Between the mullet run and the calm conditions, it should be a good weekend for fishing from Titusville to Tequesta. ED KILLER/TCPALM Wochit
Mosquito Lagoon: The big redfish are back. Just ask anyone who has been sight casting the big schools as they turn the water the color bronze. Big reds, some weighing upwards of 25 pounds and measuring more than 36 inches in length, are rooting around the lagoon seeking crustaceans like crabs and shrimp to eat. The mullet schools sometimes spook these tiny creatures and the reds follow along the mullet scarfing up tasty morsels. There are spotted seatrout and smaller, slot-sized redfish, 18-27 inches, closer to the shorelines and edges of the flats. To catch the big reds, cut pinfish and dead mullet actually work well.
Offshore: The kingfish bite has been on point. Big fish, up to 40 pounds, can be caught in shallower waters from 20-50 feet deep and around the bait schools, especially pogies. On the reefs in 60-100 feet, anglers are catching mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, lane snapper and vermilion snapper, but will also have to release a few red snapper in the process. Grouper and big amberjacks have been in 120-160 feet of water. The first signs of the fall dolphin run are underway, too, but the bite is widely scattered so use run-and-gun techniques to find the fish.¬† ¬†
Surf:¬†Caleb Couture of Tradewinds Surf Fishing¬†Charters and Pompano Riggs by Couture said the surf action has been excellent since the swell from Florence died out. Pompano, croaker and whiting are among the catches beginning to be reeled in by anglers fishing Melbourne Beach to Sebastian Inlet. Sand fleas are a prime bait right now, especially blanched, but Fishbites in the sand flea or clam flavor in orange or pink will both work. To learn more about surf fishing techniques, see Couture’s free surf fishing seminar at Strike Zone in Melbourne from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†
Indian River Lagoon:¬†The black drum fishing at bridges on cut pinfish or dead mullet has been pretty good. Snapper, jacks and ladyfish are also bending rods near Satellite Beach and along the seawalls throughout the area.
Sebastian Inlet:¬†The fishing at Sebastian Inlet State Park continues to be strong with catches of snook, both in the slot and over it, redfish, jacks, snapper and the first few runs of Spanish mackerel. As the days grow a little shorter, following the fall equinox this weekend, expect to begin to catch a few more bluefish, jacks and mackerel, and the first pompano, and a few less snook and snapper. The mullet run is pretty steady, but most of the targeted fish are coming on cut bait, shrimp, croakers and mojarras. North and south of the inlet, there has been better fishing for tarpon, sharks and big jacks on live mullet freelined in the bait schools. ¬†¬†¬†¬†
Freshwater: Some of the better bass fishing is taking place right now and the coming shorter days of fall which begin after this weekend’s equinox should mean even better action. Use wild shiners where possible and fish the edges of the waterways where the fish will start bedding again in advance of the first spawning period of the season with the coming full moon.¬†
Ed Killer is an outdoors columnist for the USA Today Network based on the Treasure Coast. Friend him on Facebook at Ed Killer, follow him on Twitter or Instagram at @tcpalmekiller, email him at¬†email@example.com¬†or reach him by phone at 772-221-4201.