Captain Jonathan Earhart tells us that we are at the tail end of the mullet run and the Snook and tarpon are feeding up on them. For the Snook, you will want to look around the large concentrations of mullet along the mangrove shorelines, docks, and seawalls. Live bait anglers will want to net up some mullet and free line them on a 6/0 circle or live bait hook under the docks and around the mangroves. Artificial bait anglers will want to go with top water baits and subsurface baits like a Mirrodine in a mullet color pattern.
For the tarpon, you will want to use live mullet as well but in a larger size of 6 to 12 inches. You can free line them in open bays and inlets where there is deeper water and access to a lot of baitfish. For the artificial bait angler, you will want to go with a larger topwater bait or the Spooltek 9 inch fatty in a mullet color.
Offshore the Mahi bite has been very consistent in about 600 feet of water. You can troll dead ballyhoo or drift a live finger mullet around debris and weed lines. When you find them you can offer up a variety of artificial baits like top water, jigs and swim baits. When the bite is on they aren’t too picky. When you are around the school and hooked up, keep at least one Mahi in the water at all times to keep the school around the boat.
Sailfish are being caught in 120 to 700 feet of water. Trolling dead ballyhoo or slow trolling live goggle eyes seems to be working the best.