Mullet run action has continued throughout West Palm Beach this week with Snook, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Sharks, Blue Runners, and even a few Bluefish all following the bait schools. Although the feeding action was not as intense as last week in most places, plenty of bait is still being pushed around with fish on them. Look for the Palm Beach Inlet, Blue Heron Bridge and the ICW to have schools of mullet with some fish on them right now. Flair Hawk Jigs, Swimbaits, cut or live mullet, x-raps and large poppers have all been working well. Best action in the Inlets have been reported around the high tide during the day, while the bridges have been best in the late hours of the night when the mullet are coming through. Look for active mullet pods being worked by fish and try getting your bait or lure underneath the school. The Snapper bite has been good on the bridges at night on cut bait and anglers fishing at the inlet have reported good Snapper fishing after sunrise.
The weather window this weekend allowed a lot of anglers to get on the water. Those that were not chasing fish in the mullet run made the run out to find Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Unfortunately, they were few and far between with the same story as the past few weeks of if you find debris you get tight. Then Monday rolled around, and the Mahi bite turned on. Anglers found Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) on weed patches and temp breaks ranging from 500’-1200’. Not only were the Mahi biting in good numbers, but there were also a significant number of gaffers out there. Trolling naked ballyhoo was the ticket to get the big ones to commit. While the weekend warriors struck out chasing Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), those that went bottom fishing filled the coolers. Flag Snapper (Yellowtail) were chewing well at night anchoring up around 70’ feeding lines back in the chum slick. Big Snapper (Muttons) were chewing well during the day and anglers were not having to fight through as many shorts as the previous few weeks. Snapper (Mutton) reports were mainly in the 90’-120’ range. The anglers that pulled up the big girls were using extra long leaders of 30’-50’ fluorocarbon with either a double hook sardine or large ballyhoo chunk.
Surf fishing has been great this week with the mullet run in full swing. Anglers fishing the Palm Beach Inlet and surrounding beaches had themselves one heck of a weekend! Big schools of bruiser Jack Crevalle storming the beaches and inlets, big tarpon rolling around and Snook blasting mullet out of the water have all been reported around West Palm Beach this week. Look for the best action to be early in the morning and late in the afternoon when there is big swell on the beach and in the inlet. When fishing active mullet pods this time of year, the key is to stand out from the rest of the baitfish in the water. Whether that means changing the profile of your bait or lure to something totally different than what the fish are feeding on, changing color to something bright or switching up the action of the lure you are using to mimic something else feeding on the mullet. When there are massive bait pods around like we have been seeing recently, you do not want to match the hatch and blend in! Make sure your lures are standing out from the masses and you should be able to get tight this week on some nice fish.