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Expected Bite for Early October

All - I am chompin at the bit to get down to the Forgotten Coast this coming October.  I will be there the first week of October and will be staying in the Indian Pass area.  I have a hobie outback and have identified some locations in St. Joseph Bay, Indian Pass/St. Vincent Island, and St. George Island to try my luck.  My first question is what is the typical early October fishing bite like?  My understanding is that the reds start schooling in the bays, particularly in St. Joseph Bay.  Will the spanish mackerel/or any kings be around near shore (just off of oceanside)?  Any other species I should try to target this time of year (would love to try and catch a tarpon - on my bucket list).  Of course, I will be going after some sea trout.

Some planned fishing locations/launches (for kayak):

1) St. Joseph Bay - Aquatic Preserve Launch (Lighthouse Bayou), Salinas Park, and may head up to the new cut at St. Joseph Bay park.

2) Indian Pass - Indian Pass Camp Launch (will stay away from the inlet - focusing on bay area and backside of St. Vincent Island)

3) St. George Island Park - plan to launch at the Goose Island boat launch; I might get a pass to go to the East Pass inlet.

Appreciate any guidance on good kayak launches and fish species to target.

BTW - I am an avid local commerce supporter; will be stopping by Indian Pass Raw Bar, Blue Water Outfitters, Fisherman's Choice, Lynn's Quality Oysters.  Feel free to recommend any other local shops/restaurants I should patronize while I am there.  LOVE THE FORGOTTEN COAST!


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