Okay, it’s that time of year we all love. The weather is changing and fishing will get much better the next few months.
After talking to customers daily the past 40 plus years here in South Florida, I have come to realize it is very hard to predict when the bite will turn on. Yes, we can guess and have an idea, but even we experts cannot make accurate predictions all the time. I have written hundreds, if not thousands, of stories and articles going back to the Boca News in the early 60s. Years ago, when every sailfish was caught pictures were taken and the catch was mounted and placed on the wall as a trophy to collect dust.
At this time of the year, we all know we are looking forward to our mullet run. With the bait coming, we will see large mammoth schools of bait fish with all of our game fish feeding on them as they migrate along our coastline. It is quite common to see schools of fish spread out 2, 3, 4 and 500 yards long. In every shape and size in these schools, you will always see sharks, tarpon, big jacks, blue fish, and barracuda, and in an around the inlets is a great place to see and catch the beautiful Florida snook. All of the fish feed daily morning, noon and night on these massive schools of bait fish.
Another thing that happens is the start of kingfish on the reefs and sailfish along our coast by the thousands, all migrating south again feeding on the vast amounts of fish. And, if that’s not enough, with all this fish other fish will also start to feed. Customers all the time say they want to go somewhere and catch a certain type of fish. Usually I tell them to come back and wait until the next cold front or the full moon and they will catch all those in your own backyard without traveling out of town. We have a lot of customers that come into South Florida from all over the world to catch our fish that often leave very happy. Again, I tell them to be aware of upcoming weather conditions, cold fronts this time of year, and other weather patterns. This all plays a big part in what fish, and how to catch the fish, you want to catch.
This time of year is also the start of wahoo season, mainly on and around the full moon. These fish are caught trolling and live baiting in 150-250 feet of water along our coast. They can be caught on the daylight bite on the outgoing tide around all the inlets. Another thing to look for is inshore current. If it is streaming south I will first fish the south side of the inlet, the reason being that all the bait, such as schools of baby blackfin tuna, sardines, bullet bonitos, ballyhoo and blue runners, will also be there doing the same thing as the wahoo, feeding on the fish as they flush out of the inlets.
They say that 10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish. Do your homework, be prepared both in tackle and in bait, and you can join the 10% club. It costs nothing but a little hard work.
Tight lines and good fishing or, as I say, good catching!