Well we had a gentle breeze out of the north this morning on 10/16/12, which had swung out shoreside of the cape area. Tides were extremely low back there this morning, lots of bird life including tons of roseattes showing up for the winter time. October fishing in Islamorada is great! We ran back to the cape today and hit some snook spots early on the low water, however not much action on the pinfish did catch a couple and miss a couple but the fish were funny. We idled up in a couple creeks and did get into some nice bunches of redfish. Islamorada Backcountry Fishing is all about fishing the conditions! As the water started in, it did bring some of the muddier gulf water inside. We did have a couple more snook bites as the waters rose above many of the downs trees near the shorelines, once the water was high enough we motored back into the sticks. Picked around at more redfish in the shallows and then headed back towards home for this fishing charter islamorada. On the way back we came across some several thousand mullets all schooled up swimming hard against the in current and the tarpon were going nuts on them. Busting tarpon as far as you could see all up and down the beach and canal. The fall mullet run has been very evident on the incoming tide deep in the everglades and the tarpon are happy. Great time to catch tarpon fishing in islamorada. We ended up netting some mullet and did get a coulple tarpon strikes, finally hooking one on a drift and catching it on light 15 lb tackle. Proud to report that Capt. Vic Gaspeny caught his first 'backcountry' slam consisting of redfish, snook, and tarpon. Always good to here on an october florida keys fishing report. The fall is a great time to fish here and the everglades can be a very good place to try! Still technically in our 'off season' you'll have much of the 'glades to yourself, so come on down let's go fishing!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk