Now that the Autumnal Equinox is in our rearview mirror and we have all settled into the fall routine of school, work and preparing for the holidays ahead, don’t forget that fishing is a great way to get out of your deepening rut and find some stress relief!
In the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic States the weather is getting colder and the fish are seeking deeper waters. However, many species are more aggressive trying to put on fat for the winter months and there are still plenty of opportunities to land the fish that eluded you over the summer. Whether going offshore, inshore, on a lake or on a river proper attire will assure comfort and safety. It is important to layer. In general, it is coldest in the morning. Wearing thermal underwear and layers of appropriate outerwear (pants, sweatshirts, jackets, boots and foul weather gear). This will allow you to shed clothing as the temperatures warm. As the temperatures fall in the evening you can put on the discarded outerwear as needed.
In the Midwest lunker largemouth bass, walleye, panfish, muskies, pike and many other species are active. The Notheast and Mid-Atlantic stripers are on the move and pelagic predators are casing bait in the canyons. Inshore Fluke are about to begin their annual fall migration offshore. In the Southeast the bite slows but there are plenty of offshore species that are still plentiful such as, wahoo, dolphin, tuna and billfish. Inshore the redfish and trout are seeking deeper waters but are still feeding.
But the best thing about fishing in the fall is getting away from the demands of the season and spend quality time with family and friends.
If you are interested in learning more about fall fishing in your area, contact your local MarineMax dealer and they will be happy to share their knowledge and direct you to other local experts. And if you are in the market for a new or used fish boat, MarineMax has the largest inventory in the world. Go to MarineMax.com to access our easy to navigate “Find A Boat” feature. And don’t forget to follow all the action on the MarineMax Fishing Facebook page year-round!