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Cool Front Triggers Bite

October 13, 2014

Two weeks into October and we finally got our first "cool front" which dropped the temperature a little bit for a couple days but more importantly gave us a little north then northeast breeze and a pretty decent swell, great for surfers but better for us fishermen because it kicked off the mullet run. For the past 2 weeks there has been a pretty steady flow of mullet schools heading south along the beach and all kinds of fish are tearing them up. Tarpon, jacks, sharks, bluefish, big ladyfish, kingfish, snook, and an occasional redfish are all following these huge school’s of mullet. It’s easy fishing, find the mullet, and you’ve found the fish. Net some mullet and send them back out, keep it simple, a 20# spinner is plenty, if you want tarpon fish mono or flouro leader. I’ve been fishing 20# titanium wire because of all the toothy critters mixed in and it doesn’t seem to effect the tarpon bite. A 5/0 j hook in the upper lip of the mullet works great and makes it easy if you want to slow troll down the beach. Another great way to get bites is to fish a mullet head on the bottom under the bait pod.

Fishing offshore has been good also. Lot’s of dolphin on the edge of the reef from 130 to 50 feet, the dolphin are in there chasing huge schools of ballyhoo and don’t want to eat much else so fishing live ballyhoo is the way to go. Lot’s of small kings the past week, a few wahoo, and a few sailfish. 
Fishing on the drift boat has been great too, lot’s of yellowtail and mutton snappers a few cobia, kings, dolphin, and groupers including this nice gag caught on the "fish city pride" this morning. 

Captain Skip Dana

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