10/17/14 October Key Largo Backcountry Fishing Report

October is here and finally we are getting some cool weather, and business is picking up as well.  The rest of October is fairly busy but I do have a few days open, and November is filling in quick so get ahold of me if you want to go fish soon!  Today the key largo backcountry fishing was fantastic.  We loaded up with live pilchards, which have been readily available around many of the local shorelines and islands, and headed into the everglades.  We had high water and I fished many shoreline areas and some new stuff as well.  The water was gorgeous, and the fish were happy.  We caught over a dozen redfish, and a dozen snook as well, with some nice jacks mixed in and a juvenile goliath grouper.  Great day!  Lately on half days the snapper fishing locally has been a good bet, with some nice size snappers around many islands and in the gulf grass beds.  We had a good tarpon trip a few days ago too before we had the cool weather, landing 2 tarpon and jumping another 2 off.  Also good action with large blacktip sharks that day as well.  As october continues the fishing should get better and better as things cool down a bit.  Look for the everglades to come alive with snook, drum, trout, and more.  Tarpon fishing will slow down though we can still get some large pushes of bait (the fall bait run) which they can start going nuts during before it gets too cold.  Spanish mackerel fishing will be in full swing before you know it, with a mix of bluefish, pompano, snapper, and more with them as well.  And the gulf can have good cobia fishing this time of year too with tripletails on the stone crab pots.  Drop me a line if you want to get out fishing in october in key largo!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Author: Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Florida Keys Fishing Captain born and raised in Islamorada, FL!