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.
King mackerel are still here and can be caught along the beach and offshore near natural ledges and artificial reefs when the water temperature is right. Large jack crevalle are also possible catches.
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. 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 impact of river dredging is unknown at this time. 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.
Capt. Bob Cosby