August brings our hottest weather and is prime time to target tarpon, sharks, jacks, and other ocean predators. King mackerel, bonita, cobia, barracuda, and even sailfish are possible catches. Tarpon may be crashing pogey pods or lurking along the jetty rocks. Mullet in the creeks and river system will be getting restless, and will move towards the ocean at the first hint of a northeaster. That movement will stimulate all kinds of predator activity. Thunder storms will be popping up in the afternoons, and should be avoided whenever possible.
Flounder fishing should continue to improve with the appearance of more finger mullet. Trout are scarce during daylight hours, but show up in numbers after dark in dock lights along the river and ICW. Jacks and ladyfish could show up as by catch at any time. Bull reds will continue to migrate into the rivers and inlets in preparation for the fall spawning season. They can be taken by fishing the deep river with crab, cut, or live bait. Large sharks lurk in the depths and occasionally feast on the hooked big reds. The creeks and ICW are very warm and not as productive as in the cooler months.
Capt Bob Cosby