October fishing is busy! It’s grouper time so we target these heavy hitters in shallow waters of 7-12 feet and deep water of 20-40 feet. The shallow water grouper fishing is what most people do with me just because we can chum them up on the surface with free-lining live bait and using plugs ripping across the rocks. The Rapala FMAG 18 plugs are killer for gags in 15 feet and less. Live pilchards and pinfish are my go-to live baits rigged on a 6/0 circle hook with a 6 foot 60 pound leader. A 50 pound power pro main line is plenty for gags.
Inshore, the redfish are schooled up on the outer points and islands. Target them on a mid-incoming tide and first part of the outgoing tide using live pilchards and pinfish for bait. Snook are mixed in with the reds also. We are seeing speckled trout working their way in from offshore, as well. Target the trout in 2-6 foot depth on spotty bottom with a mirr o lure 17mr in 808 color. A white fluke rigged with a 2/0 circle hook nose hooked works very good as well.