It's an accepted fact that October is the best time of year to fish in Southwest Florida. The reds are pouring on to the flats and the weather is so nice that it ought to be against the law to not be on the water right now. To top it all off, the light winds are keeping the surface grass to a minimum in Matlacha Pass giving us perfect conditions for throwing surface plugs. There is nothing more entertaining than watching a big redfish contort itself back and forth underneath a Zara Spook, trying to get its downturned mouth around the topwater lure.
The reds in these photos were hooked a few miles south of the Matlacha Bridge yesterday in one of the many smaller bays that line the pass down there. During the full morning tides I pulled a couple big redfish right out from under the bushes. At sunset we had perfect tailing conditions and I nailed the big 24 incher in the bottom photo from the middle of a huge mullet school. This is one of the easiest ways to find reds right now. Just look for the jumping mullet and start casting to the outer edge of the school. This is where the predators will be hanging and in addition to redfish you'll probably hook some impressive trout at the same time.