In the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers, the mullet have arrived in force. One charter captain jokingly said, “from the power lines to the Jensen Causeway you couldn’t fit another one.”
With the massive mullet run underway, the tarpon are also out in force and enjoying the pretty much all-they-can-eat buffet. They are blowing up schools at the bridges, along the docks and on the flats.
For anglers looking to hook up with one of these hard fighters, D.O.A. TerrorEyez and D.O.A. Baitbusters in mullet patterns are working well. If going with live bait, use a mullet that is significantly bigger than the ones in the schools you’re targeting so it stands out.
Though the snook bite has cooled off a bit, they, along with jack crevalle, are also enjoying the mullet run and being caught along the area seawalls.
Along the Stuart and Jensen Causeways, there have been a few black drum caught.
Good-sized schools of mullet are moving along the beaches in Jupiter and the tarpon there are putting on quite the show. Fish up to six feet long are absolutely hammering them and jumping clear of the water in the process.
Anglers working the mullet schools are catching tarpon, snook and jack crevalle.
If targeting snook, plastic grubs and Rapala X-Raps in the six- to seven-inch range are working well.
Inside the inlet near Dubois Park, the minnows are still thick and there are blue runners, snook and tarpon.
With mullet running through the area, anglers fishing around the Boynton Inlet have been catching bluefish and Spanish mackerel casting spoons, jigs and GOT-CHA lures early in the morning. Snook, mutton snapper, jacks and a few redfish were being caught by anglers fishing live and cut bait on Monday off the north jetty.
In the Boynton Beach area, the Intracoastal Waterway has been on fire recently. Casting plugs around the mullet schools has been producing strikes from snook, jack crevalle, bluefish and the occasional redfish early in the morning. Fishing live and cut bait around the channel edges, rock piles and channel markers has been producing catches of tarpon, cubera snapper, bluefish, ladyfish and redfish.
Best bet is casting quarter- to half-ounce Cotee jigs with gold glitter grub tails under and around the boat docks and rocky shorelines for redfish, snook, tarpon, ladyfish and jacks around Manalapan and Hypoluxo Island.
Lantana bridge anglers have been catching bluefish on live and fresh-cut mullet fished on the bottom. Spanish mackerel were hitting live shrimp and yellow jigs early Tuesday morning. There are reports of tarpon, ladyfish, snook, and jacks hitting at night by anglers using live bait and also on shallow diving lures.
Though it’s been a bit windy, the bass bite is still excellent. In the early mornings, anglers working the grass lines are having good luck with live shiners and with artificial worms and crank baits. As the day progresses, however, live shiners are the way to go.
The bass bite in J&S Canal and Henry Creek areas has started picking up.
The bluegill bite is still solid in the canals and the Kissimmee River.