The fishing in September has been great and will continue into October. Depending on the cold fronts, we can expect consistent action in the Indian River Lagoon and on the nearshore beaches from Melbourne to Sebastian Inlet.
With the mullet run in full swing, as long as the weather holds up and it isn’t too rough, the beaches are the plact to be. Consistent action on Tarpon, Snook, Sharks, Jack Crevalle, Kingfish that are following the schools of bait looking for that easy meal. Fish the Snook and Jacks by fishing the trough running parallel to the shore along the beach. Fishing for Tarpon and sharks, the best bet is to use live bait and fish the outer edges of the bait pods. The Rapala XRap Long Cast is size 14 will be an excellent hard bait to use when targeting the bait pods. I also like to use Hogy Eeels and DOA Baitbusters during the mullet run along the beaches.
Anglers looking for Flounder inshore should have plenty of opportunity to catch some 2 to 6 pound fish in the lagoon and near the inlets. I like to fish the mangrove shorelines Storm Paddle Tail or 4” jerkbaits rigged on VMC ¼ ounce jigheads. Fish them slow along the shorelines and pitching them under the mangrove roots. Docks and Spoil islands will also hold some good founder. XRap Twitchin minnow is a good hard bait to target the Flounder around docks and spoil islands as well. Live bait angler will have the best success with live finger mullet, however live shrimp will work as well.
The mullet in the Creeks from Melbourne down to Sebastian will keep the gamefish in there through the month as long as we don’t get too much rain. Fish the docks and oyster that are loaded with bait using topwater baits early switching to subsurface baits later in the day. Snook will be plentiful and Tarpon will be in the deeper channels of the creeks. Live finger mullet is a great bait or give the Storm Paddle Tail baits a shot along the shoreline drop-offs.
Capt. Glyn Austin
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