Well guys we dodged a bullet with hurricane Irma. Chaos fishing charters is back in operation as of this week.
Mullet run is in full force, just locating the mullet with darker dirty water can be difficult. But if you find the bait you will be rewarded with plenty of Snook, Jacks, Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, etc. Indian river has been plentiful with migrating mullet so load up the wells and fish around bait pods for steady action. Circle hooks work well, 3-5/0 hooks with 30-40lb leader for finger mullet. 6-9/0 hooks with 60-80lb leader for larger silver mullet.
Water has been churned up from Irma, but that will make for good bottom fishing. Lots of Snapper, Grouper, Sharks this week if your fishing nearshore in 50-60′. Mackerel & Bonita are starting to show up off the beaches, they are always fun. Spoons, Jigs, shiny swim baits will catch you as many as you’d like. Tarpon are cruising the beaches at first light and sunset chasing larger schools of the bigger silver mullet, fish outskirts of these large mullet schools for Tarpon, Shark, & Jack Mayhem.
Sea heights may keep us off the deep blue for a few days but when it lays down a tad this north wind should drive some pelagics our way! Mahi are being caught in deeper water 200-400′ this week around floating debris from hurricane Irma. Sails should start making a showing in coming weeks so rig a few doz ballyhoo and get out the dredges! Trolling 90-160′ is always a good place to start but recent reports from local tackle shops an captains are a sure fire way to find migrating schools of Sailfish.
Capt. Jonathan Earhart