tomkaz

Ready for the mullet run ?

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I am pretty sure I am set, though I don’t have photo of poppers and plugs, these have been on my preferred mullet run lure list. 

 

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Nice collection. What length and colors do you prefer on the Hogy Paddle Tails?

I’ve purchased a few for this year but have never used them before.

 

Dennis

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17 mins ago, Brdhntr47 said:

Nice collection. What length and colors do you prefer on the Hogy Paddle Tails?

I’ve purchased a few for this year but have never used them before.

 

Dennis

I use the Hogys if I expect there to be tarpon in the mix. That barbarian hook is strong and is needed when dealing with a potential six foot tarpon. Even a 20 pound jack might straighten a lesser hook. Even when I used Gambler paddle tails, I will use Hogy barbarian hooks or jig heads. 

 

When the feed is on, I am not sure color matters. When at night or the light is low, I would go with white. Under bright sun, white, gray/silver and dark colors can all work.

 

I would say that length and profile matter more than color but I have yet to see that proven. When the feed is on, you can toss out a rigged Sharpie pen and at least hook up with jacks. When the jacks are hot, it is mayhem. 

 

More important to the color is getting the lure/jig where it needs to be. Off the beach, there are days when the bait and the big boys are out there, well beyond most mortal’s casting range. That’s when the 3-4 ounce lures come in handy, no matter which brand you choose.

 

Also, if it is a topwater bite, throwing a heavy jig might pass it right through the strike zone too quickly. There is no way to throw a 2-3 ounce Hogy and skim it along the surface. Then it is the Randall Rangers or GT Ice cream or any popper. 

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Will it still occur given the hurricane just came through?  Otherwise, Im planning on a trip south.  Ill be brining my cast net. The last time I was at the Mullet run you could walk on them, literally, as in stepping on mullet while walking through the water. I never saw so many. 

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I had fully planned to be down in the Sebastian to Ft Pierce area September 7-15 but sadly the wife's vacation during that time frame got canceled so mine did too :(

I think I would have timed it perfectly too.

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2 mins ago, kurazy kracka said:

I had fully planned to be down in the Sebastian to Ft Pierce area September 7-15 but sadly the wife's vacation during that time frame got canceled so mine did too :(

I think I would have timed it perfectly too.

Not to rub salt in the wounds, but this is from last weekend, before the storm brushed by us. 

 

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32 mins ago, Brdhntr47 said:

Can someone slow those Mullet down just a little bit?  I won’t be there till the 25th.

 

Dennis

If Dorian didn’t screw with the run, then they should be around into October. When Matthew hit several years back, it was late September and that killed the run within a couple days of it leaving our area. Dorian coming this early will (hopefully) not have similar impact. 

 

Where will you be? I am down in the Jupiter area and the mullet just showed up last weekend. They had been up in Stuart for a week or so prior.

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We don't see action like that where I live. 

We get a few tarpon in casting range and the jacks are seldom larger than a pound.

The bluefish showed up for three days last year to mix it up.

 

I will be scouting for bones tonight though!

 

 

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tomkaz,

 

I’m on Hutchinson Island. Spend my time wandering around on the beaches from Stuart to Ft. Pierce. I may try to expand my horizons a bit this season. 

 

Lots of fisherman on Hutchinson Island but I never see anyone using artificials, so no one to compare notes with.

 

Dennis

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7 hours ago, tomkaz said:

Not to rub salt in the wounds, but this is from last weekend, before the storm brushed by us. 

 

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I'll have to keep in touch then and hopefully next year when the baby is older I can make a nice trip down.

I'm dying for my first tarpon. Been down a few times and I've hooked up but always gotten jumped off. A jack like that looks fun too.  

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all hell breaking loose tonight within yards of the sand.

Naturally, I was flinging shrimp for snappers and bones as 50lb tarpon put on belly flop displays smashing mullet schools.

The night before, I fished rattle traps, poppers and whatevr fake mullet I had. There were no schools around.

What a difference a day makes!

 

Tomorrow I will pick up some plastics and rig up in hopes of seeing a repeat on the Key.

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