Fishing in October, its a great time of year at Hibiscus By The Bay!
Please be advised that the Gulf Of Mexico supplemental red snapper season closes midnight the 21st for Florida state waters.
The Columbus Day weekend Vivian and I took a couple of trips to the Gulf Of Mexico side of Shell Island. The weather was great and Vivian had a great time. 😆 She loves to swim in the saltwater and I sure think it changes here demeanor. She is ALWAYS happier and seems to feel better after having spent sometime in the Gulf Of Mexico.
The first day we did a little fishing. Found some pompano but I couldn’t get them to bite. They were just laying in some holes just off the beach. Man it is frustrating to be able to see the fish and not be able to get them to bite. 🙄 ‘Course I only had artificials and I should have probably had some shrimp or sand fleas. I bet that would have done the trick.
While drifting along the beach a couple of dolphins showed up. It looked like a momma and her baby. Man she was a beggar. It seemed pretty obvious she had been feed before, which by the way is a no, no and get you a fine. Vivian sure enjoys seeing them and we got several photos of this lady as she hung around the boat while I tried to fish. Needless to say fishing is never too good when dolphins show up.
So far while fishing in October, the trout and redfish bite for me has been pretty good. I sure hope I get to fit a lot of fishing in October days in this month. I am weaning myself off most plastic artificial baits other than Z-mans as I move to nearly 100% Z-Man plastics . I will have to use some other plastics at times when the fish want smaller baits. The Z-Mans are pretty long or large baits. However, for my purposes their shrimp bait, which I’d like to use to replace the shrimp baits from Berkley Gulp, are too small.
Locating the redfish and trout still always proves challenging for me. Some of my problem is I just am not that good at reading the water yet… 😉 The bay is clearing up and sight fishing is coming back into play. The trout and redfish are still hitting the topwater lures like crazy. Last week BIG fish made off with two of my favorite topwater lures, one of which was the Unfair Lures DawgWalker 110. One fish I had on just inhaled the topwater and made a big ol’ roll. I put some pressure on and pop it was gone. I hate that! Those are $10.00 lures! All I got back was the 20 lb PowerPro. No leader. So maybe my knot failed. I think I may had my drag a little too tight. 😳 I got broke off a couple of times while fishing paddle tails. Not sure what was causing that.
Over near Crooked Creek, Vivian and I got into a school of fish that were feeding and just popping the surface like crazy. First few of casts we reeled in what for us were BIG bluefish, 2-4 lbs fish. They sure were fun to catch because they were just hammerin’ the topwater lures. That is soooo much fun! We eventually caught some speckled trout that were mixed in the school as well.
Things have quieted down in Panama City Beach. The Thunder Beach Bike Week celebration has ended, and the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is over. Currently just ending is the Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival. I may have kinda missed the boat on this one. They had a fishing tournament, that might have been fun to enter. Although for me personally, I wish it was a release live fish tournament. However, it is for a good cause. Proceeds go to benefit the Anchorage Children’s Home, Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Boys & Girls Club. Entry was just $10.00.
The categories were:
TROLLING: Tuna (any)/ Dolphin / Wahoo / King Mackerel
BAY: Speckled Trout / Flounder/ Spanish Mackerel / Blue Fish /Pompano / Sheepshead
BOTTOM: Red Snapper (if in season) / Red Grouper / Gag Grouper / Amberjack / Beeliner (Vermilion Snapper) / White Snapper (Red Porgy)
I hope to get out fishing quite a lot this month and I hope you can to. Gotta go!
Light winds, calm seas and good fishing to ya!
Mike and Vivian Foate