In the wee hours of Monday morning son Alex and I climbed into the chariot and drove to new Smyrna Beach. We launched the boat at about 2 AM. The tide was high, and slack.
Our plan was to visit lit docks and fish them. We didn't have much success at first, but then the water started moving.
On one hand it seems strange that one dock will have fish boiling all around it when nearby docks have nothing, but that's always how fishing is. So it was this night.
We hardly kicked fish butt. We got many undersized trout, many ladyfish. Alex got a rat red and I got a decent sized bluefish. We used DOA CAL jigs and 3" DOA Glo Shrimp. Nothing photo-worthy came aboard. Everything was released.
After it got light we caught a few mullet and ran out of the inlet. It was too rough to ride around, so we just anchored near the tip of the north jetty. There were redfish there. Using mullet chunks we caught two decent ones in an hour and saw several other people catch some too.
The mullet are supposed to be running. I'd like to know where they all are.
On Wednesday Luiz, Sergio, and Messias, all from Sao Paulo, joined me for a day's fishing on Mosquito Lagoon. We tried fishing with lures. We tried fishing with bait. We caught nothing other than three catfish. The water is still dreadfully dirty. You can't see anything.
Finally I anchored at the jetty at Haulover Canal. Soaking mullet chunks we got two redfish in about three hours, very slow fishing. At least we weren't skunked!
They were fun guys to be around and I certainly needed to brush up on my Portugues.
On Friday Dr. George Yarko joined me. The forecast was for hard east winds. Holy cow, it was correct! We anchored at the west end of the Haulover Canal and soaked mullet chunks for four hours, chewing the fat the entire time.
There were lots of dolphins around. There were lots of manatees around. Apparently yacht season has started. Out of the wind it was a lovely morning.
We did not see many mullet. This time of year they should be everywhere you look. We did not catch anything other than one over-aggressive sting ray. We left at noon.