good bite. Target points and rocks with a good water flow, then cast baits up-current and hold on.
Trout action is great in three to five feet of water. Soft plastics and hard body lures work great. Mirrolure Little Jons in white, chartreuse, and root beer are my favorite colors. Top water plugs such as the Spook Jr. and Skitter Walks are great surface baits.
Shallow water grouper fishing is really heating up. We are catching some nice gags on plugs and dead bait in 10 to 13 feet. High outgoing tide is producing the best bite.