As we pulled in towards the beach looking for Menhaden (Pogies) on Sunday morning we notice a different “flip” up in the surf. As we pulled up and threw the net we were delighted as we caught a net full of Mullet. What does that mean you ask? Appears as the Fall Mullet run is upon us and with this, beach fishing and near shore fishing will pick up, and I’m stoked! I see huge schools of Redfish, Tarpon, Spanish and Smoker Kings in our future.
As the waters temps cool down the fishing will pick up, already offshore we are seeing more and more schoolie Dolphin show up (15-30 inches) with Sailfish and Marlin crashing through the schools of fish. Yes, that’s right I said Marlin, I have not personally hooked up on one on this side of the Gulf Stream this year but I’ve seen 4 confirmed reports in the last three weeks. With the New Moon on the 5th of September and a building or “Waxing” moon until the 19th get your gear in order and get out there!
Offshore as usual, look for the rips and weed lines but, this time of year I rarely go deeper than 140-160′ of water straight out of Canaveral. Out in deeper water there have not been the temp breaks and current changes we need to target fish. I’ve consistently experienced very good rips and weed lines in 110′ to 140′ and some days you could actually see a difference in the height or “elevation” of the water. Try not to leave the beach without live bait because once you do find the smaller Dolphin and the big boy comes through, he may not eat those chunks of squid that the little ones do. Have another rod ready to pitch that live bait in front of the bigger fish. If you don’ see the bigger fish don’t worry, the little fish will swarm a nice Pogie and that may draw the bigger ones to it.
If it is bottom fishing you prefer this new moon is like a reset button on top of fishes heads. As the Moon builds, so will the bite so whether you’re a jigging person, a live bait person or just like to drop dead baits it’s going to be game on for Grouper and Snapper. My days usually are a mix between trolling and bottom fishing. I try to find rips and weeds close to the places I want to drop. Out of Canaveral I target the 21 Fathom Ridge and will get out to the 27 Fathom ridge if I have to. You will be surprised the amount of good bottom you can find just trolling around.
As always do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have and if you see me at the Bluepoints Marina, stop and say Hi!
Until Next Time! Good Luck and Tight Lines,
Captain Brad R. Spalding