Today is the official start of fall, but for the redfish of the coastal bend it began about two weeks ago. High tides and plentiful rain from one tropical system after another created an environment that redfish love, and they are making the best of it. Huge tides, including the one we are experiencing from Beta right now, give us access to the shallow shorelines, reefs, and lakes that we cannot normally fish, and the reds have been there waiting. Live shrimp under popping corks and cut and live mullet as well as crab have All been producing. The approaching winter has got the fish in a feeding frenzy that will continue all the way through November. The fall equinox tide will keep the waters high and the reds active as the water starts to cool. Drum have also been plentiful and hungry for live or dead shrimp on both shorelines and reefs. Strong winds and murky water have made trout fishing tough, other than a few nice ones per day on live finger mullet or live shrimp. Wading with lures on the protected shorelines in the high tide has produced some great trout and a few nice reds, and that promises to get better and better as the water cools as well. Dove season opened Monday, but we got off to a very wet start with steady rain and intermittent flights of birds. Hopefully when this system passes we will dry out a bit and see some more predictable behavior from the doves.

This is shaping up to be a banner fall, with ideal conditions and plenty of rain to keep the bay system optimal. Reds and drum will continue to feed in preparation for winter and trout will get with the program as soon as the shrimp migration begins, maybe as soon as this week. October is sold out, but there is still space in November and the fishing will remain excellent at least through Thanksgiving. Get on the books, and lets go catch some fish like these.