The Gulf of Mexico’s Fall Frenzy

Published 09/17/18

Article By: David A. Brown

Cooling temperatures and shorter days usher massive baitfish schools out of the bays and estuaries into the Gulf of Mexico. Once they reach the passes, a gauntlet of predators await the feast. Photos by David A. Brown.

Watch below the birds and you’ll often spot mackerel, bluefish and bonito tailing along the surface as they chase baitfish. Position yourself within casting range, but don’t run through the action which will push the bait down.

Spanish mackerel are among the most abundant predators taking advantage of the fall bounty. These mackerel are a blast on light tackle and fly. They also make solid table fare or can be brined and frozen to use as a blue marlin pitch bait.

To read the rest of this story, including the many other predatory fish to be caught, head over to FishTrack!