We are undoubtedly right in the thick of the dog days of summer.
Blistering heat and high humidity can make it uncomfortable at times out on the water. Thankfully we’ve had a little breeze and some great tides with the passing full moon.
Despite warm water temperature fishing on a whole has been very good. For the past six weeks or so we’ve watched small fry bait mature into the size good for casting. Target these baits at sunrise right along the beach swash channel.
A quarter-inch mesh cast net is a must for this size bait.
Relocate the small white bait to near-shore artificial reefs, jetties and or deep grass patches just inside of the passes. Schools of Spanish mackerel have settled into our area and will respond well to handfuls of free baits at any of these locations. Those wanting to use artificials should do well with Mirro-dines, silver spoons and white buck tail jigs.
Grouper fishing has been really good in 40 to 60 foot of water. Plenty of keeper-sized red grouper are holding in these depths and can be taken on frozen sardines. The gag grouper also will take the sardines. However, those willing to spend the time collecting big grass grunts are sure to be rewarded for their efforts. Target 2- to 4-foot ledges, giving special attention to any bait shows you mark on your depth finder.
Redfishing was good around this last full moon; look for the fish to bunch up again on the approaching new moon.
Target spoil island edges that are attracting schools of mullet to be holding the redfish. Free-lined, tail trimmed pinfish have been working great. Running a top-water lure around the mullet schools early in the morning will help to locate the school.
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