August means the lazy days of summer and I seem to fit right in.
Summer temperatures make me want to sit, sleep and do as little as possible... I may even use live bait. I know, hurry up, and let's go catch a fish.
Summer's bright sun and high water temperature mean you have to fish early in the day. If you're looking for trout, it's best to be in the water before sun up, because once that sun comes out the fish (as I) will be looking for a comfort zone.
Bite time is very narrow; from dark to that 7 a.m. That is when the fish are looking to eat and you need to be there.
Tarpon and snook, with a mix of jacks, will be at the bridges, power plant, and in the surf... just about anywhere there is bait. Low light is the key. I'm not going to say they will not be there midafternoon, but I'm lazy and need to be in my comfort zone.
There are good catches of trout, with a few reds in the mix, but only if the blue fish don't cut you off from the north side of Nettles island to Bear Point. Fish top water and fish early.
The bridges have snapper, black drum and a few trout eating shrimp. Fish the shaded and deeper water. As crazy as it sounds, I saw some pompano from the bridge at the east end of the causeway and blues in the flats.
Surf has been hot, hot or nothing. If you're looking for tarpon, look for the bait schools; the birds will give their location.
At the moment, most of the action has been south of the Fort Pierce area, but it will change as quickly as it starts.
Their eating habits keep them on the move. Look at what they are eating and match the profile. The jacks don't care... if it moves they want a bite. Fish the outer edges of the bait schools. That is where they are feeding and small baits are preferred. Rapala X-rap, MirroLure or a DOA Bair buster to name a few will get the attention you are looking for. There are plenty of whiting to take home for dinner, so don't forget the ice.
Offshore, there's a good catch list this week with wahoo, kings, cobia and yes, the bonita are still with us.
Wahoo were from 80-foot out on deep baits. Finally, anglers are taking baits deep and finding some real nice fish, most in the 30- pound class. These fish were north and south of the inlet. So why am I not out there? I'm still lazy.
There's a good bite of king fish. Again, the down baits are working, but there were a few dolphin and sails to get some attention, but a wahoo will start your heart.
Henry Caimatto is the owner of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle shop in Jensen Beach.