Saturday, September 30, 2023

Ed Killer / tcpalm South Fla. Report

 Do you have full moon fever? The harvest moon is Friday and it's another supermoon, meaning don't be surprised if the gravitational pull of the moon is a little stronger than normal. Here are some other natural indicators to watch for this weekend:

  • King tides are possible.
  • Mullet are still on the move.
  • The early stages of the bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pompano, dolphin and blackfin tuna migrations are beginning.

So if you're not stuck spending an afternoon at the church pumpkin patch, tie on your favorite mullet-patterned topwater plug or swim bait and make a few casts to see if there is a hungry snook or wily tarpon around.

Mosquito Lagoon

Capt. Jon Lulay of 2 Castaway Charters in Titusville has been steering clients to catches of redfish and tarpon in the lagoon. Redfish have been rooting in schools away from the islands and shorelines, but slot-sized fish can be found along the shorelines with live shrimp. Some sight-casting opportunities exist in the shallow windless waters. Speckled trout, snook and black drum can also be caught in the same area.


There are still mullet moving through the area and probably will for about two more weeks. Snook, jacks, tarpon, sharks and more have been in the schools. Use topwater plugs or swim baits patterned like mullet to get bites as the schools push south. Pompano, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are right behind this migration.

Sebastian Inlet

The bait schools in this zone have been energizing the bite for snook, redfish, jacks, goliath grouper and bluefish. The incoming tide seems to provide the most action around the T-Dock, but it's the outgoing tide that enhances the action around the ends of the jetties. Snapper will take shrimp or cut bait on the bottom.

Indian River Lagoon

Fish points, shoals, submerged spoil islands for action from speckled trout and snook. Live mullet will go a long way to generating action. Small tarpon and black drum are near mangroves or in residential canals. Fish the bridge pilings and piers for sheepshead and flounder.


Moving water in the river sections of the St. Johns have been key for catfish. Bass will be along the edges near spawning beds. Topwater frogs and crank baits will draw reaction strikes in Lake Poinsett and Lake Washington.

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