Fall is here and we are definitely seeing some changes. First, schools of baitfish are moving into the area and triggering some great action. Inshore, schools of mullet are moving south and being followed by tarpon, jacks, and spinner sharks just to name a few. Another great bait that has started to move in are the pilchards. Pilchards are by far one of the most versatile baits both inshore and offshore. Razor bellies as they are sometimes referred to can serve double duty as chum as well as on the hook.
Offshore, kingfish have been a staple on most trips. Besides the kings, some sailfish are also starting to show up along with a few smaller tuna. Another great option right now is to target snapper. Yellowtailing is a great option as well as anchoring or drifting for muttons. Although fall muttons tend to be a bit smaller than spring time fish they make up for it with numbers.
If you're thinking of coming down and getting in on the action, don't wait too long. Now is the best time to schedule trips before the calendar starts to fill up. Every year, I get countless calls from desperate anglers trying to book a last minute trip only to find that everyone is booked. Do yourself a favor and don't be that guy or gal.
Well, that is pretty much it for right now. I will be conducting another seminar on 11/7 at the Miami Bass Pro Shops. I've been working on securing several raffle prizes that will sure spice things up. The November seminar will focus on live bait kite fishing for sailfish and other popular species that travel through our waters during the cooler months. The event will also be the last one at Bass Pro Shops for this year.