Surf fishing shut down, but mullet run is still underway

Devastation as far as the eye can see is still the norm for the beaches from Melbourne Beach to Indialantic to Cocoa Beach. It's unprecedented.

Mosquito Lagoon: Capt. Jon Lulay of Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Charters in Titusville said the fishing has been in a pretty typical fall pattern. Calm days produce conditions which enable sight-casting opportunities at big black drum, oversized redfish and some trout. If that doesn't work, try soaking cut pinfish or mullet, or split crabs to get bites from some of the bigger fish near the channels. The shallows are giving up more slot redfish and trout, but Lulay and other guides have begun a grass roots awareness campaign to convince anglers to let those fish go. The small lagoon is in trouble. Harvesting fish from it seems senseless, Lulay said. He recommends letting the trout and redfish go.

"Every fish matters," he said of the beleaguered lagoon. With red tide along the beaches, sea grass loss in the estuaries and algae blooms across state waters, Lulay couldn't be more right.

Offshore:  Capt. Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters out of Blue Points Marina at Port Canaveral said the bluewater fishing has yielded a variety of catches. Everything from huge blackfin tuna on the troll — a 29.5-pounder caught last week — to Goliath grouper and genuine red snapper on the bottom to tiger shark encounters on the surface has been experienced recently by his clients. There has been a catch of cobia and kingfish from 40 to 80 feet of water on the reefs and wrecks. The fall dolphin (mahi mahi) run is taking place in 130 to 200 feet of water. Read full article.