By Ryan Van Fleet

This Week’s Fishing Report

Anchoring and fishing along the reef during October is a good option. The fall bait migration kick starts incredible fishing for yellowtail snapper, black grouper, and mutton snapper, to name a few, along the reef.  In addition, sailfish, wahoo, blackfin tuna and mahi-mahi can be close to home in good numbers just outside the reef this time of year. The depths can be as close as 120 to 300 feet.

As I mentioned in my last report, wahoo fishing was excellent this past September. We caught a nice 40-pound wahoo. A few Good Karma Sportfishing Podcast listeners reported catching good size wahoo, some weighing up to 60 pounds. 

The fishing only gets better the further we get into October and November. In my opinion, October and November can offer some of the best fishing in The Upper Keys. 

This Week’s Tip – Double Rigged Ballyhoo Tip—Especially for Wahoo Fishing

This tip is for anyone that purchases double-rigged ballyhoo versus making their own rigs. I have learned this the hard way. Whenever you buy a double rigged ballyhoo, take a big crimper and a few extra seconds to close the eye of the hook that connects the two hooks tight. The factory does not always seal the eye and the back hook will fall out of the ballyhoo.

A client shows her sizable mutton snapper. CONTRIBUTED

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