Best Florida Fishing In August

Maria Johnson
• Monday, 23 November, 2020
• 8 min read

Inshore catches of sea trout, shook and redfish improved slightly, and I am hopeful this trend will continue into August and months to come. Shook season is closed on the Gulf Coast but there are no laws that prevent anglers from targeting and catching them.

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August is a great month to look for big shook swimming along the beaches, holding around structure in and along Redfish, Captive and Coca Grande Passes. Use sufficient tackle (medium heavy) rods 3500-4000 series reels to prevent prolonging a fight in this hot summer month producing 90 plus degree water temperatures, which may injure or kill the fish.

Compared to June, the red- fishing improved in July in the back areas of Pine Island Sound, Malacca Pass, as well as Bull and Turtle Bays on the northwest utmost end of Charlotte Harbor. August is the month that the ‘Bull’ redfish begin to come into the shallows, offering anglers great fun.

The good news is that thousands of fingerlings were recently introduced to our waters to help replenish their population after a devastating Red Tide and Algae Bloom of last year. Lady fish, Jack Crevasse, Spanish mackerel and a few pompanos are around and considered by-catches while fishing grass flats and passes.

Avid SWL anglers should keep in mind that we are strategically located with quick and easy accessibility to other areas on the east coast, such as Jensen Beach, Stuart, Miami Bay and the Keys. More adventurous anglers may choose to navigate the Caloosahatchee via Lake Okeechobee and out the St. Lucie lock, through the Everglades or around the horn.

I stay in touch and ‘in tune’ with current Florida fishing shows, guides and print publications to plan our travel dates. We are looking forward to a trip over to the east coast soon for reef, tuna, dolphin and sailfish aboard Fish Face II, our Pathfinder HPS Bay Boat.

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I am also available as ‘Captain for Hire’ on your vessel (by the hour) for safety, navigational training, fishing techniques and locations here in SW Florida waters. Pick a target species to have the proper surf fishing gear required for the task at hand.

Typically, during this time of the year, we at Cocoa Beach Surf Fishing Charters will run a multi-rod setup to acquire the smattering of species available. Shook fishing on the beach from the Sebastian Inlet north to Patrick Air Force Base has been red-hot.

Mullet and craters, which can be caught in the surf and hooked onto a live bait rig, have been the ticket to success. With Brevard’s extremely calm summer surf conditions in August, a variety of rods can be easily maintained due to the lack of wind and current.

Cast live bait rigs into the deepest part nearest to the shoreline, referred to as the trough. These giants nook are out of season currently, so make sure to have a healthy landing and clean release.

Also, be careful of the gill plate on the side of the head, which can act as a serrated blade causing deep lacerations if improperly handled. Prepare surf fishing equipment at home prior to the planned day so everything will be in order for success.

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Once hooked, these fish take immediately to the air, make long runs, and fight all the way to the stern. But it’s also hard to beat Miami Beach and the Keys for epic sailfish action.

Florida -strain large mount bass will try to spawn all year round on the new and full moon phases. You can fish out of Belle Glade, Lewiston, Moore Haven, Lakeport, or Okeechobee with about equally good odds of landing a 10-pounder.

I like to be a homebody the first month of spring, and stick to my home waters of the Indian River Lagoon. The world record spotted sea trout, which weighed in over 17 pounds, was caught near Fort Pierce.

But the Indian River Lagoon is about 130 miles long, and you can catch bunker trout from Titusville to Jupiter. Most of the shook action takes place from Sebastian southward, although plenty of fish are caught in the northern end of the lagoon in years when we don’t get any freezes.

Give Jodie Lynn Charters a call, and they’ll put you on fish for sure. I would not feel like I’d lived that year if I had not pursued tarpon with a fly rod from the vantage of a flats' skiff in the shallows.

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But there are plenty of other ways to target the Silver King that accommodate all skill levels. Hungry sport and game fish entering the inshore shallows as water-temps shift from cool to warm.

When on the warmer side our beloved migratory Tarpon, Permit, and Bone fish come out to play. Variety of fish is somewhat reminiscent of spring making for great action throughout the day.

Air and water temps go from a warm to cool transition, sparking yet again perfect conditions for the flats and Inshore Slam potential! Tarpon, Permit, and Bone fish are target species, tides and time of day dictate which, when, and where.

There are several fully equipped marinas, which cater to boaters and fishermen that visit the area. Angling possibilities abound and charter boats are readily available for offshore or bay fishing.

Or, you may wish to head upriver where even a novice angler can find plenty of action. Before heading into the water, Annabelle is an excellent place to have some work done on your vessel with facilities and trained individuals available for any marine services.

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Boat launch fees will be enforced by the City of Annabelle Police Department. Boat launch facilities will be overseen by the Annabelle Dock Master.

Fishing line recycling bins are located at 10-foot hole in Apalachicola, both sides of the old St. George Island fishing piers, at the St. George Island State Park and at the River walk in Annabelle. If you see discarded monofilament line while you are out, pick it up, secure it and dispose of it appropriately.

There are more than 50 artificial reefs located offshore from the Franklin County shoreline. Buying a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC) license has never been easier or more convenient with the new FISH-Hunt-FL application for Android, Apple and Windows smartphone devices.

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The Annabelle Boat Club Association Updated operational hours as of April 30, 2021. Try to book early for next year as I feel it will be a busy one in the spring.

Call today and go fishing for shook, Trout, Redfish, snapper, and Sheep head. September has been a good month to get out and away from crowds. The traffic is way down on the water and the fish have been cooperating.

Pictures are from my last Trip with Shelby, Brian, Sebastien and Allison. The Summer has settled into the traditional wind patterns.

The seas are calm, and we are running out 1-5 miles to fish for Mangrove Snapper and other volunteers. Lots of fun catching your first shook, the biggest fish, Barracuda.

Connor caught the Barracuda and the big Bonito. Hunter caught his first fish, Snapper, and helped his Mom and dad, Emily and Josh fill the cooler for a Fish Fry.

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Connor's Big Barracuda Welcome back to Daniel and Captive Island. The Islands have a few lucky visitors enjoying the slow pace of the gulf coast.

The beaches are 25% full and the water is a perfect 85 degrees. Maybe you can skip April, the best Shook month with Redfish all mixed in the catch.

Captain Dave As of the posting of this report, I am hard aground, stuck on the mainland. If you are staying here a little longer, call me, lots of openings.

Fishing in and around Daniel and Captive Islands with good long-time clients and friends. Loads of Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and other fun fish are near the passes.

We have started to fish nearshore for sleepyhead, and Mangrove snappers. Remember the Reds, Trout, and Shook are closed to keep until a review in May 2020.

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