August brings more hot weather and is prime time to target tarpon, sharks, jacks, and other ocean predators. King mackerel, bonito, cobia, barracuda, and even sailfish are possible catches. Tarpons 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. Thunderstorms will be popping up in the afternoons and should be avoided whenever possible.
King mackerel are still here and can be caught along the beach and offshore near-natural ledges and artificial reefs. Large jack crevalles are also possible catches.
Flounder fishing should improve with the appearance of more finger mullets. Trout fishing has been slow. Your best chance for a good speckled trout would be to throw topwater lures at dawn and dusk. Jacks and ladyfish could show up as bycatch at any time. 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.
There are bull reds in the deep river, though not as many as will be here in September and October when the major spawning activity takes place. The slower phases of either the high or low tides are best. Cut or live baits such as pogies, croakers, ladyfish, etc., are most effective as opposed to blue crab, which works well in the fall.