The Fall Mullet Run Is Starting!

August 26, 2016

My favorite time of the year is just getting started, The Mullet Run!  For those not familiar, every fall we get a massive migration of mullet (baitfish) that skirt our beaches as they head south.

Mullet Run

They school up in thick pods to elude attacks using safety in numbers.  On their backs are some of the biggest tarpon you can catch along with trophy snook, blacktip sharks, spinner sharks, ladyfish, jacks, barracuda and much more.  These are just the species that follow them along the beaches.


Here at Lady Pamela, we offer mullet run speciality charters that are mainly in the evenings, however our morning trips are very good as well.  You find the mullet pods and you usually find the fish.  We run the beaches as well as the intercoastal looking of the pods.  Most of the time we find them right here in our inlet or around our bridges with fish on them.


Some call it the greatest show on the earth and my clients that are here in the fall, absolutely love the adventure even on those nights where we can’t get a hook to stick.  The explosion from a tarpon cart wheeling through the baits is just as much as fun seeing as catching.


Come experience National Geographic fishing as mullet explode all around our boat while they seek safety from giant tarpon, sharks and more.  Our mullet run fishing trips are starting to book now and the prime time starts the beginning of September and runs through October.  In November we start to switch it up, however there are a ton of mullet still around and we use them for bait, in the inlets and off the beaches.



Rough seas yield sailfish bonanza!

My wife and I arrived late on November 19th, as our taxi driver took us on a unscheduled (you know what I mean) tour. Captain David calmly assured me that we would still make out fine, and in fact the rough seas that day were actually a good sign and improved our chances of a sailfish strike. We stopped to pick up some of the best bait available which they call google-eyes (small extra cost, highly recommended). They fish sailfish with kites in south Florida if weather permits. I’ve fished with a kites before, but not in the same manner as the crew of the Lady Pamela II. This windy day they flew two kites with multiple baits on each. It was truly a sight to see and they explained everything as they were going, so it was very interesting and educational too. It wasn’t long before one of the orange floats was zig-zagging across the water and the mate grabbed the rod and free spooled for a few moments before gradually pushing the drag up to strike. Just as he did this, the orange ball seemingly flew horizontally across the top of the water at an amazing speed (I swear as fast as a car) for about 100 yards…the sail was hooked and the rush was exhilarating! I took the rod and began fighting the fish just as I heard the captain and mate discussing that this was a very large sailfish…smiles were all around the boat. The fish put on an incredible fight lasting about 25 minutes and did a few amazing jumps, dancing across the top of the water for 20 feet at a time. We eventually brought the fish to the boat and it was an impressive 7 feet, 3 inches long! (I’m on the left in the picture)There were high fives all around. I’m having it replica-mounted, and it will be a long overdue addition to my present collection. A few moments later we were on another large sail which my wife fought for 20 minutes (we have some incredible footage of jumps on my GoPro) and got just outside the reach of the leader when it unfortunately pulled the circle hook. She was tired and a bit sore after, so when a third sailfish was hooked, I fought this one all the way to the leader too! Later in that day we hit a school of Mahi-Mahi which devoured all the baits in the water in seconds…another rush and it also provided some supper as well. Lady Pamela II was one of the most comfortable boats I’ve fished on, and definitely was family friendly with a clean and spacious restroom as well. David and his crew were professional and courteous and I would have no hesitation recommending them for a family outing, or to experienced deep sea fishermen like us. The trip was a magical memory that we will never forget. Thanks David!