Fall is here and this is Tournament Time for me. Captain Steve Murray and Captain Robert Walczak took 1st Place in the Backwater Series Grand Championship Tournament on Saturday October 16th. This was a two redfish tournament. We brought in the two heaviest "slot size" redfish.
Fishing has been a little slow the last few days. The weather has changed. The humidity is down and the evening temperatures are down too. Usually, when we first get this weather change, the fishing gets a little tough for a short time. That's what happened this weekend. Fortunately for us - we still got on the "right" fish. We covered a lot of ground - fished live bait in the holes and threw 1/4 oz. jigs tipped with gulp shrimp across the mangrove shorelines. We landed almost 30 reds - most of them were shorts (under 18") - but we got two "slot" size (18"-27") reds that were very close to the high end of the slot. We worked hard and the effort paid off.
The Fall is a great time to fish in the Keys. The temperatures are excellent and there are many species available. In addition to the redfish, trout, snapper, shark, tarpon, snook, jacks and ladyfish - this time of year offers some excellent spanish mackerel - the black drum and sheepshead will start showing up in the deep holes and tripletail and cobia out in the gulf.
Tight Lines - hope to see you in the Keys!