Absolute Florida Flats Fishing—a fishing guide service serving the West Central Florida Gulf Coast area of Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, and Clearwater—reports the inshore/nearshore fall fishing season is finally here. With our first baby cool front moving through, the daylight hours growing shorter daily, cooling water and air temperatures making it the most comfortable fishing of the year, and the (baitfish) pilchards, small to full-blown size, returning to all the beaches and flats, the fishing is going to take off with all the predator species on hand.
Snook season is open for fish measuring 28" to 33", the redfish spawn is on right now in the shallow fishing flats. The season change will trigger many changes in our fishery; the barometric change, coupled with cooler water, will begin the annual migration of the big spotted sea trout, not to mention all the nearshore species—namely cobia, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, bonita, and more—that will be headed back to their winter hangouts in the Florida Keys and more southern locales feeding all the way down the line.
We will start our day by catching (cast netting) a livewell full of the bait of choice (pilchards), and, depending on the targeted fish inshore and nearshore, we’ll fish from deep stained waters of the nearby rivers and estuary systems, the area flats, barrier islands, sounds and bays to the beaches and nearshore rock piles and artificial reefs till we get-r-done! During this time of the season, all the predator game fish have the feed bag on looking to store fat for the upcoming winter. All in all, with the late winter we had last March to the late arriving first cool down, this fishing should remain with us through December.
This is a special time of year for fishing (MY FAVORITE TIME) with your family, friends and buddies, business acquaintances, good company from out of town on a visit to our beautiful state.
Capt. Rich Knox