Wow! As I’ve mentioned before, October is one of my favorite months to fish the backwaters in SW Florida. Last week was no exception. On several. half day trips, my clients enjoyed plenty of action with snook, redfish and juvenile tarpon.
Snook fishing was good, but as the week went on the action seemed to taper off. However the redfish action really took off as we had trips catching 25 or more fish during half day trips. The redfish are averaging 24 inches and seem to be just about everywhere we stop right now.
The highlight of the week was Friday afternoon, with long-time client John Shroyer and his daughter Susan. The two found constant action with redfish (boating at least two dozen in four hours) as well as several snook, flounder, too many jacks and a hookup with a 40 # tarpon by John which ended up with a cut off in the mangroves.
John managed to muscle in a huge 24 lb. 26 inch redfish from under the mangroves. This was the largest red ever boated in the backwaters aboard my boat during my 31 year career! My previous boat record was 17 lbs.
Bull reds like this and larger were common in the 1980′s but were always caught in the gulf or near the passes. This was certainly a trophy fish as well as a fish of a lifetime!
This morning (Sunday) I had a repeat trip with Chuck Maston and buddy Chris. We managed a mixed bag of several slot redfish, snook, two juvenile tarpon, snapper, gag grouper and plenty of fiesty jack crevalle.Capt. Todd G. Geroy
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