What's hot: In October and November, the gulf starts to cool and fishing gets hot. Spanish and king mackerel make a fall run, redfish spawn, sea trout gather for winter and snook prepare for the cold.
Snook: Though the snook season is closed along Florida's west coast, there is plenty of catch-and-release action. Snook are starting to school in the mouths of rivers, creeks and deepwater canal systems. Large live whitebait, large shrimp and most artificial lures work well. The Anclote and Cotee rivers have produced nice snook.
Other species: Redfish are starting to school around oyster bars and mouths of creeks from Tarpon Springs to Port Richey and are moving on incoming and outgoing tides. Use artificial lures to find the fish then switch to live bait or cut bait. Spanish mackerel are in schools on artificial reefs from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, and a few kingfish are mixed in. Trolling artificial baits to anchoring and fishing with live bait have produced results.
Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.