Here Comes The Fall!
Focus On Catching Good Quality Bait To Have More Successful Trips
To catch finger mullet, idle around or use the trolling motor on the flats and creeks and look for v wakes. Low tide is the best, as the finger mullet will be out of the grass. Normally you will see one jump occasionally. Get the largest cast net you can comfortably throw well (I prefer a 10ft 3/8” mesh Calusa to cover the most water but an 8fter will get the job done.) and throw right on top of the v wakes. The fish have been hitting finger mullet anywhere from 3 inches to 6 inches, the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish! It is very important to let the fish take the bait for a handful of seconds as it is a lot of bait to eat. If you rush the process and try and reel or set the hook too quickly the fish won’t have the mullet in their mouth all of the way and you will lose the fish. If you do miss a fish, bring your bait back in and put a fresh mullet on. Also, remember not to overfill your live well with bait. Fresh healthy bait catches more fish than sad, beat-up bait does. Less bait in the livewell equals more oxygen for each bait.
I hope this report and tips help you catch more fish this fall!