Muttons are on the move

Today I was undecided on what to fish for. We launched out of HBP around noon and arrived at the gate to find the entrance road covered by at least 12" of saltwater. The tide was actually flowing over the asphalt. This happens every year around this time, at high tides on the new and full moon. Today the tide was higher than I've ever seen, though.


Coming out the channel on the grass flat, we found some nice-sized trout, but they didn't want anything to do with our selection of artificials.

Still undecided, we went searching for bait. Mullet were thick in the marina and everywhere else in between. I really didn't feel like fishing mullet, so I netted just a few and continued the search. While running, I saw a pelican hangin out, so I pulled up to see what might be under. Mother-load of pilchards! I threw the net once, and had our fill.

Now that we had bait, it was time to figure out our game plan for the day. Muttons have been on my mind lately, and figured since the water's much cooler now, we should give it a try. Actually the water temps were about 12-14 degrees cooler than before hurricane Sandy. Average temp in the bay was 70F.

It turned out that it wasn't a bad idea. First spot resulted in 2 nice pinkies at 23" & 19". Great fight on my favorite light outfit using 6lb sufix and 20lb flouro leader and tiny size 2 Mustad live bait hooks.


The bite slowed down and I moved to another spot. Hai got his chance at a mutton here, landing a 21". No monster muttons today, but decent fish and amazing runs on light tackle.


The bite was slow, so I made the call to take the rest of our pilchards to another spot. I told Hai we'd go play with some little tarpon. I didn't have to twist his arm. As we pulled up, the tarpon were already rolling on the surface. I knew it would be quick action so I figured, what the heck, let me pull out the fly rod. I tried my luck on my 8wt, but I put it down after watching Hai jump fish after fish on live bait. Whatever, they were small tarpon, but I wanted one on the end of my line. We jumped around 10 fish a piece, landing maybe 3-5 fish each. Again, small tarpon, but fun to catch.


All in all, a fun day. A few decent snapper for the table and all the juvenile tarpon we could take until the sun came down.

Thanks for reading.



  • Angler_2600Angler_2600 Posts: 1,082 Officer
    Great day!
  • Offshore9393Offshore9393 Posts: 469 Officer
    Awesome trip you got some groceries and a show from the tarpon.
  • HialeahAnglerHialeahAngler Posts: 9,601 Officer
    no way, I don't believe you! that water looks like it's about 82*! lmfao!

    nice again.
  • Gettin' Jiggy!Gettin' Jiggy! Posts: 203 Officer
    no way, I don't believe you! that water looks like it's about 82*! lmfao!

    nice again.

    Hahahaha...don't get them started!
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,658 Captain
    great report. nice catch of muttons.


  • copout@castawayscopout@castaways Posts: 5,779 Officer

    tight work!
  • dolfanjoeydolfanjoey Posts: 1,121 Officer
    nice work
  • FLATS BROKEFLATS BROKE Posts: 2,060 Captain
    Pretty sick. Good job.
  • miami muttonmiami mutton Posts: 1,082 Officer
    Very nice catch congrats, they already hit the shallows and there are some huge ones in the shallows use big baits at night is best.the cold front and full moon combo did it, i will target them this weekend.
  • gdholbrookgdholbrook Posts: 480 Deckhand
    Very nice
  • UrbanAnglerMiamiUrbanAnglerMiami Posts: 448 Officer
    Gettin' Jiggy with Capt Rob is right. Hard core fishing at its best the last couple of weeks and who better to work BB with than my old friend. Good times & Tight lines! What's on the menu next Rob? I heard some talk of a little species known as cobia & African poms... Guess everyone will have to wait for the next report.
    "Exploring the Sublime of the Angling Worlds." HT
  • DirtySouthDirtySouth Posts: 211 Deckhand
    Nice catches!!
  • snookyjsnookyj Posts: 1,687 Officer
    Nice catches fellas!!! Yall are on fire here lately...keep it up, the fishing should just keep on getting better!!!
  • Go Catch'nGo Catch'n Posts: 20 Greenhorn
    Those muttons are a great fight on light tackle. Nice fish.
    Why go fishing when you can Go Catch'n?

  • Gettin' Jiggy!Gettin' Jiggy! Posts: 203 Officer
    Go Catch'n wrote: »
    Those muttons are a great fight on light tackle. Nice fish.

    Thanks. Yeah man, I love the sound of that Quantum Catalyst 30 with 6lb sufix. That thing screams when the muttons are bigger than 20". I've caught a few that are 26-28" on the same outfit, and those fish will NOT stop! When I hook up, all I do is laugh because there is absolutely nothing you can do to turn them, just wait. Most fights are very stressful, but a great reward once you land them. Let me see if I can find the picture of the 10lber from last year that was also caught on 6lb braid.

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