Text & Photos by Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt // @TheRealTupat
After a long hot summer, September was a month of incredible fishing. Fall weather could have never felt so good and neither could the abundant amount of tight lines. I really like this time of year, especially utilizing the topwater lures. The aggressive bite and pop on the bait is truly something else.
Florida Fishing in October
In early September, I had a run of days catching numerous slot-sized redfish like the one pictured below. This fish was chomping on mullet in the mouth of a creek and I just added my topwater lure to the mix and it was game on! I feel the action of the lure has to be consistent for the fish to actually be tempted to eat. “Walking the dog” is what we call it, a smooth reeling and constant pop of the rod will get you the action you need.
As soon as snook season opened up, the bite was popping and @CaseyColli (pictured above) found himself locked up with a stud backwater snook. He was utilizing his pink topwater bomber that was very attractive to many fish this past month. The snook population is growing rapidly in New Smyrna Beach as our waters continue to warm up.
My longtime buddy Mike Duffy (@MichaelSeanDuffy, pictured above) recently moved back to town and has joined the backwaters with us. He has been on a tear as of late, catching multiple snook and a ton of nice sized mangrove snapper. After almost 25 years in the corporate world, he is now enjoying the NSB lifestyle at its finest! Look for more of Mike in the coming issues. He will also be joining my …Lost in the Backwaters YouTube channel to give the world insight on positivity, insight and perspectives on life, not to mention catching fish!
As we move ahead into October, get ready for the larger trout to start moving in. The redfish and snook will be around as well as flounder.