October is one of the best months for fishing offshore. Cooler water and a huge influx of bait will trigger a feeding frenzy in nearshore waters. Mackerel are feeding heavily on schools of juvenile threadfin herring and glass minnows from the swim buoys on the beach to shallower artificial reefs about 10 miles offshore. The first technique to catching them is trolling spoons and other artificial lures at around 6-8 knots. Others include anchoring, chumming and deploying live baits. All rigs should have a small trace of wire in front of the hook or lure as these fish will cut through most mono rigs. Grouper fishing is also heating up and will continue to do so as water temperatures fall into the 70s.
Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at (727) 642-3411 and fintasticinc.com.