September excels in all kinds of nature on our Space Coast Beaches. July and August saw catches of sharks, whiting, snook, drum, redfish and the monster Kingfish( check the pictures on my wed site) caught by local angler Brian Struttmann. Each time I went fishing, it took 45 to 50 minutes to get down to the beach and start fishing because of all the natural wonders we observed. One day in August as we stood on a crossover to the beach; I had planned to stop and talk to the anglers about wind, surf conditions and tides. That took about 10 minutes and it took another 45 minutes of pointing out turtle tracks on the beach from the night before, then identifying the species of turtle that came out of the surf, went up the beach to lay their eggs and the tracks of that turtle returning to the surf. Pelicans diving on bait pods and large fish hitting the bait near shore, tarpon sounding just past the third sand bar, one lone manatee cursing just off shore and that is what anglers/beach goers can expect to see daily on our beaches in September: how great is that!
Bait has been plentiful in the surf all summer which is why all the great fish catching reports. September it will get even better with the opening of Snook Season on the first and the Fall Bait Run arriving soon after. In late August/early September finger mullet by the thousands will be swimming south along our beaches and the sports pages and fishing reports will be announcing the mullet arrival. Surf anglers will be fishing early and late to catch snook which is an outstanding game fish and table fare. Seas can be calm and winds light for anglers so this becomes a super time to target big fish in the trough. The bait fish( mullet ) will school next to shore and this allows predators an easy meal for them as the mullet swim overhead. Finally, just cast net a few mullet for your bucket and you’re ready to go. Live baiting for big fish in the trough can’t be beat during the mullet run.
Rigging: Brian used a 7ft Ande Rod with Shimano 8000 Bait Runner Reel spooled with 12 lb test mono that allowed him to land his 56 inch Kingfish from the beach. On the 12 Lb test running line he added a 1oz barrel sinker and then tied on a swivel. To that he added 12 to 15 inches of 40 lb fluorocarbon leader material and a 4/0 circle hook with a big live croaker as bait.. Add a good deal of fishing skill and anyone can do it?
Catch a big fish, take a picture and release the fish unharmed for other anglers.
If you require a shore license to fish the surf, please get one (free to Florida residents) and while you’re at it you can get a snook tag/stamp if you plan to take a snook home for dinner.
The current Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations are free online at “myfwc.com”, tax offices and local tackle shops.