Jason Griffeth of Vero Beach, producer of the Hydrophilik YouTube Channel, captured this amazing video of the fall mullet run along the beaches of South Vero Beach Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2017. VIDEO BY JASON GRIFFETH
Capt. Glyn Austin of Sebastian Inshore Fishing and Going Coastal Charters said fishing has been good along the shorelines near the pods of bait. The mullet run is gearing up and his anglers have been able to catch snook, trout, redfish, jacks and ladyfish by throwing¬†Rapala Storm 360GT Coastal lures and¬†Twitchin’ Minnows. When the artificial lures stop working, Austin said, switch over to live pigfish and croakers to keep the bite going. Sebastian Inlet has been ground zero for good fishing with cubera snapper, snook and redfish being caught. After dark, use bucktail jigs or Rapala X-RAP 14 Long Cast plugs.
Jayson Arman of That’s R Man land-based fishing charters out of Billy Bones Bait and Tackle in Port St. Lucie said the inshore fishing in the Indian River Lagoon has been very good as the mullet run gathers more steam. Snook, redfish, trout, jacks and even tripletail can be caught around docks, in cuts and near flats which feature shallow water adjacent to holes or channels. Arman has been using the saltwater series of Bass Assassins.¬†¬†
Offshore, the snapper fishing is holding up nicely. The ground swell from Hurricane Florence at the end of last week was strong enough to generate good surfing conditions, but not enough to ruin the bottom fishing. Vermilion snapper have been feeding on the reefs in 60-90 feet of water. Kingfish action has also been really good.¬†¬†¬†
Captains Mike and Nate Shellen of Okeechobeebassfishing.com said the best bass fishing has been taking place between King’s Bar and Horse Island. Fish are setting up along the edges and hitting spinnerbaits, topwater frogs and Rat-L-Traps. It’s been a good strategy to start with artificial lures on the surface early in the morning and then switch to Senkoes and flukes later in the morning. Anglers fishing with wild shiners, Mike Shellen said, are catching 35 fish a day along the Kissimmee grass edges.¬†¬† ¬†
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