Just today, as I was sitting down to write this forecast, the phone rang and a potential customer called to ask for information on fishing in September and whether or not it was a good time of year to bring his son down to fish. Then he asked if anything was in season… I just had to think to myself, what's not in season?It isn't just a good time of year to be fishing - it is freaking spectacular! Over the years I’ve found myself enjoying fishing in the fall almost more than any other time of year. Our numbers of just about every fish species we catch are high in September and October. Our inshore fishing will be rocking, especially for the big, knarly, spawning redfish. When our reds are schooling up to spawn, their hunger level will be at its peak of the year. Catching these fish on artificals, especially topwater, is your best bang. Reds can be pretty rad this time of year, because "most" of the time they are really eager to eat. You'll find these fish on the edges of flats during falling water and up on top of the oyster bars on high tide in southwest Florida. Snook fishing will continue to be boiling hot up until we get those northernly fronts pushing there nasty selves down upon us warm-weather-lovin’ folks. If you want to yank one out of the mangroves, pitch a live pilchard. This time of year we like to load up on lots of bait so we have the ability to really lay the chum on hard. Before it cools off those bruisers will be easy to spot as they start smashing chum on the surface. Mixed bags of trout and pompano can be caught on the flats along with Spanish macks. Look for the balls of glass minnows along the beaches that we get this time of year, and in those pods you'll find the silver kings still happy to put on a show for our customers. These big girls are still around throughout the fall and can be targeted with much success. Offshore fishing will be on like crazy with grouper season poppin' open in September, so we can start thinning out these overpopulated tastey little critters. I hate to guarantee anything in the fishing world, but a limit of gags is as good of a guarantee as we can give anyone on a charter. We are just seeing so many of them around while fishing and spearfishing that we feel super confident on an amazing year for them. Fishing for these pit bulls on 50-pound PowerPro and a hand-sized pinfish will do the trick everytime. Along with grouper, cobia and permit will still be found in great numbers on some of the sweet offshore numbers we have out there. With such a variety of extremely good fishing to be had, southwest Florida is the place to be as the high-pressure systems start to stir up north. Come book a trip with us and get ready to fall in love with early fall!Tight lines and good times,
Capt. Chris & Capt. Lacey Rush
Capt. Chris was raised in Fort Myers and is the son of Scott Rush, owner of San Carlos Marine. He grew up in South Florida and the Florida Keys. Experienced in all of SW Florida’s waters as a backbay and offshore guide, Chris runs his business simply by word of mouth. Word spreads quickly when your customers are boating 20lb+ snook and landing 100lb+ tarpon on fly. Chris has the patience to provide advice and coaching for everyone from children to CEO’s. Chris spends more than 280 days guiding and fishes 20+ tournaments annually.
Born and raised in SW Florida, Capt. Lacey is a 4th-generation native. She learned how to swim before she could walk and could shoot a spear gun before she could read. Lacey is an experienced diver and spearfisher with hundreds of hours spent underwater. She has spent her life operating boats up to 35’ in some of the toughest conditions. Her hard-working spirit, good ‘ol southern hospitality and values are what you’ll love about fishing with Capt. Lacey! Rush Charters can accomodate up to 6 anglers on their offshore boat, 1-4 on their Ranger bay boat, and as few as 1-3 anglers on their Ranger flats boat. With both captains, they can accomodate parties of up to 8 customers. Come experience the RUSH of a lifetime with Rush Charters! Contact Info: Capt. Chris & Capt. Lacey RushRush Charters(p) 239 482-0193 Office(p) 239 980-1436 Lacey(p) 239 229-5388 Chris(w) rushcharters.com