Like the magnificent beauty of the fireweed the Alaska summer is fading fast into the darkness of fall and my adventure ends as quickly as it started. It seems like I just arrived at the Katmai Lodge yesterday, and today I’m back at my desk in Central Florida working on my September Fishing Forecast. Like the fireweed, my time on the Alagnak River spanned the entire summer (June, July and August), but it has left me feeling like I just awoke from wonderful dream. Living in the Alaska wilderness has its challenges, but the peace, tranquility and oh yes the fishing are something everyone should experience first hand.
We all know a picture speaks louder than words, so please follow the link below to my photo gallery on my website and see for yourself: http://www.irl-fishing.com/gallery/2018-katmai-lodge-alaska-photo-gallery.
Orlando Area and the Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Forecast for September 2018
Let me begin this forecast by wishing everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend, and while we are enjoying the end of summer, let’s not forget those in service of our great country who are on duty for our freedom and safety.
I’m often asked the question, what is the best time of year to catch trophy redfish? Well, the answer is right now. September is the month the breeder redfish school up for the spawn in the Mosquito, Banana River and Indian River Lagoons as well as inlet passes of Ponce and Sebastian, so it’s a good time to target these breeder fish. September also marks the beginning of the fall bait migration, primarily silver mullet, which increase as we progress into October and November. It is hard to predict precisely when and how strong the run will be, but along with the arrival of the bait, come the predatory species we love so much. My lure selection for these breeder schools this time of year is a DOA Bait Buster with a single hook instead of trebles. I like the shallow runner in natural mullet colors when the school is near the water’s surface and the deep runner when fishing the deeper water of the inlets and near-shore.
Look for snook, tarpon, jack crevalle, sharks, and large kingfish crushing bait pods along the beach. The pods are easily located by watching for fish and birds busting the bait. Once you’ve determined the direction of fish movement, usually south, simply set up in front and let them come to you. This is my preferred time of year for targeting snook and tarpon along the beach.
Near-shore, good numbers of kingfish will continue to work the beaches, wrecks and reefs. When fishing for kings, slow trolling live pogies is one of the most productive methods.
As always, if you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.
Good luck and good fishing,