August Fishing Forecast
Captain Jim Britton
With the dog days of summer approaching, I recommend anglers do the same thing many of us did when we were young, hit the beach! Whether in a boat, on the pier, or from the surf; fishing should be busy. From a boat the targets will be tarpon, kingfish sharks, and large jack crevalle. All of these species can be found behind the shrimp boats as they dump their by-catch. When the shrimp boats are not active just run the beach looking for pogy pods (there will be plenty to choose from). Once a pod is spotted it will not take long to discover if there are fish underneath, so slowly approach and have live bait ready or use your favorite large artificial bait.
Angler looking to get in on the action from the pier can also get shots at tarpon, kingfish and sharks, in August. Pompano, flounder, bluefish, and drum will be found around the pier and from the surf as well.
Offshore anglers will be targeting kingfish and an occasional wahoo by trolling over wrecks and reefs. If the “smokers” are not around, drop an anchor to load up on black sea bass, snapper (so far this has been an excellent summer for mangrove snapper), and grouper. Further out dolphin and tuna will be found from 135 feet of water out to the ledge.
The inshore bite will remain much the same. Get out early and target redfish along grass banks at higher tides and along oyster bars or sand bars at the lower tides. Trout can be found along the banks of the ICW and under docks. And don’t forget to target flounder in creek mouths or bends on an outgoing tide. For yet another way to beat the heat – give night fishing a try. Free line a shrimp under dock lights for trout or fish deeper for redfish and flounder.