After enjoying weeks of flat calm seas and windless days during our summer months; it’s finally time to say goodbye. The waters and weather patterns will be transitioning during the month of October. The water temperatures will gradually be decreasing and slowly adjusting to the norms for the fall/winter months ahead. The falling sea temperatures trigger the natural instincts of the remarkable and renowned Mullet Run. The migrating mullet travel south along the Atlantic coast to the southern point of Florida, where they head offshore to breed and feed on grasses and algae. So what does this mean? Everything will be munching on mullet! As mullet migrate, they stay in large schools, making them irresistible to all predators including most pelagic fish! Immense amounts of mullet can be found thoughout the ICW and in the surf, just look for big black masses it the water along the beach. Anglers, take advantage of this great bait fish while you can.
TIP: anglers following the schools should cast out a live mullet on the outside of the school and have your reel in the free line position. You should hook the mullet in the mouth or behind the dorsal fin to create tension and force the mullet to swim away from your line and towards the school. If you cast the bait in the middle of the school, you have a much lower chance of catching the fish following the schools. By boat, start your approach ahead of the direction the school is traveling, cast out a live mullet to the outside of the school and hang on! Using this method, you will catch snook, the silver king (tarpon), jacks, redfish, barracudas, blacktip and spinner sharks, even kingfish skyrocketing a couple hundred yards off the surf.
The wind will be blowing this month, so it’s time for you to dig through your stowed away fishing gear and pull out the trident, kite rod and fishing kites! Dolphin, kingfish and wahoo can all be landed on the kite this time of the year. Even the blackfin tuna can be landed on the kite, ranging from 4 – 45lbs. Plus, kite fishing brings the element of surprise and you never know which species is going to strike next and decide to put on an aerial, top water show. Keep in mind, mullet is an excellent bait to use while kite fishing! During last month’s full moon, the wahoo fishing was poor in the Boynton area but on fire north out of Jupiter. Don’t worry, abundant numbers of wahoo will still be here during October and you still have a good opportunity to catch one whether you are high-speeding, kite fishing, slow trolling or regular trolling. Good luck out there and get out there when the mullet run is in full swing- it’s a BLAST! Until next time, Keep On Catchin'!
Darcie is a contributing writer for Coastal Angler Magazine since 2013. She writes monthly fishing forecast/reports about her adventures out of Palm Beach, Florida!