The Importance Of Fish Biology During The Fall Season


Fall is a magical time for inshore fishing!

Big predator fish are spawning and moving around a ton, so they need more calories.

And this is all based on their biology and survival instincts.

So in this new video, you’ll learn why fish biology is so important to finding and catching monster fish during the fall time.

Check it out below!

Fish Biology During The Fall Months [VIDEO]

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We covered a ton of information so here’s a timestamped version:

  • 3:45 – Monster redfish during the fall months
  • 4:35 – Moon phases and when to go find big fish
  • 5:51 – Spawning periods for speckled trout
  • 6:23 – Water temperature range that is ideal for trout spawning
  • 8:15 – Moon phases and tides (And what they mean)
  • 10:46 – Fish want to eat, reproduce, and stay alive
  • 13:02 – Is there food, is there structure, is there current flow?
  • 13:42 – Trout language at night
  • 14:07 – The salinity of water and the sweet spot for spawning
  • 17:28 – Passes and inlets to target big redfish
  • 19:25 – The magic window to catch a ton of fish (redfish, trout, flounder, and more!)
  • 20:54 – Nothing good happens fast in nature
  • 24:45 – Weather patterns and bait migrations
  • 26:07 – Big baits = big fish!
  • 27:31 – The salinity of the water that seems to work best
  • 29:33 – Keep track of the fronts and air temperatures in your areas
  • 32:27 – The community is a great resource!
  • 34:45 – Fish are going to be moving a lot during the fall and burning a ton of calories (so they’ll be hungry)


best lures for fall fishing

During the fall months, predator fish are spawning, fired up, and in a feeding frenzy.

And knowing why fish behave the way they do will increase your chances of catching monster fish!

Have any questions about fall fishing patterns, the best lures to use, or tactics to catch big fish?

Let me know down in the comments!

And if you know an angler who is excited about fall fishing, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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Mike Smith
1 year ago

Great stuff guys..,
Much appreciated!

1 year ago

Thank you for the information. The low salinity of the Nansemond is why there are few large fish. I have been wasting my time.

Ray Jachim
1 year ago

Wyatt, you mentioned a TPWD paper. Could you list the link for this? I think it would be an interesting read.

Thanks, Ray

Wyatt Parcel
1 year ago
Reply to  Ray Jachim

Absolutely Ray! Here’s the link to the full list of TWPD’s studies:

for their coastal estuaries. I’ve read a lot of the ones on sea trout but I can’t remember which exact one examined the salinity aspect on sea trout (it might have been this one: A Preliminary Analysis of the Effects of Temperature and Salinity on Hatching of Spotted Seatrout) but I know the data points for trout tagged in different salinities are listed every few years. This data goes back every 3-5 years demonstrating this trend all the way back to the 70’s.

Marshall Watchinski
1 year ago

Great info video gentlemen. Thank you

James Woodmansee
1 year ago

Speaking of salinity, the Sanibel-Captiva-Conservation-Foundation monitors water quality and their website describes favored salinity and temp ranges for trout, reds, snook and tarpon: seatrout prefer salinity 15-30ppt and temps 69-80; redfish prefer salinity 27-32ppt and temps 70-90; snook prefer 0-35 (freshwater to full seawater) and temps 70-82; tarpon prefer same as snook for salinity and temps 75-90. These are preferences, not absolutes; I have caught slot redfish in the Caloosahatchee River when I knew the salinity was only around 18-20 based on SCCF numbers for that day or week. But what is interesting about these numbers is that knowing them I would typically not be looking for reds in that river because it is typically more brackish (mixed fresh and salt), so if I was targeting reds I would more likely look closer to the gulf, like Pine Island Sound or the passes at Redfish Pass or Captiva Pass.

Jonathan Fortune
1 year ago

Excellent points. I live in Cale coral. I did notice my canal water seems much clearer today than all summer. There were reds schooling up south of matlacha 2 days ago, but like you said that’s fairly close to large pass (Sanibel).

Jonathan Fortune
1 year ago

What an interesting podcast with tons of information that I never knew or even thought about. Justin I watched one of your videos from out on the water and I loved the way you talked to the fish. Like they were your own pets! Makes sense as you worked in the fisheries caring for the fish. Your passion and love of fish is contagious. I tried to be so careful when handling them. Thanks guys. Truly enjoyed watching this!

1 year ago

Hey guys..super great information..just curious..would this fish biology hold true with fresh water species as well, since I do a lot of speckled perch (crappie) fishing?

Steven Free
1 year ago

I remember back a few years ago I asked like what he thought about water temps and he told me he never really paid much attention to them did I surprised me but I certainly do and have found them very useful in finding and knowing how active the species are that I pursue anyways just because I’m a lifer in saltstrong and do enjoy the club I don’t always take the advice from the so called experts literally because first of all even here in Florida where I live is totally different then central or south Florida the water here is much more murky the tides are much higher and lower and stronger in strength and even our structure is somewhat different you guys are always talking about under water seagrass beds and potholes using very light lines and casting an average probably 75 yards or longer so as not to spook the fish we here in northeast fl at least me that is the average cast that I make is probably not even half that maybe 20 to 25 yards and I use 20lb powerpro instead of 10lb like you guys do and we here have really no underwater seagrass to fish or potholes either just oyster mounds and shoreline sawgrass with docks and points w creekmouth A LOT different then you guys got down there so bottom line yes while a trout and red and snook and flounder are all the same anywhere you fish for them the methods can vary significantly from area to area also the lures and colors can dramatically make a difference as well but the science in the matter is always important no matter where one fishes🤔😉

Steven Free
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven Free

Dann phone again I asked like not like sorry

Steven Free
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven Free

Man I have to get another phone this one is making me look like an idiot in my spelling it’s Luke not like

Matthew Lanier
1 year ago

Justin gets excited about it!!! I’m ready to do it!!!
Wyatt, that trout is a monster!!! Way to go!
Lots of great information in this video guys!

Roger Hansen
1 year ago

Great video. I already have a trip planned to for the first week in Nov. (new moon) to Panacea area. We’ll be surf fishing. Can those bull reds be caught from the surf in early Nov.? Cut mullet the best bait?


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