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October 2014 Fishing Report and Forecast

 Tampa Bay



 Snook, Trout and Redfish

October, and the afternoon thunderstorms are winding down. As we get farther into October the thunder boomers will be all but gone and our attention will focus on the passing of cold fronts that bring that dreaded North West wind! We do have to keep an eye south for any tropical development as October is a prime month for development in the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Water temperatures will begin to drop from the low 80’s to the low to mid 70’s by month end. With the cooling water temperatures we will begin to see fish become more and more active.

In early October Snook and Redfish on the flats and back bays are favorites, I will target snook just a bit more than I have the last few seasons reflecting on the continuing rebound from the 2010 cold snap. I still think snook need a little help in there rebound and we can all do our part by not keeping a lot for the dinner table. Care in handling is paramount, carefully insuring their safe release back into the waters.


Redfish have started to group up in mid-September. These schools are easily spotted on the clear flats of Tampa Bay’s Southshore. Look for redfish around mangrove tree lines, oyster bars or on the open grass flats. Sometimes the school of red fish will be intermingled with mullet schools. Try using small pinfish about the size of the palm of your hand under a cork or soak cut up ladyfish in the middle of a sand hole that is surrounded by grass. Either way will work just fine this time of year

Trout should be on the shallower grass flats in early fall and as the weather gets cooler the trout will move into deeper areas near the river mouths and passes. Based on the summer catch of trout I would expect to see a good number of big trout caught this fall season. Try to find grass in the 3 to 4 foot range. Shrimp or a greenback under a popping cork are great baits to use this time of year. Another good technique for trout is to use a D.O.A Shrimp under a popping cork. This works very well from now through the spring season.

Spanish mackerel will also be around through mid to late October or until the water temperature starts to drop through the low 70’s. Fish mackerel with live greenbacks and chum with a frozen chum bag. 40 # leader and an extra-long shank hook will improve your catch to break (bite) off ratio


I do expect a few Tarpon to be around but winding down as progress through October. I have caught tarpon in open water as late as the 1st week of November, that being the exception not the rule. There are a few Tarpon that stay in Tampa Bay year round but the bite is a bit tough. Look for Tarpon at the river mouths around the Palm, Alafia, Little Manatee and the Manatee Rivers. Juvenile Tarpon can be found in some of the deeper bends of our local rivers near the mouth. D.O.A bait buster is a great bait to use for these fun fish.

October can be a great month to fish the Tampa Bay area waters. Get out and try your luck but by all means stay safe and have a great time.

Capt. Danny Guarino a lifelong resident of the Tampa area and full time fishing guide on Tampa Bay. 813-956-2010 Capt. Danny co-host the Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio show on Sports talk Tampa Bay 1040 The Team each Sunday Morning and is a proud member of the Pro Mercury team.



Photo Credits

 Wayne Margole Orlando and Perry Baileykopp Atlanta pose for a photo with 2  Tampa Bay snook caught while on a resent fishing trip with Capt. Danny Guarino

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