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October Rounds Out With Epic Fishing

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Last Updated on October 27, 2022 by Eric Bonneman

The month of October always seems to bring out the big fish, and this year has been no different. If you’re looking to go on a fishing charter in Crystal River, Florida, now is definitely the time. Shallow water grouper are biting well, and there have even been some impressive catches of redfish.

October to November Transition In Crystal River

For those who love to fish, the Crystal River in Florida is definitely the place to be. There are so many different kinds of fish that can be caught inshore and offshore that there’s always a new challenge waiting.

The month of October has been no exception, with plenty of fish being caught by those who know where to look. And November is looking even better, with the perfect weather conditions for big gag grouper, bull reds, and backcountry snook.

A picture of Crystal River Florida Fishing Adventures October Rounds Out With Epic FishingShallow Water Gag Grouper

Crystal River is one of the best places to fish for grouper, and the period from June 1st to December 31st is the ideal time to target these hard-pulling fish. They can be found in anywhere from 8 feet to 35 feet of water, and the Crystal River area is home to some amazing bottom habitat for these gag grouper to hide and ambush their prey.

November is a great time to put this trip on your calendar.

a crystal river inshore fishing charter client holding a redfish

Fall Bull Redfish

Crystal River, Ozello, and Homosassa have some of the best rock flats for finding schooling redfish anywhere in Florida. Redfish mature in the backcountry shallows until they are around 3 or 4 years old, which puts the fish around 8-12 pounds. At this point, the fish move offshore to spawn.

The cycle begins as new juvenile fish are born and begin to grow in the safety of the backcountry shallows. The rocks provide camouflage and protection from predators, making them an ideal nursery for young redfish.

When the fish reach adulthood, they once again venture out into open water to spawn. As a result, the rock flats play an essential role in the life cycle of redfish. For fishermen, these areas can be a hot spot for catching these beautiful fish.

a picture of Captain Loui holding a resfish he caught in Crystal River

The Redfish run is a time when many big breeders come onto the flats to spawn. This time of year, the waters around our mangrove islands and oyster bars are teeming with these big fish. The Redfish run starts in August but doesn’t peak until September and continues into November.

During this time, the Redfish are aggressive and will bite at just about anything you cast their way. If you’re looking to catch a big one during the Redfish run, make sure you’re using the right bait and fishing in the right spots. With a little luck, you’ll be bringing in a trophy-worthy catch in no time.

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So don’t miss your chance to get out on the water and reel in some truly amazing fish. Start planning or book your trip today. You won’t be disappointed!

Eric Bonneman

Just a guy who fishes and writes about his experiences.

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