I have really been thinking about fishing this week. I know it doesn’t sound unusual for me to be thinking fishing, but I mean on a broader scale, and Charlie (my 6-year-old son) got me thinking in a broader sense about the act of fishing. Observe your surroundings, figure out what they — the fish — want to eat and present the bait in a manner that they can get hooked. Think like a fish.
Charlie and I were surf fishing with five other little ones that Charlie had made friends with on the beach. I was fishing with shrimp for Sea Mullet and Pompano when I snagged a Calico crab (brown and white speckled; ones that are super mean). I was about to toss it back in the ocean when Charlie said, “Let’s use him for bait Daddy.” It got me thinking: every time I have ever cleaned a Red Drum from the surf, this crab was all it had in its belly. Be careful, as these guys are faster than blue claws with their pinchers. I popped the top shell off, cut the body into eights and cut the legs up at the joint. I made a cast and within 10 seconds my rod was doubled over with a large Sea Mullet. This continued until I ran out of crab. I still caught some Mullet and Pompano on Shrimp and Sand Fleas, but I will for sure be using Calico crab for bait again.
I can really tell that fall fishing is beginning. The finger mullet are moving down the beach, a yellow butterfly landed on my bait tray and the kids are going back to school. Be on the lookout for a banner year of Speckled Trout fishing since we had such a mild winter last year. If you like Bluefish (which I do any way, except in a smoothie) now is the time. They can be caught from the surf on spoons or on the pier with Gotcha plugs and diamond jigs. The Sea Mullet and Pompano are biting well in the surf and off the piers. Flounder are to be had most anywhere from the back creeks to two miles out (with the rain look closer to the ocean). The Red Drum are running through the inlets now so the south end point is producing good numbers of fish at night. The King Mackerel have gone on the feed from10 to 15 miles out. Good numbers of Sailfish to be caught at the 20- to 30-mile mark. The Sheepshead are still on the feed; this year has been excellent for them and should continue to be into late into the fall.
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Tight Lines and Fair Winds,
Capt. Chris Medlin