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.
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. By clicking on the regional headings you will be taken to the region's fishing sites/forecast page which has more specific fishing information for the current quarter, local weather links, and links to where you can learn more about what is happening in a particular area.
Note: Peacock Bass fishing is only successful during daylight hours. In the Northwest region April-November is the prime time for big Flathead and blue catfish.
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.
But there are plenty of other ways to target the Silver King that accommodate all skill levels. 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.