Mullet and more mullet! There's lots of bait, so why wouldn't the fish be here? The Indian River from north to south is full of mullet. If you're driving on the island or on Indian River drive, pay attention to on-coming traffic because that car is probably watching the river.
If you're eyeing the river, you can see tarpon jumping, jacks in a rampage, snook feeding, bands of bluefish and the dolphin look like something out of National Graphic.
Now you know why you have to watch oncoming traffic.
River anglers, it makes no difference where you fish, there are plenty of trout, reds and all the rest, including mullet.
At the bridge the dawn hour has been the best bet. There are lots of fish, so if it looks like a mullet cast it. Put a small weight on your bait, anglers want their bait below the school for a ready breakfast. Shrimp will find plenty of drum, snapper and a list of others throughout the day but any time you get there you will bend your rod.
There are plenty of Snook, maybe not slot, but plenty of hook ups and one might be the score. This east wind has clouded the west shore but the fish are there, with plenty of reds and all the rest. Pick your location and start casting. There are plenty of blues and macs in the river, I even had a Pompano or two make the catch list. Does this mean winter is near?
Surf means more mullet, more tarpon, snook and all of the above. The problem is the weeds. Lots of weed lines have kept anglers on the move. Get to the top of the dune cross over and look, and if needed, move north or south. Not all access points have had the weed problem, but again if it looks like a mullet cast it.
The beach has been host with some reds and trout, and then there is the Sharks. With all this dinner in the area it is a guarantee they will be there to share your catch.
Off shore; why go out to catch bait when you can cast your net in the river and get all you could need? Trolling for dolphin in 330-feet or live baiting sails from 90-feet out, mullet will get attention.
On the reefs a live mullet will find all the snapper and grouper. They really are excellent bait. Lots of weed lines from shallows with all the peanut dolphin to deep water where the bigger dolphin are gathered. Weed lines are a gift to the off shore angler, but dreaded buy the surf caster.
I heard about the black fins at the hill hitting small squid chains and small wahoo in the same area. Kings have been in 70-feet north of the inlet. Who would have guessed? There are bottom fish from 40-feet on any one of many of our reefs, so go north of the inlet.
There are not many anglers out this week, probably because lots of anglers are fishing inside. The river is the hot spot.
Come on down and see this Mullet festival, it really is better than National Graphic.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.