The mullet have been running late and started mid October. We had a great start with a lot of Tarpon mid-October but the red tide killed a lot of the mullet and now that the red tide seems to be moving off we should get more mullet well into November. As long as the weather stays nice and the bait stays around, the inlet and beach fishing will be fantastic. If the cold fronts come early, the inlet fishing will be fantastic, but we won’t be able to get off the beach for the tarpon and sharks. The strong cold fronts will bring big swells but the tarpon and sharks will move into Sebastian Inlet on the outgoing tides looking for a meal. Bucktail jigs in 2-3 ounce, hogy pro tail Eels and paddletails and Rapala XRap 14 Long cast baits will be the key artificial baits to use in the evening and after dark. Drifting pinfish and pigfish in the evenings will account for a good number of snook and redfish as well. Look for the shrimp to start moving through the inlet later in November. The Snook, reds and black drum should start stacking up in the inlet if the winds stay light and feed on the shimp flushing out with the tide.
Depending on the fronts, there should be a lot of finger mullet in the lagoon as well as the Creeks from Sebastian River to Turkey and Crane Creeks and the Eau Gallie River by Ballard Park. With the bait inside the lagoon and the lower water temps, the inshore fishing should be good throughout November. There will be plenty of trout, slot sized redfish, snook and some Flounder in the mangroves and along the spoil islands. Look for bait pods and fish the areas with a lot of bait with soft plastics or finger mullet.
November is also the time anglers start catching the big Flounder in the Inlet west of the bridge, from the catwalks and in the Lagoon. Live bait anglers looking for big Flounder in the inlet will have the best success with live finger mullet and mud minnows soaked on the bottom using a fishfinder rig with a 12-18” leader. I prefer to jig ½ ounce or ¾ ounce jigs with Storm 360 GT paddletails or 4” jerkbaits on the bottom using either pro cure or strips of mullet or pinfish as an attractant. The larger Flounder are usually caught on live bait but more fish are caught on artificial baits.