Magical Mullet on Florida’s Southeast Coast
- Written by Captain John Meskauskas
On Florida's southeast coast, when we think fall fishing we think mullet run. Every fall we experience a magical mullet migration, where millions of fingerlings head south down our beaches and rivers. If you want to have a successful day, look for mullet schools, and fish with mullet flies, or other wide baitfish patterns. Snook, tarpon and large jack crevalle are our main targets, although you might hook up to sea trout, ladyfish, or redfish.
- Find the mullet schools off the beaches or in the rivers.
- Use larger flies. (mullet patterns, large deceivers, or poppers) Deceivers - In Colored Water, browns, olives, red; in clear water, white, blue
- Fish the outer edges of the mullet schools.
- Focus on ambush points. (seawalls, bridges, docks, jetties)
- Fishing is best at first light or last light.
- Use eight thru ten weights like the Helios 908-4 Tip and the 909-2 Mid (larger flies and typically larger fish)
- Large Arbor Reels are excellent for quick line retrieve Mirage IV or Batten Kill Large Arbor IV
- Intermediate Wonder Lines to get the fly just under the surface.