For the past few weeks we have written about cooler weather and the migratory species that it brings to our coast. The talk has been largely about pompano and bluefish, which are popular targets in the surf this time of year; but, there’s more yet coming to be excited about this season, such as one of my personal favorite species: flounder.
My brother Darren was in town this past week so we decided to hit the surf here in Satellite Beach for some late afternoon fishing. My youngest son Dylan joined us as well. He is a fishing fool and I love every minute of it! I have noticed mornings and evenings seem to be the most productive time lately. We only had a couple of hours of daylight to work with. Before going, we visited Man Overboard Bait & Tackle to pick up some live sand fleas. We had a nice collection of baits with us which consisted of Native Salt Clams, frozen shrimp, Fishbites and live fleas. For tackle we were using a Pompano Rigg’s by Couture set up with white floats and a 4 ounce pyramid sinker.
Dan and his son, Cooper, has a pretty good day fishing in the lagoon around the Mathers Bridge area. Dan reported, “In the morning, the mullet were running hard and we were seeing huge tarpon everywhere! Our tally for the day included two big trout along with lots of small ones. Two huge ladyfish, and we also hooked up on two tarpon but didn’t land them. Coop left his bail open and didn’t realize he had a tarpon on until he saw the line tearing out. Closed the bail but it came off 50 yards away and gone! That’s fishing!”
We caught black drum, sharks, croakers, pompano, whiting, etc. Really, that’s all I wanted to do anyway was have some good laughs with my boys and bend a rod hoping to bring home a few fish for dinner — and we did just that. What am awesome day!
Overall, the beaches have been producing solid numbers of pompano from Playalinda Beach all the way south to Sebastian Inlet. At the moment, the surf fishing production is consistent all along Brevard’s coast. Sand fleas […]