Last Updated on November 3, 2020 by Eric Bonneman
October Fishing Report
Gag Grouper and Redfish is the staple of Crystal River Fishing and there is no better time than now to catch multiples of these species in a day with the chance of breaking your personal best on the very next cast.
As for the Grouper Fishing here in Crystal River, we have been waiting for the water temperatures to drop and the days to get shorter to push those big gags into shallow water. We have recently been fishing in anywhere from 10-20 feet of water yielding great limits of quality gag grouper. A live pinfish on the bottom has given us the best outcomes so far this year. Fishing the many rock piles that line the foul area with large Rapala f18 Swimming Plugs has also shown to be a great way to get these hard fighting fish to bite in tough conditions.
These fish are extreme tackle testers so you better be ready for the battle with some high quality gear and some beefed up tackle. We use 65lb braid and 100lb Fluorocarbon Leader to pull these fish from their homes. I always tell my clients the first three cranks are the most important, if you can get three cranks, most of the time you already have that fish coming to the boat.
As for the Redfishing here in Crystal River, it couldn’t be any better. There’s a reason they call is “Red October.” Schools of large upper slot and overslot redfish line the outer islands of the St. Martins Keys making for extremely fun sight fishing opportunities in crystal clear water. Once you find the school, live pinfish has been a great bait to keep these fish fired up. Some days we start by locating the fish with large chunks of mullet strategically placed all along the mangrove island bank, once we find the fish we hone in on that location and get to Catching.
The weather here in Crystal River this time of year is what we all dream of. Cool mornings with warm afternoons making for a great fishing environment is what we live for. Be sure to check out our new website and give us any feedback you might have. We look forward to hearing from you. Tight Lines!!!
Captain Louie Argiro