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October 09, 2007

Palm Coast fishing forecast for October

Flood tide fishing

Look to bail from your skiff and wade during fall flood tides that produce tailing redfish on flooded spartina grass flats. Finding the right day for flood tide fishing takes nothing more than looking at your tide charts and looking for tidal ranges that peek over a 5.4 or better. Time is of the essence as most flooded flats will only stay flooded for a few ours to just 30 minutes. Red fish that are found tailing in flooded grass are gorging themselves with fiddler crabs, mud crabs, shrimp and other small critters. Light tackle spinning rods with 20 lbs leader are the norm along with 8-9 weight fly rods. Live or artificial baits can be used (just make sure its weedless) popular baits are soft plastic jerkbaits, plastic shrimps and any shrimp or crab fly.

Sheephead continue to thrive under docks and along seawalls in the residential canals. A live fiddler crab on a 1/0 Daiichi j-hook pegged with a bb split shot is a bait that will not be refused. Most sheephead can be sight fished as the stripes are dead give away when seen laying sideways and feeding on the oysters that collect on the dock pilings or seawalls.

Look for water temperatures to start cooling off a bit that will bring trout to the surface for early morning topwater action. Flounder will start making their yearly march to Matanzas inlet during the fall mullet run. A fish finder rig baited with a finger mullet is best when targeting flounder. Its last chance for Tarpon around the Inlet and just outside the breakers on an outgoing tide.