In the central west region the water temps are dropping due to the afternoon rains and the shorter days. As a result the fishing has improved a lot. Large schools of bait can be found up and down the beaches. Still use a 1/4 inch net. Plenty can still be found on the flats just inside the passes as well. As for the fishing, the mangrove snapper bite is the best in I've seen it in 15+ years. They can be caught in the inlets, passes, flats, bridges on shrimp or live bait. Speckled trout fishing is good in the deeper (3-5ft) grass flats. Redfish are schooled up and can be found in their usual areas on long bar, the mouth of the manatee river & the grass flats just off of Rattlesnake key. Don't be surprised if jacks & bluefish are caught while targeting the schools of redfish. Snook season is now open, the night bite is still the best time to target snook, but as we get into October the fall fishing on the flats will be great. All in all it is a great time to be out fishing. Don't forget to get your boat serviced and ready for the fall at Ingman Marine & while you are there check out the new Yamahas & Pathfinders!
Capt. Geoff Page
Pathfinder Pro Staff