September is the month when everything starts to change; days are getting shorter and water temperatures are slowly creeping down. Bait is all over the shallow flats and fish are hungry.
I would say September is probably the best month for big schools of red fish. You can fish these bronze bombers on the outer islands and outer mangrove points. Remember, if you find mullet, you will find the red fish. Live bait is also a sure bet on my charters. We use live pilchards and pin fish rigged on a 1/0-2/0 circle hook and a 25-30 pound leader. Hook pin fish close to the tail and trim off the tail just a little bit; this will keep the pin fish from swimming into the grass. It also puts a lot of vibration and scent in the water which drives red fish crazy.
Snook season is now here. You are allowed to harvest snook on Florida’s Adventure Coast north of the Aripeka channel. The size limit is 28-33 inches and one per person with a snook stamp. These guys will be holding in the same area as redfish and live pilchards will get them fired up. The best bite is a high outgoing tide.