🎣 Florida Fishing Reports 🐟 Week of 8-3-2020
🎣 Orlando Area and East Central Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast 🐟 August 2020 "The heat is on, as fishing opportunities kick in along the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida. Looks like its going to be an active season for summer squalls, but as long as they stay away fishing along the beaches and in the inlets will remain equally as hot. The Labrador current (cold water upwelling) as it is known is still holding off this year, but when it arrives it will cool down bottom temperatures and the bottom fishing in some areas along Florida’s east coast. With average bottom water temperatures in the mid-sixties, finding warmer water is the key to locating fish. Studies have shown the phenomena is actually the effect of a prevailing south wind combined with the Coriolis effect pushing the warm surface water offshore and the cold bottom water moving up to replace displaced water, but either way it equates to some tough fishing at times. Look for the blue water bite to improve along the inshore reefs and wrecks of Chris Benson, 8A Reef, and Pelican Flats, with kingfish, dolphin, black fin tuna, and cobia serving as the primary species, along with an occasional wahoo or sailfish. This is also the time of year when cooler waters sometimes push the giant manta rays in close to the shoals off the Cape, bringing cobia with them. Further offshore, the Gulf Stream typically moves in closer making tuna a possibility for smaller boats, and as long as the summer squalls stay away, running to the other side of the stream isn’t out of the question."
🎣 Captain Greg's Fishing Report 🐟 August 2020 "August Near Shore Fishing Forecast: Tropical storm Isaias will have the water clarity wrecked for any hopes of live bait trolling the beach for kings and the occasional cobia so unless we have no more storm activity for the next month you will have to wait another year for that awesome fishery. August is a great month for Tarpon. Live pogies drifted back over the shoal will be a sure bet for anyone wanting to have a blast trying to tame these awesome fish. Finding the live bait might be a challenge but once you have the bait it is just a numbers game from there on out. 50lb fluro leader with a 5/0 circle hook free lined back is all you need. You will have some bluefish and sharks to weed through but eventually that tarpon will find you. Goliath grouper are another awesome fish we have in August that are perfect targets for anglers who just want to see if they have what it takes to tame the beast. Use any giant live or dead bait along any structure inside of 10 miles and you have a great chance at goliath grouper."
🎣 Fishing with Tom 🐟 Beautiful night out. Decided to hit a certain wicked northern Massachusetts beach with my good buddy Tom. He completely out-fished me. Wouldn't you know it, my camera only got him catching one fish. Not sure how that happened! Enjoy!
🎣 White's Tackle Fishing Report 8-3-2020 🐟 Stuart Florida "Good Afternoon hope every had a safe weekend thankfully the storm was not so bad and we can have an Offshore report for ya soon. Inshore the snook and trout bite was ok to the north around Harbor Branch for the few that got out with a few tarpon around in the inlet. The weather should be nice the rest of the week hopefully you can get out."
🎣 Sebastian Inlet Week of August 3 🐟 Mangrove Snapper, Reds, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Blue Runners "Tommy tells us that fishing has been decent, but not great as we head into high summer. The one constant is our summertime Mangrove Snapper and there are lots around to be had. Use small live shrimp or greenies to target them, and try fishing from the T-dock or the north shoreline by the tide pool. Red Drum can be found throughout the inlet system too and usually hit better on the outgoing tide. Use your live shrimp or cut bait. Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Blue Runners have been coming over the rails on the jetties. Try the South jetty for now. Spanish Mackerel will hit on little spoons, jigs and Gotcha lures. Blue Runners will bite on a variety of smaller baits and lures, and Jacks seem to prefer live shrimp and spoons. Tommy tells us there have even been a few large Cubera Snapper hanging around. Try the North jetty when it reopens. Anglers are still seeing a lot of Snook too, but please remember they are catch and release only until the season opens again in a few short weeks on September 1."
🎣 White's Tackle Fishing Report 8-5-2020 🐟 Stuart Florida "Good morning everyone. By the looks of the damage done in North Carolina up into the Northeast that we dodged a bullet from Isaias. Surf conditions have calmed down, but the water is still pretty dirty in most places, and seaweed is gone from some areas, but others are unfishable due to the weeds. Hopefully with a few days of calm conditions things will clear up. The Indian River has received quite a bit of runoff, making it even dirtier than it was, but those fishing the outflows of culverts and relief canals have had success with Snook and baby Tarpon. The inlets are producing Snook at night on flare jigs, as well as Tarpon on jigs and plugs on outgoing tide. Offshore has been quiet, but as things are calming down things should resume, as the Kingfish bite was pretty good before the storm. Good luck out there."
🎣 South Florida Weekly Fishing Report 🐟 Palm Beach Post August 6, 2020 "Where the sargassum isn’t too thick, anglers at the beach on Singer Island are catching snook and the occasional tarpon working Livetarget Slow-Roll on a weighted hook. Surf anglers working the beaches just south of the Boynton Inlet have been catching barracuda on tube lures and tarpon using 3.5 inch Yo-Zuri lures that mimic either pilchards or sardines. At the Boynton Inlet there have been a few mangrove snapper caught as well as snook and tarpon on live baits. Tarpon up to 100 pounds have been seen rolling in the channel in the Intracoastal Waterway between the Boynton Inlet and the Palm Beach Yacht Center. Anglers at the Lantana Bridge are catching some nice sheepshead on peeled shrimp and clam strips. Sand perch and small mangrove snappper are being caught at the bridge on live and peeled shrimp."
🎣 Daytona Beach Fishing Report 🐟 Catches before, after tropical storm "The tropical storm slowed, but didn’t stop, anglers from getting out on the water and reeling in a variety of fish. SURF, PIERS: This week’s surf report comes from Capt. Mike Vickers Jr. (hammockbaitandtackle.com). “The surf has been hot for whiting, jacks and pompano,” he said. “The shark bite off of Flagler beaches is still red hot. And just this reminder: get your shark permit if fishing for these great game fish. The permit is no cost to get yet if caught without one the price is high. The surf is also producing redfish, black drum and trout.” The piers report catches of whiting with jacks, a few pompano and trout mixed in.”
🎣 Jacksonville Fishing Report 🐟 Bouncing back after Isaias hangover "While Hurricane Isaias was barely felt on land in Jacksonville, the big, albeit short-lived swell it created off our coast put the brakes on some hot coastal fishing. The dust has settled enough to allow local charter captains to take a peek in the ocean, and what they saw was a mixed bag. The good news: there's a ton of bait on the beach and in the inlet. However, the water was dirty, and the bite was dead. Since the bait is still around, you'd have to think the fishing will pick up after the nearshore water cleans up. Until then, there's plenty of redfish, trout and flounder to catch in the St. Johns River and the ditch. The weekend forecast is looking mild for a change. NOAA is calling for light south winds and seas between one and two feet."
🎣 Juno Bait Weekend Fishing Outlook 🐟 (8/7-8/9/2020) "SURF/PIER Catch and release snook fishing has been good along the beach, at the Juno Beach Pier, and in Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets as well. Look for the snook bite to be really good at night on the backside of the moon. The inlet bite will be best on the tides; and heavily bait dependent. For the inlet snook it's all about the croakers and sand perch. The Spanish Mackerel have been biting well at the Juno Beach Pier. Small Clark Spoons below a bobber rig are a great choice for the Macs, as is free-lining small live baits. A handful of big jacks cruising the beach, along with a few tarpon. The Juno Beach Pier has seen a few Bonita as well over the past week. Jupiter Inlet is producing a few mangrove snapper. Fair number of croaker and sand perch are biting small pieces of shrimp in the first trough."
🎣 St Augustine Fishing Report 🐟 Snook, tarpon are red hot "The tarpon bite continues to be as good as most anglers can remember this year. Most of the fishing is just inside or just outside of either of our inlets. They’re also following the shrimp boats, gorging on bycatch shoveled off the decks. There were two strange and similar reports of kingfish being caught in 10 to 12 feet of water off the beaches this week. And both captains insist they’ve never seen so many kingfish skyrocketing at any given moment. The kingfish fishing on the local reefs and wrecks has been pretty slow all week, so the beaches will likely be your best bet. That is especially true around the Nine-Mile bottom where sharks are killing more kingfish and cobia than are making into ice chests. It is a slaughter out there."
🎣 August 7 fishing report from Byron Stout 🐟 "If you’re looking for a lazy, hazy, summer day, don’t throw a line in the water. You’ll likely end up all tired and sweaty. Snook and redfish are biting so well, they’re even hitting red mangrove seeds. Really. Beach fishing is producing tripletail in the surf at Venice, and nearshore anglers report big permit and limits of mangrove snapper in as little as 30 feet of water. Bluegill and bass have been biting well on Lake Okeechobee, and Lake Trafford waters have risen enough to support a bass boat tournament."
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