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October Fishing Report for Stuart, FL

Large Redfish

    Inshore

Captain Jonathan Earhart reports a great snook bite right now because of the mullet run going on. Since they are feeding on the mullet then that is a good choice for live bait anglers. You can use small or large mullet but the larger mullet will usually produce the larger snook. On the large fish make sure to handle them carefully and get them back in the water unscathed. Free line the mullet near structure with 40 to 60-pound fluorocarbon leader and a six to nine aught circle hook depending on the size of the bait. For artificial bait anglers, you can have a lot of fun working a topwater lure around the mullet schools.

Tarpon are going to be found on the edges of the channels and along the beaches feeding on the mullet also. You will often see them blowing up in the middle of the schools causing chaos. Live bait anglers will want mullet here also but will want to beef up their tackle along with an eight to ten aught circle hook and 60 to 100-pound fluorocarbon leader. Artificial bait anglers will want to go with topwater lures, DOA Baitbusters and Hogie lures.

    Offshore

Sailfish are being caught in the 80 to 150-foot depth by trolling dead ballyhoo or live sardines. Look for a color change or tidal rip where two bodies of water meet.

Mahi Mahi are being caught in 600 feet of water. Look for weedlines and diving birds to locate fish. Troll Ballyhoo or drift live baits by the weedlines to get hooked up. Another option is to cast topwater plugs at the fish when you see them schooled up. Always keep a fish in the water until you hook another fish to keep the school around the boat.

Nearshore Banner Pompano

Nearshore Banner Pompano

Big Jack Crevelle

Big Jack Crevelle

Big Snook

Big Snook

Tarpon Fishing

Tarpon Fishing

Redfish

Redfish

Large Redfish

Large Redfish

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