Florida Fishing Reports

Fishing reports from Islamorada, Florida, Late October 2022

Fishing report from Zach J. in Islamorada, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Zach here.

    Fishing is heating up in the backcountry. Water Temps are cool in the morning and warm up later in afternoon. The snook bite is good in the glades along with the redfish. Bonefish will be here and up on the flats feeding heavily on shrimp. Baby Tarpon on fly rod has been decent as well.
    Fishing is heating up in the backcountry. Water Temps are cool in the morning and warm up later in afternoon. The snook bite is good in the glades along with the redfish. Bonefish will be here and up on the flats feeding heavily on shrimp. Baby Tarpon on fly rod has been decent as well.
    Fishing is heating up in the backcountry. Water Temps are cool in the morning and warm up later in afternoon. The snook bite is good in the glades along with the redfish. Bonefish will be here and up on the flats feeding heavily on shrimp. Baby Tarpon on fly rod has been decent as well.
    Fishing is heating up in the backcountry. Water Temps are cool in the morning and warm up later in afternoon. The snook bite is good in the glades along with the redfish. Bonefish will be here and up on the flats feeding heavily on shrimp. Baby Tarpon on fly rod has been decent as well.

Fishing report from Rich A. in West Palm Beach, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Rich here.

Fishing report from Scott W. in Cedar Key, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Scott here.

Fishing report from Matt L. in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Matt here.

    Well since hurricane Ian we have had very high murky water. But that’s ok because the bite had been good. This time of year is our transition period so that makes the fish spread out. So here at code red fishing charters we have been throwing lots of soft plastic swim baits , pop n corks with live shrimp, and some top water as well. Come join the fun and let’s catch some nice reds, trout , snook, and black drum.
    Well since hurricane Ian we have had very high murky water. But that’s ok because the bite had been good. This time of year is our transition period so that makes the fish spread out. So here at code red fishing charters we have been throwing lots of soft plastic swim baits , pop n corks with live shrimp, and some top water as well. Come join the fun and let’s catch some nice reds, trout , snook, and black drum.
    Well since hurricane Ian we have had very high murky water. But that’s ok because the bite had been good. This time of year is our transition period so that makes the fish spread out. So here at code red fishing charters we have been throwing lots of soft plastic swim baits , pop n corks with live shrimp, and some top water as well. Come join the fun and let’s catch some nice reds, trout , snook, and black drum.
    Well since hurricane Ian we have had very high murky water. But that’s ok because the bite had been good. This time of year is our transition period so that makes the fish spread out. So here at code red fishing charters we have been throwing lots of soft plastic swim baits , pop n corks with live shrimp, and some top water as well. Come join the fun and let’s catch some nice reds, trout , snook, and black drum.

Fishing report from Tim K. in Pensacola, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Tim here.

Fishing report from Robert P. in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Robert here.

Fishing report from Robbie B. in Jacksonville, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Robbie here.

    The bull reds are still here and lots of sheepshead are being caught. When you can get offshore, bottom fishing is still good- lots of red snapper, triggerfish, jacks and some black seabass showing up. I made one trip offshore catching mostly red snapper, lots of seabass (mostly shorts) and a few ring tail porgie. They had a great time bending the rods!
    The bull reds are still here and lots of sheepshead are being caught. When you can get offshore, bottom fishing is still good- lots of red snapper, triggerfish, jacks and some black seabass showing up. I made one trip offshore catching mostly red snapper, lots of seabass (mostly shorts) and a few ring tail porgie. They had a great time bending the rods!
    The bull reds are still here and lots of sheepshead are being caught. When you can get offshore, bottom fishing is still good- lots of red snapper, triggerfish, jacks and some black seabass showing up. I made one trip offshore catching mostly red snapper, lots of seabass (mostly shorts) and a few ring tail porgie. They had a great time bending the rods!
    The bull reds are still here and lots of sheepshead are being caught. When you can get offshore, bottom fishing is still good- lots of red snapper, triggerfish, jacks and some black seabass showing up. I made one trip offshore catching mostly red snapper, lots of seabass (mostly shorts) and a few ring tail porgie. They had a great time bending the rods!

Fishing report from Maurice Y. in Key Largo, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Maurice here.

    Fishing onboard the 36’ Yellowfin in the last couple of weeks has been very good in the Florida Keys, between Key Largo & Marathon. The predominant bite offshore has been swordfish & blackfin tunas. The swordfish have been holding well off the ledges & the blackfins are super thick on the humps. We are catching our limits on blackfin tuna just about every trip & a few mahi-mahi in the mix as an extra treat. On the reefs & wrecks, the Yellowtail snapper / mutton bite has still been consistent on the reefs between 45- 90 feet of water and on the deeper water wrecks in 100 plus feet. Captain’s tip for deep water snapper fishing: Fishing the deeper water you gotta lock down your drag, wind hard & fast as possible, admire your fish when he’s on the boat, lol. This technique is to outrun the tax man aka Mr. Shark, who is surely lurking & seems to want your prized flag yellowtails or muttons a little bit more than we do. The wahoo & first of the fall sailfish should start showing up in the next few weeks as more cold fronts approach our area. We are looking forward to live bait fishing and flying the kites for the spectacular top water aerial attack on the baits. As always, If you’re looking to get out on the water for a great time fishing or just need information / tips, please feel free to book or contact me or any of our great charter captains located here in the Florida Keys.
    Fishing onboard the 36’ Yellowfin in the last couple of weeks has been very good in the Florida Keys, between Key Largo & Marathon. The predominant bite offshore has been swordfish & blackfin tunas. The swordfish have been holding well off the ledges & the blackfins are super thick on the humps. We are catching our limits on blackfin tuna just about every trip & a few mahi-mahi in the mix as an extra treat. On the reefs & wrecks, the Yellowtail snapper / mutton bite has still been consistent on the reefs between 45- 90 feet of water and on the deeper water wrecks in 100 plus feet. Captain’s tip for deep water snapper fishing: Fishing the deeper water you gotta lock down your drag, wind hard & fast as possible, admire your fish when he’s on the boat, lol. This technique is to outrun the tax man aka Mr. Shark, who is surely lurking & seems to want your prized flag yellowtails or muttons a little bit more than we do. The wahoo & first of the fall sailfish should start showing up in the next few weeks as more cold fronts approach our area. We are looking forward to live bait fishing and flying the kites for the spectacular top water aerial attack on the baits. As always, If you’re looking to get out on the water for a great time fishing or just need information / tips, please feel free to book or contact me or any of our great charter captains located here in the Florida Keys.

Fishing report from Leon H. in Crystal River, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Leon here.

    The trout bite is hot right now in 2 to 3 1/2 feet of water using a 5 1/2 inch jerk bait from D.O.A in the color glow with a 4/0 circle hook in the nose of the bait or under a cork. Shrimp under a cork rig is working good to on a 1/4oz Jighead.
    The trout bite is hot right now in 2 to 3 1/2 feet of water using a 5 1/2 inch jerk bait from D.O.A in the color glow with a 4/0 circle hook in the nose of the bait or under a cork. Shrimp under a cork rig is working good to on a 1/4oz Jighead.
    The trout bite is hot right now in 2 to 3 1/2 feet of water using a 5 1/2 inch jerk bait from D.O.A in the color glow with a 4/0 circle hook in the nose of the bait or under a cork. Shrimp under a cork rig is working good to on a 1/4oz Jighead.

Fishing report from Mike J. in Lake Okeechobee, Florida. Book a trip with Mike here.

    The bite is great and getting better
    The bite is great and getting better

Fishing report from Mike S. in Marathon, Florida

    Fall wreck fishing is on fire. Muttons snapper and grouper!
    Fall wreck fishing is on fire. Muttons snapper and grouper!
    Fall wreck fishing is on fire. Muttons snapper and grouper!
    Fall wreck fishing is on fire. Muttons snapper and grouper!

Fishing report from Mike M. in Clearwater, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Mike here.

    Offshore, Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish are running pretty strong, as are grouper and lane snapper. Inshore, the snook is pretty good and the redfish are starting to move into shallower water
    Offshore, Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish are running pretty strong, as are grouper and lane snapper. Inshore, the snook is pretty good and the redfish are starting to move into shallower water
    Offshore, Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish are running pretty strong, as are grouper and lane snapper. Inshore, the snook is pretty good and the redfish are starting to move into shallower water
    Offshore, Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish are running pretty strong, as are grouper and lane snapper. Inshore, the snook is pretty good and the redfish are starting to move into shallower water
    Offshore, Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish are running pretty strong, as are grouper and lane snapper. Inshore, the snook is pretty good and the redfish are starting to move into shallower water
    Offshore, Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish are running pretty strong, as are grouper and lane snapper. Inshore, the snook is pretty good and the redfish are starting to move into shallower water

Fishing report from Rio S. in Melbourne Beach, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Rio here.

    Fishing is hot right now on the Central Florida coast! We are seeing waves of Pompano migrating through with the schools of Mackerel and Bluefish. The seaweed has subsided for the most part, this is the best it's been all year for surf fishing. Find yourself some clean water, a good sandbar and you'll be on your way for some quality fishing. My go-to lure for Bluefish and Mackerel and Big Jacks in the surf. 1oz Gunslinger Jig by Beach Bum Lures. Pompano Rig: Pompano Rich "Pompano Catchers" Surfari Series- Color coordinate your floats to the water conditions. Bait of Choice: Live sandfleas or shrimp cut into small pieces tipped with FishGum. Tight Lines and Good fishing!

Fishing report from Nick B. in Marathon, Florida

Fishing report from Larry G. in Marathon, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Larry here.

    Four days ago 1/2 day back country trip
    Three days ago full day offshore
    Three days ago full day offshore
    Three days ago full day offshore
    Today 1/2 day 4 hour trip
    Yesterday full day blackfin tuna trip
    Yesterday full day blackfin tuna trip
    Yesterday full day blackfin tuna trip

Fishing report from Jp M. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Jp here.

    Our peacocks are still on fire, just got to know where to find them this time of year. Catching 30-40 per 4 hour trip on live bait. We had a guy from Tennessee on Sunday that got 37 peacocks and had the trip of his lifetime!
    Our peacocks are still on fire, just got to know where to find them this time of year. Catching 30-40 per 4 hour trip on live bait. We had a guy from Tennessee on Sunday that got 37 peacocks and had the trip of his lifetime!

Fishing report from Brett I. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Brett here.

Fishing report from Andrew A. in Key Largo, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Andrew here.

Fishing report from Chris H. in Jacksonville, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Chris here.

    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!
    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!
    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!
    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!
    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!
    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!
    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!
    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!
    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!
    Fall fishing is in full swing here. Cooler temp have the fish fired up here on the crystal coast!!! I've been target false albacore a lot this month but started to switch over to speckled trout which is starting to pick up!

Fishing report from Frank D. in Islamorada, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Frank here.

Fishing report from John S. in Delray Beach, Florida. Book a trip with John here.

Fishing report from Hank V. in St. Petersburg, Florida

    The weather temps dipped and found lots of bug mackerel and sharks off the beach. There’s Tripletail by the crab bouys but mostly shorts. Hoping the Kings will show up soon and hope to get one tomorrow. The reefs are holding Gags and Cobia.

Fishing report from Jason L. in Cedar Key, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Jason here.

    October has been a great month to fish. It truly has been ‘red October’. The redfish bite has been on fire. November will bring some cold front patterns but the bite should stay strong. Just be patient. After a big cold front, the fish may be more lethargic than usual so you may have to fish artificial bait a little slower than you like. Live shrimp and cut mullet will still be good for redfish as well. You may have to start looking to the creek mouths for fish as the water gets colder. A popping cork rig will help keep you off the oyster bars. Thankfully, our cold fronts don’t last too long and it can be back in the 80s pretty quick this time of year. I know I keep saying this but just in case.....keep in mind that the redfish laws changed as of September 1st. Go to myfwc.com to get the latest info depending on the region you fish. The trout bite is starting to pick up. The water in Cedar Key is still a bit dirty but the trout are getting on the flats. Just keep working spots until you find them. Stay safe and be blessed!

Fishing report from James G. in Sarasota, Florida. Book a trip with Captain James here.

Fishing report from Chris H. in Jacksonville, Florida. Book a trip with Captain Chris here.

    September and October were fabulous months out there. We had a very hot tarpon bite on the St. Johns River. We also had fair action on spotted seatrout, sandtrout and mangrove snapper. We caught a hand full of redfish and black bass in the brackish waters and we caught a couple of Bull Reds as well. Hurricane Ian wasn't severe in Jacksonville but we got a significant amount of rain which muddied the St. Johns River and slowed things down. The water should be cleared up any day now. As temperatures drop, I am expecting the snook to turn on in some of the river tributaries and redfish and spotted seatrout action should take off in the ICW. Sometimes the juvenile tarpon fishing can be good as well the water first cools.
    September and October were fabulous months out there. We had a very hot tarpon bite on the St. Johns River. We also had fair action on spotted seatrout, sandtrout and mangrove snapper. We caught a hand full of redfish and black bass in the brackish waters and we caught a couple of Bull Reds as well. Hurricane Ian wasn't severe in Jacksonville but we got a significant amount of rain which muddied the St. Johns River and slowed things down. The water should be cleared up any day now. As temperatures drop, I am expecting the snook to turn on in some of the river tributaries and redfish and spotted seatrout action should take off in the ICW. Sometimes the juvenile tarpon fishing can be good as well the water first cools.
    September and October were fabulous months out there. We had a very hot tarpon bite on the St. Johns River. We also had fair action on spotted seatrout, sandtrout and mangrove snapper. We caught a hand full of redfish and black bass in the brackish waters and we caught a couple of Bull Reds as well. Hurricane Ian wasn't severe in Jacksonville but we got a significant amount of rain which muddied the St. Johns River and slowed things down. The water should be cleared up any day now. As temperatures drop, I am expecting the snook to turn on in some of the river tributaries and redfish and spotted seatrout action should take off in the ICW. Sometimes the juvenile tarpon fishing can be good as well the water first cools.
    September and October were fabulous months out there. We had a very hot tarpon bite on the St. Johns River. We also had fair action on spotted seatrout, sandtrout and mangrove snapper. We caught a hand full of redfish and black bass in the brackish waters and we caught a couple of Bull Reds as well. Hurricane Ian wasn't severe in Jacksonville but we got a significant amount of rain which muddied the St. Johns River and slowed things down. The water should be cleared up any day now. As temperatures drop, I am expecting the snook to turn on in some of the river tributaries and redfish and spotted seatrout action should take off in the ICW. Sometimes the juvenile tarpon fishing can be good as well the water first cools.
    September and October were fabulous months out there. We had a very hot tarpon bite on the St. Johns River. We also had fair action on spotted seatrout, sandtrout and mangrove snapper. We caught a hand full of redfish and black bass in the brackish waters and we caught a couple of Bull Reds as well. Hurricane Ian wasn't severe in Jacksonville but we got a significant amount of rain which muddied the St. Johns River and slowed things down. The water should be cleared up any day now. As temperatures drop, I am expecting the snook to turn on in some of the river tributaries and redfish and spotted seatrout action should take off in the ICW. Sometimes the juvenile tarpon fishing can be good as well the water first cools.
    September and October were fabulous months out there. We had a very hot tarpon bite on the St. Johns River. We also had fair action on spotted seatrout, sandtrout and mangrove snapper. We caught a hand full of redfish and black bass in the brackish waters and we caught a couple of Bull Reds as well. Hurricane Ian wasn't severe in Jacksonville but we got a significant amount of rain which muddied the St. Johns River and slowed things down. The water should be cleared up any day now. As temperatures drop, I am expecting the snook to turn on in some of the river tributaries and redfish and spotted seatrout action should take off in the ICW. Sometimes the juvenile tarpon fishing can be good as well the water first cools.
    September and October were fabulous months out there. We had a very hot tarpon bite on the St. Johns River. We also had fair action on spotted seatrout, sandtrout and mangrove snapper. We caught a hand full of redfish and black bass in the brackish waters and we caught a couple of Bull Reds as well. Hurricane Ian wasn't severe in Jacksonville but we got a significant amount of rain which muddied the St. Johns River and slowed things down. The water should be cleared up any day now. As temperatures drop, I am expecting the snook to turn on in some of the river tributaries and redfish and spotted seatrout action should take off in the ICW. Sometimes the juvenile tarpon fishing can be good as well the water first cools.
    September and October were fabulous months out there. We had a very hot tarpon bite on the St. Johns River. We also had fair action on spotted seatrout, sandtrout and mangrove snapper. We caught a hand full of redfish and black bass in the brackish waters and we caught a couple of Bull Reds as well. Hurricane Ian wasn't severe in Jacksonville but we got a significant amount of rain which muddied the St. Johns River and slowed things down. The water should be cleared up any day now. As temperatures drop, I am expecting the snook to turn on in some of the river tributaries and redfish and spotted seatrout action should take off in the ICW. Sometimes the juvenile tarpon fishing can be good as well the water first cools.
    September and October were fabulous months out there. We had a very hot tarpon bite on the St. Johns River. We also had fair action on spotted seatrout, sandtrout and mangrove snapper. We caught a hand full of redfish and black bass in the brackish waters and we caught a couple of Bull Reds as well. Hurricane Ian wasn't severe in Jacksonville but we got a significant amount of rain which muddied the St. Johns River and slowed things down. The water should be cleared up any day now. As temperatures drop, I am expecting the snook to turn on in some of the river tributaries and redfish and spotted seatrout action should take off in the ICW. Sometimes the juvenile tarpon fishing can be good as well the water first cools.
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