by Capt Craig Lambert
Hot weather and hot fishing is what we can usually expect in August. However this summer has been fairly cool on the water and I am thinking this trend is going to continue until September. A lot of pop-up showers and cloudy days are perfect for not only the anglers but the fish will respond better also. In years past, high water temperatures in August usually produce a 2 or 3 week lull in fishing. I do not see that happening this summer with water temperatures staying in the mid 80's. Less stress on the fish means more bites for you so take advantage of it and get out there on the water as much as you can. I have a feeling this is going to be a really good month. That is a toad!!
The ship channel and the deeper areas of the open bay are where cooler waters attract bait and gamefish are still the best areas to target. Fishing open water slicks can lead to a variety of species including speckled trout, redfish, ladyfish, gafftop and Jack Crevalle. Every one of these fish are hardcore fighters and will stretch your tackle to the max. That is the great thing about saltwater. You just never know what you are going to catch. The Perfect Redfish!
Typically by the end of this month the bull reds start showing up to begin their annual spawning run. The ship channel and the jetties will begin to stack up with oversized redfish and at times they are so thick you cant keep them off of your line. These big brutes are not the best of table fare so after having a blast reeling them in go ahead and release them carefully so they can lay their precious cargo of eggs. The deeper holes near the end of each jetty are always a great place to start. But you had better get there early because the weekends can get very crowded out there especially on the hot spots. You can look elsewhere for redfish and find them in big schools in the open water areas of the main bay. They will definitely show you a lot of signs if they are in the area. Look for multiple and continuous slicks popping up constantly or mud boils and even surface activity at times. Once you find this activity you will be on them and it will be a blast! The other location to target redfish is the riprap and structure surrounding the many man made islands spread across the bay. These are just redfish magnets!Nice Flounder also!!
There is nothing more exciting than hammering specks on the rigs and well pads spread out across our bay system. Hopping from well to well is a very productive and proven method for putting specks in the box. Artificials work best for this method and for covering all areas of the water column around a shell pad. Typically I like to start deeper in the mornings and follow the fish up as the sun rises. Come midday I prefer a lighter jighead or a topwater bait. Look for structures around the ship channel and on up in to the southern portions of Trinity Bay to begin to hold fish consistently this month. Mark any well on your GPS you find fish on and try all sides of a well as you pass.Beautiful sunset!
This is going to be a great month of fishing. It just feels like things are about to really turn on. Be safe out there and as always take a kid fishing!