Southern Agenda

Strike It Rich

Illustration: Tim Bower

The epic fall runs of migrating mullet turn Florida’s east-central coast into a cage match for anglers. All through September, the mullet come in waves, and waiting for the free-for-all are tarpon, snook, redfish, bluefish, and ladyfish, plus blacktip and spinner sharks in huge numbers. “It’s a hell of a thing to see,” says Captain Eric T. Davis of Vero BackCountry Fishing. “Besides the fishery itself, just the visuals are spectacular. You’re trying to get your fly or lure in there among thousands of mullet in a way that says, come get me, come get me.” Davis chases the runs from Sebastian Inlet south to Stuart. When a hard cold front moves through the Carolinas, pushing the mullet down the Atlantic, anglers should follow suit and get to Florida in double time.