OCTOBER 2017 Fishing Report and NOVEMBER Forecast

Fishing Report October 2017



Capt. Rick Davidson, Editor (grassflats2@yahoo.com)



Sea Hag October Report








One of the best months of the year traditionally, this October did not disappoint. Water temperatures cooled throughout the month, ending with a chill near the end of the month. While there were plenty of fish around, they tended to be scattered and there were days when filling trout limits was difficult. Redfish were schooling nearshore, and there were some excellent fish taken, including many overslot fish. There were some windy days but the bite remained strong. Late in the month the silver trout showed up, making for some hot action on light tackle. Large numbers of Spanish mackerel and some hard-hitting bluefish added to the action.

Here are some pictures from this month.

Cefus McRae’s Fish ‘n Fest returned to Sea Hag. Look for Sea Hag to appear on his Nuts and Bolts of Fishing cable show

Rick Pena of Rick’s Rods took first place redfish in the Santa Fe Raiders tournament.
Robin Phillips from High Springs scored the big trout in the same tournament.
Bob Smith from Dunnellon with a nice overslot redfish.
Advanced Furniture booked three captains and caught a whole bunch of fish.
Cindy Graham from Valdosta with her upper slot trout.
Danny and dad Dan Garelick with a fine redfish.

Ron Johnson went offshore during the Fish ‘n Fest and came back with this fine grouper.
Geraldine Davis from Ringgold with a young kingfish.
William Huff from Jacksonville with a giant redfish.
Matt Burke with some great eating…a good-sized flounder.
Regardless of his name, James Troutman from Nag’s Head NC was pleased to settle for this redfish.
Shan Roper from Steinhatchee found this shoreline redfish.
Charles Lever from Birmingham with this Spanish mackerel which weighed just under 5 pounds.
Amber Carter from Gainesville with another excellent flounder.
Chris and Colton Keller with a rarity…a small snook caught near the river.
Tom Sayer with a fine gator trout.
Yes, there are tarpon in the Steinhatchee River. Ask Sea Hag’s Brett Molzen and maybe he’ll give you some hints.
Thanks to Sea Hag Admiral Charlie Norwood, Chase Norwood and Brett Molzen, this loggerhead turtle nicknamed Barnacle Barbie was rescued and is currently recuperating.


































































































































































Fishing forecast for November

Fishing this month will be weather dependent, but will almost certainly be excellent. The water is clear and we’ll see how the temps respond to a cold snap, but the flats will still be producing a lot of fish. Slow down your presentation with chillier temperatures. Jigs and Gulp baits will do well. Look for schools of large redfish this month. And one of our more seasonal species, silver trout (called sand trout by some) have arrived in force. Personally I think they fight harder than spotted seatrout and they are better eating. And there are no limits on catches. They are usually caught in deeper water from 4 to 8 feet, and frequently over sand with less grass than on the flats. They are caught with spotted trout, usually smaller fish. Target them with the same techniques as spotted trout…jigs with soft tails or Gulp baits do well. Hot spots included areas west and northwest of the Birdrack and inside of Little Bank in 5 to 7 feet of water. Look for humps on your depth finder, and re-drift over areas of fish when you find them. We’ll be waiting for real cold weather to see if it drives trout into the river but that will be more likely in the next few months.


Sea Hag Guides

Captain Kyle Skipper   352-317-1654   www.m1fishing.com



















The weather is starting to cool down and drive the fish in to their cooler weather patterns. This time of year is a very family friendly time of year with a cool climate and active fish. I have days available all throughout the near future and would love the opportunity to show you what the flats of Steinhatchee have to offer in the fall.

Captain Steve Rassel   352-359-5902  www.lastcastrass.net

October as always was a very good month for trout and reds   They could both be found shallow and in the deeper flats, and could be caught on live bait and artificials, either topwater or straight lined on the bottom. Only slow days were a day or 2 after this year’s first cold fronts came through .  November looks to be a very good month also.  Need a charter, call Captain Rassel


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