August well known for providing scorching heat and plenty of humidity. The tropical breeze has been our only savor. Fishing early morning has given anglers calm conditions, avoiding afternoon thunder storms. With school starting up next week, the waters will have less traffic for the serous fisherman.
The Inshore fishing has provided plenty of action for anglers targeting Snook. The Snook continue to gather in our local inlets and deep channels. Anglers hooking up with the linesiders averaging 5 to 25 pounds are enjoying catch and release trophy snook. Live baits dropped to the bottom produce fish but a DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk bait in glow / gold rush belly and bayou tiger provide the best results. Working the DOA C.A.L’s along the bottom with current is more gratifying then soaking a live bait on the bottom and sure puts a smile on the anglers face when they feel the strike.
The Tarpon action has been great inside the inlets and in the ICW. Anglers looking to tango with the silver king, scan the waters surface for rolling fish. Once the tarpon are located, present a live greenies or pinfish in there vicinity. DOA C.A.L. 4 inch jerk bait on a ¼ ponce jig head in Arkansas glow and glow holographic, great colors to present to rolling fish. The Tarpon have ranged in size from 10 to 50 pounds. Always remember to bow down while a Tarpon is jumping, this helps to avoid break offs and hooks pulling out.
The Docks and seawalls have provided great action for anglers using top water heddon spooks, a slow walk the dog retrieve provides explosive top water strikes. Live thread fins soaked around structure will provide many hook ups for anglers. The Jacks, Snapper and a few Trout have been the main predators being caught along the grass flats and channel edges. These fish have been ambushing bait schools as they look for shelter. Early morning and late afternoon has provided the best bite.
Freshwater action peacock bass have been the main target and the bite has been great. Fly anglers are enjoying top water strikes on popper flies, nothing beats a surface strike. Peacocks are very aggressive so any hard bait or soft plastic worked along shorelines, bridges and docks will provide hook ups. Live shiners are another choice for anglers, they are expensive but they always get the job done. Sight casting to peacock bass is a blast, DOA shrimp in copper crush or fire tiger my go to lure. Present the DOA shrimp in the peacock bass vicinity and game on.
Well that is the report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you cant catch the form the couch so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371