August lives up to its reputation of hot, humid weather with lots of rainy afternoons. It's been a hot month already and it is important to take precautions whenever you are on the water to keep yourself hydrated and protected from the sun's rays. It's been great fishing so far this month and should continue to produce good catches. Plan your trips early mornings or late evenings for your best chances at success.
Trout and redfish have been the best bite this past week. Slowly working the shallow flats can find some nice size redfish feeding in a foot or two of water throughout the day. I fished one school in the middle of the morning in about two feet of water. DOA shrimp, CAL grub tails or live bait can get you hooked up on one of these upper slot reds. Trout continue to feed in shallow early and move out to deeper water as the sun warms up each day. Watch for the sand holes on the flats for your best opportunities. DOA shrimp continues to work well for trout. The watermelon/holo (425) and clear/holo (382) have worked best for us.
Docks, bridges and channel edges have been producing snapper. Some nice size mangroves have been caught lately. Live or dead shrimp works well on these tasty guys. The surf has continued to hold whiting along with some jacks and bluefish that have been patrolling the edges of the beach.
I had John, Kirk, Dan and Jenny out this past week. Jenny out fished everyone with a variety of fish. After catching redfish, trout and a variety of other fish, Jenny landed a big 24" trout to finish out her day on the river. I went to pickup my granddaughter, Chloe, for a day on the river with grandpa, but she felt sick so I missed out on a fun trip with her. I did fish a school of reds that were all in the upper slot size.
The inlet has been full of glass minnows and you can be assured that ladyfish, blue runners, mackerel and a host of others are out there feeding on them. It's lots of fun, especially if you have kids aboard. Dan and Jenny spent some time battling fish after fish. We had a fun week out there!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner
Jenny with her big trout....