Hurricane Matthew brought widespread panic to Floridians, yet left us with weeks of rough seas, daily winds of 15-25knts and ended with beautiful fall weather very similar to what happened with Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
Most days we have been fishing the backwater for Redfish, Snook, and Sea Trout. On 6 days In October/Early November we were able to complete our "Flats Slam" with at least 1 of each species. Typically Redfish can be the hardest of the Slam species to complete, but some days we have really been able to find them schooled up around Oyster bars, and Grass flats not far from the boat ramp. Trout have been consistently found in 2-5' of water on grass flads on days with good tide, and around channell edges on low tides. Weve had days where weve landed as many as 60, but also have had a few trips were we could not find them. Snook are still near the passes, but are starting to move their ways back into warmer water hideouts.
The nearshore bite has been ok on days that we can get out. There are Flounder, loads of Jacks, bluefish, spanish Mackerel and on some days a few cobia. Weve heard rumors of King Mackerel, but havent been lucky enough to land them.
Progressively over the next few weeks as cold fronts continue we will make the transition over and primarily will be targeting Sheepshead, and Sea Trout.