Friday, October 23, 2009

Holy Mackerel, the Big Mack Attack is on!

We have been looking forward to this time of year, just waiting to roll out our mackerel clichés! Well, wait no more, the time is now...the mackerel are here and we have been catching them on every trip, trolling spoons and feathers in shallow water inside the reef. We also boated some nice kingfish and released several barracudas and a shark. Not all fish were as cooperative and we were cut off by something big on the bottom during one of our trips...maybe another shark, so we’re looking to go back to that spot and try again.

Another seasonal spectacle going on right now is the southern migration of the mullet and we have been watching small schools pass by Hallandale, heading south to Haulover and beyond. The viewing isn’t quite as good as it has been in previous years due to the high winds and rough seas. On Tuesday the schools were pushed offshore and were somewhat disorganized, but you could still see larger predators, perhaps tarpon, bluefish or barracuda, slashing through the pods of bait, sending showers of mullet leaping and jumping out of the water. The wind should be subsiding and hopefully there will be more bait on the way and it will move in a little closer. Try to get over to the beach and enjoy the mullet run; even if you’re not fishing from a boat or the shore it’s a lot of fun to watch.