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Week of October 16: Cooler water temperatures should improve the action 

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Angler of the Week:  This angler named Dave caught a 16-inch flounder at the T -dock just one day before the season closed on them. Thanks to our fishing guide, Snookman, for sharing.  We need your fishing photos! If you'd like to be featured as the Angler of the Week, please send your photos to We love details! Please include your name, hometown, species of fish and (if you want to share) the bait or lure that worked for you! 

Today's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, a high of only 73 degrees (you won't roast today), one to two-foot seas, and WNW winds at 15 mph. 

It’s time again for our weekly fishing report from “Snookman” Wayne Landry:


“Good morning, fishing fanatics. I hope everyone enjoyed the great weather last weekend.

 Fishing not so much, but great weather.

Today’s report is going to be a bit short as not too much has been happening at the inlet due to the dark water from the intracoastal waterway mixing with the silty ocean water, as well as the lack of mullet to keep things happening. There are mullet around, but just not thick as they were in previous weeks. There are fish but you have to hunt for them or put in some time and wait them out for the cleaner water. The water temperature has dropped to more seasonal conditions, between 78 and 80  along the coast. The NNW winds mean the ocean swell will be pretty calm and should clear up. Bluefish, jack crevalle, snook, ladyfish, redfish and flounder are the species I saw caught over the weekend, but they were scattered everywhere. And remember folks, flounder are CLOSED from October 15 to November 30.  

North jetty:  Not much action here, but there are several species being caught, and mostly on the cleaner incoming tide because the outgoing has too much fresh water in it for the fish's liking. Beachside they were catching Spanish mackerel on live greenies freelined or with a small bobber to keep the bait on top. Most were in the 14 to 18-inch range. Bluefish and jack crevalles and lady fish make up the others being caught on the beach. Any bait or artificial lure will work for them. The bluefish were in the 13 to 15-inch range. I saw 15 to 16-inch black drum caught on Saturday on live and dead shrimp. It's getting to be that time of year for them to move in along with the sheepshead as the water cools down some more. Also, if the water clears with the cooler temps, the pompano should return. They prefer water temps in the 75 to 78-degree range. Cut shrimp, sand fleas and fish bites will do the trick for them. On the incoming tide both Saturday and Sunday there was a decent snook bite on live shrimp. However, most were undersized, and many were of the smaller species we do see this time of the year that never will get big enough to keep. Most people don't realize we have five different species of snook in Florida: the common snook, which is what we catch frequently and are the biggest species in the Atlantic; the smaller ones we see in the winter months are the small scaled fat snook, large scale fat snook, tarpon snook, and the rarest of them, the sword spine snook, which is mostly a brackish water fish. They do come out in the inlet when the water gets bad in the river. There are 12 species of snook in the world, 6 species in the Atlantic, and 6 in the Pacific, with the black snook being the largest of the snook species. A little snook education for you all. Moving on.

South jetty: Over here it has been an incoming tide bite only for the snook and redfish along the entire jetty shoreline. Live baits, pinfish, pigfish, shrimp and mullet are doing the trick. Most of the fish have been undersized, but there are some nice slot sized fish being caught. There have also been some nice catch and release redfish being caught too. Outgoing tide on the beach side in the pocket area there have been some nice flounder showing up for those fishing small finger mullet. Quite a few small ones too.  I spoke with a friend of mine who was able to catch a nice 24 inch flounder last week! Also note, flounder are closed from October 15th to December 1st, when they open back up. Also there have been reports of some pompano around in the clean water. Not to mention the pesky catfish and some small nurse sharks as well. At the tip they are catching some nice bluefish and jack crevalle on cut baits and artificials. 

T-Dock area: Fishing back here has been hit-or-miss, with middle of the cleaner incoming tide being the time you want to be here. Small mangrove snapper, and undersized mutton snapper are still being caught around the dock pilings on live and dead greenies, which are plentiful back here. Spanish mackerel and some bluefish are being caught as well for those tossing small artificial jigs and spoons to the channel area. The snook bite back here has been off for the most part, both night and day. Not much happening. I also saw a very nice 16-inch flounder caught on Saturday! Live greenie did the trick for that lucky angler. With the water continuing to cool down, they will be on the prowl, it is the time of year for them to show. Also note, flounder are CLOSED from October 15 to December 1 where they will open back up! 

Surf area, both sides: When the water is a bit cleaner there have been reports of pompano being caught, along with whiting. Cut shrimp and fish bites are doing the trick for them. Also, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are being caught for those fishing with silver spoons and small swim baits. Blues will bite cut bait, too. If you are lucky enough to find some mullet in the surf, snook, reds and tarpon are a good possibility. Cast netted mullet and medium to large swim baits will entice a bite. Also, it is the time of the year for the sharks to be around as well, blacktips, spinners and Bull sharks are always around following the schools of mullet, so you may also encounter them! 

So there you go my fishing friends. It's not a lot, but it is something to keep us fired up. As the water clarity improves and temperatures cool, the action will get better. This week is should be much cooler than it has been since April, which should get our "cool water" species going good. Grab your gear, some bait and find your favorite "spot in the sun" and enjoy the day, and catch some fish!! Snookman.