Been a bit since I got a report on so wanted to catch up. October for me was rough, when the park shutdown I lost all my trips that were booked. And I got a mere two calls and two trips for the entire month. That hurt the wallet so I fished very little in the month. Then the flood gates opened at the start of November thank goodness. I have fished both inshore and offshore equally over the past few weeks, with my preference on the offshore. Have not dialed in the tripletail yet as I can't find good traps in depths I like, but stay tuned. Right before this strong cold front the wrecks offshore were overrun with tarpon, permit, big jacks, cobia and of course bull sharks and hammerheads. Had 6 good hookups and leader releases in a day on tarpon in the 100 pound class. No pictures as due to the highly aggressive bulls, once the fish was near the boat and I grabbed leader, I broke them off to save the tarpon and also my hands. Sight fishing cobia in the same areas has been a blast. Multiple hookups, with the biggest hooked being around 70 lbs. but I have to say the highlight for me was the unsung hero and day saver, the might jack. I saw something last week that was new to me, schools of jacks so big they turned the water white around my boat with fish for a half acre. Anything that was thrown was eaten, if the fish lost it, another picked it up immediately. This went in for several hours, until we were all worn out. Great great times. One suggestion is while many of us fish snobs (myself included) don't really find jack a fine table fish, some of our less fortunate neighbors do. I always try to box a few to drop off from time to time, and it makes their day. 5 fish last week were over 100lbs of meat for families. Ask around you would be surprised at who may be very grateful to have them.
On the inshore side, took a solo camping trip down to the broad river to see what was happening. Lots of fish, still a lot of freshwater in the far back. If your around Camp Lonesome there's a sow gator who is very very grumpy. I usually just sleep on the deck of my flats boat when I'm solo, and was planning to stay around lonesome, but she was enough of a pest, that I didn't want to have her come a calling in the dark, so I made my way to the outside. Caught some good trout on the grass, reds on the bars then made my way back in. Who needs a fortress of solitude, we have the park.
On the charter inshore side, the bite has been very strong. Great bites on redfish have come on cut ladyfish, snapper are everywhere and will of course hit a live shrimp, but the ladyfish will work as well. Also a pretty good snook bite, though the big bruisers have eluded my anglers the past two weeks. The are there and they are hungry, but turning them in a current on a bank strung with mangroves is all part of the challenge.
Back out later this week for a few trips. Hope to see y'all out there
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