PORT CANAVERAL: October is a great month to fish inside and outside of Port Canaveral. The Fall mullet run is in full swing along the beaches outside of the Port, so anglers can target bluefish, redfish, snook, tarpon, tripletail, jacks, and flounder just to name a few that are available. These species will be following the schools of mullet southward along the beaches as they head for their wintering grounds. Look for baitfish “showering” as they run from these predators when the action heats up in the surf zone. The best areas are usually around the tip of the Cape, and at the jetties at Port Canaveral, but a feeding frenzy can occur anywhere along the Cape to Cocoa Beach area. You may also see some king mackerel and different types of sharks joining in these festivities. Whether you’re standing on the beach or fishing from a boat, you should find plenty of hungry fish once you find the schools of bait. Rapala X-Rap diving plugs, Krocodile spoons, and R&R tackle jigs tipped with a lively fingerling mullet are productive lures and lure/baitfish combos to cast in and around the feeding activity.
BANANA RIVER LAGOON: Island edges and channel drop-offs near the tip of Newfound Harbor, The Satellite Beach canals, and the Thousand Islands area of Cocoa Beach are worth investigating this month. Snook, speckled trout and redfish can ambush fingerling mullet that are migrating through this area throughout the day. Saltwater Assassin 4-inch sea shad tails or 5-inch jerk baits rigged on a weedless weighted worm hook will be great mullet imitations to use in these areas if the water is relatively clear. Live fingerling mullet, or cut mullet will work best when the water is dirty or when these fish don’t feel like chasing lures.
Capt. Jim Ross
Fineline Fishing Charters