Amelia Island October Report

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Amelia Island October Report


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      October 3, 2023 at 11:05 pm

      With the summer heat ending, we’re finally starting to see the water cool down a bit. The mullet should stick around until we get that first cold front, so take advantage of that. This time of the year is much more comfortable to fish. Over the last couple of weeks, fish have gorged themselves on this mullet run and become accustomed to eating larger baits, so bump those three-inch paddle tails up to four or five inch baits to target those larger fish. Continue to cast net mullet and present those on a fish-finder rig. This rig will work well pretty much everywhere. It allows the fish to get into the strike zone and act natural. If hooking in the mouth, remember to only hook the top half allowing the mullet to open his mouth to get oxygen in its gills, it will last much longer.

      Amelia Island State Park is a great place to hang out for the day and catch fish. The park allows you to drive around on the sand to find that perfect spot to set up shop. I love the point where the water converges on the outgoing tide. As the tide inches to low, head a little north to hit the rock jetty. As the water subsides, you’ll be able to reach the rocks to properly fish. This time of year, you’ll find a wide variety of species including reds, trout, spanish, jacks, tarpon and blues.

      The jetty bite continues to be very active and should remain this way. The bull red bite has been great, flounder bite has been good, and the trout bite will increase as the water temps continue to drop. The bull reds could be found at the end of the Florida jetty, slightly towards the beach side on the incoming tide. Big cut baits like blue crab, mullet and lady fish will all produce your personal best red. The red monsters could also be caught from the shore. Fort Clinch on the last of the outgoing to the first of the incoming will allow you to cast into deeper water in order to get your bait in their path. Get ready for a fight!

      If you’re going after the flatties, work live mullet or mud minnows on a jig head over the top of the rocks. If you prefer artificial, give a bucktail with a Fish Club grub on it a shot. And guys, remember flounder closes on the 15th of October until the start of December. So as much as we all love to eat flounder, they all must go back in the water.

      Come by Amelia Island Bait and Tackle to show us what you’ve been catching, we love to see those pics. Until November… Tight lines

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