Tampa Bay Fishing is “scary good” right now!

By October 22, 2017 Fishing Report

In about a week or so, your kids will be dressing up and walking the neighborhood “trick-or-treating” and collecting candy. Some may dress up as something scary, some may dress up as something cute. Either way, it’s a 100% chance that they will have a great time.

As far as the fishing goes, this time of year is a lot like Haloween is for kids — there’s a 100% chance of having a great time on the flats while fishing Tampa Bay! The weather is near perfect, the water temps are near perfect, and the fish are eating like crazy to fatten up for winter.

You don’t have to dress up in a costume to have a great time in Tampa Bay in late October. All you have to do is jump on my boat, let me guide you to the best fishing spots in Tampa Bay, grab a fishing rod, and hold on. This is one of the best times of year to fish here and we are taking full advantage of the opportunity right now.


The redfish bite has been really, really, really good. As with every October, the redfish have put on “the feed bag” and we are catching a lot of them from 4-12lbs. We still have live sardines to catch easily so they will be the primary bait at least through the end of the year.


Other than Springtime, this is the best time of year to target bug snook. The bit has been really good on falling tides near creek mouths and around backwater ambush points. Again, scaled sardines are the “go-to” bait.


Get pole, tie something on, catch trout. That’s about all it takes to get your limit of these tasty game fish. It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing with live bait or artificial lures. The trout bit is on right now and it will only get better as the weather cools off.

There’s no “trick” to fishing Tampa Bay in October — this is all “treat”. So, if you are looking for an amazing time out on the water with your family, friends, co-workers, or employees… be sure to contact us today to book a Tampa Bay Fishing Charter real soon! 

Rick Silkworth

Author Rick Silkworth

Capt. Rick Silkworth is a Florida native who has been a full-time fishing guide for many years. He loves sharing his passion for fishing with his clients.

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