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Oct 1, 2017 Fishing Report Fishing Report Archives

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Coastal Angler Magazine


FORECAST BY: Capt. John Young

Mullet of all sizes have arrived in big numbers on the Treasure Coast, which means fishing in October is outstanding for snook in the Indian and St. Lucie rivers. You can load up a couple dozen finger mullet in one throw of the cast net. Free line a mullet near the docks and/or seawalls for snook waiting to ambush the bait. If we continue to have massive amounts of freshwater runoff, fish the deeper bridges with mullet or shrimp on jig heads because the saltier water will be near the bottom. Casting big jigs at night around the Quarter Bridge with a slow crawl just off the bottom has been producing snook. There are plenty of big jacks blasting the bait schools. Any topwater plug with fast action will get their attention and for a novice angler they will never forget the fight. A little dip in water temperatures and less daylight will bring the macs and blues to our waters from up north. Cut bait or Krocs spoons for the blues and anything green and shiny for the macs will do the trick. Black drum and sheepshead can be caught on small pieces of shrimp or fiddler crabs fished near rocky channels or close to bridge pilings. Indian River trout will be on the edges of the mullet schools, so watch for surface action as they feed on the finger mullet. Long casts with 7 M 11 MirrOlures or D.O.A. Bait Busters along with the regular arsenal of topwater plugs will get you in the action. Tarpon can be caught in the Crossroads with a big mullet free lined out the back of boat. 


FORECAST BY: Capt. Scott Fawcett

After an extremely active hurricane season, we are all glad that October has finally made its way back to us. Early fall marks the start of another transition period along the Treasure Coast. As the waters start to cool back down from the upper 80s and low 90s, northwest winds will push dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, and most of all, sailfish back down our coast line. This time of year, especially towards the end of the month and into November, trolling is usually the preferred method of fishing. Four small naked ballyhoo rigged on Mustad ultra-point circle hooks and a bigger bait with a skirt or Scylla Lure rigged on wire is a pretty good go to set up. I strongly recommend pulling at least one dredge teaser if you’re not yet, and I always pull a squid chain for that Off The Chain bite. Weed lines, current edges, and color changes from 90 to 225 feet are typically the best areas to focus on this time of year, but if surface conditions are not visible you can always fall back to trolling or drifting along the reef line and numerous areas with good bottom contour. Bait will typically congregate around these areas, in turn attracting bigger fish. Capt. Bill Shuda’s Homeport Chart #36 is a great way to see which areas are most productive and get a good lay of the land. Bottom fishing this time a year is usually pretty good as well, especially over the last few years. Grouper season is open until January 1 and mutton, mangrove, and lane snapper, along with seabass, will be biting good through the next few months as well. Check out Capt. Rocky’s Stuart area deep sea forecast for a more detailed bottom fishing report. 


FORECAST BY: Capt. Rocky Carbia

The tropical ghosts of last month will continue to haunt the anglers who seek saltwater treats, offshore of the Treasure Coast during the fall days of October.  Sinister low-pressure systems will still have the potential to form and then lurk near our coast, as the peak of the hurricane season will span through the latter weeks of this month. Weather, as always, will be the key component that inevitably shapes our offshore fishing strategies.  The epic, tumultuous offshore weather of recent days is a major game changer and will have significantly impacted the movement of all species of saltwater fish during the days of October.  Large ocean ground swells produced by these expansive low-pressure systems also contain the potential to re-shape the ocean’s bottom contour.  After swells of this nature subside, it’s not uncommon to find an influx of some species of deep water (250 feet or deeper) fish that are “pushed” inshore as a result.  Large, gag grouper and jumbo, vermilion snapper are a couple examples of bottom dwelling species that can magically turn up on inshore reefs from 70 to 150 feet of water.  If and when the offshore weather scenario settles down this month, strategies that highlight bottom fishing will continue to be the “go to” plan of choice.  Most species of our local snapper and grouper families will be solidly populating Martin County’s offshore bottom structures.  Lane and mutton snapper will make an inshore jog this month and will be found in good numbers around and atop    of the vast array of artificial reefs in 50 to 70 feet of water (go to for GPS coordinates).  October will have the opportunity to bloom into a “Snapptober”, provided that a user-friendly weather window reveals itself for the offshore anglers of the Treasure Coast.


FORECAST BY: Chris Sharp

Fishing in October along the Treasure Coast can be very exciting for the land based angler. The mullet will be pushing in the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie River. By this time of year, you probably won’t have to look very hard for bait. Some areas that will hold plenty of bait will be any of the smaller creeks in the St. Lucie River. If you are fishing in the Indian River Lagoon, go to the side of the river that the wind is coming from. This will help you find more bait.

Now that you understand where the mullet are, it’s time to understand on what to use. Yes. a live mullet will be pretty hard to beat. But also understand if you are putting your mullet in a school of hundreds of other mullet and yours is the only one with a hook in it, your odds might not seem very good. My suggestion would be to have a handful of different lures that look like the bait that is around, and having the right size can be very important, which means sometimes lures that are as big as 10-inches.

These are some of my suggestions for an artificial lure. Live Target makes some of the most realistic lures imaginable. D.O.A. Lures makes probably my most confident lure for the mullet run. I have caught so many big snook and tarpon on a D.O.A. Bait Buster. If you are not using this lure during this time of year, I will not be mad at you. But if you are the person that is always going to use live bait, try a couple small things to make your mullet stand out. Putting a very small cut on the side of the bait, cutting one of his fins, and/or hooking the bait In different places of its body will increase your chances of out-fishing your buddy.

These are just some of the things to look for during the month of October. The Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie River is a very diverse area. Follow the tides. Make sure you are on the water at dark “30”. And don’t forget to have fun. It is called fishing and not catching.

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