Wow, I can't believe it's October already. Where did September go? Evenings and mornings are cooler but it's still the summer heat here during the day. Last weekend a group of 5 of us went and kayak fished Chokoloskee bay. A little friendly competition and four of us were winners with getting our inshore slams with catching trout, redfish and snook. A couple of flounder, jacks and ladyfish were also caught. None of the fish were record sizes by any means but there were plenty of fish around and caught, it was great to get out and spend the day with friends on the water.
I spent a few other days in the backcountry during the week. I visited a couple of my usual haunts and did some some exploring in a couple of new areas. All I can say is conditions are a lot better than I expected with the high water levels from all the rain we've had over the last couple of weeks. I concentrated mostly fishing with the fly rod and had I been fishing with a spinning rod I would have had a better success rate as there were some large snook back in and under the mangroves that I could not get to using the fly rod. All and all I still got to play with juvenile tarpon in a couple different places and that was a blast fishing for them with the fly rod. I'll be heading back in with my spinning rod for sure this week.