Fall fishing has arrived in full in the Ponce Inlet area and with the drop in humidity, you can literally feel it in the air! Comfortable temperatures, much less rain chances, and great fishing are what fall in central Florida is about.
Bull reds are one of the main highlights of fall fishing. Large numbers of oceanic fish gather in accessible areas and provide some of the best fishing of the year. Snook fishing is also at some of its best quality of the year, and the mullet run also gives us intense fishing for ravenous large jack crevalle.
Nearshore, on the days without northeast winds, we still have some chances at tarpon. October is typically our last tarpon month of the year in the Ponce Inlet area, but when opportunities present themselves, we are quick to take them!
Sight fishing in Mosquito Lagoon remains a fun option with good water clarity in some areas and fish feeding in their fall pattern style giving us opportunities with fly and spin tackle. Redfish and sea trout are the main targets in the fall but we do see snook sometimes as well as black drum.
As the winds shift from westerly to northerly and the air feels noticeably cooler and less humid, the fall seasons has quickly arrived. The comfortable break from the hot and humid summer days brings with it one of my favorite seasons of fishing. Fall fishing can be some of the most productive of the year for resident species like redfish and snook.
Around the Ponce Inlet area, the fish will gather in certain spots over the next couple months. This area will be very productive for redfish, snook and the occasional tarpon as we push into the mullet run season. This type of fishing can be very exciting with all types of action and feeding happening.
With summer ending, we shift our focus from nearshore to inshore fishing as most of our nearshore species will be following the mullet migration or they have left the area for the winter such as our false albacore tuna.
Inshore flats fishing in Mosquito Lagoon has remained an option throughout this summer and we have seen some great improvements in the grass flat habitat. The fishing tends to be productive enough around the inlet area that we don’t focus as much on the flats fishing during the fall but we will still do some trips in this area.
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