Florida in August has some of the hottest weather of the year as we continue to count the days through summer. This hot weather also makes for some hot fishing days in the Ten Thousand Islands area.
Temperatures this time of the year can hover in the 90s, which also causes the water temperature to rise into the upper 80s. Along with the summer heat, we also have to contend with those pesky summer afternoon thunderstorms and showers.
However, these showers can definitely cool things off just a bit in the evening. This also makes for some pretty active fishing during the evening and sunset hours.
So, when fishing in August, you want to choose your fishing times very carefully. Choosing the best time can be what makes or breaks your next fishing trip. You don’t want to be washed out by the rain, but you also don’t want to find yourself getting beat down by the sun either.
Once you nail down a good time, it is then time for action. During August in the Ten Thousand Islands, you can find a variety of fish—Snook can be found on the incoming and outgoing tides.
You will have the best luck with live bait like thread herring, pilchards, and finger mullet. However, due to the hot temperatures, Snook will tire out very quickly, so patience may be required.
Trout can also be found on the incoming tide and close to the shore and outside flats. They like to swim around in water depths of three to five feet. To catch trout, use a bucktail jig with a small piece of shrimp. They also love to see live shrimp under a popping cork.
Tarpon is another fish you can find in the outside flats and around the deep channel cuts. Early morning fishing is best for tarpon as well as around sunset. Live pilchards, live ladyfish and thread herring are the best choices to catch these fish.
Redfish is also plentiful in August in the incoming tide and around the oyster bars. Live shrimp and other live bait are ideal, but Gulp! Shrimp can also prove successful.
Again, choosing the right time during August is going to determine if you are successful. Early morning hours and evening hours are the best times because the water will be cooler, and you can avoid those pesky afternoon thunderstorms.
Remember, you can always hire a guide if you are unfamiliar with the area or want some more helpful tips on catching the best fish in August in the Ten Thousand Islands.
Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow. We can be reached at 239-571-1756 or www.captainrapps.com.