Last Updated on October 4, 2022 by Eric
Yes, October is finally here! The air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and pumpkin spice everything is back in stores (boo). This also means it’s prime time for redfish fishing in Tampa Bay.
This is the time of year when redfish move into the bay to spawn, and it’s a great time to catch them.
Every October, Tampa Bay becomes a mecca for redfish enthusiasts from all over the country. The chance to hook into one of these prized fish is an opportunity many anglers cannot resist. Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or just getting started, the redfish run is an event that should not be missed.
Redfish are known for aggressive bites during this time of year, making them the perfect target for topwater lures. The migration of big breeder redfish during this time of year means plenty of fish to target.
Even if you are unfamiliar with topwater lure fishing, these lures’ slow, steady action is relatively easy to learn. You will get any hungry red within eyeshot of the lure, and at the end of the day – you’re the one that will be hooked on lures.
The best part about lure fishing is that you can use various lures to suit your style of fishing. There are so many different types and sizes of lures available that you can customize your fishing experience.
If you’re looking for a new challenge this October, why not try lure fishing? You might find yourself hooked on it for life.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting an upper slot or over-slot redfish on a topwater lure. The excitement of seeing the fish strike, the fight to bring it in, and the sense of accomplishment when you finally land it – it’s all unbeatable. Plus, there’s the bonus of knowing that you did it all without having to use live bait.
Where To Find Them
In October, the water is still warm enough to attract baitfish, but the cooler temperatures help to keep the redfish active. Look for areas with high concentrations of baitfish, as the redfish will often be nearby. Grass flats and mangrove-lined shores are good places to start your search.
There are a few things to keep in mind when searching for redfish in Tampa Bay:
- Look for areas with sandy bottoms, mangrove systems, and grassy flats. These areas are typically rich in food and offer good cover for redfish.
- Focus on the tide. Redfish tend to rush in as the tide rises, making them easier to spot.
- Be sure to bring plenty of bait and lures. Live shrimp, baitfish, or crabs are always a good choice.
With a little effort, you should be able to find plenty of redfish in Tampa Bay this October.
Fishing With Us After Hurricane Ian
Hurricane Ian may have caused some damage to the coastline, but that doesn’t mean the fishing has to suffer. Captain Bucky and his team at Bag’em Fishing Charters are committed to providing their customers with the best possible experience, even in the aftermath of a hurricane. The waters are still navigable, and the fish are biting, so come on out and join us for a charter today. You’ll be glad you did.